Anthony’s Weekly Top 50 Archives

Top 50 For Christmas 2009

Chart At A Glance

  • This Christmas was a great one for music, as this year’s chart reflects
  • Almost 15 songs newly enter this year, and many existing songs rise or fall significantly
  • Aselin Debison is a surprise newcomer on my chart. MercyMe’s “What Child Is This?” would’ve returned to #1, had I not heard her beautiful and stirring song, “The Gift” just days before Christmas Day. Such a rare and lovely piece, by a 12-year old!
  • Other entries include several instrumental pieces by Jim Brickman, Paul Cardall, Peter Kater, rada, and Fred Simon, as well as new radio singles by Echoing Angels, Robert Mauti, Matthew West, and Meredith Andrews
  • 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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Song Title, by Artist
Album | Year (May be estimated)
Alternate Versions (If Any)
1 The Gift, by Aselin Debison
Sweet Is The Melody | 2002
Also by: Garth Brooks (1992)
2 2 What Child Is This?, by MercyMe
WOW Christmas: Red | 2002
Also by: Vince Gill (1993); John Tesh (instrumental, 1995); Phil Keaggy (instrumental, 1999); Kelly Willard (2001); NewSong (2001); Stacie Orrico (2001); Plus One (2002); ZOEgirl (2005); Third Day (2006); Michael W. Smith (instrumental, 2007)
3 1 We Are The Reason, by Avalon
Joy: A Christmas Collection | 2000
Also by: David Meece (1980); Adam Paul Williams (2009)
4 3 One Small Child, by David Meece
Our Christmas | 1990
5 12 Emmanuel, God With Us, by Point Of Grace
A Christmas Story | 1999
6 4 Now Behold The Lamb, by Kirk Franklin & The Family
Kirk Franklin & The Family Christmas | 1995
7 13 Hands (Christmas Version), by Jewel
Joy: A Holiday Collection | 1999
8 5 Where Are You Christmas, by Faith Hill
How The Grinch Stole Christmas: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack | 2000
9 Snowfall [Instrumental], by rada
Whispers Of Winter | 2002
10 8 Here With Us, by Joy Williams
Come, Let Us Adore Him: A Christmas Worship Experience | 2005
11 7 It Wasn’t His Child, by Skip Ewing
Following Yonder Star | 1990
12 6 We Three Kings, by Shirley Caesar
Christmas With Shirley Caesar | 1998
Also by: John Tesh (insturmental, 2002); Jim Brickman (instrumental, 2003); Aly & AJ (2007)
13 10 Let There Be Peace On Earth, by Vince Gill and his daughter, Jenny
Let There Be Peace On Earth | 1993
14 28 Christmas Angels, by Clannad
The Best Of Clannad: In A Lifetime | 1997
15 26 Quiet Christmas Song [Gloria], by Jaci Velasquez
Open House Christmas EP | 2007
16 22 One King, by Point Of Grace
A Christmas Story | 1999
17 Bethlehem [Instrumental], by Jim Brickman
Homecoming | 2007
18 15 2000 Decembers Ago, by Joy Williams
A Christmas Reunion | 2000
19 16 The Angel Song, by Jaci Velasquez
Christmas | 2001
20 The Stone Angel [Instrumental], by Paul Cardall
The Christmas Box | 1997
21 11 The Christmas Guest (Story), by Andy Griffith
The Christmas Guest: Songs And Stories Of Christmas | 2003
22 18 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); Jim Murphy (2006); Anthony Burger (instrumental, 2007)
23 14 The Christmas Shoes, by NewSong
The Christmas Shoes | 2000
24 Walking In The Air [Instrumental], by Fred Simon
A Windham Hill Christmas: The Night Before Christmas | 2005
Also by: Peter Kater (2009)
25 19 A Strange Way To Save The World, by 4HIM
Christmas The Season Of Love | 1993
Also by: Fred Hammond (2001); Jump5 (2002)
26 20 Don’t Save It All For Christmas Day, by Avalon
Joy: A Christmas Collection | 2000
Also by: Celine Dion (1998); Clay Aiken (2004)
27 17 All I Really Want, by Steven Curtis Chapman
All I Really Want For Christmas | 2005
28 9 The Perfect Tree, by Ray Boltz
A Christmas Album | 1997
29 23 Miracles [Instrumental], by Kenny G
Miracles: The Holiday Album | 1994
30 When The Time Is Right, by Ginny Owens
One Silent Night | 2000
31 A Way In A Manger, by Robert Mauti
A Way In A Manger - Single | 2009
32 37 Greensleeves [Instrumental], by Deuter
Celebration Of Light: Music For Winter And The Christmas Season | 2009
Also by: Kenny G (1994); Mannheim Steamroller (2004)
33 24 Breath Of Heaven (Mary’s Song), by Amy Grant
Home For Christmas | 1992
Also by: Point Of Grace (2005); Jim Murphy (2006)
34 God Bless Us, by Echoing Angels
God Bless Us - Single | 2009
35 Pavane Variations [Instrumental], by Peter Kater
Piano Christmas | 2009
36 27 How Many Kings, by downhere
Bethlehem Skyline | 2007
37 30 Christmas Canon, by Trans-Siberian Orchestra
The Christmas Attic | 1998
38 25 Manger, by ApologetiX
Keep The Change | 2001
39 Our Hope Endures (Christmas Version), by Natalie Grant
(Radio Only) | 2009
40 41 The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don’t Be Late), by Jaci Velasquez with Alvin & The Chipmunks
Christmas | 2001
41 29 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
42 32 Christmasnite, by ApologetiX
Keep The Change | 2001
43 34 Christmas Eve (Sarajevo 12/24) [Instrumental], by Trans-Siberian Orchestra
Christmas Eve And Other Stories | 1996
44 46 I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day, by Casting Crowns
Peace On Earth | 2008
45 Yo! Ho Ho!, by dc Talk
Yo! Ho Ho! | 1990
46 44 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)
47 Crying For The World, by Eden’s Bridge
Irish Christmas | 1998
48 He Has Come For Us [God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen], by Meredith Andrews
He Has Come For Us [God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen] - Single | 2009
49 Give This Christmas Away, by Matthew West and Amy Grant
VeggieTales Saint Nicholas: Give This Christmas Away | 2009
50 40 December 5 Or 6 BC (Oh Holy Night), by ApologetiX
New And Used Hits: The Best Of ApologetiX | 2004