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The results of CPR Classical's ninth annual Carol Countdown are official!

This year’s winner is an upset that’s happened only twice before: "Carol of the Bells" takes top honors this year, unseating the traditional favorite, "O Holy Night" -- which drops by just a few votes to No. 2.

Two carols make the jump into the Top 10 this year that weren’t there last year. "Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming" surged to No. 5, and sliding into ninth place from No. 17 last year is "Still, Still, Still."

Also of note this year are three selections that have never before been a part of Colorado’s 50 favorite carols. "Boar’s Head Carol," "Ave Maria" and "Personent Hodie" all squeaked into the Carol Countdown, elbowing out venerable favorites like "Go Tell It on the Mountain" and "Do You Hear What I Hear?"

We’re so pleased this year to bring you a mostly-Colorado Countdown, since many of the performances you’ll hear in the countdown were recorded in the CPR Performance Studio by Colorado artists.

Check the schedule below for when the Carol Countdown airs throughout the holidays, and scroll down for a list of the 50 carols we'll feature. 

  • Wednesday, Dec. 13 at 1 p.m.
  • Saturday, Dec. 16 at 8 a.m.
  • Tuesday, Dec. 19 at 9 a.m.
  • Friday, Dec. 22 at 3 p.m.
  • Christmas Eve, Sunday, Dec. 24 at 7 p.m. on CPR News
  • Christmas Day, Monday, Dec. 25 at noon

Tune in often and enjoy Colorado’s 50 favorite carols! Merry Christmas! 

For more seasonal music from CPR Classical, check out our 2017 holiday programming schedule.

TITLE 2017 RANKING 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009
Carol of the Bells 1 2 1 2 2 1 2 3 13
O Holy Night 2 1 2 1 1 2 1 1 1
Silent Night 3 4 4 5 4 3 15 2 8
O Come, O Come Emmanuel 4 3 3 3 3 4 8 8  
Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming 5 12 7 6 5 11 7 18 2
In the Bleak Midwinter 6 8 13 7 14 8 3 16 5
O Come All Ye Faithful 7 5 5 9 9 7 9 6 10
Joy To The World 8 6 11 11 8 19   36 9
Still, Still, Still 9 17 14 8 19 13 19 28 3
Angels We Have Heard On High 10 9 6 10 7 16 34 19 43
What Child is This? 11 13 10 4 6 6 6 4 6
Coventry Carol 12 19 23 12 16 29 10 7  
Little Drummer Boy 13 16 16 13 12 14 12   14
Hark! The Herald Angels Sing 14 7 8 15 11 5 20 23 22
Holly & the Ivy 15 11 9 19 18 9 13 15 7
Once in Royal David's City 16 26 18 16 15 15 5 9 4
Wexford Carol 17 21 20 14 30 36   24  
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen 18 15 12 18 10 21 14 5 30
White Christmas 19 14 22 17 13 31   27  
Bring a Torch, Jeanette, Isabella 20 18 25 20 19 25 17 26 12
The First Noel 21 10 19 24 22 28 28   26
We Three Kings 22 24 21 26 17 20 44   16
Good King Wenceslas 23 20 17 21 24 12 4 12 36
It Came Upon the Midnight Clear 24 22 15 23 20 17 31 11 19
The Christmas Song 25 27 28 29 23 22 45 22  
I'll Be Home for Christmas 26 25 27 22 21 27      
O Little Town of Bethlehem 27 29 24 25 25 10   14 18
Away in a Manger 28 23 29 28 27 18     20
Deck the Halls 29 28 30 30 28 32   25 25
Ding Dong Merrily on High 30 30 26 27 29 24 22 33  
Noel Nouvelet 31   40 47 42 26 27    
Gesu Bambino 32 32 31 32 45     37 13
For Unto Us a Child is Born 33 39     48   32    
Riu, Riu, Chiu 34   49   37 30 21    
Boar's Head Carol 35                
Masters in this Hall 36 44 50 46          
Hallelujah Chorus 37 41   40 47 39 11    
Here We Come a Wassailing 38         34      
Gabriel's Message 39   43 34          
Gaudette 40       43        
Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day 41             39  
Huron Carol 42 34 32 33 36 37 30   31
The Friendly Beasts 43 40         29    
Fum, Fum, Fum 44 50         43    
Ave Maria (Bach/Gounod) 45                
Personent Hodie 46                
Patapan 47 45   50 44   37    
I Wonder as I Wander 48 31   36 39 35 33 10 32
Mary Did You Know 49 35 38            
I Saw Three Ships 50 43 39         13 23
Walking in the Air                  
Go Tell It on the Mountain   33 36   33   40 32  
Of the Father's love begotten   36 35 49 46 23     27
Silver Bells   37 41 44 35 38 41 29 40
Do You Hear What I Hear?   38 45 31 32 33 39 17  
I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day   42     41     30  
Sleigh Ride   46     31        
What Sweeter Music   47 33 37       44 15
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas   48 34   40     46  
He is born, the Divine Christ Child   49              
L'enfance du Christ: Shepherd's Farewell     37           34
Jesus Christ the Apple Tree     42       26 43  
The Donkey and the Dove     44 48 49 47      
Sussex Carol     46     42   - 29
Sans Day Carol (arr. by John Rutter)     47           38
Break Forth O Beautious Heavenly Light     48       47    
I wish you Christmas       35         41
Twelve Days of Christmas       38     16    
Angels from the Realms of Glory       39       38  
Il est né le divin enfant       41     24 20  
In dulci jubilo       42          
Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring       43   45 25   21
Mary's Boy Child       45   40 48   28
Wassail Song         34   38   17
Let All Mortal Flesh         38        
Christmas Time is Here         50 48      
A Child is Born in Bethlehem           46      
Allon, gay bergeres                 37
Amahl & the Night Visitors                 44
Bethlehem Down               50  
Candlelight Carol             23    
Candlelight Carol               41  
D'ou viens tu Bergere?                 47
Good Christian Men Rejoice               31  
Hacia Belen va un borrico                 42
Hodie                 35
Hush-a-bye, Little Jesus           49      
Infant Holy, Infant Lowly             36 34  
Jolly Old St. Nicholas               42  
Joseph dearest             42    
Lute-Book Lullaby               49  
Magnum Mysterium             50    
My Dancing Day             35    
Myn Lyking             46 40  
O Tannenbaum           41   35  
See amid the winter's snow                 45
Shepherd's Pipe                 48
Sicilian Bagpiper's Carol               47  
Star Carol           43 18    
Sweet Little Jesus Boy                 33
Tambourine Noel           50 49    
The Holy City               48  
The Lamb                 49
This Endris Night                 24
Up on the Housetop           44      
We Wish You a Merry Christmas               45  
What Cheer?                 50
Whence Is That Goodly Fragrance?                 39
Winter Wonderland               21  
Zu Bethlehem geboren                 46