Christian Christmas Songs:  My Top 20 List

Christian music is such a popular genre nowadays that when Christmas time rolls around there is no shortage of contemporary artists who are singing Christmas tunes. This list contains some of the best classic Christmas songs performed by today’s top contemporary Christian artists. Christmas is such a wonderful time of year with families gathering together for the season any of these songs in the top 20 will help set the mood and entertain guests that are visiting. Be sure to enjoy the videos while reading the countdown and make sure to check out my number 1 song as it is an original work from that band.

“The Truth” Hebrews 11:6 “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.”

20. Trans Siberian Orchestra- “Christmas Cannon”

19. Brandon Heath- “The Night Before Christmas”

18. Kutless- “It Came Upon a Midnight Clear”

17. Natalie Grant- “O Little Town of Bethlehem”

16. Chris August- “I’ll be Home for Christmas”

15. Newsboys- “All I Want for Christmas is You”

14. David Crowder Band- “Go Tell it on the Mountain”

13. Amy Grant- “Silent Night”

12. Casting Crowns- “O Come All Ye Faithful”

11. Colton Dixon- “Jingle Bells”

“The Truth” Romans 10:17 “Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ.”

10. Mercy Me- “Rockin Around the Christmas Tree”

Favorite Lyrics: Rockin' around the Christmas tree

Have a happy holiday

Everyone dancin' merrily

In the new old fashion way

9. Jeremy Camp- “Away in a Manger”

Favorite Lyrics: Away in a manger,

No crib for His bed

The little Lord Jesus

Laid down His sweet head

The stars in the bright sky

Looked down where He lay

The little Lord Jesus

Asleep on the hay

8. Tenth Avenue North- “Deck the Halls”

Favorite Lyrics: Follow me

In merry measure

Fa, la, la, la, la

La, la, la, la

While I tell of Yule

Tide treasure

Fa la la la la

La, la, la, la

All these stars

Have come out

To shine so bright

On this Christmas night

(Christmas night)

We can share

This special time

7. Chris Tomlin- “Joy to the World”

Favorite Lyrics: Joy to the earth, the Saviour reigns!

Let all their songs employ

While fields and floods, rocks, hills and plains,

Repeat the sounding joy,

Repeat the sounding joy,

Repeat, repeat the sounding joy.

No more let sins and sorrows grow,

Nor thorns infest the ground.

He comes to make his blessings flow

Far as the curse is found,

Far as the curse is found,

Far as, far as the curse is found.

6. Third Day- “O Holy Night”

Favorite Lyrics: O holy night the stars are brightly shining

It is the night of our dear Savior’s birth

Long lay the world in sin and error pining

‘Til He appeared and the soul felt its worth

A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices

For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn

5. Matt Maher- “O Come O Come Emmanuel”

Favorite Lyrics: O come, Thou Key of David, come

And open wide our heavenly home

Make safe the way that leads on high

And close the path to misery

Rejoice, rejoice, Emmanuel

Shall come to thee, o Israel

4. Sidewalk Prophets- “What a Glorious Night”

Favorite Lyrics: The Shepherd’s came to

See the baby, stood by his mother’s side

Here lay the Savior inside a manger

Oh What a glorious night

3. Trans Siberian Orchestra- “Christmas Eve/Sarajevo

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2. For King and Country- “Little Drummer Boy”

Favorite Lyrics:Little baby

Pa, rum, pa, pum, pum

I am a poor boy, too

Pa, rum, pa, pum, pum

I have no gift to bring

Pa, rum, pa, pum, pum

That's fit

To give a king

1. Sanctus Real- “Shining”

Favorite Lyrics: He came just liked he promised

His Love will not be silenced

The light of the world is shining


I love Christmas, it is a grand time of year, and the only thing that can make it better is the music of the season. I hope you enjoyed my top 20 countdown, Sanctus Real with Shining is far and away I think the hottest Christmas song going right now anywhere and the fact that it is their original work is even more impressive. Any of these classics will make great background music for Family Christmas board game time.

Read these corresponding articles covering 2 of my favorite bands: Top 10 Sanctus Real Songs

Tenth Avenue North: Top 8 of All Time

Resources- ESV Holy Bible, Youtube, Photo Credit: angelocesare via Compfight cc