Music brings peace to the soul. Christian Christmas songs were a way for people to spread the joy and message of the festival through music. That is the reason for the evolution of Christmas based songs.
Through the years, many artists have come up with their own originals songs, while most have adapted traditional songs to new tunes. Of those traditional songs, 7 are listed here as the top most listened to songs.
1. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
Originally written by Charles Wesley in 1739, this song has been widely adapted by music artists from every genre possible. It is considered one of the best Christmas songs till date.
In the original version the first two lines were hark! How all the welkin rings, Glory to the King of Kings. In the present version it has been changed to Hark! The herald angels sing, Glory to the newborn King. The best adapted version of this song till date is Blackmores Nights version.
2. O Holy Night
Cantique de Nol or the O holy night is the brainchild of Adolphe C. Adam, composed in 1847. It was in French and was translated to English by John Sullivan Dwight. This song has the fame of being the first music to be played on radio. The first two lines are Oh holy night! The stars are brightly shining, It is the night of our dear Saviour's birth. The best adapted version is by Smokie Norful.
3. The First Noel
The fist noel is thought to be a translation of a French song, though not proved to that fact yet. It was first seen in the year 1833 in a collection of carols complied by William Sandys. The first two lines of the songs are as follows:
The First Noel, the Angels did say, Was to certain poor shepherds in fields as they lay
The best adapted version of this popular song is Randy Traves.
4. Silent Night
Silent night was first written in German by Josef Mohr in 1816. It was later translated in the year 1863 by John Young. First two lines of this famous carol are Silent night, holy night, All is calm, all is bright.
This is one the most soothing songs of the list and has been done justice to by Go Fish Acappella and Yolanda Adams with her mesmerizing voice.
5. Away in a manger
Printed in a school book, this song dates back to 1885. It is erroneously thought that Martin Luther wrote the song. The music to this song was composed by William Kirkpatrick. Away in a manger, No crib for His bed song has been sung best by Mahalia Jackson.
The traditional Christmas songs have best conveyed the true meaning of Christmas, the joy and the good times.