Christmas

Top 10 Best Christmas Songs of All Time

Originally published December 11, 2015Christmas 10 Best Songs

Christmas songs. Everybody’s got a favorite or two, or ten! I’ve given you my list of the ten worst. Now, in no particular order (mostly), and according to nothing other than my own preferences, here are my nominations for the ten best Christmas songs ever.

(Note: I do not necessarily endorse all of the songwriters or performers listed below, the churches/organizations they represent, any other songs they may have written or performed, or their theology. If you decide to follow any of these people or groups, check out their theology first to make sure it’s biblical.)

 

1. Hark the Herald Angels Sing– Ok, so this one is in a particular order. It’s my favorite because of the awesome gospel theology wrapped in ribbons of beautiful wording. Just a few of my favorite phrases:

God and sinners reconciled
Veiled in flesh the godhead see, hail th’ incarnate deity
Mild, He lays His glory by, born that man no more may die
Born to raise the sons of earth, born to give them second birth

2. It’s About the Cross– This is my favorite “non-carol” Christmas song. The beginning of the story is wonderful and great, but it’s the ending that can save you and that’s why we celebrate. The incarnation of Christ has always been about the cross and the resurrection. I highly recommend the artists, Go Fish.

3. Handel’s Messiah– Yes, I know it’s way more than one song, but, having performed it several times, I can honestly say I love the whole thing. Much of it is Scripture (verbatim) set to some of the best music ever written for a choir. Phenomenal.

4. Glorious Impossible– One of the more recent Christmas songs out there, it’s chock full of allusions to Scripture and the gospel. I think the Gaither Vocal Band does a really nice job on it.

5. Angels We Have Heard on High– It adequately handles the Christmas narrative, but I have to admit, I love this song for the chorus. It has a beautiful, intricately-woven, nearly ethereal sounding harmonic structure, and a simple, yet profound message: “Glory to God in the highest.”

6. Jesus, What a Wonderful Child– Sometimes a great song is packed with good theology, and sometimes a great song expresses one simple idea. Jesus, What a Wonderful Child is one of the latter. If you’ve read the title, you’ve got the main idea. Plus, it’s just a lot of fun!

7. Sweet Little Jesus Boy– I love how this song captures the idea that when Jesus came the first time, “we didn’t know who You were.” And nobody does it like Mahalia Jackson.

8. Christmas Offering– This song draws the parallel between the offerings of the wise men and our offering of worship, the gift our King most desires.

9. Christ is Born– I know, I know, it’s twangy and most people don’t like Southern Gospel music. That’s OK, I do. And you’ve gotta love a Christmas song that starts out with the Fall of Man.

10. Rejoice With Exceeding Great Joy– This is another one that made the list because of the music. The lyrics are a simple retelling of the journey of the magi, but the music just takes you right out to the desert and plops you down on a camel’s back.

What’s your pick for best Christmas song of all time?

5 thoughts on “Top 10 Best Christmas Songs of All Time”

  1. My favorite is “O Come, O Come Emmanuel “, I love how it speaks of Israel and I listened to it yesterday on YouTube and sung by Peter Hollens, it was beautiful. It’s always important to me that the song really points you to Jesus Christ instead of focusing on the singer and what they are wearing or their attempt to have you focus on their singing style. Peter Hollens is very humble and points you to Christ.

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  2. I don’t have enough time this morning to find and post links to songs. I want to recommend Fernando Ortega. “Let all mortal flesh keep silent” is one I’ll begin with. Also, “Bring a torch, Jeanette Isabella.” He’s done a lot of Advent and Christmas music. I totally agree with boxerdogofmine about the Advent songs. I would prefer that churches do Advent hymns and songs prior to Christmas and not do Christmas hymns until Christmas Eve. I’m old school on that. Advent gets skipped over in most Protestant churches and that’s such a shame, IMHO. Also, the Gettys have done some Christmas music, and I’m sure it’s beautiful. I want to look for more later to comment here! Thanks for the post, Michelle!

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  3. I love all these and it is hard to pick a favortie but Hark the Herald Angels Sing is probably number one for the same reasons you wrote. Theology is all through it.

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  4. O Holy Night is a favorite of mine, I sing the chorus all year as a reminder of Who He is –
    O holy night!
    The stars are brightly shining
    It is the night of the dear Savior’s birth!
    Long lay the world in sin and error pining
    Till he appear’d and the soul felt its worth.
    A thrill of hope the weary soul rejoices
    For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn!

    Fall on your knees
    Oh hear the angel voices
    Oh night divine
    Oh night when Christ was born
    Oh night divine
    Oh night divine

    Led by the light of Faith serenely beaming
    With glowing hearts by His cradle we stand
    So led by light of a star sweetly gleaming
    Here come the wise men from Orient land
    The King of Kings lay thus in lowly manger
    In all our trials born to be our friend

    Truly He taught us to love one another
    His law is love and His gospel is peace
    Chains shall He break for the slave is our brother
    And in His name all oppression shall cease
    Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we,
    Let all within us praise His holy name

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