Leonard Bernstein – “Carol of the Bells” – (1997)

The Carol of the Bells is the coolest instrumental Christmas song there is. It’s based on a traditional Ukrainian folk chant – it’s Eastern European, so that explains why it’s kind of dark and brooding. It’s a very popular Christmas tune and this is one of the more solid (non-re-worked) versions. There are versions with a chorus, and this one lacks it. But it doesn’t matter.