Best Christmas carol: 'Silent Night' or 'O Holy Night'?

Best Christmas carol: 'Silent Night' or 'O Holy Night'?

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Written in 1818, "Silent Night" has been translated into 140 languages, and for many, this peaceful Austrian hymn is "virtually synonymous with Christmas." But others prefer the "sweeping, magnificent melody, and powerful, heart-piercing chorus" of "O Holy Night," which originated as a French poem in 1847. Anyone can sing "Silent Night," but "O Holy Night" is the "Star-Spangled Banner" of carolsit takes a serious vocalist to truly do it justice. Which Christmas carol is your favorite? 🎄 🎶

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"Silent Night" is America's most-recorded Christmas carol. Of the top 10 highest-selling Christmas albums of all time, no less than seven feature the song. It's like the best religious lullaby of all time.

Even the famously anti-clerical, Pope-hating Sinead O'Connor brought spirituality to "Silent Night." Listen and see if your Grinch heart doesn't grow three sizes.

But according to Joseph Peterson, "O Holy Night" is the GOAT. Unlike "Silent Night," this bombastic song lends itself well to R&B interpretations, which is why Jennifer Hudson, Patti LaBelle, and Aretha Franklin have done such gorgeous renditions of it.

"In the annals of Christmas music, one song stands out. In the holiday canon, it is the carol of carols. It’s also the benchmark of aspiring vocalists, and the end all of so many singers."

In a recent U.K. poll, "O Holy Night" just beat out the traditional number one carol "Silent Night." 

Seriously, Mahalia Jackson's rendition could turn the bitterest atheist Christian.

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