Christmas Songs for Cover Artists

Christmas songs with no copyright are everywhere. This makes them excellent cover projects for artists while listeners create an exaggerated demand for them. We’ve done the research for you, so get cracking!

Christmas songs with no copyright abound because they are traditional, which means they’re very old. Play with their lyrics and melodies all you like, and you can still sell and distribute your versions online worldwide. (Traditional Hanukkah selections also provided below).

“Joy to the World,” 1719

“Hark the Herald Angels Sing,” 1739

“O Come All Ye Faithful,” 1751

“Silent Night,” 1818

“The First Noel,” 1823

“O Christmas Tree,” 1824

“We Three Kings of Orient Are,” 1857

“Deck the Halls,” 1862

“O Little Town of Bethlehem,” 1868

“Away in a Manger,” 1885

“It Came Upon the Midnight Clear,” 1849

“God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen,” 1833

“O Holy Night,” 1847

“Good Christian Men Rejoice,” 1328

“While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks,” circa 1700

“The Holly and the Ivy,” circa 1814

“Angels From the Realms of Glory,” 1815

“I Saw Three Ships Come Sailing In,” 1833

“Once in Royal David’s City,” 1848

“Good King Wenceslas,” 1853

“Angels We Have Heard On High,” 1862


Hanukkah songs with no copyright may also be found in the public domain for the same reason: tradition! Musicians don’t have to be Jewish, themselves, to enjoy rendering their own versions of these classic sing-along selections.

“Maoz Tzur”

“Chanukah Chanukah”

“Oy Chanukah”

“Judas Maccabaeus”

“Mi Y’malel”

“Al Hanisim”