Poster Carol Countdown

Carol Countdown: Listen to the top Christmas songs, as voted by you

Carol Countdown

Join hosts John Birge and Lynne Warfel as they count down the top Christmas songs, as voted by listeners, in the Carol Countdown. Listen to encores of this two-hour special on-air at 10 a.m. central on Dec. 23 and 5 p.m. central on Christmas Day — or listen to on-demand audio now using the player above.


William Dawson: “Mary Had a Baby” — Kathleen Battle, with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, conducted by Leonard Slatkin

Franz Biebl: “Ave Maria” — Chanticleer

Felix Bernard: “Winter Wonderland” — Duo Campion-Vachon

Traditional: “O Little Town of Bethlehem” — Musica Sacra

Traditional: “Good King Wenceslas” — Canadian Brass

James Pierpoint: “Jingle Bells” — Cantemus Chamber Choir

Irving Berlin: “White Christmas” — Irina Muresanu, violin

William James Kirkpatrick: “Away in a Manger” — Robert Shaw Chamber Singers

Traditional: “God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen” — Robert Shaw Chamber Singers

Traditional: “Wexford Carol” — Galliard Brass and Friends

Morton Lauridsen: “O Magnum Mysterium” — Grex Vocalis

Traditional: “O Christmas Tree” — Musica Sacra

Mikola Leontovich: “Carol of the Bells” — Seraphic Fire

Mel Torme: “The Christmas Song” — the Singers

Traditional: “Angels From the Realms of Glory” — Arturo Delmoni

Traditional: “Joy to the World” — Linne Brass Quintet

Traditional: “Deck the Halls” — Galliard Brass and Friends

Traditional: “Go Tell It on the Mountain” — Cantus

John Rutter: “What Sweeter Music” — Cambridge Singers

Henry Gauntlett: “Once in Royal David’s City” — Choir of King’s College, Cambridge

Traditional: “The Holly and the Ivy” — Anonymous 4

Traditional: “Ding Dong Merrily on High” — Chanticleer

Traditional: “What Child Is This?” — Ronn McFarlane, lute

Traditional: “Still, Still, Still” — Theatre of Voices

Traditional: “Adeste Fidelis” (“O Come All Ye Faithful”) — Choir of Trinity College, Cambridge

Gustav Holst: “In the Bleak Midwinter” — Handel and Haydn Society

Felix Mendelssohn: “Hark, the Herald Angels Sing” — Cincinnati Pops Orchestra

Adolphe Adam: “O Holy Night” — Cincinnati Pops Orchestra

Traditional: “Coventry Carol” — Voces8 Scholars

Traditional: “Sussex Carol” — Apollo’s Fire

Franz Gruber: “Silent Night” — Philadelphia Brass Ensemble

Traditional: “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel” — Cantus


Select “View Full Bracket” to see the round-by-round results of the bracket-style voting:

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