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The nation's favourite Christmas carol featuring a choir, Mariah Carey and Celine Dion

The nation's favourite Christmas carol featuring a choir, Mariah Carey and Celine Dion

And the winner is… (Pictures: Getty)

O Holy Night has topped a poll to find the nation’s favourite Christmas carol, beating Silent Night to the top spot in a list of tree-mendously festive tunes.

Gustav Holst’s version of In The Bleak Midwinter (the carol quoted in Peaky Blinders) came in at number three and Hark! The Herald Angels Sing and its rousing chorus was in fourth, in an annual survey by Classic FM.

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O Holy Night, believed to be the first ever carol .ed on the radio, holds on to the top spot for the sixth year in a row.

Reginald Fessenden, a Canadian inventor, broadcast the first medium wave radio programme on Christmas Eve 1906, during which he .ed O Holy Night on the violin.

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Over the years, the carol has been covered by music superstars including Queen of Christmas Mariah Carey, Celine Dion, Josh Groban and Andrea Bocelli.

The words for O Holy Night come from a French poem, while the music, composed by Adolphe Adam, followed later.

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Harold Darke’s version of In The Bleak Midwinter is fifth place in the poll, while O Come All Ye Faithful, Carol Of The Bells (famously used in Home Alone, as well as TV shows including The West Wing) , O Little Town Of Bethlehem, Once In Royal David’s City, and Away In A Manger make up the rest of the top 10.

More than 17,000 votes were cast in the 20th year of the Classic FM poll.

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T. is one new entry this year – Angels From The Realms Of Glory – flying in at number 27, while the highest climber is We Three Kings, which has revved up three places to number 21.

Kings College Choir Rehearse 'A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols'

Kings College Choir Rehearse 'A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols'

The King’s College Cambridge choir’s Christmas Eve service of A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols often includes many carols in the top 20 and is broadcast to millions of people around the world (Picture: Getty)



Classic FM’s Top 20 Christmas carols

  1. O Holy Night
  2. Silent Night
  3. In The Bleak Midwinter (Gustav Holst version)
  4. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
  5. In The Bleak Midwinter (Howard Darke version)
  6. O Come All Ye Faithful
  7. Carol Of The Bells
  8. O Little Town Of Bethlehem
  9. Once In Royal David’s City
  10. Away In A Manger
  11. Joy To The World
  12. O Come, O Come Emmanuel
  13. Ding Dong! Merrily On High
  14. God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen
  15. The Holly And The Ivy
  16. Good King Wenceslas
  17. In Dulci Jubilo
  18. Gaudete
  19. Coventry Carol
  20. It Came Upon A Midnight Clear

The Coventry Carol is the biggest faller, down four places to number 19.

The countdown of the top 30 carols will be broadcast in a special Christmas Day programme – The Nation’s Favourite Carol – presented by John Brunning from 1pm on Classic FM and Global Player.

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Brunning said: ‘Carols have been at the heart of Christmas for hundreds of years and continue to be enjoyed – and sung – by millions of people across the UK at this time of year.

‘As a carol, O Holy Night has got it all. It has a beautiful melody, powerful words and, at its core, a story of hope and the promise of redemption.

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‘Its enduring popularity over the past years – through the good times as well as the challenges that we’re facing – is undeniable and it deserves its place as the nation’s favourite.’

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