O Holy Night named UK's favourite carol

Well-loved seasonal song O Holy Night has been named the UK's favourite Christmas carol.

The French-penned song beat the Austrian tune Silent Night into second place in the poll organised for radio station Classic FM.

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English composer Gustav Holst was third with his version of In The Bleak Midwinter in the countdown to be broadcast tomorrow, Christmas Day, from 1pm by presenter John Suchet.

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Listeners have been voting for a fortnight from a choice of 50 seasonal favourites.

A second version of In The Bleak Midwinter, by Harold Darke, was placed

fourth.

O Holy Night - originally Cantique de Noel - was composed by Adolphe Adam in 1847 and the French poem to which it was set was translated into English in 1855.

It has been recorded by stars such as Mariah Carey, Celine Dion and Andrea Bocelli, and has also been a featured song on The X Factor.

The full top 30 will be broadcast in a two-hour show The Nation's Favourite Carol.

Suchet said: "Carols are the perfect embodiment of Christmas. These beautiful and endearing tunes, capturing the Nativity story, are universally enjoyed by generation after generation."

The Nation's Favourite Carol - top ten:

1. O Holy Night

2. Silent Night

3. In The Bleak Midwinter (Gustav Holst version)

4. In The Bleak Midwinter (Harold Darke version)

5. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing

6. O Come All Ye Faithful

7. O Come, O Come Emmanuel

8. Coventry Carol

9. O Little Town Of Bethlehem

10. It Came Upon A Midnight Clear