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Traditional Christmas Carols by Christian and Gospel Artists

The festive and the poignant

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Christmas music is an important part of the whole holiday season. The music and sounds of Christmas come from all styles and genres, providing something for every musical taste. Some carols are very religious, bringing the reason for the season front and center. Others, like these, are totally about the holiday season and cheer, focusing on the fun of Christmas. A few are even melancholy, focusing on missing loved ones at Christmas.

These songs are great for any holiday gathering or playlist and with the exception of one, they're all about Christmas fun.

1. "Sleigh Ride"

Amy Grant - A Christmas Album
RCA
"Sleigh Ride" was composed by Leroy Anderson in 1948. It was first recorded the following year by Arthur Fiedler and The Boston Pops Orchestra as an instrumental piece. Mitchell Parish added lyrics 2 years later to give us what we have today.

Popular Versions of "Sleigh Ride"

 

  • Amy Grant
    From A Christmas Album (Purchase/Download)
    Amy Grant takes you with her on her sleigh ride, complete with warm blankets and hot cocoa.
  • Diamond Rio
    From The Star Still Shines: A Diamond Rio Christmas (Purchase/Download)
    Diamond Rio delivers with a tinge of bluegrass and a lot of fun.
  • Jump5
    From All The Joy In The World (Purchase/Download)
    The Jump5 crew made their version so fun that it makes you want to grab a blanket and find the nearest snow!

2. "I'll Be Home for Christmas"

Aly & AJ - Acoustic Hearts Of Winter
Hollywood Records
"I'll Be Home for Christmas" was written by Walter Kent and James "Kim" Gannon in 1943. It was recorded by Bing Crosby and quickly became one of the most popular Christmas carols in the U.S.

Popular Versions of "I'll Be Home for Christmas"

 

3. "Silver Bells"

Bebe and CeCe Winans - First Christmas
Capitol
"Silver Bells," written by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans, was introduced to America by Bob Hope and Marilyn Maxwell in 1951 in a movie called The Lemon Drop Kid.

Popular Versions of "Silver Bells"

 

4. "Let It Snow"

Diamond Rio - A Diamond Rio Christmas, The Star Still Shines
Word
"Let It Snow" was written by Sammy Cahn and Jule Styne in 1945 and was first recorded by Vaughn Monroe in 1946. His version made it to #1 on the Billboard music chart.

Popular Versions of "Let It Snow"

 

5. "It's The Most Wonderful Time of the Year"

Point Of Grace - Winter Wonderland

"It's The Most Wonderful Time of the Year" was written by Eddie Pola and George Wyle in 1963. Andy Williams made it popular the same year when it released on his Christmas LP.

Popular Versions of "It's The Most Wonderful Time of the Year"

6. "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas"

Amy Grant - Home For Christmas (1992)
A&M
"Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas" was first published in 1943. It was made popular by Judy Garland when she sang this song to Margaret O'Brien in the 1944 musical, Meet Me In St. Louis.

Popular Versions of "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas"

 

7. "Carol of the Bells"

Steven Curtis Chapman - The Music of Christmas
Sparrow
"Carol of the Bells" is also known as the "Ukrainian Bell Carol." It was first performed in the United States on October 5, 1921, at Carnegie Hall.

Popular Versions of "Carol of the Bells"

 

8. "Winter Wonderland"

Point Of Grace - Winter Wonderland
Word Records

"Winter Wonderland" was written by Felix Bernard and Richard B. Smith and was first published in 1934. The Andrews Sisters and Perry Como both had recordings that helped make it a Christmas standard.

Popular Versions of "Winter Wonderland"

9. "Rockin Around the Christmas Tree"

Newsong - The Christmas Shoes
Reunion Records
"Rockin Around the Christmas Tree" was written by Johnny Marks in 1958 and was made famouse two years later when it was recorded by Brenda Lee.

Popular Versions of "Rockin Around the Christmas Tree"

 

  • Amy Grant
    From Home For Christmas (Purchase/Download)
    Brenda Lee should be very proud of Amy's version of the popular carol.
  • MercyMe
    From The Christmas Sessions (Purchase/Download)
    MercyMe rocks the joint up with their rendition!
  • PureNRG
    From A pureNRG Christmas (Purchase/Download)
    The kids deliver full tilt fun.
  • Newsong
    From The Christmas Shoes (Purchase/Download)
    Newsong's version has a Top 40/jazzy feel to it that makes you want to dance.

10. "Jingle Bells"

Michael W. Smith - Christmastime
Reunion Records
"Jingle Bells" was written by James Pierpoint in 1857 for children in his Sunday School class celebrating Thanksgiving. It was so popular, it was repeated at Christmas.

The carol was the first song to be broadcast from space in a prank by Gemini 6 astronauts on Dec. 16, 1965. They played it on a smuggled harmonica and sleighbells.

Popular Versions of "Jingle Bells"

 

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