What is your favorite Christmas carol, and who sings it the best?

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    Dec 25, 2007 4:56 PM GMT
    Hands down my favorite Christmas carol is O Holy Night, and—don't laugh—I like the Celene Dion version. I don't care much for her other stuff, but seriously, the bitch can sing the shit out of a Christmas carol!

    I could also listen to Ave Maria on repeat for hours, but I think it's less of a Christmas song.
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    Dec 26, 2007 7:20 AM GMT
    I agree with O Holy Night.

    Gospeed, if you like Ave Maria, you would also very much like the fifth movement of Mozart's "Vesperae Solennes de Confessore", which is another meltingly beautiful soprano song with chorus that has exactly that same feel. The Kiri te Kanawa version on Philips is incredible.
  • Kohaku

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    Dec 26, 2007 7:27 AM GMT
    "Mary did you know" The best I've ever heard was done by a group of high school girls I know. 100% Amazing
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    Dec 26, 2007 10:12 AM GMT
    Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas. Judy Garland. Nothing like the original.

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    Dec 26, 2007 10:47 AM GMT
    SO True!!!! Thank you for posting that! Made my christmas!
    Aside from Judy,
    I have to say I always have to laugh a little at Barbara Streisand singing My Favorite Things. I hear it in the supermarket every christmas. Who cares if she is Jewish, she can sing a mean christmas carol.
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    Sep 14, 2008 8:06 PM GMT
    The year has turned the corner, so I hope no one will castigate me for pushing this back up the list.

    On a box of Chex cereal I bought several years ago, was a CD of Christmas music by a group called Moore by Four called Holiday Jazz Favorites.

    I fell in love with (almost) the whole CD, but 'Lo How a Rose E'er Blooming' was a standout.

    Two other holiday CDs I highly recommend are: A Baroque Christmas (New York's Ensemble for Early Music) and Home for Christmas (Anne Sofie von Otter).
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    Sep 14, 2008 8:27 PM GMT
    I love so many, but two come to mind:
    Still, Still, Still as done by Mannheim Steamroller
    (I like this carol so much that I wrote an arrangement for SATB Choir, hand bells and harp that I'd played almost 2 years ago.)
    and
    Winter Wonderland done by Darlene Love
  • Run4Life83

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    Sep 14, 2008 8:28 PM GMT
    Carol of the Bells Any group quartet or larger.
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    Sep 14, 2008 9:06 PM GMT
    Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas by Christopher Kincaid.
    I swear it almost made me cry the first time i heard it.
  • coolarmydude

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    Sep 14, 2008 9:08 PM GMT
    O Holy Night is my all time favorite, but...


    I really love hearing Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree (Brenda Lee version)...it makes me recall a flashback that never happened to a time in which I was too naiive to know of some whack-o relative's alcohol/drug induced stupor around the Holiday season. All this time I thought I knew what tinker toys were for!




    Okay...just kidding about the flashback thing. icon_lol.gif
  • Tritimium

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    Sep 14, 2008 9:16 PM GMT
    I recently discovered Celtic Woman on YouTube. I love their arrangements of some great carols:

    (I've just given the links, because this number of videos would make the thread page take ages to load.)

    The Wexford Carol
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uXkgqpVVpTg

    Christmas Pipes:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=njm1IkL0w7o

    Ding Dong Merrily on High:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dlbJToqI3nU

    Carol of the Bells:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FKrx-4Awe70

    O Holy Night:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cZ-8jYpa1-o

    The Christmas Song:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=To822SCxolM

    Whilst I'm at it - I know it's not a Christmas carol - their arrangement of Jesu, Joy is stunning:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iPeVIuRjUi4
  • MSUBioNerd

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    Sep 14, 2008 9:41 PM GMT
    Even though I'm not remotely religious, I've always loved a few specific traditional carols: Carol of the Bells and Joy the World most prominently. But in lesser known ones, I love John Denver's rendition of Noel: Christmas Eve 1913.
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    Sep 14, 2008 9:47 PM GMT
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  • Timbales

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    Sep 14, 2008 9:51 PM GMT
    My favorite is The Coventry Carol. I like Anne Murray's and Alison Moyet's versions.
  • westguy79

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    Sep 14, 2008 10:07 PM GMT
    Jolly old St. Nicholas by Ray Coniff singer



    Oh Holy Night by Celine Dion



    The First Noel by NSync (I don't care for this video, though)
  • baldone

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    Sep 14, 2008 10:18 PM GMT
    christmas music has got to be one of my favorites....

    have to mention merry christmas darling by the carpenters....all warm and fuzzy just a great song....
    still still still by manheim is also very very good
    but white christmas by bing crosby has to be one of the best
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    Sep 14, 2008 10:33 PM GMT
    CarlosGringo saidThe year has turned the corner, so I hope no one will castigate me for pushing this back up the list.

    IT'S FUCKING SEPTEMBER!

    THIS THREAD WAS DORMANT FOR 9 MONTHS!

    HOW DO YOU GUYS FIND THESE DAMN DEAD THREADS???

    This is mine...The Secret of Christmas

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    Sep 14, 2008 11:09 PM GMT
    HereComesTheSun saidHands down my favorite Christmas carol is O Holy Night, and—don't laugh—I like the Celene Dion version. I don't care much for her other stuff, but seriously, the bitch can sing the shit out of a Christmas carol!

    I could also listen to Ave Maria on repeat for hours, but I think it's less of a Christmas song.


    To sing O Holy Night, Once filled my soul with so much joy, and peace. But I don't celebrate Christmas anymore! I've Americanised, and Celebrate the Holidays Season.

    But I love Mannheim Steamroller, Christmas CD. I love it's version of Greensleeves, and Still, Still, Still, and O holy Night.
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    Sep 15, 2008 8:25 PM GMT
    IT'S FUCKING SEPTEMBER!


    It could've easily been July.
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    Sep 15, 2008 8:27 PM GMT
    Carol of the Bells. and i have lots of favorites but that is the best
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    Sep 15, 2008 8:28 PM GMT
    It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas. Everywhere I go......icon_biggrin.gif
  • MikemikeMike

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    Sep 16, 2008 6:50 AM GMT
    Maybe not my favorite, but the one at the end of (Mavis Staples) Christmas Vacation with Chevy Chase puts me in a good mood.
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    Sep 16, 2008 7:07 AM GMT
    Carol of the bells & O' holy night.

    I love Bing Cosby thou. Great holiday album and It's never really Christmas with out Mariah's "All I want for Christmas is Yooooooouuuuuuu!!"icon_biggrin.gif
  • TallGWMvballe...

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    Sep 16, 2008 7:50 AM GMT
    I am also not a christian but I love christmas carols none the less and see the season as a Winter Celebration.
    My favs are Carol of the bells and God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen.
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    Sep 16, 2008 6:56 PM GMT
    **Hark hear the bells sweet silver bells, all seem to say throw cares away icon_wink.gif Alot more people like Carol of the bells then I thought.