Thursday, November 30, 2006

Thirteen "Carols of the Year"

Since 1986, Northern Illinois University professor emeritus William Studwell has been selecting a "Carol of the Year." For many of those years, I have been interviewing him about the featured carol, and I will be doing so today.

Here are 13 of Studwell's picks for "Carol of the Year," starting with 1994 and ending up with his current pick, "The First Nowell" (yes, that's "Nowell," not "Noel," according to Studwell.)

Carols of the Year

1994--God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
1995--Deck the Halls With Boughs of Holly
1996--The Christmas Song
1997--O Holy Night
1998--Sleigh Ride
1999--Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer
2000--It Came Upon a Midnight Clear/Frosty the Snowman (tie)
2001--O Come O Come Emmanuel/Silver Bells (tie)
2002--The Holly and the Ivy
2003--Good King Wenceslas
2004--Go Tell it On the Mountain
2005--Angels We Have Heard on High
2006--The First Nowell

So, what about you? Got a favorite carol? Mine is "Hark the Herald Angels Sing."

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