Contrary to popular belief, Justin Bieber has not cornered the market on Christmas music this year. If you’re looking for something a little less pop, and a little more evocative of the Christmas spirit, then you may be wracking your brain looking for music that’ll really get you in the mood for the holidays.
But don’t Scrooge yourself over this year: there’re plenty of jolly melodies out there in the cloud, all for free, that will have your toes tapping and your Christmas Spirit-o-meter off the charts. Read below for some of the best sites on the Internet to stream Christmas music, free and clear.
Designed to be a comprehensive music site and social network—a sort of mashup of pandora and facebook—last.fm is a phenomenal resource for free Christmas listening. You’ll find the big ones, like Michael Buble or Mariah Carey, streamed for free, all for your personal listening pleasure.
AOL’s music radio service has a comprehensive selection, life Last.fm, but ignores the annoying social networking features and gets right to the good stuff. Whether you want jazz, latin, country, orchestral, or Christian-themed Christmas songs, AOL radio’s got it.
This Internet satellite radio service holds a treasure trove of corny Christmas favorites. On first search, the “CHRISTMAS RADIO US” might greet you with the vocal stylings of John Denver, Air Supply or Reba McEntire. Other stations will take you back to the heady days of Fred Astaire and Andy Williams. You can’t download the music—it’s all streaming—but if you’re looking to provide great atmosphere to your Christmas party, then live365.com is a phenomenal resource.
If you want to make it an indie Christmas, this site is a fantastic compendium of Xmas music from independent musicians nationwide. The quality varies, but these independent artists want to be heard. You never know what Holiday gems you’ll find—from up and coming artists you’ve never heart of–on this free Christmas music site.
While the navigation on this site is a touch annoying, you’ll find a honey pot of great, free Christmas music for your downloading pleasure if you click on to christmasgifts.com/music. There’s a fun variety of classics in various styles, from funky r & b to orchestral arrangements to midi files. Most of them are rights-managed under the creative commons license, which basically means you can use the music however you want as long as you’re not making a profit.
Whatever your listening pleasure, there’s no need to break the budget on Christmas music this year. It doesn’t matter if you’re making a slideshow or friends, or just want a nice yuletide atmosphere at your Christmas party—there’s a limitless supply of great Christmas music to legally download or stream on the Internet.
November 18, 2011 at 2:44 am
Yey for Christmas songs in November… *before* you cannot take it any more due to excessive repeating everywhere! 🙂
November 18, 2011 at 8:23 am
The place I used to work we got forced to play christmas songs. It drove me crazy.
1 day of christmas music is enough for me. I’ve heard those songs enough for a lifetime.
Thanks for the options anyway 🙂
November 18, 2011 at 10:19 am
All I would say is a big thank you and Merry Christmas in advance because I was in dire need for music related to Christmas.
November 21, 2011 at 3:17 am
Marry Christmas is not too far. We are in search of such source. You have provided us all in one.
November 23, 2011 at 10:29 am
oh thanks your sharing can in know about this chirtsmas special..
November 26, 2011 at 3:47 pm
Is it legal to download music from all of the sources above?
November 28, 2011 at 9:21 am
What I’d do is just search the term “Christmas” on Winamp Radio 🙂 Feelslikechristmas.com looks like a pretty cool site tho. I’ll browse around!
January 20, 2012 at 5:51 am
Nice one. I loved to hear this type of music not during Christmas but throughout year. Thanks for sharing.
February 5, 2012 at 11:05 pm
The great thing about Last.fm is the fact that you can pick out specific genres (such as nu jazz – hint, hint). The selections are usually very good.
July 5, 2013 at 8:18 pm
feels like christmas is probably my favorite, I love indie music.
August 15, 2013 at 8:40 pm
Great article. It’s nearly coming up to the time where the Christmas music will be playing in shops. It seems to get earlier every year!
August 19, 2013 at 6:28 pm
Nice articles..eagerly waiting for the Christmas…
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