‘Tis the Season of Cover Songs


Brrrrr. It’s getting cold out there.

It’s that time again — where people hustle and bustle, flickering lights and decorations are abound on houses and city streets, and there is holiday music in the air.

No other part of the year is more inundated with music of the season than Christmas; and you can hear it everywhere.

From shopping malls to 24-hour holiday music radio stations to live performers — it’s inescapable.

What makes the popular yuletide tunes so unique is that many of the most popular performances are actually cover songs.

There are the ageless classic originals that still hold up — from Nat King Cole’s “The Christmas Song” to Andy Williams’ “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” and many more, but even these songs have dozens of cover versions that remain popular.

If you’re looking to jump into the spirit of the season and want to put your stamp on a December classic, there are a good number of Christmas favorites that are in public domain — meaning you can cover them for free. So no worry of Facebook or You Tube police coming after you.

Thanks to our friends at Sonic Bids, here is a complete list of holiday tunes that you are allowed to cover — no questions asked.


  • “Angels We Have Heard On High”
  • “Auld Lang Syne”
  • “Away In The Manger”
  • “Deck The Halls”
  • “The First Noel”
  • “Go Tell It On The Mountain”
  • “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen”
  • “Hark, The Herald Angels Sing”
  • “I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day”
  • “I Saw Three Ships”
  • “It Came Upon A Midnight Clear”
  • “Jingle Bells”
  • “Joy To The World”
  • “Come All Ye Faithful”
  • “O Holy Night”
  • “O Little Town Of Bethlehem”
  • “Silent Night”
  • “There’s a Song In The Air”
  • “Toyland”
  • “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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