My favorite Christmas song is O Holy Night; I think at one point I had at least 20 different versions in my iTunes playlist.
So I thought I’d write a blog post that contains links to a variety of versions of the song so that I would always have easy access to them.
At the top of my list is Josh Groban’s version. I think he has the best voice of any singer I know:
Once I had that song on my list, I just decided to take a look through YouTube, and limit my search to those videos that had at least a million views; relying on the wisdom of the crowd to help me find other great versions.
Probably no Christmas song list would be complete without Mariah Carey, so here she is singing O Holy Night. I wouldn’t put it near the top of my list, but it’s hard to argue with 48 million views:
Here’s a version from the incredible Pentatonix:
After I first posted this blog, a reader suggested Celine Dion, and after watching the video, I can see why:
And while searching for that video, I came across one more I want to include here, Celtic Women:
And here are two more suggested by a reader. Versions by Susan Boyle and Anne Murray.
And another reader suggested the following ones, which are incredible, one from Libera, an all-boy English vocal group and the other from II Divo, a multi-national classical crossover vocal group.
And why not have some fun, here is Cartman from South Park singing O Holy Night:
And here’s a version I had never heard before, but I loved it; sort of a folk-rock version:
And finally here is one that is labeled the worst version ever; it makes the ones above sound even better! But you may want to turn down your speakers for this one…
I think I should record my own version; how much worse can it be than this?
Merry Christmas to all!
*image from Ireland’s Own