Top 10 Christmas Carols of All Time

Christmas carols are the most beautiful part of Christmas celebration where people take part in singing out the melodious tunes of various X-Mas songs. Some of the popular ones are sung year after year full of sweet memories down the lane. It usually brings out the warm feelings associated with family and friends getting together. The names mentioned in this article are the Top 10 Christmas Carols of all Times played during Christmas Eve at various corners of the world.

List of  Christmas Carols of all Time

1. Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer

2. Frosty the Snowman

3. Jingle Bell Rock

4. Let It Snow

5. Silent Night

6. Joy to the World

7. Deck the Halls

8. The First Noel

9. Jingle Bells

10. Twelve Days of Christmas

Top Ten Christmas Carols of All Time

Go through the list of  Top Ten Christmas Carols of all Time and find out if your favorite Christmas song has been included in the record.

1. Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer

Christmas Carol of all Time - Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer

Popularly known as the Santa’s 9th Reindeer, Rudolph the red Nosed Reindeer is an imaginary reindeer with a shinning red nose. It is also believed that it the main reindeer that pulls Santa’s sleigh during Christmas Eve thus the song with this theme is one of the top 10 Christmas carols of all time. Rudolph first appeared in a 1939 booklet written by Robert. L. May and published by Montgomery Ward.

2. Frosty the Snowman

Christmas Carol of all Time - Frosty the Snowman

Written by Walter “Jack” Rollins and Steve Nelson, Frosty the Snowman is a famous Christmas song first recorded by legendary Gene Autry and the Cass County Boys in 1950. The song recounts the fictional tale of a snowman that is magically brought to life through a black top hat that a group of children place atop his head. It was composed after getting inspired from Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer.

3. Jingle Bell Rock

Christmas Carol of all Time - Jingle Bells Rock

Jingle Bell Rock is frequently aired in United States during every Christmas ever since it has been released in 1957 by Bobby Helms. It was composed by Joseph Carleton Beal and James Ross Boothe. Its title and some of the lyrics have been adapted from the old “Jingle Bell” song.

4. Let It Snow

Christmas Carol of all Time - Let it Snow

Let It Snow is another renowned Christmas carol composed by lyricist Sammy Cahn and composer Jule Styne in Hollywood, California during one of the hottest days on record July 1945. It is a popular hit which reached number one on the Billboard music chart in 1946. Due to its seasonal lyrics, it is commonly regarded as a Christmas song and has been covered countless times. A unique feature of the song is that despite its well acceptance as a X-Mas song, nowhere in the song the term Christmas gets mentioned.

5. Silent Night

Christmas Carol of all Time - Scarletrivera Silentnight

Silent Night was first performed on Christmas Eve in 1818 at the St Nicholas parish church since it was composed that very year in Austria. It is not only one among the top ten Christmas carols of all times but has also been declared as an intangible cultural heritage by the UNESCO in March 2011.  The melody was composed by Franz Xaver Gruber, schoolmaster and organist in the nearby village of Arnsdorf before that year’s Christmas.

6. Joy to the World

Christmas Carol of all Time - Joy to the World

Another admired X-Mas carol which hits the list of top 10 Christmas carols of all time is the “Joy to the World” by the English hymn writer, Isaac Watts and is based on Psalm 98 in the Bible. It was first published in 1719 in Watts’ collection. The song is dedicated glorifying the triumphant return of Lord Christ and after the late 20th century it is the most published Christmas hymn in North America.

7. Deck the Halls

Christmas Carol of all Time - Deck the Halls

Melody dating back to the sixteenth century, Deck the Halls or Deck the Hall is a traditional Christmas and New Year song. The carol is in AABA form whose tune is taken from “Nos Galan”, a customary Welsh New Year’s Eve carol published in 1794. The composition is still popular as a dance tune in Wales.

8. The First Noel

Christmas Carol of all Time - The First Noel

The word “noel” itself means Christmas in French thus making The First Noel a customary classical English Carol. Today, it is usually performed in a four-part hymn arrangement by the English composer John Stainer. The tune has been taken from English folk melodies in which it consists of one musical phrase repeated twice, followed by a refrain which is a variation on that phrase.

9. Jingle Bells

Christmas Carol of all Time - Jingle Bells

One of the best known and widely sung Christmas Carol, Jingle Bells was written by  James Lord Pierpont and published under the title “One Horse Open Sleigh” in the autumn of 1857. If Medford Historical Society is to be believed, the song was inspired by the town’s popular sleigh race during the 1800s.

10. Twelve Days of Christmas

Christmas Carol of all Time - Twelve Days of Christmas

Emphasizing on the custom of gifting to near and dear ones on all the twelve days of Christmas, Twelve Days of Christmas is an English Christmas Carol which was first published in England in 1780. The song consists of twelve verses and has a sequence of verses build on top of the previous verse. Twelve Days of Christmas has taken the tenth position on the chart of top 10 Christmas carols of all time.

2 thoughts on “Top 10 Christmas Carols of All Time

  1. Saabiya

    We are almost heading to Christmas month and loved reading how so many old and beautiful Christmas carols listed here are still sung today as part of Christmas celebration. Nice topic.

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