CHRISTMAS CAROL COUNTDOWN: Midnight Clear # 5 – Josh Groban

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!

Josh Groban starts the top-half of our top 10, finishing at #5.  He got a couple of first-place votes, including one from someone who appreciated some youth among “all the dinosaurs.” Personally, I thought the overall production was very good – but it was just that: production. Take away the nice instrumental and the juiced echo, and this would be just plain ordinary, like Pat Boone’s version (I ranked Groban 9th and Boone 10th).

Nonetheless, it is an enjoyable version – some of our staff thinks even the best of them all.

What do you think?  Let us know!




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