There is so much holiday music out in the world that it may seem almost impossible to create an original Christmas hit that will blow the socks off the masses. However, doing a cover of a holiday classic can be an awesome way to throw your unique spin onto something old and seemingly overplayed.
If you do find yourself yearning to do a cover of your favorite classic, it still may not end up being as cheery and pain-free as you anticipated. Unfortunately, a lot of the songs you’re accustomed to hearing throughout your childhood actually isn’t free for anyone to use. You could take the time to expend every penny to get the consent to use somebody else’s music, but you’ll end up losing some hard-earned revenue on royalties to someone else. Even some of the jolly, old classics that seem to have been around since the dawn of time might be owned by someone.
Before you gather all your Christmas attire and sleigh bells, it is important to make sure that what you’re planning to cover won’t land you on the naughty list of the law. There are so many Christmas songs to choose from, it’s hard to know which ones are free to use and which can lead you into some legal trouble. Fear not, there are tons of songs in the public domain that you can cover painlessly and without fear of musical prosecution.
Music that is in the public domain isn’t restricted by copyright and doesn’t require all those licenses and fees to use. This gives you unlimited creativity to mash whatever you want into your new holiday masterpiece that will be sure to make even the Grinch give it a listen. This wealth of information is spread out into many facets of the internet, so finding a list of specific holiday hits might be challenging. To make this way easier, we’ve created a cheat sheet of 32 classic Christmas songs in the public domain that anyone is free to use.
1. “Deck The Halls”
2. “Jingle Bells”
3. “O Holy Night”
4. “The Twelve Days of Christmas”
5. “The First Noel”
6. “All Through the Night”
7. “Away in a Manger”
8. “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing”
9. “Joy to the World”
10. “O Come All Ye Faithful”
11. “Up on the Housetop”
12. “We Three Kings”
13. “We Wish You A Merry Christmas”
14. “O Little Town of Bethlehem”
15. “Here We Come A-Caroling”
16. “Angels We Have Heard on High”
17. “Go Tell It on the Mountain”
18. “In the Bleak Midwinter”
19. “I Saw Three Ships”
20. “Jolly Old St. Nicholas”
21. “O Christmas Tree”
23. “What Child is This”
24. “Once in Royal David’s City”
25. “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel”
26. “It Came Upon the Midnight Clear”
27. “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day”
28. “The Holly and the Ivy”
29. “God Rest You, Merry Gentlemen”
30. “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day”
31. “Hallelujah Chorus”
32. “For Unto Us”
Happy Holidays and go create some great music!