Christmas Music – What You Can & Can’t Use In Commercials

Posted On: Oct 2, 2018    Written by: Abe

There are many great Christmas songs that we all know and love to sing.

.... and then there’s Mariah Carey’s ‘All I Want For Christmas’ - quite possibly one of the most played (and most annoying) Christmas songs of all time!

At Christmas time, there are no shortage of advertisers who want to use Christmas music in their commercials. But while Christmas songs are great to create a feeling of magic and wonder, not every song is in the public domain – and therefore can’t be used without permission.

Not all Christmas music can be used for commercial purposes. Don’t find an unexpected gift under your tree!

Here are some common tunes people sometimes wish to use that are copyright:

  • Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
  • Little Drummer Boy
  • Frosty the Snowman
  • White Christmas
  • All I want for Christmas (Is My Two Front Teeth)
  • Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on An Open Fire)
  • Here Comes Santa Claus
  • I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus
  • It's Beginning To Look a Lot Like Christmas
  • Jingle Bell Rock

However, any song that is traditional or in the public domain can be used.

Here is a list of which Christmas music is traditional, public domain and copyright in Australia:

Please contact us if you’d like to use a particular Christmas song and we can confirm if it’s cleared for use and in our library of over 26,000 tracks, or simply login and search our database.

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