Anthony’s Weekly Top 50 Archives

Top 50 #260: Christmas 2008

Chart At A Glance

  • This year’s Christmas chart is less active than last year’s, but there’s still quite some action to be seen this year
  • For example, MercyMe steps down from #1 with “What Child Is This”, and Kirk Franklin & The Family enter at #4 with “Now Behold The Lamb”
  • Entries by Faith Hill, Andy Griffith, Point Of Grace, Kenny G, and Jaci Velasquez rise this year
  • And, 10 songs newly enter the chart, by artists such as Jewel, downhere, Clannad, Mandisa, and Casting Crowns
  • Note: Rank comparisons between now and last year are for song titles only. Meaning, if I favor a different artist’s version of a song this year than I did last year, the song still counts as having ranked last year
  • Another note: I only chart 1 version of a song in this Top 50; any listed alternate versions following the main song titles are songs that I would likely rank if I allowed multiple versions
  • You may view the lyrics version of my Top 50 Christmas songs, in which each song title links to an external lyrics page
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Top 50

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Song Title, by Artist
Album | Year (May be estimated)
Alternate Versions (If Any)
1 2 We Are The Reason, by Avalon
Joy: A Christmas Collection | 2000
Also by: David Meece (1980)
2 1 What Child Is This?, by MercyMe
WOW Christmas: Red | 2002
Also by: Vince Gill (1993); John Tesh (instrumental, 1995); Phil Keaggy (instrumental, 1999); NewSong (2001); Stacie Orrico (2001); Plus One (2002); ZOEgirl (2005); Third Day (2006); Michael W. Smith (instrumental, 2007)
3 3 One Small Child, by David Meece
Our Christmas | 1990
4 Now Behold The Lamb, by Kirk Franklin & The Family
Kirk Franklin & The Family Christmas | 1995
5 18 Where Are You Christmas, by Faith Hill
How The Grinch Stole Christmas: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack | 2000
6 4 We Three Kings, by Shirley Caesar
Christmas With Shirley Caesar | 1998
Also by: John Tesh (insturmental, 2002); Jim Brickman (instrumental, 2003); Aly & AJ (2007)
7 7 It Wasn’t His Child, by Skip Ewing
Following Yonder Star | 1990
8 5 Here With Us, by Joy Williams
Come, Let Us Adore Him: A Christmas Worship Experience | 2005
9 6 The Perfect Tree, by Ray Boltz
A Christmas Album | 1997
10 8 Let There Be Peace On Earth, by Vince Gill and his daughter, Jenny
Let There Be Peace On Earth | 1993
11 27 The Christmas Guest (Story), by Andy Griffith
The Christmas Guest: Songs And Stories Of Christmas | 2003
12 19 Emmanuel, God With Us, by Point Of Grace
A Christmas Story | 1999
13 Hands (Christmas Version), by Jewel
Joy: A Holiday Collection | 1999
14 9 The Christmas Shoes, by NewSong
The Christmas Shoes | 2000
15 12 2000 Decembers Ago, by Joy Williams
A Christmas Reunion | 2000
16 13 The Angel Song, by Jaci Velasquez
Christmas | 2001
17 10 All I Really Want, by Steven Curtis Chapman
All I Really Want For Christmas | 2005
18 14 Mary, Did You Know?, by Clay Aiken
Merry Christmas With Love | 2004
Also by: Michael English (1992); Kenny Rogers and Wynonna Judd (1996); Erin O’Donnell (2000); Anthony Burger (instrumental, 2007)
19 15 A Strange Way To Save The World, by 4HIM
Christmas The Season Of Love | 1993
Also by: Fred Hammond (2001); Jump5 (2002)
20 16 Don’t Save It All For Christmas Day, by Avalon
Joy: A Christmas Collection | 2000
Also by: Celine Dion (1998); Clay Aiken (2004)
21 17 All We Need Is Love (Christmas In The Yard), by The Big Yard Family with Shaggy
Now That’s What I Call Christmas! | 2001
22 One King, by Point Of Grace
A Christmas Story | 1999
23 28 Miracles [Instrumental], by Kenny G
Miracles: The Holiday Album | 1994
24 20 Breath Of Heaven (Mary’s Song), by Amy Grant
Home For Christmas | 1992
Also by: Point Of Grace (2005)
25 21 Manger, by ApologetiX
Keep The Change | 2001
26 Quiet Christmas Song [Gloria], by Jaci Velasquez
Open House Christmas EP | 2007
27 How Many Kings, by downhere
Bethlehem Skyline | 2007
28 Christmas Angels, by Clannad
The Best Of Clannad: In A Lifetime | 1997
29 24 One Silent Night... God So Loved, by Jaci Velasquez and Burlap To Cashmere with Winans Phase 2
Touched By An Angel: The Christmas Album | 1999
30 Christmas Canon, by Trans-Siberian Orchestra
The Christmas Attic | 1998
31 25 God Is With Us, by Amy Grant
Gloria: A Christmas Celebration | 2004
32 22 Christmasnite, by ApologetiX
Keep The Change | 2001
33 23 The First Noel, by Mark Schultz
WOW Christmas: Green | 2001
Also by: John Tesh (instrumental, 1992); FFH (2001); Mannheim Steamroller (instrumental, 2001)
34 32 Christmas Eve (Sarajevo 12/24) [Instrumental], by Trans-Siberian Orchestra
Christmas Eve And Other Stories | 1996
35 Christmas Makes Me Cry, by Mandisa and Matthew West
It’s Christmas | 2007
36 26 Hotel Can’t Afford Ya 2004, by ApologetiX
New And Used Hits: The Best Of ApologetiX | 2004
37 31 Greensleeves [Instrumental], by Kenny G
Miracles: The Holiday Album | 1994
Also by: Mannheim Steamroller (2004)
38 Last Christmas, by WHAM!
Now That’s What I Call Christmas! 2 | 1984
Also by: Hawk Nelson (2006); Britt Nicole (2007)
39 29 Let There Be Light, by Point Of Grace and John David Webster
Winter Wonderland | 2005
40 34 December 5 Or 6 BC (Oh Holy Night), by ApologetiX
New And Used Hits: The Best Of ApologetiX | 2004
41 42 The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don’t Be Late), by Jaci Velasquez with Alvin & The Chipmunks
Christmas | 2001
42 Emmanuel, God With Us, by Amy Grant
Home For Christmas | 1992
43 30 As The World Slept, by NewSong
The Christmas Shoes | 2001
44 41 You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch, by Thurl Ravenscroft
How The Grinch Stole Christmas | 1966
Also by: Busta Rhymes and Jim Carrey (titled “Grinch 2000”, 2000); NewSong (2001)
45 Frosty The Snowman, by Nat King Cole
Christmas For Kids: From One To Ninety-Two | 1950
46 I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day, by Casting Crowns
Peace On Earth | 2008
47 37 Medley: Away In A Manger / Child In The Manger, by Michael W. Smith
Christmastime | 1998
48 43 Because It’s Christmas, by Barry Manilow
Because It’s Christmas | 1990
49 38 This Baby, by Steven Curtis Chapman
The Music Of Christmas | 1995
50 40 Jingle Bells, by Frank Sinatra
Now That’s What I Call Christmas! 3 | 1957
Also by: Kimberley Locke (2006)