Welcome to Prog Magazine’s Advent Calendar

Christmas day is but 25 days away, and between now and then we shall be bringing you a Prog Christmas song every day to help you get in the festive spirit!

First up, it's Yes feat. ARW singer Jon Anderson and a rousing take on the traditional O Holy Night. It's taken from his 1985 album 3 Ships, which saw him lending his alto tenor vocal to festive favourites. It was his fourth solo album. The track also features a rousing additional vocal from Christian singer Sandra Crouch.

Progressive music has always had a strong link to the festive season, with the likes of Yes keyboard player Geoff Downes and Jethro Tull leader Ian Anderson linking this to the fact that church-based music was part of their musical development. We think that the 25 songs songs we've chosen are perfect examples of that musical connection. 

So enjoy. And remember, this isn’t a “best of” list: no one has voted for anything, and we're not adhering to any numerical order. These are just 25 great seasonal songs for you to enjoy. It’s as simple as that. Season's greetings…

Jerry Ewing

Writer and broadcaster Jerry Ewing is the Editor of Prog Magazine which he founded for Future Publishing in 2009. He grew up in Sydney and began his writing career in London for Metal Forces magazine in 1989. He has since written for Metal Hammer, Maxim, Vox, Stuff and Bizarre magazines, among others. He created and edited Classic Rock Magazine for Dennis Publishing in 1998 and is the author of a variety of books on both music and sport, including Wonderous Stories; A Journey Through The Landscape Of Progressive Rock.