There are so many songs in the public domain that you can cover for free without fear of musical prosecution.
With all the holiday music out in the world, it may seem almost impossible to create an original 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 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 won’t be 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 classics that seem to have been around since the dawn of time might be owned by someone.
Music that is in the public domain isn’t restricted by copyright and doesn’t require 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. Finding a list of specific holiday hits might be challenging so we compiled a list of holiday songs you can cover for free.
Here are 32 Holiday songs you can cover for free:
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. “Silent Night”
31. “Hallelujah Chorus”
32. “For Unto Us”
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There are many artists who rose to fame partially because of their unique covers. Artists like Pentatonix, and Fifth Harmony have gotten tons of exposure from their holiday covers, and for good reason. People all over the country will be playing all these classics once the season hits, and who knows, maybe your cover will replace the old version they’re so used to for years to come!