"God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" by Christian Artists

Traditional Religious Christmas Carol

The traditional religious Christmas carol "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" was sung for centuries before being first published in Britain in 1833. While it has been released by artists from all styles and genres of music, both secular and Christian, the top versions by Christian artists stand head and shoulders above the rest.

The carol has been covered by artists from just about every style of music. The following list covers the most popular versions by Christian & Gospel Artists

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Phillips, Craig And Dean

Phillips Craig and Dean - Hope For All The World
Phillips Craig and Dean - Hope For All The World. Fair Trade

A little faster than your standard fare, PCD has fun blending "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" and "We Three Kings." A touch of a near-country sound really makes this song from 2013's Hope For All The World stand out in a big way.

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Steven Curtis Chapman

2005's All I Really Want For Christmas is where we hear Steven Curtis Chapman's version of the classic carol. Chapman delivers a warm and time-tested sound, bringing to mind the Christmas seasons of yesteryear.

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Bethany Dillon

Shades Of Christmas: Jazz & Blues
Shades Of Christmas: Jazz & Blues. Sparrow Records

I'll bet you didn't know that Bethany Dillon had a jazz streak in her? You hear it and hear it well on Shades Of Christmas: Jazz & Blues, a compilation that came out in 2007.

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Jars Of Clay

Jars Of Clay - Drummer Boy
Jars Of Clay - Drummer Boy. Essential Records

Jars of Clay is flawless on their cut of the classic Christmas carol. Harmonies and strings abound, making this a perfect complement to any Christmas season.

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Randy Travis

Touched By An Angel The Christmas Album
Touched By An Angel The Christmas Album. Sony/BMG

Randy Travis has a voice that is recognizable in any crowd and he brings a real down-home country Christmas feel to the season with his rendition of "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen."

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MercyMe

MercyMe - The Christmas Sessions
MercyMe - The Christmas Sessions. INO Records

MercyMe released their version of "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" in 2005 on The Christmas Sessions. Without losing the classical feel of the song, the band brought in a pop rock twist that gave it a definite MercyMe sound.

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Hope's Call

Hope's Call - This Night
Hope's Call - This Night. Hope's Call

The a capella version that Hope's Call put out in 2012 is simply beautiful and awe-inspiring.

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4HIM

4HIM - Christmas The Season Of Love
4HIM - Christmas The Season Of Love. Benson Records

Nobody out there sounds like 4HIM and they did amazing justice to "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" on 1993's Christmas: The Season Of Love. The harmonies were pure magic and the rhythms that they blended with the traditional melody line gave the song a very upbeat feel with a lot of extra umph! Compare Prices

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Jim Brickman

Jim Brickman - Peace
Jim Brickman - Peace. Windham Hill Records

Clocking in at an amazing 7 minutes, Jim Brickman's release of "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" comes from his second Christmas album, Peace. Brickman plays with such a warm, yet delicate touch, that you find you don't miss vocals at all.

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DecembeRadio

DecembeRadio - Comfort & Joy
DecembeRadio - Comfort & Joy. Slanted Records

The DRadio guys really give it there all on their version of the classic carol and the harmony is outstanding. They may be a rock band, but they sure can slow it down just as perfectly as they can rock it out!

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