George Frideric Handel is often credited with composing Joy to the World because of the similarity between that melody and one of the phrases in Handel’s Messiah. However, the popular carol was probably composed by the American musician Lowell Mason. There are five sheet music versions of the song for piano here in the key of F, for beginners to more advanced players.
The beginner version of Joy to the World for piano features the melody in the treble clef staff. The easy version of Joy to the World for piano splits the melody between the right and left hands. The simple version of Joy to the World for piano has a basic left hand accompaniment line that complements the melody. The intermediate version of Joy to the World for piano includes harmony in the left hand. The advanced version of Joy to the World for piano features a more complex arrangement with harmony and moving notes in the left hand. Select one of the images below for a free printable PDF of the carol.
For a lead sheet with chords, visit the main sheet music page for Joy to the World. It includes arrangements of the carol in seven different keys, as well as links to the song for band and string instruments and recorder. The lyrics to Joy to the World are also available. Visit the Christmas music for piano page for an explanation of the different arrangements of the carols, as well as sheet music for many more songs.