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Which Christmas carol has been crowned the nation’s favorite?

And the winner is… (Image: Getty)

O Holy Night topped a poll to find the nation’s most beloved Christmas carol, beating Silent Night to the top of the list of splendid tree-tree carnival tunes.

Gustav Holst’s version of In The Bleak Midwinter (song from Peaky Blinders) came in third and Hark! The Herald Angels Sing and its vibrant choir came in fourth, in an annual survey by Classic FM.

O Holy Night, believed to be the first carol to be broadcast on radio, held the number one spot for the sixth year in a row.

Reginald Fessenden, a Canadian inventor, broadcast the first mid-wave radio program on Christmas Eve 1906, in which he played O Holy Night on the violin.

Over the years, the song has been included by music superstars Queen of Christmas Mariah Carey, Celine Dion, Josh Groban and Andrea Bocelli.

The lyrics of O Holy Night come from a French poem, while the music, composed by Adolphe Adam, is followed.

But wait, there’s myrrh!

Harold Darke’s version of In The Bleak Midwinter was fifth in the poll, while O Come All Ye Faithful, Carol Of The Bells (famously used in Home Alone, as well as TV shows including The West). Wing), O Little Town Of Bethlehem, Once In Royal David’s City and Away In A Manger make up the rest of the top 10.

More than 17,000 votes were cast in the 20th year of the Classic FM poll.

There’s a new entry this year – Angels From The Realms Of Glory – flying at 27th, while the highest climber is We Three Kings, which has risen three places to 21st.

The King’s College Cambridge Choir’s Christmas Eve performance of the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols often includes many of the top 20 carols and is broadcast to millions around the world (Image: Getty)


Classic FM’s top 20 Christmas carols

  1. O holy night
  2. Quiet night
  3. In The Bleak Midwinter (Gustav Holst version)
  4. Listen! The Herald Angels Sing
  5. In The Bleak Midwinter (Howard Darke version)
  6. O Come to all faithful friends
  7. Carol Of The Bells
  8. O little town of Bethlehem
  9. Once In Royal David’s City
  10. Walk in the Manger
  11. Joy for the whole world
  12. O Come, O Come Emmanuel
  13. Ding Dong! Fun on high
  14. May God rest in peace, you are happy, gentlemen
  15. Holly and the ivy
  16. Good King Wenceslas
  17. In Dulci Jubilo
  18. Gaudete
  19. Coventry Carol
  20. It Came Upon A Midnight Clear

Coventry Carol was the team that dropped the most, dropping four places to 19th.

A countdown of the 30 best carols will be broadcast during the Christmas Day special – the nation’s favorite Carol – performed by John Brunning from 1pm on Classic FM and Global Player.

Brunning said: ‘Carols have been at the heart of Christmas for hundreds of years and continue to be enjoyed – and sung – by millions across the UK this time of year.

‘As a carol, O Holy Night had it all. It has a beautiful melody, strong language, and at its core is a story of hope and the promise of redemption.

‘Its enduring popularity over the years – through the good times as well as the challenges we’re facing – is undeniable and it deserves to be a favorite of the whole family. country.’

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