It’s never Christmas until you hear your favorite Christmas carol. Plough through this article for a list of the world’s most popular Christmas carols.

Christmas Carols List

A Christmas carol, also known as a ‘noel’, is a hymn or a song that revolves around the festival of Christmas. The lyrics of all Christmas carols will draw their inspiration from the birth of Christ and the events that led to the same. The theme of a Christmas carol can also revolve around the winter season. All over the world, Christmas carols are sung a few days or few weeks prior to Christmas day (December 25). Carols have always been known to have a very distinct melody and feel to them. This was mainly because of the compositions of the hymns/songs. The songs were almost always based on medieval chord patterns. The popular Christmas carol, ‘the Holly and the Ivy’, can in fact be traced back to the middle ages. This only goes to show that the carols we sing during Christmas or ‘the Holiday Season’ has been blessed with their fare share of history. Isn’t it also inspiring to know that the carols we sing are amongst the oldest musical compositions in the world today? Here’s presenting a list of the world’s most loved and sung Christmas carols.
List Of Popular Christmas Carols
  • While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks - Nahum Tate
  • What Child Is This? - William Chatterton Dix
  • We Three Kings Of Orient Are - Rev. John Henry Hopkins
  • We Wish You A Merry Christmas- English traditional
  • Star of the East - Alfred Hans Zoller
  • Silent Night - Franz Xaver Gruber
  • Sans Day Carol - Cornish traditional
  • Past Three A Clock - George Ratcliffe Woodward
  • Once In Royal David's City - Cecil Frances Humphreys Alexander
  • Little Town of Bethlehem - Phillips Brooks
  • Holy Night - Placide Cappeau de Rouquemaure
  • Night of Silence - Daniel Kantor
  • Mary's Boy Child - Jester Hairston
  • Mary, Did You Know? - Mark Lowry
  • Love Came Down at Christmas - Christina Rossetti
  • The Little Drummer Boy - Katherine K. Davis
  • Joy to the World - Psalm 98
  • It Came Upon the Midnight Clear - Edmund Hamilton Sears
  • In the Bleak Midwinter - Christina Rossetti
  • Infant Holy, Infant Lowly – Polish traditional
  • Heard the Bells on Christmas Day - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  • Hark! The Herald Angels Sing - Charles Wesley
  • Go Tell It on the Mountain - John W. Work
  • Glory to God – Dutch traditional
  • The First Noel – English traditional
  • Ding Dong Merrily on High - George Ratcliffe Woodward
  • Carol of the Bells - Peter Wilhousky
  • Away in a Manger – First two stanzas by an unknown author, third stanza by John McFarland
  • Angels from the Realms of Glory - James Montgomery
  • A Christmas Carol - Charles E. Ives
  • The Cherry Tree Carol - English traditional
  • Here We Come A-Wassailing - English traditional
  • The Holly and the Ivy - English traditional
  • I Pray On Christmas - Harry Connick, Jr.
  • In the Bleak Midwinter - Christina Rossetti
  • I Wonder as I Wander - Appalachian traditional
  • The Sussex Carol - English traditional
  • The Twelve Days of Christmas - English traditional
  • We Wish You A Merry Christmas - English traditional
  • While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks - Nahum Tate
  • Star of the East - Alfred Hans Zoller
  • See, Amid The Winter's Snow - Edward Caswall
  • Come, O Come Emmanuel – Unknown
  • Good Christian Men Rejoice – Unknown/Translated by John Mason Neale
  • Christians Awake Salute The Happy Morn - John Byron
  • God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen – English traditional
  • I Saw Three Ships – English traditional
  • Good King Wenceslas - John Mason Neale
  • Calypso Carol - Michael Perry
  • Boar's Head Carol - English traditional
  • Coventry Carol - English traditional
  • Deck The Halls – Unknown

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