From now until Christmas Day we will feature the countdown of 10 of the most popular versions of the beloved Christmas carol, “It Came upon the Midnight Clear.” To compare apples to apples, we chose 10 soloists, all male. Our staff members ranked the videos, and here are the results – from 10 to 1. Some comments from the judges are included (including my own two cents). How did we do? Please let us know – and, most of all, enjoy!
Few voices are as “quintessentially Christmas” as is Bing Crosby’s.
Bing’s rendition of White Christmas is the gold standard of Christmas music, and his version of “Midnight Clear” didn’t disappoint our staff, either. Bing finished at #3 overall. I had him a bit lower (6th place), for the same reasons I didn’t rank Andy Williams near the top: great singer, just not at his best.
Nonetheless, like our other selections, certainly worth a listen.
Stay tuned – only two more picks to go!