Also known as "Tidings of Comfort and Joy," this tune is particularly traditional in England, where the carol hails from (probably around the 16th century). But leave it to a cappella group Pentatonix to give it a fresh spin.
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'Go Tell It on the Mountain' by Sara Evans
The original author of "Go Tell It on The Mountain" remains unknown, but it was popularized by John Wesley Work Jr., the first African-American collector of spirituals. He published the song as part of a collection in 1907.
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'Angels We Have Heard on High' by For King & Country
The lyrics of this song (written by James Chadwick in the mid-19th century) contain the Latin phrase "Gloria in excelsis Deo," which is latin for "Glory to God in the highest."
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'Do You Hear What I Hear?' by Carrie Underwood
"Do You Hear What I Hear?" is a relatively new tune, as far as Christmas songs go. Then-married couple Noël Regney and Gloria Shayne Baker wrote it in 1962.
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'Do You Hear What I Hear?' by Home Free
Home Free's take on this tune makes it sound like a totally different song. And you'd never know it from the a cappella group's performance, but the original writers of "Do You Hear What I Hear?" wrote it about their fears of a nuclear missile during the Cold War.
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'O Little Town of Bethlehem' by Nat King Cole
This peaceful song was written in the 1860s by Phillips Brooks, an Episcopal priest who felt inspired by a visit to Bethlehem on Christmas Eve. Nat King Cole's smooth voice makes this this song about Jesus Christ's birthplace one you'll want to listen to on repeat this holiday season.
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'He Shall Reign Forevermore' by Chris Tomlin
This contemporary Christian song is the first track on Chris Tomlin's second Christmas album (called "Adore"), which is full of praise and worship songs just like this one.
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'Hallelujah' by Pentatonix
If you're already hooked on a cappella group Pentatonix's reimagined takes on Christmas songs, you'll be left speechless with this one. Pro tip: They have a Christmas album available and are going on tour this holiday season.
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'O Holy Night' by Mariah Carey
Mariah Carey, the queen of Christmas herself, has plenty of notable hits from her 1994 holiday album. Instead of jamming out to something like "All I Want for Christmas Is You," give this more meaningful song a play.
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'Hark! The Herald Angels Sing' by Celtic Woman
This all-female musical ensemble fuses traditional Irish song with contemporary notes in an effort to celebrate the colorful history of Ireland. Get into the Christmas spirit with their rendition of this jubilee that welcomes Jesus to life.
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'Christmas Offering' by Mark Hall of Casting Crowns
Mark Hall of Christian rock band Casting Crowns offers songs of praise for the Prince of Peace in this contemporary hit.
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'The First Noel' by King's College Choir of Cambridge
As one of the most renowned groups of choral tradition of all time, King's College Choir of Cambridge leaves their listeners in awe year after year with their live performance of Christmas hymns like "The First Noel."
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'The First Noel' by Carrie Underwood
Or if you want to listen to a more contemporary version of this classic, try Carrie Underwood's cover — released in 2007 as part of a special-edition version of her album "Carnival Ride."
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'Away in a Manger' by Susan Boyle
Grab the tissues. Though Susan Boyle brings the wow factor almost every time she sings, the Britain's Got Talent Star's live performance of the hymn "Away in a Manger" is nothing short of magical.
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'We Three Kings' by Angel City Chorale
Original dreamed up by American clergyman and hymnodist John Henry Hopkins Jr. in 1857, this Christian hymn tells the tale of the three Biblical kings who traveled far and long to deliver Jesus gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh on the day of his birth in Bethlehem.
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'What Child Is This' by Brad Paisley
After being struck with a severe illness in 1865, insurance manager William Chatterton Dix had a spiritual revelation that compelled him to write several hymns, including "What Child Is This." Though this hymn is beautifully performed by church choirs all over the world, many are fans of Brad Paisley's version with country undertones.
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'Joy to the World' by Jeremy Riddle
Worship leader, songwriter, and pastor at Bethel Church, Jeremy Riddle, offers a contemporary live performance of "Joy to the World," a hymn that celebrates the coming of Jesus to Earth. The lyrics of this song, which is based on a psalm, were originally written by a minister named Isaac Watts.
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'O Come, O Come Emmanuel' by Peter Hollens
Classically trained vocalist Peter Hollens hits every note in his rendition of "O Come, O Come Emmanuel," a holiday song that'll surely get you in the right spirit for Christmas Day.
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'O Come, O Come Emmanuel' by Pentatonix
Not a traditionalist? Try this more modern take by Pentatonix. While the a cappella group's version sounds decidedly trendy, the song is anything but new — the translation actually stems from an ancient 9th-century Latin hymn.
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'Ave Maria' by Andrea Bocelli
"Ave Maria" is the ultimate tribute to Mary of Nazareth, Mother of Jesus. What better vocalist to offer this musical form of praise than the internationally renowned Italian singer songwriter?
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'Ave Maria' by Michael Bublé
We spoke too soon: Michael Bublé might compete with best cover of this holiday song. The melody of "Ave Maria" was composed by Franz Schubert, but apparently the lyrics were only added when other artists (way before Michael!) recorded with it. The title is actually Latin for "Hail, Mary."
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'Mary, Did You Know' by Pentatonix
Another accolade to Mother Mary, "Mary Did You Know" sounds fresh and modern when performed a cappella. Thank you for sharing this composition with the world, Pentatonix.
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'Adeste Fideles (O Come All Ye Faithful)' by Celine Dion
Most people know this song as "O Come All Ye Faithful" rather than "Adeste Fideles," but the latter is the Latin name it was originally written as. This version's performed by none other than Canadian singer Celine Dion.
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'We Three Kings/God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen' by Anthem Lights
Christian music group Anthem Lights sings this moving mashup of "We Three Kings" (which was written in 1857) and "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" (one of the oldest Christmas carols on record, dating back to around the 16th century).
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'Silent Night' by James Groban
"Silent Night" was performed for the first time ever on Christmas Eve in 1818 — after that night, it became a Christmas carol staple that's been covered by plenty of artists, including the magical voice of James Groban.
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