Free Holiday Music to Download

December 2, 2012 by  
Filed under Freebies, Music

From classic Christmas songs to new versions, country, pop, jazz, choral… here’s a Santa’s sack of festive free music for your party playlist.

If you’re looking for a little holiday atmosphere while you work / cook / PARTAY! then here are some Christmas 2012 freebies to download for your listening pleasure.  Some may only be free for a limited time so download fast if you want them.

Previewing these tunes put me quite in the mood to wrap tinsel round my head, which always makes Mr Cheap nervous that I’ll start chasing him round the house with a sprig of mistletoe.

25 Days of Free Holiday Music Get 5 new free MP3s every 5 days from Amazon through Christmas. Freebies so far  include Blue Christmas by Cyndi Lauper, Wonderful Christmastime by The Shins, Carol of the Bells by Capital Kings, and more.

Free Holiday Music from Country Stars including Brad Paisley (Away in a Manger), Lady Antebellum (The First Noel), Katie Armiger (I Just Want to Be With You This Christmas) and more, courtesy of People magazine and iTunes. You need iTunes to download, or get it free at the link. The holiday country music is available till January 4,  2013.

Green Hill Christmas Music Sampler by Beegie Adair and friends, with 12 easy-listening and jazzy tracks of holiday favorites – just the ticket for a mellow dinner party. (From Amazon, as are the rest below.)

Christmas at Home free sampler of five tracks including The Twelve Days of Christmas, Deck the Halls, and Ave Maria. I don’t know why this is called a children’s sampler, it’s very classical Christmas music, beautifully performed by a professional chorus.

Free Must-Have Christmas Masterpieces with four tracks that are just what it says in the title, performed by the International Childrens’ Choir, the Berlin Symphony Orchestra, and other such luminaries. Individual tracks are 99 cents, but it’s free to get the whole MP3 album.

Christmas Anthem by Albuquerque locals Landon Smith & The Real Matt Jones.

Jingle Bells / Deck the Halls by Clay Crosse – a very lively version, you’ll get the turkey stuffed in no time listening to this one.

Jingle Bells goes smooooooth in lovely grown-up jazz version by Jen Carrozza and band.

O Holy Night by Rick Springfield – very stirring stuff.

Christmas Train by Carey Bell is really rocking! It’s great.

The First Noel by Lady Antebellum brings the spirit of Christmas right through my speakers.

Classic Christmas Singers with Bell Medley. Such an evocative song and if I had a dollar for every time I’d heard it in a movie or on TV, I’d be rich enough to pay for my own music.

God Rest You Merry Gentleman in a soft jazz guitar take by Dan Baraszu and Joseph Patrick Moore.

The Nutcracker Suite Waltz Of The Flowers by Tchaikovsky – a magic and sparkly harp piece that’s perfect background for Santa’s little elves when they’re wrapping gifts.

Winter Night by Little & Ashley, indie pop with a bit of a jingle, and a far cry from Annie Little’s performance in Mad Men.

Christmas Song by Mogwai, kind of a cool and hypnotic instrumental.

Ave Maria by On The Rocks, a beautiful and haunting choral rendition that sounds like you’re in a monastery or cathedral.

O Little Town Of Bethlehem by Nature’s Harmony. A sax version with birds tweeting in the background. I’m in two minds about this one, but it’s certainly different.

And if you’ve ALREADY had enough of Christmas, try Extreme Party Animals with Ain’t No Mountain High Enough. Nothing to do with the festive season, but always a dead cert winner for a party.

Oh yes, did we mention that they’re all FREE?

If you still need to buy holiday music after all that, Amazon has 100 Holiday MP3 Albums for $5 ranging from Rod Stewart, Harry Connick Jr, and Andy Williams, to A Charlie Brown Christmas, The Polar Express soundtrack, and a Disney holiday playlist.

If you know of any Albuquerque or New Mexico bands with free downloads by iTunes or MP3 that we can import to our various music playing devices, please let me know.  I’d love to update the list with more locals!

And thanks to Mr Cheap for letting me chase him with mistletoe.

–Tania. Note: I’ve given my Amazon affiliate links to plug you straight to the free music.


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