Christmas Carols Downloads, Chords, Tab, Sheet Music and Lyrics

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So many artists and bands, both Christian and secular, have done so many different versions of different holiday tunes that you can hear the same song in tons of different ways.

In case you're looking for the tab/chords/sheet music/lyrics to some of the "old standards," to play with your own touch, here is a good list to start with.

"A Baby Just Like You"

John Denver - Rocky Mountain Christmas
John Denver - Rocky Mountain Christmas. BMG Entertainment

This Christmas song is originally by John Denver in his 1979 A Christmas Together album. It speaks of a Christmas baby, retelling the joys of this season.

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"Angels We Have Heard On High"

Liz Story - The Gift
Liz Story - The Gift. Windham Hill Records

The popular traditional religious Christmas carol "Angels We Have Heard on High" was originally a traditional French carol known as "Les Anges dans nos Campagnes," which translates literally to "The Angels in our Countryside."

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"Away in a Manger"

Casting Crowns - Peace On Earth
Casting Crowns - Peace On Earth. Reunion Records

The first publication of "Away in a Manger" was in 1885 in a Lutheran Sunday school book by James R. Murray.

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"Carol of the Bells"

Sandi Patty - O Holy Night
Sandi Patty - O Holy Night. Word Records

"Carol of the Bells" is also known as the "Ukrainian Bell Carol." It was first performed in the United States on October 5, 1921, at Carnegie Hall.

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"Deck the Halls"

Relient K - Let It Snow...Let It Reindeer
Relient K - Let It Snow...Let It Reindeer. EMI/Capital

"Deck the Halls" is based on an old Welsh tune from the 1700s. The words were added in America in 1903.

"Do You Hear What I Hear?"

Third Day - Christmas Offerings
Third Day - Christmas Offerings. Courtesy of: Provident Music Group

Written in October 1962 by husband and wife Noël Regney (lyrics) and Gloria Shayne Baker (music), this song was a plea for peace during the Cuban Missile Crisis.

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"Frosty the Snowman"

Travis Cottrell - Ring The Bells
Travis Cottrell - Ring The Bells. Indelible Creative Group

"Frosty The Snowman" was written by Walter "Jack" Rollins and Steve Nelson, and was first recorded in 1950 by Gene Autry and the Cass County Boys.

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Jim Brickman - The Hymns & Carols Of Christmas
Jim Brickman - The Hymns & Carols Of Christmas. Spring Hill Music Group

The traditional religious Christmas carol "God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen" was sung for centuries before being first published in Britain in 1833.

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Jim Brickman - The Hymns & Carols Of Christmas
Jim Brickman - The Hymns & Carols Of Christmas. Spring Hill Music Group

Slow and solemn, the original music played with "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing" was different from the current version, and that was how the song was played for over a hundred years.

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"Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas"

Relient K - Let It Snow...Let It Reindeer
Relient K - Let It Snow...Let It Reindeer. EMI/Capital

"Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas" was first published in 1943. It was made popular by Judy Garland when she sang this song to Margaret O'Brien in the 1944 musical, Meet Me In St. Louis.

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"I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus"

A Motown Christmas
A Motown Christmas. Motown

Written in the 1950s by Tommie Connor, this song was actually banned for a time by the Catholic Church for mixing Christmas with sex.

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"I Saw Three Ships"

Kevin Max - Holy Night
Kevin Max - Holy Night. Northern Records

"I Saw Three Ships" is a traditional Christmas carol from England written in the 17th century. The classic 1935 film version of David Copperfield featured the song, helping make it more popular in the United States.

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BarlowGirl - Home For Christmas
BarlowGirl - Home For Christmas. Fervent Records/Word

"I'll Be Home for Christmas" was written by Walter Kent and James "Kim" Gannon in 1943. It was recorded by Bing Crosby and quickly became one of the most popular Christmas carols in the U.S.

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pureNRG - A pureNRG Christmas
pureNRG - A pureNRG Christmas. Fervent Records/Word

"Jingle Bell Rock" was written by Joe Beal & Jim Boothe, and was first recorded in 1957 by Bobby Helms. It has sold over 100 million copies.

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"Jingle Bells"

Michael W. Smith - Christmastime
Michael W. Smith - Christmastime. Reunion Records

"Jingle Bells" was written by James Pierpoint in 1857 for children in his Sunday School class celebrating Thanksgiving. It was so popular, it was repeated at Christmas.

