10 Best Christmas Instrumental Songs

There is definitely a market for gentle Christmas music, as shown by these 10 best Christmas instrumental songs. Performed by the most popular instrumentalists today, here are ten soothing instrumentals to enjoy during the holiday season. The collection includes traditional favorites as well as newer compositions.

  1. “Jesus, Jesus Rest Your Head.” “Jesus, Jesus Rest Your Head” is a composition by Russell Schulz-Widmar, a professor of liturgical music. Pianist George Winston performs a beautiful version for his 1990 “December” album.
  2. “The First Noel/Christmas Eve Waltz.” “The First Noel/Christmas Eve Waltz” is a beautiful interpretation of a traditional English carol. Pianist David Lanz performs the instrumental for his 1994 “Christmas Eve” album.
  3. “Run, Run, Run To Bethlehem.” “Run, Run, Run To Bethlehem” is an instrumental by jazz pianist David Brubeck. The song appears on his 1996 album, “A Dave Brubeck Christmas.”
  4. “Linus And Lucy.” “Linus And Lucy” is a classic instrumental from the animated children’s film, “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” The 1965 soundtrack features the music of jazz musician and pianist Vince Guaraldi.
  5. “Wassail, Wassail.” “Wassail, Wassail” is a favorite instrumental by Mannheim Steamroller, a music group known primarily for their Christmas recordings. The song appears on their 1984 album, “Mannheim Steamroller Christmas.”
  6. “Joseph Dear Oh Joseph Mine.” “Joseph Dear Oh Joseph Mine” is another great instrumental from Mannheim Steamroller. The song appears on the 1995 “Christmas In The Aire” album, one of the biggest-selling Christmas albums in the United States.
  7. “Go Tell It On The Mountain.” “Go Tell It On The Mountain” is a Christian spiritual song considered a Christmas carol because it celebrates the birth of Jesus. The song appears on the 2006 “Smoky Mountain Christmas” album, which features guitars, banjos, and dulcimers.
  8. “Greensleeves (What Child Is This?).” “Greensleeves (What Child Is This?)” is a Christmas instrumental by Kenny G, an award-winning jazz saxophonist. The song appears on his 1994 “Miracles: Holiday Album.”
  9. “Bring A Torch, Jeanette Isabella.” “Bring A Torch, Jeanette Isabella” is a popular French Christmas carol. Guitarist Lewis Ross features the song on his 1982 album, “Collection Of Favorite Christmas Carols.”
  10. “Do You Hear What I Hear?” “Do You Hear What I Hear?” is a Christmas song originally written as a plea for peace during the Cuban Missile Crisis in the early 1960s. Pianist Jim Brickman performs the instrumental Christmas piece for his 2008 “Christmas Romance” album.
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