Christmas Carols Music Recordings

The term 'Christmas Carol' describes a song or hymn with Christmas-related lyrics, or traditionally sung during the holiday season. Though the first Nativity hymns may be traced to the 4th century Rome, they were mainly used as a vehicle for statement of theological doctrine. Modern Christmas Carols are sometimes based on medieval Christmas songs (in fact some are among the oldest musical compositions still regularly played), which sometimes gives them a distinct modal sound. Modern carols continue to be written too, to great success.

Title Composer Instrument Period Ratings
Carol of the Bells Mykola Leontovych Wind Ensemble Early 20th Century
Deck the Halls (brass arr.) Michel Rondeau Wind Ensemble Traditional
Ding Dong Merrily on High Charles Wood Choir Early 20th Century
It came upon the Midnight Clear Richard Storrs Willis Choir Late 19th century
Joy to the World Lowell Mason Choir Romantic
Les noëls du jeune organiste J. de Montber Organ Early 20th Century
Livre de noëls Jean-François Dandrieu Organ Baroque
Livre de Noëls, Op. 60 Alexandre Guilmant Organ Romantic
Romanian Christmas Carols, Sz. 57 Béla Bartók Piano Early 20th Century
Silent Night Franz Xaver Gruber Chamber group Romantic