Welcome to Tuesday Tunes this 11th day of Blogmas, where we will be looking at my top five traditional Christmas tunes. While there are plenty of funky singalong dance tunes from all of your favourites bands, if you want to get a real flavour of ‘The Reason for the Season’ then you need classic carols just like the following 5 of the best.
Oh Come All Ye Faithful
This is, and always will be, my favourite Christmas carol. The words we sing today were added in the mid 1800’s, but the music dates back to the early 1700’s.
I particularly love the descant in the penultimate verse, and can’t help joining in that bit when I go to services. If you are more interested in an up to date version of the song, you could try this Pentatonix one
Oh Holy Night
This is a beautiful song that has been covered a number of times. While I was tempted to put the Mariah Carey version up, I decided to go with this one from ll Divo.
This is a classic carol, remembered famously for being sung by the opposing troops during the Christmas truce of World War 1 in 1914. As it wouldn’t be Christmas without a bit of Michael Buble, here he is.
Joy To The World
This song is based on Psalm 98, and while it is technically celebrating the return of Jesus, rather than his birth it has become a Christmas standard. This version is by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir
Angels From The Realms Of Glory
Based on Luke 2.10 from the Bible story of the birth of Jesus, this hymn was written over 200 years ago, yet is still as beautiful now as it has ever been.
Are there any special carols that really bring home the spirit of Christmas to you? Let me know what your favourites are in the comments below.