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matthew, Author at Public Domain 4U

WHAT TO DO WITH CHRISTMAS SONGS IN THE PUBLIC DOMAIN-SILENT NIGHT by THE TEMPTIONS

Perform them! That way it’s yours!  Just because the song listed below was in the public domain doesn’t mean you can use a version done by a some else. Here are the songs I found written before 1924  or donated to the public domain making them in the public domain:  So you can use these songs w/o owing anyone or get a license to use in your social post  if you perform them yourself.

 

Holiday songs that ARE in the Public Domain.

With these songs, you will not need a mechanical license

  • 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

But the performance by someone done recently would require permission to use in a video or any other use of that performance. So you will be liable if you post a performance of a public domain song done  after 1924.  Although Silent Night was written before 1924 , this is a perfect example of a song performance of a public domain song not being “royality-free”  Youtube must pay who ever has the rights for this performance by The Temptions. I suggest using your own version of one of these songs to avoid any copyright hassles.