10 Great Christmas Songs by Contemporary Christian Artists
Are you looking for something different in Christmas music this year? Celebrate the season with some new songs from today's Christian music artists. Here are ten good ones to start with.
The list features familiar bands and singers as well as new voices in Christian music. Traditional carols inspired some of the songs, old favorites revitalized for modern ears. Others are new compositions that illuminate the awe and beauty of the Christmas story.
Everyone has an opinion when it comes to music, so this is not a “ten best” list. It merely showcases some of the fresh, new sounds of Christmas. Many of the songs will likely become classics as they grow familiar over time.
While each Christmas song is unique, they all share a common purpose: praise and glory to God for His Son, Jesus Christ.
For your listening pleasure, here are ten great Christmas songs by Contemporary Christian artists. Enjoy the music, and Merry Christmas!
1. Adore Him
“Adore Him” is a new Christmas song by Kari Jobe, a young singer-songwriter from Dallas, Texas. Jobe's work represents praise and worship songs, contemporary Christian sounds and country music.
"Adore Him" is one of the songs on Worship and Adore: A Christmas Offering. The 2009 compilation album features an ensemble group of musicians represented by Integrity Music.
This new song reworks the traditional hymn “O Come, All Ye Faithful." It focuses on the nativity story:
Countless days on a journey that led so far / Endless nights they traveled to follow the star / They did not find a palace, just a humble village home / And searching for a king, but finding a child, no crown, no throne / Still they bowed down.
2. The Beautiful Body and Blood
“The Beautiful Body And Blood” is the creation of Glenn Packiam, a pastor, author and singer-songwriter. Packiam founded the Desperation Band, a worship ministry of New Life Church in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
“Whispered prayers, winter nights, carol songs, candle light" begins the original song. Generally considered an advent song, it often serves as communion music during observance of The Lord's Supper.
Like the Jobe song "Adore Him," Packiam's "The Beautiful Body and Blood" appears on the 2009 album Worship and Adore: A Christmas Offering.
Another Great Christmas Song from "Worship and Adore"
3. Born in Bethlehem
“Born in Bethlehem” is a Christmas song by Third Day, an award-winning band from Marietta, Georgia. The name of the band refers to the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
"Born in Bethlehem" appears on the Third Day's 2006 holiday album Christmas Offerings, a collection of worship music with a Christmas theme. The band created the piece as a praise song for Jesus:
Baby Jesus, do you know you’ll die for all our sins? / Don’t be afraid, for in three days, you will rise again. Cause you will rise again / …Halleluiah, the King is here, given for all men.
4. Christmas Offering
"Christmas Offering” is Christmas song from Casting Crowns, another popular band from Georgia. The award-winning music group got their start as a student worship band in Florida.
Casting Crowns recorded "Christmas Offering" for Peace on Earth, their 2008 holiday album. Singing of shepherds, wise men and modern-day saints, they offer this beautiful praise song to God. It's the perfect song for Christmas or any time of year:
We bring an offering of worship to our King / No one on earth deserves the praises that we sing / Jesus, may you receive the honor that you’re due / O Lord, we bring an offering to you.
5. The Earth Stood Still
“The Earth Stood Still” is an original song by Future of Forestry, an alternative rock band from southern California. The band takes its name from a poem by the British author C. S. Lewis.
“The Earth Stood Still” appears on the band's 2010 Christmas album Advent Christmas EP: Volume 2. It describes the nativity story as one that altered history:
Shepherds stirred under starry skies, tasting grace that would change their lives / The angels trembled and the demons did too, for they knew very well what pure grace would do.
Future of Forestry Performing "The Earth Stood Still"
6. How Many Kings
"How Many Kings” is a new Christmas song by Downhere, a rock band from Canada. The title song for their 2009 Christmas album also appears on Bethlehem Skyline, a 2010 compilation.
This honest, moving song is likely to become a Christmas classic that Christians can truly embrace. It marvels at the awesome significance of the Christmas story: that God became man, and He did it for us:
How many kings step down from their thrones? / How many lords have abandoned their homes? / How many greats have become the least for me? / …only One did that for me.
7. The Night Before Christmas
“The Night Before Christmas” is a song from Brandon Heath, a Christian artist from Nashville, Tennessee.
Not your typical Christmas music, this 2009 song offers a thought-provoking look at the real night before Christmas:
We were so lost on earth, no peace, no worth, no way to escape / In fear, no faith, no hope, no grace and no light / But that was the night before Christmas.
Combining strings and drums with Heath’s amazing voice, the song is perfect for Christians who want a different song to celebrate Christmas.
Heath's single appears on The Essential Christmas Collection, a 2010 compilation album featuring twelve Christmas songs by contemporary Christian music artists.
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8. Labor of Love
“Labor of Love” was written by Andrew Peterson, a Christian folk singer and songwriter from Nashville, Tennessee. The song appears on his 2004 album Behold the Lamb of God.
Jill Phillips performs "Labor of Love" on the Peterson album, and in the video below. The song is a tribute to Mary, whom God chose as the mother of Jesus:
It was a labor of pain / It was a cold sky above / But for the girl on the ground in the dark / With every beat of her beautiful heart / It was a labor of love.
"Labor of Love" Set to Scenes from "The Nativity Story"
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9. Where's the Line to See Jesus?
“Where’s the Line to See Jesus?” is a single by Becky Kelley, a resident of St. Louis, Missouri. Her four-year-old nephew inspired the song.
Having learned that Christmas is when we celebrate the birth of Jesus, the boy was curious to see kids line up to visit Santa Claus at the mall. He asked his mom, “where’s the line to see Jesus?” and a Christmas song was born.
Kelley's music video went viral on YouTube in 2010, with more than half a million hits in less than two weeks. The song continues to grow in popularity, as Christians reflect on the true meaning of Christmas.
10. Winter Snow
"Winter Snow” is a song by Chris Tomlin, an award-winning musician from Texas. The song appears on his 2009 album Glory in the Highest: Christmas Songs of Worship.
It features a breakout performance by Audrey Assad of Nashville, Tennessee. Assad released her debut album, The House You’re Building, in 2010.
"Winter Snow" is a song about our Savior and to our Savior, Jesus Christ:
You came like a winter snow / Quiet and soft and slow / Falling from the sky in the night / To the earth below.
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Copyright © 2010. Annette R. Smith. All rights reserved.
Published: December 22, 2010 / Modified: December 25, 2012.
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