Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht

“Silent night, holy night” (Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht) is not German but Austrian. Every person, who speaks German knows it by heart.

The Christmas carol was composed in 1818 by Franz Xaver Gruber to lyrics by Joseph Mohr in the small town of Oberndorf bei Salzburg, Austria. The song was first performed on Christmas Eve 1818 at St Nicholas parish church in Oberndorf, a village in the Austrian Empire on the Salzach river in present-day Austria. It was declared an intangible cultural heritage by UNESCO in 2011.The song has been recorded by a large number of singers from every music genre. The version sung by Bing Crosby is the third best-selling single of all-time.

Here are a few German versions. Which one do you like best? The first one has the German lyrics.