Look now for glad and golden hours …
“Angels We Have Heard on High,” Sixpence None the Richer
“Away in a Manger,” Mindy Smith
“The First Noel,” Sarah McLachlan
“Go Tell It on the Mountain,” Oh Susanna
“God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen,” Pedro the Lion
“It Came Upon a Midnight Clear,” Sam Phillips
“Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming,” Feist
“O Holy Night,” Avril Lavigne & Chantal Kreviazuk
“O Little Town of Bethlehem,” Belle & Sebastian
“Silent Night,” Evan Dando
These aren’t the only 10 Christmas carols in my collection. Or the best 10. But these are 10 good ones for which I could find YouTube links.
The Sam Phillips’ version of “It Came Upon a Midnight Clear” comes from the 1992 movie A Midnight Clear, based on the William Wharton book, and I recommend all three if you like things in a melancholy minor key.
I usually do, which is why “O Little Town of Bethelehem” is one of my favorite carols, but the rendition of it linked above, by Belle & Sebastian, is a departure from that, sounding more like something to be played in a ballroom on New Year’s Eve than at a midnight service the week before. But I maintain the melancholy/upbeat balance in the list above by also including David Bazan’s “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen.”