My Top Ten Favorite Christmas Carol-#1-O Holy Night

My #1 choice in this year’s list of My Top Ten Favorite Christmas Carols is “O Holy Night.” While I never sang this anywhere publicly, I am always in awe and moved by the many different versions of soloists who sing this beautiful song. My favorite is Andrea Bocelli’s version, here in French, (the original was written in French). I’m posting various versions here, for your enjoyment. Merry Christmas!

Here’s Enrico Caruso singing this also in French, and Jussi Björling singing it in Swedish.

And now for Celine Dion’s version in English…

Now for more modern day pop versions…. This one’s from N’Sync, singing acapella.

Now for Mariah Carey…

And last, but not least, Carrie Underwood’s version…

My Top Ten Christmas Carols-#2-Silent Night

My #2 favorite Christmas carol is “Silent Night.” Being one of the first Christmas carols I remember learning as a child, it holds a special place in my heart. It’s such a beautiful piece, particularly under the light of only candles at a Christmas Eve service. I found this version by Barbra Streisand and hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

My Top Ten Favorite Christmas Carols-#3-Away in a Manger

Oh, how I remember singing this when I was quite little. I can remember a Sunday School teacher at my church playing the piano and gathering around behind the piano bench. I can remember groups of us kids practicing sweetly for a church performance and singing in hospitals with my guitar in tow. But most of all, I remember feeling the spirit of Christmas from within my soul–from the perspective of an innocent, young child as this was probably one of the earliest Christmas carols I learned as a child. I always felt close to Jesus singing this one and it’s absolutely no different now, many years later. So my #3 song of all time is “Away in a Manger,” sung here by Adam Crabb of the Crabb Revival. Can you feel it?

My Top Ten Favorite Christmas Carols-#4-Joy To The World

It’s getting harder and harder to decide between one ranking and the next! There isn’t much of a difference in how much I love #4, #3, #2 and #1 but here’s my #4 favorite,“Joy To The World,” here sung sweetly by David Archuleta.

My Top 10 Favorite Christmas Carols-#5-It Came Upon A Midnight Clear

#5 on my Top Ten list of Favorite Christmas Carols is “It Came Upon a Midnight Clear.” While this version by Josh Groban is slightly different than the traditional one, I think you will agree that it’s beautifully done. (There’s also an interview that follows the song.)

My Top Ten Favorite Christmas Carols -#6-O Little Town of Bethlehem

My #6 of my Top Ten Favorite Christmas Carols is “O Little Town of Bethlehem,” sung here by Nat King Cole.

My Top Ten Favorite Christmas Carols-#7-What Child is This?

This is a powerful performance by Andrea Bocelli and Mary J. Blige of “What Child Is This?”-my #7 selection. The music from this song is also known as “Greensleeves.”

My Top Ten Favorite Christmas Carols- #8-We Three Kings of Orient Are

My #8 selection is “We Three Kings of Orient Are.” There are many different beautiful versions. Here is a short and sweet one by Jennifer Avalon.

My Top 10 Christmas Carols- #9- “Let There Be Peace On Earth”

This song was written in 1955 by Jill Jackson Miller and sung here beautifully by PS22 Choir in New York City. While not necessarily a Christmas song, it represents everything I know Christmas to be: peace, love and joy. I love this song and its meaning has even more significance when you know its history (below).

“And when I attempted suicide and I didn’t succeed, I knew for the first time unconditional love–which God is. God is unconditional love. You are totally loved, totally accepted, just the way you are. In that moment I was not allowed to die, and something happened to me which is very difficult to explain. I had an eternal moment of truth, in which I knew I was loved, and knew I was here for a purpose.”

–Jill Jackson Miller, author of “Let There be Peace on Earth,” describing events in her early life that developed her unique philosophy of Peace.

My Top Ten Favorite Christmas Carols #10- Go Tell It On The Mountain

In the spirit of Christmas and because I love singing so much, I am going to list My Top 10 Christmas Carols of all time everyday beginning now through Christmas.

I have many beautiful memories of going Christmas caroling and singing Christmas carols both in school and in church, as well as singing as a form of volunteering in nursing homes and veteran hospitals. While I grew up in public schools, we used to be allowed to sing about Christmas and perform Christmas plays and shows as well.

While there are many fun-loving songs at Christmas that deal with sledding, winter and snowmen, I am limiting my list to the songs that really moved me: the spiritual ones that reflect the true meaning of Christmas.

I’m sure I probably left something out (in which case I’ll have to start earlier next year with a top 20 or more!) but here you go, with my #10 song for today: Go Tell It On The Mountain.

There are many beautiful versions of this song: gospel, country, folk…I decided to share this Simon and Garfunkel version today.