As Christmas is now mere days away, I thought it fitting to conclude our Christmas-themed pop rewinds with Mannheim Steamroller’s “Stille Nacht.”
Mannheim Steamroller, the brainchild of Chip Davis, is one of those acts that has unintentionally become nearly synonymous with Christmas; their New Age sound and airy arrangements just sort of add to the mystique. The song I’ve shared below was the final track on their first Christmas album, Mannheim Steamroller Christmas, released in 1984. While Mannheim Steamroller has gone on to release ten(!) more Christmas albums, their first has continued to be one of the all-time best selling holiday albums in the U.S., reaching over 6x platinum since its release.
This song is by far my favorite rendition of this old Christmas hymn; the instruments convey just as much meaning as the lyrics ever did. Listening to “Stille Nacht” never fails to put me in the holiday spirit.