Thursday, December 18, 2014

10 of The Greatest Christmas Carols

Let the debate begin! Below is my subjective list of favorites, with videos of good to great renditions of each. I have also included my favorite line(s) of each song:


10 - Coventry Carol
Favorite line(s):
O sisters, too, how may we do,
For to preserve this day;
This poor Youngling for whom we sing,
By, by, lully, lullay.

9 - Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming
Favorite line(s):
To show God's love aright,
 she bore to us a Savior,
 when half spent was the night.

8 - Joy To The World
Favorite line(s):
No more let sins and sorrows grow,
nor thorns infest the ground;
He comes to make His blessing flow
far as the curse is found,

7 - What Child is This?
Favorite line(s):
This, this is Christ the King,
Whom shepherds guard and Angels sing;
Haste, haste, to bring Him laud,
The Babe, the Son of Mary.

6 - Silent Night
Favorite line(s):
Shepherds quake at the sight
Glories stream from heaven afar

5 - O Come O Come Emmanuel
Favorite line(s):
O come, O come, Emmanuel
And ransom captive Israel
That mourns in lonely exile here
Until the Son of God appear

4 - Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
Favorite line(s):
Late in time behold Him come
Offspring of a Virgin's womb
Veiled in flesh the Godhead see
Hail the incarnate Deity

3 - O Come All Ye Faithful
Favorite line(s):
O come ye, O come ye to Bethlehem.
Come and behold Him,
Born the King of Angels;
O come, let us adore Him,

2 - Once In Royal David's City
Favorite line(s):
For He is our childhood's pattern;
Day by day, like us, He grew;
He was little, weak, and helpless,
Tears and smiles, like us He knew;
And He cares when we are sad,
And he shares when we are glad.

1 - O Holy Night
Favorite line(s):
Fall on your knees! Oh, hear the angel voices!

Just Missed the Cut:
  • Away In A Manger
  • Angels We Have Heard on High
  • O Little Town of Bethlehem
  • The First Noel
  • Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence
  • I Wander as I Wonder
  • Go Tell It On The Mountain
  • Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring
  • It Came Upon a Midnight Clear
  • Angels We Have Heard on High
  • God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
  • Do You Hear What I Hear?
  • I Saw Three Ships
  • Breath of Heaven
  • We Three Kings


  1. In the Bleak Midwinter: "but his mother only, in her maiden bliss,
    worshiped the beloved with a kiss."

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  3. A great list overall