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Most Popular Christmas Worship Songs

Most Popular Christmas Worship Songs

December is a time that churches of all worship styles tend to gravitate to the traditional Christmas songs as their main diet. Of course they may be sung to more modern arrangements of the songs, but the words and melody stay true to the old favorites. Below is the list of songs that seem to be the most sung by churches of all types across North America this season (source: CCLI). One of the songs is not a Christmas song, but works well in this season. Two have added choruses, and one is a Christmas song written in the last couple of years.

  1. O Come All Ye Faithful
  2. Joy to the World
  3. *Joy to the World (Unspeakable Joy) (Christmas song with added chorus)
  4. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
  5. Angels We Have Heard on High
  6. O Come O Come Emmanuel
  7. Go Tell It on the Mountain
  8. Silent Night
  9. The First Noel
  10. O Holy Night
  11. What Child Is This
  12. Mary Did You Know
  13. *Noel (modern worship song)
  14. Away in a Manger
  15. O Little Town of Bethlehem
  16. Silent Night
  17. *What a Beautiful Name (modern worship song, not specifically a Christmas song)
  18. It Came Upon a Midnight Clear
  19. *Hark the Herald Angels Sing/King of Heaven (Christmas song with added chorus)
  20. Come Thou Long Expected Jesus
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Additionally, here are the top selling arrangements, both traditional and contemporary, from LifeWayWorship this week:

  1. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
  2. Angels We Have Heard on High – II
  3. Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus
  4. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing – II
  5. O Little Town of Bethlehem – II
  6. Angels, from the Realms of Glory – II
  7. O Come, All Ye Faithful – V
  8. The First Noel
  9. Away in a Manger – II
  10. O Holy Night! – VII
  11. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing with King of Heaven – II
  12. O Come, O Come, Emmanuel
  13. What Child Is This – II
  14. Silent Night
  15. O Come, O Come, Emmanuel – II
  16. The First Noel – II
  17. Joy to the World! (Unspeakable Joy) – II
  18. He Shall Reign Forevermore
  19. Joy to the World! The Lord Is Come – II
  20. He Has Come for Us (God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen)

Additionally, check out the top selling arrangements from PraiseCharts.com here to see the more contemporary arrangements of Christmas songs emulating the popular CCM bands.

About The Author

Kenny Lamm

Worship Consultant for the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina. A frequent worship clinician and guest worship leader. Extensive work in worship renewal in several Asian countries.

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