Tis the season, Christmas Carol: Google Doodle pays tribute to annual musical festivities and we bring to you the best of the Christmas carols from across the world.

'Tis the season is a form of it is the season.

Tis the season to be jolly and for many people, Christmas carol is the pivotal part of the Christmas celebration without which Christmas is incomplete

Here is the top Christmas carol from across the world which are loved and sung by all

1. Silent Night

One of the most recognizable Christmas carols, Silent Night was composed in 1818 in the small Austrian village of Oberndorf, then part of the Austrian Empire. This movie has over 22,525,553 views on youtube.


On Christmas Eve in 1818
A blizzard stranded the tiny village of Ogledorf
Nestled in the Austrian mountains
That same day the people of St. Nicholas' church found their organ broken
So the priest and organist began composing a song that could be sung without
An organ yet beautiful enough to express their Christmas joy
All day and all night long they worked
And at midnight the gentle carol Silent Night was born
The pure clear tones echoed through the hills
And the world has been captured by the beauty of that simple song ever since.

Silent Night
Holy Night
All is calm
All is bright
Round yon virgin
Mother and child
Holy infant so tender and mild
Sleep in heavenly peace
Sleep in heavenly peace

Silent Night
Holy Night
Shepeards pray

Originally ‘Stille Nacht’, its lyrics were written by a young priest, Father Joseph Mohr two years before they were put to music by a local organist Franz Xaver Gruber, who went on to compose numerous other carols – though none as popular.

It has been translated into an estimated 300 languages but is most well known for being the song which led to the informal Christmas truce of 1914, after British and German troops heard each other singing it in their respective languages. 

2. God rest you merry, Gentlemen

This song is one of the oldest which have survived to the present day and is believed to date back to at least the 1600s and is thought of as part of the English folk oral tradition. 

Its lyrics have varied over the years but was recorded in a 1760 songbook. It was also a Victorian favourite and was referenced in Charles Christmas Carol, written in 1843.

3. The Twelve Days of Christmas

Legend has it that this song was used by Roman Catholics in England to covertly express their faith under the many historical phases of prejudice against their faith in the country. The different creatures were said to represent different biblical characters and articles of faith. 

God rest ye merry gentlemen, let nothing you dismay
For Jesus Christ, our Savior was born on Christmas Day
To save us all from Satan's powers when we were gone astray..

However, this has never been proven and remains a theory.

It most likely came about as a memory game, as singers have to remember all the previous verses. 

4. Joy to the World

Written in 1719, this is one of the oldest recorded Christmas carols, and was first known as a hymn. It was composed by Isaac Watts after he complained of “atrocious worship” in Church and a priest challenged him to come up with something better. 

Joy to the world! The Lord is come.
Let earth receive her King
Let every heart
Prepare Him room
And heaven and nature sing
And heaven and nature sing
And heaven and heaven and nature sing..

Watts went on to be a prolific hymn writer, penning at least 750 songs. 

5. O Little Town of Bethlehem

One of the few America carols, this song was written in 1868 by Phillip Brooks, a Philadelphia preacher, and put to music by his organist, Lewis Redner.

O little town of Bethlehem
How still we see thee lie
Above thy deep and dreamless sleep
The silent stars go by
Yet in thy dark streets shineth
The everlasting Light
The hopes and fears of all the years
Are met in thee tonight

He was inspired to write it after a visit to Bethlehem, where he participated in the annual Christmas service. He travelled to the town on horseback from Jerusalem to be at the five hour Church of Nativity service.

6 Jingle Bell

And one of my favorite Jingle Bell

Jingle bells, jingle bells
Jingle all the way
Oh, what fun it is to ride
In a one horse open sleigh

7. Polar express, My another favourate

I'm wishing on a star
And trying to believe
That even though it's far
He'll find me Christmas Eve
I guess that Santa's busy
Cause he's never come around
I think of him
When Christmas comes to town

8. "It's Beginning to look a lot like Christmas" by Johnny Mathis (Lyrics)

9. Alvin And The Chipmunks - Christmas Song

10.  The Best Christmas Song

(News Inputs from: independent)

The above list is the top ten best of songs from the Christmas Carol sung across the world. Happy Christmas, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year all.

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Chetan Sharma is an Indian fact-checker and news writer, writing news for Ayupp since 2014.

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