One of the most popular renditions of "Carol of the Bells" is Trans-Siberian Orchestra's "Christmas Eve/Sarajevo 12/24
," an instrumental medley of the song with another traditional carol, "God Rest You Merry Gentlemen
." It was released on their debut album, Christmas Eve and Other Stories
and, TSO co-creator Jon Oliva told us
, it was a catalyst for the group's success.
The piece has also been notably covered by Kenny Rogers, Mannheim Steamroller, Destiny's Child and John Tesh (Tesh's version made the Billboard Adult Contemporary charts in 1997). Fans of the Christian Metalcore band August Burns Red can also hear it at the group's Christmas show every year.