Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Top 7 Christmas Carol Remakes

Everybody's done the traditional Christmas songs, but I really like it when they jazz it up a bit. These are my favorites.

7) God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen — Jars of Clay

6) It Came Upon a Midnight Clear — Caedmon's Call

5) Little Drummer Boy — Jars of Clay

4) O Come, O Come Emmanuel — Big Daddy Weave

I couldn't find a video — or even the whole song — but it's too good to not list. This link will take you to Amazon where you can hear a clip.

3) What Child is This? — Mercy Me

2) Silent Night — Jaci Velasquez with Burlap to Cashmere

This arrangement, which I've seen called One Silent Night, is a combination of Silent Night with her God So Loved to beautiful effect.

1) I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day — Casting Crowns

This arrangement of the old poem manages to be heart-rending and hopeful as well as beautiful. It is absolutely worth your time to listen. Twice.

Honorable mention: Anointed's version of Joy to the World is a lot of fun, but I couldn't find a good link. A sample can be heard on this album on Amazon.


EMur said...

I love your choices, especially Jars of Clay. THANKS for the holiday cheer!

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