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Joy to the World is the first Christmas album by American country music singer Faith Hill. To date, it has sold 753,045 copies in the US. It features the U.S. Adult Contemporary #1 hit, "A Baby Changes Everything". The album was certified Gold on December 4, 2008.[3][4]


A couple tracks from Joy to the World have been available as free downloads as part of special promotions. In late November, for a limited period of time, "Joy to the World" (single) was available for free digital download as part of a "holiday mixtape" created by Oprah Winfrey.[5] For a week beginning on December 9, 2008, the song "O Holy Night was available for free digital download from iTunes as their "Holiday Single of the Week".[6]

The album was also promoted by a concert appearance on PBS Soundstage. PBS said of the album, "Working with producers Dann Huff and Byron Gallimore, engineer Allen Sides and Grammy-winning arranger David Campbell, Faith Hill has crafted a one-of-a-kind Christmas record with Joy to the World, freshly conceived yet anchored in tradition. It is a loving tribute to both the spirit and the music of Christmas, one that pays homage to the classics."[7]

Two limited edition versions of the album with a bonus DVD were made available at Target and Wal Mart. The Target DVD features 40 minutes of live performance and interview from Hill's XM Artist Confidential concert that took place in October 2007. The Wal Mart DVD was made available in 2009, a year after the album's original release, and features 19 minutes of Soundcheck footage.

Track listing

1."Joy to the World"Isaac Watts2:15
2."What Child Is This?"William Chatterton Dix3:37
3."Santa Claus Is Coming to Town"John Frederick Coots, Haven Gillespie2:46
4."Little Drummer Boy"Katherine Davis, Henry Onorati, Harry Simeone3:06
5."O Come All Ye Faithful"John Francis Wade3:47
6."Holly Jolly Christmas"Johnny Marks2:16
7."Away in a Manger"James Murray3:15
8."O Holy Night"Adolphe Adam, Placide Cappeau4:59
9."Winter Wonderland"Felix Bernard, Richard Smith2:39
10."Silent Night"Franz Gruber3:11
11."A Baby Changes Everything"Craig Wiseman, Tim Nichols4:52
Total length:36:48


  • Sam Bacco - percussion
  • Jeff Bailey - trumpet
  • Beth Beeson - french horn
  • Steve Brewster - percussion
  • Tom Bukovac - electric guitar
  • Paul Bushnell - bass guitar
  • David Campbell - string arrangements, conductor
  • Keith Carlock - drums
  • Alvin Chea - background vocals
  • Michael Compton - mandolin
  • Eric Darken - percussion
  • Matt Davich - saxophone
  • Tim Davis - vocal contractor, background vocals
  • Stuart Duncan - fiddle
  • Chris Dunn - trombone
  • Shannon Forrest - drums
  • John Gilutin - piano
  • Carl Gorodetzky - string contractor
  • Barry Green - trombone
  • Mike Haynes - trumpet
  • Faith Hill - lead vocals
  • Prentiss Hobbs - trombone
  • Dann Huff - electric guitar
  • Pete Huttlinger - acoustic guitar
  • Jack Jezzro - bass guitar
  • Charlie Judge - keyboards
  • Jennifer Kummer - french horn
  • Lee Levine - clarinet
  • Sam Levine - saxophone
  • London Oratory School Schola - boys choir
  • Gilbert Long - tuba
  • Jim Lotz - bassoon
  • David Loucks - background vocals
  • Chris McDonald - trombone
  • Jerry McPherson - electric guitar
  • Richard Madenfort - 12-string acoustic guitar
  • Metro Voices - choir
  • Jeff Meyer - french horn
  • Doug Moffet - saxophone
  • The Nashville String Machine - strings
  • Craig Nelson - bass guitar
  • Jimmy Nichols - keyboards
  • Jenny O'Grady - choir director
  • Steve Patrick - trumpet
  • Darryl Phinnessee - background vocals
  • Ann Richards - flute
  • Eric Rigler - tin whistle, Uillean pipes
  • Bettie Ross - pipe organ
  • David Schnaufer - dulcimer
  • Robbie Shankle - saxophone
  • Buddy Skipper - saxophone
  • Calvin Smith - french horn
  • Denis Solee - saxophone
  • Ron Sorbo - percussion
  • Neil Stubenhaus - bass guitar
  • Bryan Sutton - acoustic guitar
  • Bobby G. Taylor - oboe
  • George Tidwell - trumpet
  • Glenn Worf - upright bass
  • Jonathan Yudkin - cello, celtic harp, fiddle, viola

Release history

Country Date
United States September 30, 2008
Italy November 28, 2008


AlbumBillboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
2008 Top Country Albums 2
The Billboard 200 13
Top Holiday Albums 2

SinglesBillboard (North America)

Year Single Chart Position[8]
2008 "A Baby Changes Everything" Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks 1
Hot Country Songs 36
Hot 100 105
"Joy to the World" Hot Country Songs 44
"Santa Claus Is Coming to Town" Hot Country Songs 53
"Little Drummer Boy" Hot Country Songs 58
2009 "O Come All Ye Faithful" Hot Country Songs 60


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  5. "Cristina Ferrare's Holiday Menu". 2008-12-18. Retrieved 2011-12-04. 
  6. "iTunes Store". Retrieved 2011-12-04. 
  7. "PBS Soundstage presents Faith Hill's "Joy to the World"". 2008-11-20. Retrieved 2014-05-04. 

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