The Most Popular Christmas Carol

So what’s your guess for the most popularly recorded Christmas carol?

O Little Town of Bethlehem?

Joy to the World?

Hark the Herald Angels Sing?

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer?

TIME magazine had the same question, and when they crunched data from U.S. Copyright records they discovered “Silent Night” the most popular! Over 700 copyrighted recordings since 1978—twice as much as the “runner up” “Joy to the World!”

And did you know the two most popular carols “Silent Night” and “Joy to the World” have biblical references? Silent Night has references to Luke 2 and the birth of Jesus, while “Joy to the World” writer Isaac Watts, wrote the original as part of his work on the Psalms of David—the words: “Joy to the world, the Lord is come, let earth receive her King”—referring to the second half of Psalm 98!


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