I want to distribute a Holiday song, can I?

When distributing a holiday song it's important to understand what you can and cannot distribute. Songs under Public Domain can be re-created without the need for a license but you cannot use the original sound recording, it must be a new and unique recreation of the original.

For songs not included under the Public Domain you'll need to secure a mechanical license in the same way you would for other cover songs.

For these songs you will need to secure a mechanical license. They are not in the public domain.

  • All I Want For Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth
  • All I Want For Christmas Is You
  • Baby It's Cold Outside
  • Blue Christmas
  • Carol Of The Bells (Lyrics Only, Music, Public Domain)
  • Caroling, Caroling
  • Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire (The Christmas Song)
  • Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)
  • Christmas Time is Here
  • Christmas Waltz
  • Do You Hear What I Hear
  • Feliz Navidad
  • Frosty The Snowman
  • Grown-up Christmas List
  • Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
  • Here Comes Santa Claus (Right Down Santa Claus Lane)
  • Holly Jolly Christmas
  • Home For the Holidays
  • I'll Be Home for Christmas
  • I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus
  • It's a Marshmallow World
  • It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas
  • It's Christmas Time All Over the World
  • I Wonder as I Wander
  • Jingle Bell Rock
  • Last Christmas
  • Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow
  • Little Drummer Boy
  • Mary's Boy Child (aka Mary's Little Boy Child)
  • Mary Did You Know
  • Mele Kalikimaka
  • Merry Christmas Baby
  • Merry Christmas Darling
  • The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year
  • Pretty Paper
  • Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree
  • Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
  • Run Run Rudolph
  • Santa Baby
  • Santa Claus Is Back In Town
  • Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
  • Silver Bells
  • Sleigh Ride
  • Star Carol
  • Star Carol (Classical)
  • Suzy Snowflake
  • This Christmas
  • We Need a Little Christmas
  • What Are You Doing New Years Eve?
  • When A Child Is Born
  • When Christmas Comes To Town
  • White Christmas
  • White World of Winter
  • Winter Wonderland
  • You're a Mean One Mr Grinch

With these songs you will not need a mechanical license as they are in the Public Domain.

  • Angels We Have Heard On High
  • Auld Lang Syne
  • Away In A Manger
  • Coventry Carol
  • Deck The Halls
  • For Unto Us
  • Go Tell It On The Mountain
  • God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
  • Good King Wenceslas
  • Hallelujah Chorus
  • Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
  • Here We Come A-Caroling (Wassail Song)
  • I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day
  • I Saw Three Ships
  • In The Bleak Midwinter
  • It Came Upon The Midnight Clear
  • Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring
  • Jingle Bells
  • Jolly Old St. Nicholas
  • Joy To The World
  • O Come All Ye Faithful
  • O Come O Come Emmanuel
  • O Holy Night
  • O Little Town Of Bethlehem
  • Once In Royal David’s City
  • Silent Night
  • The First Noel
  • The Twelve Days of Christmas
  • Up On The Housetop
  • We Three Kings
  • We Wish You A Merry Christmas
  • What Child Is This
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