Top 10 Versions of "Angels We Have Heard on High" by Christian & Gospel Arists

Traditional religious Christmas carol

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." It was translated from French to English by James Chadwick in Crown of Jesus in 1862. The music, a hymn titled "Gloria," was arranged by Edwin S. Barnes. The combination of the two was first published together in a carol collection dated 1855.

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

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Third Day

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

Rock delivered with the perfect amount of delicacy (surprising for a rock band, I know), Third Day's rendition of "Angels We Have Heard On High" has a very contemporary sound while staying firmly planted in a worship frame of mind.

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Amy Grant

Amy Grant - The Christmas Collection (2008)
Amy Grant - The Christmas Collection (2008). EMI

Amy Grant gives this classic carol VIP treatment with a full orchestra and the perfect amount of fanfare. Adding "A Mighty Fortress" into the mix gives Amy's version real punch.

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Steven Curtis Chapman

Steven Curtis Chapman - The Music of Christmas
Steven Curtis Chapman - The Music of Christmas. Sparrow

Steven Curtis Chapman is joined by Chicago's Bill Champlin to deliver a very modern version of "Angels We Have Heard On High" that rejoices in delivery and passion.

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Moya Brennan

Moya Brennan - An Irish Christmas
Moya Brennan - An Irish Christmas. Courtesy of: Sparrow

Moya Brennan has such a beautiful Irish lilt to her voice. It shines through brightly in her version of "Angels We Have Heard On High."

 

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John Michael Talbot

John Michael Talbot - The Birth of Jesus A Celebration of Christmas
John Michael Talbot - The Birth of Jesus A Celebration of Christmas. Sparrow Records

Resonating with a traditional formal church sound, John Michael Talbot combines "O Come, All Ye Faithful" with "Angels We Have Heard On High" for a beautiful medley of classic Christmas.

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SONICFLOOd

INO Records - Joy To The World
INO Records - Joy To The World. Courtesy of: INO Records

SONICFLOOd brings every element of rock worship to their cover of the classic Christmas carol with what seems like little effort or strain to sound festive. The sincerity rings so very true as you listen to this modern worship band do what they do best ... worship with passion and intensity.

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Chris Tomlin

WOW Christmas Green
WOW Christmas Green. EMI CMG/Word Records

Chris Tomlin's version of the classic carol can be found on . Very acoustic, Tomlin's rendition is as authentic as the man himself.

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Point Of Grace

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

Summing up Point of Grace's version of "Angels We Have Heard On High" in one word ... and that word is simply glorious! (OK - maybe that was two words, but you get the point.) Sounding as though they were joined by a group of angels, Point of Grace delivers majesty and the magic of the season, all rolled up into one neat package.

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Sandi Patty

Sandi Patty - Yuletide Joy
Sandi Patty - Yuletide Joy. INO/Epic

On her Christmas album Yuletide Joy, Sandi Patty combines "O Magnify The Lord" with "Angels We Have Heard On High" to offer up a magnificent combination.

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Randy Travis

Randy Travis - Songs Of the Season
Randy Travis - Songs Of the Season. Word

Pure worship and adoration can be heard in Randy Travis' voice on his rendition of "Angels We Have Heard On High."

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