"Hark! The Herald Angels Sing" by Christian & Gospel Artists

The Best Versions of the Traditional Religious Christmas Carol

"Hark! The Herald Angels Sing" was written in 1739 by Charles Wesley, the brother of the founder of the Methodist church, John Wesley.

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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Jim Brickman

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

Jim Brickman's piano cover of the popular carol is beautiful and soothing.

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Kevin Max

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

Shades of the Fab Four make the cover by Kevin Max very different from the rest ... and way cool.

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Amy Grant

Amy Grant - A Christmas Album
Amy Grant - A Christmas Album. RCA

"Hark! The Herald Angels Sing" comes from Amy Grant's first Christmas album, A Christmas Album. Perfect harmony and Amy's beautiful voice make this tune a real winner, even 25 years later.

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Michael W. Smith

Michael W. Smith - Christmas
Michael W. Smith - Christmas. Reunion

Smitty mixed things up by combing "The Voice," "Good King Wenceslaus" and "Hark The Herald Angels Sing" for a beautiful medley.

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Charlotte Church

Charlotte Church - Dream a Dream
Charlotte Church - Dream a Dream. Sony Classical

Charlotte delivers a classical sound on her version of the holiday carol.

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Diamond Rio

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

The acapella rendition of the carol that Diamond Rio brought us in 2007 was one of the highlights of the Christmas season that year. The guys of Diamond Rio put little pieces of themselves into that song and we all benefitted.


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Blackmore's Night

Blackmore's Night - Winter Carols
Blackmore's Night - Winter Carols. Courtesy of: Blackmore's Night

Ritchie Blackmore and Candice Night bring together sounds that you wouldn't normally associate with Christmas, or even each other, by mixing hard-hitting guitar licks with horns and a pipe organ on their version of "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing." They even mix in "O Come All Ye Faithful," for some added oomph. The result is strikingly beautiful.

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Mahalia Jackson

Mahalia Jackson - A Most Excellent Mahalia Jackson Christmas
Mahalia Jackson - A Most Excellent Mahalia Jackson Christmas. San Juan Music Group

From A Most Excellent Mahalia Jackson Christmas, Mahalia Jackson's rendition of "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing" shows off her power as well as her passion.

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Oak Ridge Boys

Oak Ridge Boys - Christmas Cookies
Oak Ridge Boys - Christmas Cookies. Spring Hill Music

While it's not cute like "Christmas Cookies" or "Uncle Luther Made The Stuffin'," the Oak Ridge Boys still deliver on their rendition of "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing" with pure down-home country style.

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Rebecca St. James

WOW Christmas Green
WOW Christmas Green. Word Entertainment

 Rebecca St. James gives a pop rock treatment to "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing" making it fun as well as festive.​​​​​​

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Jones, Kim. ""Hark! The Herald Angels Sing" by Christian & Gospel Artists." ThoughtCo, Nov. 19, 2017, thoughtco.com/top-versions-of-hark-the-herald-angels-sing-709038. Jones, Kim. (2017, November 19). "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing" by Christian & Gospel Artists. Retrieved from https://www.thoughtco.com/top-versions-of-hark-the-herald-angels-sing-709038 Jones, Kim. ""Hark! The Herald Angels Sing" by Christian & Gospel Artists." ThoughtCo. https://www.thoughtco.com/top-versions-of-hark-the-herald-angels-sing-709038 (accessed March 24, 2018).