As December is finally upon us, Christmas music is back in full swing. To help you create your holiday playlist, we asked some of your favorite artists what classic Christmas song they wish they had written.
"'Oh Holy Night' is a song I wish I had written. It is in my opinion one of the most sweeping cinematic melodies and lyrics of all time."
- Jonathan Cain
"Definitely 'Silent Night.' It's the perfect combination of simplicity and beauty that seems to calm the spirit in such a special way."
- Matthew West
"'White Christmas.' The melody is so soothing, even if Bing isn't singing it! It captures an emotion in only a few words, it's brilliant writing."
- Aaron Shust
"For a sacred answer? 'O Holy Night.' This song is THE Star Spangled Banner of Christmas. For the carnal side? Mariah Carey's 'All I Want for Christmas is You.'"
- Mike Donehey of Tenth Avenue North
"Easy. 'Mary, Did You Know?' Which is why I recorded it myself. I first heard it on a Bill Gaither & Friends VHS tape my parents had. It was a live duet with Buddy Greene and Michael English. I'm honored to have had Buddy, who wrote it with Mark Lowry, join me on my own version of it."
- Marc Martel
"I'm a sucker for 'I'll Be Home For Christmas.' I'm always missing someone at Christmas time and that song always sits sweetly in my heart. Particularly the Karen Carpenter version."
- Alisa Turner
"You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch."
- Jon Lowry of Unspoken
"'Mary Did You Know' (specifically the Jordan Smith version)- I think the perspective of this song is so amazing to think from. That the ruler of all nations, the healer of all sin and death, the God of the universe, is in this teenage girl's stomach. Craziness!"
- Jeff Luckey of For All Seasons
"'Silent Night' tells the Christmas story so beautifully. Its tenderness always brings a tear for me."
- Sheri Easter
"I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day."
- Tanya Goodman Sykes of Goodman Revival
- Johnny Minick of Goodman Revival
"'Oh Holy Night.' In my opinion, it's the best Christmas song ever written! I love the beautiful melodies, the rich lyrics (especially the second verse), and it's definitely a song I wish I would have written."
- Aaron Ivey of Austin Stone Worship
"There are so many good ones! I've been singing at Christmas events and concerts for many years. One of the songs I love singing the most is 'Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.' It's a 1940s American classic with a really amazing melody and range. The song also perfectly blends happy and sad. Gives me goosebumps thinking about it."
- Melanie Penn
"That is tough--there are so many good ones! Christmas music is my absolute favorite! Nirva's giving me that look like I need to choose a really spiritual song, and there are some fantastic ones with rich, deep theology. Normally I'd want to pick something like that--'O Come All Ye Faithful,' 'O Holy Night' or 'Hark, the Herald Angels Sing'--but I just can't get away from 'I'll Be Home for Christmas.' It takes me to such a nostalgic place. It gets me in the feels every time."
- Seth Ready
"Probably for me it would be 'Silent Night'--such a powerful, yet simple way of conveying the story with a timeless melody. Whenever I hear a congregation or choir sing a cappella it gives me chills. The harmonies are so beautiful."
- Nirva Ready
"'O Holy Night.' I love the music and melody. But the lyrics are richly poetic, and deeply meaningful. I mean, have you ever heard a single phrase that so beautifully summarizes the fall of man, the birth of Jesus, and the value of human life, all in one short phrase? 'Long lay the world, in sin and error pining, till He appeared, and the soul felt its worth.' It's my favorite Christmas song of all time."
- Shelly Johnson
Assembled from the four corners of North America and many other corners in between, the NRTeam is comprised of staffers whose energy is equally dispersed towards loving music and writing about the music they love.
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