We are only 24 days from Christmas, meaning Christmas songs are in play. I’ve chosen a classic Christmas song and three classic artists doing it on their respective Christmas albums.

The song is "Silent Night." The music was written by Franz Gruber to lyrics by Joseph Mohr in 1818. Legend has it that, on the Christmas Eve that it was to make its debut, the organ at St. Nicholas Church in Oberndorf in the Austrian Empire was in such bad shape, it couldn’t be played, so the song was accompanied that first time by someone playing the guitar. It has become one of the most beloved Christmas carols of all time. At my parish, it’s played as the post-Communion hymn, and, at least on Christmas, the house lights are dimmed and all the light in the church is provided by the decorations. It’s quite moving.

So, that’s the song. Here are the contenders.

Bing Crosby

From his 1945 album Merry Christmas.

Andy Williams

From his 1963 album The Andy Williams Christmas Album.

Spike Jones

The comic musician did a very lovely version of the song on his 1956 album Spike Jones Presents a Xmas Spectacular.

There are our contenders for this battle. Here’s what you do:

  1. Listen to the three songs.
  2. Decide which song you like the best.
  3. Vote for your favorite by leaving me a comment with your choice. If you feel like telling us why, feel free.
  4. Then, visit the other participants and vote in their Battles:

Voting closes next Wednesday, December 8 at noon, so be sure and get your votes to me by then.

The lines are now open. Good luck to Bing, Andy, and Spike!

24 thoughts on “BATTLE OF THE BANDS: “Silent Night”

  1. These are all such wonderful versions of one of my favorite Christmas carols! Love Spike. And if you asked me who my favorite singer of what was the pop 40s-70s easy listening genre, it would be Andy Williams. I love his voice. He tops Sinatra, Martin, Hope, Bennett, Cole, Darin, Fisher, and any others I can’t remember right now. But for this song I want to vote for Bing. I never thought he was the best by any means, but there is something nostalgic about his version and his association with Christmas in general that wins me over.

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  2. JOHN ~

    I’ve never been big into Bing. (I like the cherries pretty well, though.)

    Andy Williams, on the other hand, there’s just such a pleasant quality to his voice. Any time Williams is included in a BOTB match-up, he will probably always start out as the leader of the pack, in my mind, and the other artist will need to try to catch him.

    This may be the first time I’ve heard a Spike Jones recording that wasn’t joking around. It was pretty nice. But…

    …as I predicted, though, I am plunking my two cents down on Andy. And I liked the addition of a children’s choir in that one verse.

    John, a very merry and blessed Christmas to you and yourn!

    ~ D-FensDogG


  3. John,

    At first glance I thought you were only using Bing and Andy but then I noticed a new name, Spike Jones or at least I think he’s new. All three versions are beautiful and all worthy to win. I’m giving my vote to Andy Williams. His voice is not silky smooth but it just warms my heart to hear him sing. Super battle, my friend!

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  4. I have heard all three versions countless times. I love all three. I would say, for me, it”s a three-way photo finish with Andy Williams winning by a very short nose. By the way, I’d bet that your mother would choose Bing Crosby.

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  5. I love Christmas carols. I’m counting the days until I can start playing them (thanks to a family birthday in December we have a rule, no Christmas until 15 days before – roll on 10th Dec!). Unfortunately I can’t view some of these in Oz, but as I have the Bing Crosby version on CD, and love it, it would take a lot to sway me from his, so if it’s still eligible without watching them all, I vote Bing.

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  6. What a great line up. Would you believe that I had to go to youtube to listen to Andy Williams! Andy is great but he would be 3rd with Bing perfect in singing this but he gets 2nd. I am going for Spike Jones with the beautiful rendition the singers did. It was quite wonderful to listen to and would never have thought this would be connected to Spike Jones but he gets my vote.

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  7. These are all pretty classic versions. The Spike Jones version is indeed a surprise and quite excellent.

    However my vote goes to Andy Williams. I always liked his vocal style.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

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