Currently 19.6% of all authors at the Icelandic royalty collection society STEF are women, women only own about 11% of registered works and similarly receive only 10.5% of copyright payments. If this is the case in Iceland I can imagine it is similar in other countries. So if you are doing some christmas covers this year and want to send some royalties to some badass female composers and lyricists I have put together a list with a few winter holiday songs by women.

Let’s get those royalties rolling!


Christmas Songs by Women

"River" by Joni Mitchell
"Hard Candy Christmas" by Carol Hall
"Jolly Old Saint Nicholas" by Emily Huntington Miller
“Carol of the drum” (Little drummer boy) by Katherine Kennicott Davis
“Nu Tändas Tusen Juleljus” by Emmy Köhler (Swedish Christmas Song)
"White Is in the Winter Night" by Enya & Roma Ryan
"Winter Song" by Sara Bareilles & Ingrid Michaelson
“Mistletoe” by Colbie Caillat & Stacy Blue
"Christmas in the Sand" by Colbie Caillat, Kara DioGuardi & Jason Reeves
“Do you hear what I hear?” by Gloria Shayne & Noël Regney
“Santa Baby” by Joan Ellen Javits & Philip Springer
“This Christmas” by Nadine McKinnor & Donny Hathaway
“In the bleak midwinter” by Christina Rossetti & Gustav Holst

"Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)" by Ellie Greenwich, Jeff Barry & Phil Spector
“All I want for Christmas” by Mariah Carey & Walter Afanasieff
"Christmas, Why Can't I Find You?" by Mariah Carey, James Horner & Will Jennings
"My Grown-Up Christmas List" by Linda Thompson-Jenner & David Foster
"Happy Xmas (War Is Over)" by Yoko Ono & John Lennon
"Santa's Coming for Us" is a song written by Sia & Greg Kurstin
"Santa Tell Me" by Ariana Grande, Ilya Salmanzadeh & Savan Kotecha
"Underneath the Tree" by Kelly Clarkson & Greg Kurstin
"Wrapped in Red" by Kelly Clarkson, Ashley Arrison, Aben Eubanks & Shane McAnally
"One More Sleep" by Leona Lewis, Richard Stannard, Iain James, Jez Ashurst & Bradford Ellis
"My Only Wish (This Year)" by Britney Spears, Brian Kierulf and Josh Schwartz
“Give Love on Christmas Day” by Christine Perren, Berry Gordy, Alphonzo Mizell, Freddie Perren & Deke Richards


Music by women composers of the 19th and 20th centuries from America, England, France, Germany, Netherlands.

Performer(s): Elisabeth Goell, soprano ; Lauretta Bloomer, piano. Event notes: Recorded Apr. 2008 in the First Presbyterian Church, Dublin Road, Omagh.
Sing unto the Lord ; I cannot lose thee for a day / Muriel Herbert --

Nacht / Catharina van Rennes --

Ich gedachte in der Nacht / Sibylle Mertens-Schaaffhausen --

Lied, op. 7/3 / Emilie Zumsteeg --

Du bist die Ruh, op. 7/4 / Fanny Hensel --

Vous m'avez regardé / Lili Boulanger --

Ekstase ; Lobgesang / Alma Mahler --

Within thy heart / Amy Marcy Beach --

All mein Gedanken / Annette von Droste-Hülshoff --

Bitte / Fanny Hensel --

My Lady / Muriel Herbert --

Infant joy / Rebecca Clarke --

Au pied de mon lit / Lili Boulanger --

In praise of woman / Elizabeth Poston --

Madonna-Kindje / Catharina van Rennes --

Be still my sweet / Elizabeth Poston --

Fairy lullaby / Amy Marcy Beach --

Jesu Wiegenlied / Luise Greger --

Avondlied ; Kerstlied / Fémine Schults --

Die Blume der Blumen / Luise Reichardt --

Noël d'Irlande / Augusta Holmès --

Ein Stern der Lieb' am Himmelslauf / Bettine von Arnim --

Lied des Harfners / Annette von Droste-Hülshoff --

Wanderers Nachtlied / Bettine von Arnim --

Noël / Augusta Holmès --

Weihnachtslied op. 13 / Luise Greger --

Empress of night / Amy Marcy Beach --

Am heil'gen Abend / Emilie Zumsteeg