When one thinks of beautiful singing voices, one doesn't typically imagine Beaker, the Swedish Chef, or Animal from The Muppets. But these daffy characters do their best to bring a little Christmas cheer in their chaotically delightful rendition of "Carol of the Bells."
Originally created in 1914 by Ukrainian composer Mykola Leontovych and lyrics by Peter J. Wilhousky, the song was commissioned by the Ukrainian Republic Choir, the original song was a new year's anthem. The Ukrainian title translates to "the generous one" or is perhaps derived from the Ukrainian word for bountiful (shchedryj), and tells a tale of a swallow flying into a household to proclaim the bountiful year that the family will have.
Later, Wilhousky rearranged the melody for orchestra with new lyrics for NBC radio network's symphony orchestra, centered around the theme of bells because the melody reminded him of hand bells, which begins "Hark! How the bells". It was first aired during the Great Depression, where it brought cheer to a generation of people who in the grip of poverty.
It's one of the most beloved holiday songs ever and has been covered by many different artists including Pentatonix, Nox Arcana, and LeAnn Rimes. We like this version the best.