The First Noel: An Electronic Dance Music Playlist

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The First Noel is an electronic dance music playlist that is perfect for getting into the holiday spirit!

The First Noel

The First Noel is a popular Christmas carol that has been adapted for use in a variety of electronic dance music genres. The song was originally written and composed in the 18th century, but the first recorded version of the carol did not appear until the early 19th century. The most popular version of the song was adapted by British electronic music duo Clean Bandit and released in 2013. The track peaked at number two on the UK Singles Chart and was certified double platinum by the British Phonographic Industry.

What Child Is This?

This holiday season, celebrate with a playlist of electronic dance music versions of classic Christmas carols. From re-imagined remixes to original compositions, these tracks will get you in the festive spirit.

What Child Is This? – Kaskade
This re-imagined version of the traditional Christmas carol features dreamy synths and a catchy melody. Kaskade’s signature style makes this track feel both modern and nostalgic.

O Holy Night – Dillon Francis
Dillon Francis puts a unique spin on the classic carol with thistrap remix. This track is sure to get you moving, with its hard-hitting drums and festive lyrics.

Deck the Halls – Seven Lions
Seven Lions gives the traditional carol a melodic dubstep makeover. This track is perfect for those who love bass-heavy music, with its thumping drops and complex sound design.

The First Noel – Illenium
This original composition from Illenium is a beautiful electronic ballad. The track features delicate piano work and atmospheric sound design, creating a serene and festive soundscape.

O Holy Night

O Holy Night is a traditional Christmas carol composed by Adolphe Adam in 1847. The lyrics of the song are based on a French poem written by Placide Cappeau, a wine merchant and poet from the town of Roquemaure in southern France. The poem was originally published in 1847 in a local newspaper, and was set to music by Adam later that year. “O Holy Night” was first performed on Christmas Eve of 1847 at the Church of Saint Nicholas in Roquemaure.

The song has been translated into many languages and has been recorded by numerous artists, including Mariah Carey, Celine Dion, Whitney Houston, Josh Groban, Kelly Clarkson, Barbara Streisand, Christina Aguilera, Pentatonix, and Il Divo. In 2012, “O Holy Night” was voted as the greatest holiday song of all time by readers of Billboard magazine.

“O Holy Night” is a mid-tempo ballad with a powerful chorus. The song is written in the key of F major with a moderate tempo of 66 beats per minute.

Joy to the World

To get you in the holiday spirit, we’ve put together a list of some of our favorite EDM tracks that reference or sample “The First Noel.” These upbeat, feel-good tunes are perfect for your holiday party or just to get you in the Christmas mood. From Deadmau5 to Daft Punk, there’s something for everyone on this list.

“The First Noel” is a traditional English Christmas carol that tells the story of the birth of Jesus Christ. The song is thought to date back to the 16th century, and has been performed by a number of artists over the years, including Nat King Cole, Mariah Carey, and Whitney Houston. It was also famously sampled by rapper Busta Rhymes on his 1998 track “Gimme Some More.”

In recent years, “The First Noel” has been adapted by a number of electronic artists and DJs, resulting in some truly festive dance tracks. Below are some of our favorites.

We Three Kings

The First Noel is a traditional Christmas carol that has been a part of the holiday season for centuries. The song tells the story of the three wise men who traveled to Bethlehem to worship the baby Jesus. “We Three Kings” is a popular Christmas carol that was written in 1871 by John Henry Hopkins, Jr. The song is based on Matthew 2:1-12, which tells the story of the Magi, or wise men, who visited Jesus after his birth.

Silent Night

“Silent Night” (German: Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht) is a popular Christmas carol, composed in 1818 by Franz Xaver Gruber to lyrics by Joseph Mohr in the small town of Oberndorf bei Salzburg, Austria. It was declared an intangible cultural heritage by UNESCO in 2011. The song has been recorded by a large number of singers across many music genres

Hark! The Herald Angels Sing

“Hark! The herald angels sing” is a Christmas carol that first appeared in its current form in 1739 in the collection Hymns and Sacred Poems. The text was written by Charles Wesley, with the “Welsh air” Angels from the Realms of Glory being adapted and possibly composed by George Whitefield.

Away in a Manger

The First Noel is a traditional Christmas carol that has been recorded by many artists over the years. This version by electronic dance music artist Calvin Harris is a modern take on the classic Christmas song.

Deck the Halls

Deck the Halls is a Christmas carol that dates back to the 16th century. The original lyrics were in Welsh, but the English version is now more common. The song is about decorating for Christmas and celebrating the holiday.

The Electronic Dance Music (EDM) version of Deck the Halls was created by DJ Noel Sanger and producer Steve Aoki. It was released on December 16, 2016, as a single from Aoki’s album Neon Future III. The song features vocals by singer Lauren Jauregui.

The EDM Deck the Halls remix has a fast paced, uptempo beat that makes it perfect for dancing. The song starts out with Jauregui’s vocals, which are then joined by a male voice singing the traditional lyrics. About halfway through the song, the beat picks up and Aoki’s signature electro sounds come in. This version of Deck the Halls is sure to get you in the Christmas spirit!

The Twelve Days of Christmas

On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…

1. “A City in Decay” by Justice
2. “Bells of Christmas” by Kraftwerk
3. “Cold Winter” by deadmau5
4. “December” by Burial
5. “Frost on Windows” by Plaid
6. “Giving Up the Ghost” by Mount Kimbie
7. “Home for the Holidays” by The Postal Service 8.
8. “Last Christmas” by Wham! 9.
9. “A Lonely Night in Berlin” by Kavinsky
10. “Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence (Bedouin Soundclash Remix)” by Ryuichi Sakamoto 11.
11. “Noel (Christmas Version)” by Daft Punk 12.
12 .“Snowblind (Trevor Jackson Remix)” by Tiga

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