Christmas is celebrated every year on December 25 and this time, celebrations have begun with cultural traditions. Today (December 24) is marked as Christmas Eve when people all around the world celebrate Christmas and go to Church to take the blessings of Jesus. However, what really differentiates Christmas is the Christmas carols that are sung, here we have listed down some of the top best and the most popular Xmas carols with their lyrics so that your festive song playlist is sorted.
Christmas, also known as X’Mas is celebrated every year as it observes the birth of Jesus Christ on December 25. This festival is the start of the Christian liturgical year and initiates the 12 days of Christmastide. Carols are sung to proclaim the birth of Jesus and spread the festive cheer.
Sing along these carols this Christmas:
Go Tell it
Go Tell it on the Mountain is an African-American spiritual song that was compiled by John Wesley Work, Jr. and dates back to at least 1865. It is regarded as a Christmas carol as it spreads the message of Jesus Christ’s birth. Over the years it has been sung and recorded by many popular pop artists like Peter, Paul and Mary and Simon & Garfunkel.
Joy the World
Joy the World is a very popular Christmas carol and was written by an English Hymn Writer Isaac Watts and is based on Psalm 98, 96:11-12 and Genesis 3:17-18, in the Bible. The carol talks about the rejoicing of heaven and earth on the birth of Jesus Christ.
O Come All Ye Faithful
O Come All Ye Faithful was originally written in Latin by Adeste Fidelas and has been attributed to numerous authors including John Francis Wade, John Reading, and King John IV of Portugal. An early manuscript of the carol was found in the library of the Ducal Palace of Vila Viçosa which bore King John IV of Portugal’s name. However, the English version written in 1841 by English Catholic priest Frederick Oakeley is the most well-known and most sung.
Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
This Christmas carol first made its appearance in 1739 in the collection Hymns and Sacred Poems. It was written by Charles Wesley. However, the popular version in use today has been an edited version probably by Charles Wesley’s co-worker George Whitefield. The melody used today has also been changed from what Charles Wesley composed. Felix Mendelssohn gave the melody with which the Christmas carol is sung today.
Jingle Bells is probably the most popular and peppy Christmas carol ever. The song talks about Santa Claus and him riding his sleigh with his reindeers and jingling his bell to inform his arrival. It was written by James Lord Pierpont (1822–1893) in the autumn of 1857. The song was originally intended to be sung for Thanksgiving and had no Christmas connection but it got associated with the festival in 1857 after it was first performed on Washington Street in Boston.
Angels We Have Heard On High
Angels We Have Heard On High or Gloria is a Christmas carol written by James Chadwick, Bishop of Hexham and Newcastle and is sung from the music from a French song called Les Anges Dans Nos Campagnes. It is a French carol with a few words from the original version still present in Chadwick’s version. It narrates the birth of Jesus Christ as narrated in the Gospel of Luke and depicts the scene in which shepherds encounter angels singing and praising the birth of the Lord in the manger.