Not only do songs change their feel over time, but this can also change in the hands of an interesting arranger. Consider “Deck the Halls,” that old warhorse. Here’s a pretty strait-up version from The Sixteen. And here’s a lovely, almost sprightly version from the Elizabethan Singers (you’ll need to turn the volume up). Then here’s an older (and not very well recorded) but quite lively version from the Gregg Smith Singers.
(Full disclosure—I sang for Smith for a semester at university.)
Finally, a jazzy version from The King’s Singers:
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