First-line Titles of Christmas Carols

On the way home from my grandparents last night, Kate and I were discussing how there are very few Christmas Carols that don’t start with the song’s title in the first line. The only one I could think of last night was “Winter Wonderland.”

Consider how many carols start with their titles:

  • Angels We Have Heard On High
  • Away in a Manger
  • Bring a Torch, Jeanette, Isabella
  • Deck the Halls
  • Frosty the Snowman
  • God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen
  • Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
  • It Came Upon the Midnight Clear
  • Joy to the World
  • O Little Town of Bethlehem
  • Rudolph, the Red Nosed Reindeer (* sort of)
  • Silent Night
  • We Wish You a Merry Christmas
  • We Three Kings of Orient Are
  • What Child Is This?

Are there any others that start with the title? Are there any other genres where many of the songs begin with the song’s title?

Have a Merry Christmas!

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