10 Best Choir Christmas Songs

Here are the 10 best choir Christmas songs. Most choirs need special music for the Christmas holidays, and this list includes many of the perennial favorites. From traditional English carols to elaborate choral arrangements to simple folk classics, here are ten of the best choir songs for the season.

  1. “Angels We Have Heard On High.” “Angels We Have Heard On High” is one of the most popular choir Christmas songs, heard at many holiday concerts. The song celebrates the birth of Jesus, when angels sang in praise of the newborn child.
  2. “Away In A Manger.” “Away In A Manger” is another popular Christmas carol for choirs. In fact, it is one of the best-loved Christmas songs of all time. It can be sung to “Murray’s Tune” or to the tune of “Cradle Song.” The two melodies work together well for choir harmonies.
  3. “Carol Of The Bells.” “Carol Of The Bells” is a choral work sometimes known as the “Ukrainian Bell Carol.” The song is based on a traditional folk chant, and it is often sung a capella by a mixed choir.
  4. “Ding Dong! Merrily On High.” A fun choir Christmas song is “Ding Dong! Merrily On High.” The song features English lyrics set to an old dance tune. It is best known for its refrain, “Gloria, Hosanna in excelsis!”
  5. “The First Nowell.” “The First Nowell,” also known as “The First Noel,” is a traditional English Christmas carol. The word “noel” comes from French and Latin words for “Christmas” and ‘birth.” The popular choir song is usually performed in a four-part hymn arrangement.
  6. “Hallelujah Chorus.” One of the best and most familiar choir Christmas songs is “Hallelujah Chorus.” The chorus is the most famous movement of “Messiah,” an English composition by Handel, a German-English composer.
  7. “The Holly And The Ivy.” “The Holly And The Ivy” is a traditional English carol that mingles Christian and pagan imagery. A British composer wrote the choral arrangement, which is very popular with choirs.
  8. “I Wonder As I Wander.” “I Wonder As I Wander” is a Christmas song from the 1930s by an American folklorist and singer named Niles. The Appalachian folk song is a popular holiday piece with choirs.
  9. “Once In Royal David’s City.” An Irish hymn writer wrote “Once In Royal David’s City.” The carol is a popular choir song during Christmas Eve services. Usually accompanied by an organ, the congregation often joins the choir in singing the last verse.
  10. “While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks.” “While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks” rounds out the list of ten best choir Christmas songs. Written by an Irish hymnist and an English poet, the song is commonly sung to two different tunes.
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