This carol have been voted the nation's favourite? Do you agree with the choice?

By Sue Wilkinson
Friday, 17th December 2021, 2:01 pm
Updated Friday, 17th December 2021, 2:02 pm

New research has revealed a definitive list of the nation’s best-loved carols, with Silent Night, composed in 1818 by Austrian primary school teacher Franz Xaver Gruber, coming top with a quarter of the vote.

O Come All Ye Faithful, first composed in 1744, by John Francis Wade, came in second place, with 13 percent, while in third place was, O Little Town of Bethlehem (12 percent).

The research of 2,000 Britons, conducted by insights agency Perspectus Global, also revealed that the nation loves to get into the Christmas spirit with Away in a Manger and Hark! The Herald Angels Sing.

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Other festive classics to make the final list were, Once in Royal David’s City Deck the Halls, Ding Dong! Merrily on High and In the Bleak Midwinter.

Yet while eight in 10 Britons admit they can’t help but enjoy listening to and singing carols, 19 percent insist that they are outdated and stuffy.

However over a third of the nation will be taking to the streets and singing carols this Christmas, to make up for not being able to enjoy them last year.

Overall, a resounding eight in 10 felt that regardless of whether you are religious or not, carols help make Christmas feel truly magical.

David Arnold from Perspectus Global, which conducted the research commented: “Tis the season to be jolly, and it wouldn’t truly be Christmas without our favourite carols.

“Our research reveals that classic choices like Silent Night, O Come All Ye Faithful are still popular choices across the UK. And it’s no surprise that so many of us can’t resist singing our hearts out to a festive song or two during the Christmas season.”

Also, to make the list were Joy to The World and The Holly And The Ivy.

Britons also enjoy carols such as We Three Kings, Good King Wenceslas and the First Noel.

THE MOST MAGICAL CHRISTMAS CAROLS, ACCORDING TO BRITONS

Silent NightO Come All Ye FaithfulLittle Town of BethlehemAway in a MangerHark! The Herald Angels SingOnce in Royal David’s CityDeck The HallsDing Dong! Merrily on HighIn The Bleak MidwinterJoy to the WorldThe Holly and the IvyThree KingsGood King WenceslasThe First NoelGod Rest Ye Merry GentlemenCarol of the BellsO Come, O Come EmmanuelI Saw Three ShipsIt Came Upon a Midnight ClearAngels from the Realms of Glory