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"Joy to the World"

John P. Kee & The New Life Community Choir - A Special Christmas Gift
John P. Kee & The New Life Community Choir - A Special Christmas Gift. Zomba Recording

With lyrics written by Isaac Watts, the music was adapted and arranged by Lowell Mason from an older melody, which had some parts originally from Handel.

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"Merry Christmas Darling"

Ultimate Christmas Hits, Vol. 2
Ultimate Christmas Hits, Vol. 2. Curb Records

"Merry Christmas, Darling" was written by Richard Carpenter and Frank Pooler. It was originally recorded by The Carpenters in 1970.

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"Nuttin' For Christmas"

Relient K - Let It Snow...Let It Reindeer
Relient K - Let It Snow...Let It Reindeer. EMI/Capital

"Nuttin' For Christmas" was written by Sid Tepper and Roy C. Bennett. It became a hit during the 1955 Christmas season.

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"O Come All Ye Faithful"

Kirk Franklin & The Family - Christmas
Kirk Franklin & The Family - Christmas. Gospocentric

The music composition has been attributed to various people including John Wade, John Reading, and Simao Portogallo. The earliest existing manuscript shows the words as well as the tune, and lists John Wade as both writer and composer.

Top 10 Versions of "O Come All Ye Faithful" by Christian Artists and Bands

Newsong - The Christmas Shoes
Newsong - The Christmas Shoes. Reunion Records

On Christmas Eve, 1906, Canadian inventor Reginald Fessenden broadcasted the first AM radio program and played "O Holy Night" on the violin, making the popular carol the first piece of music to be broadcast on radio.

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"Once in Royal David's City"

Mary Chapin Carpenter - Come Darkness, Come Light: Twelve Songs of Christmas
Mary Chapin Carpenter - Come Darkness, Come Light: Twelve Songs of Christmas. Zoe Records

This carol, originally a poem written by Cecil Frances Alexander, was set to music by H.J. Gauntlett a year after it was first published.

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Point of Grace - Tennessee Christmas - a Holiday Collection
Point of Grace - Tennessee Christmas - a Holiday Collection. Word

"Santa Claus Is Coming To Town" was written by J. Fred Coots and Haven Gillespie and was first sung on Eddie Cantor's radio show in November 1934.

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"Silent Night"

Chris Rice - Living Room Sessions Christ
Chris Rice - Living Room Sessions Christmas. Rocketown Records

"Silent Night" has been translated into over 300 languages and dialects. It is the song that was sung simultaneously in English and German by troops fighting in WWI during the Christmas truce of 1914.

Top 10 Versions of "Silent Night" by Christian Artists and Bands

Take 6 - We Wish You A Merry Christmas
Take 6 - We Wish You A Merry Christmas. Word Records

"Silver Bells," written by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans, was introduced to America by Bob Hope and Marilyn Maxwell in 1951 in a movie called The Lemon Drop Kid.

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"The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting)"

Diamond Rio - A Diamond Rio Christmas, The Star Still Shines
Diamond Rio - A Diamond Rio Christmas, The Star Still Shines. Word

Written by vocalist Mel Tormé and Bob Wells, "The Christmas Song" the song was written during an extremely hot summer in an attempt to “stay cool by thinking cool."

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John P. Kee & The New Life Community Choir - A Special Christmas Gift
John P. Kee & The New Life Community Choir - A Special Christmas Gift. Zomba Recording

The traditional religious Christmas carol "The First Noel" is generally thought to be English, dating back as early as the 13th century, but more likely being from the 16th century.

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"The Twelve Days of Christmas"

Scarlet Rivera & Eric Rigler - Silent Night
Scarlet Rivera & Eric Rigler - Silent Night. Vanilla OMP

"The Twelve Days of Christmas" first appeared in England in 1780 in a children's book called Mirth Without Mischief. Some say that it was written as a catechism song to help young Catholics learn the tenets of their faith during a time when being Catholic could get you imprisoned or killed.

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"White Christmas"

David Phelps - O Holy Night... A Live Christmas Celebration
David Phelps - O Holy Night... A Live Christmas Celebration. Word Records

"White Christmas" was written in 1940 by a Irving Berlin for the 1942 movie "Holiday Inn" starring Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire.

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Go Fish - More Than A Story
Go Fish - More Than A Story. Inpop Records

"You're A Mean One, Mr. Grinch" was written by Dr. Seuss to go with the TV special How the Grinch Stole Christmas.

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