If you are making like Chris Rea this year and driving home for Christmas, then you need an epic playlist to gear you up for the festivities ahead and keep the mood holly and jolly, especially if it is a long road trip with a car full of passengers.
Here’s our list of songs that provide the perfect soundtrack for the heart-warming drive home for Christmas.
Driving Home for Christmas, Chris Rea
We couldn’t not include Chris Rea’s eponymous song in the list! Although, if your family is anything like ours, perhaps his song Road to Hell is more apposite.
Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, DMX
If you have little ones in the car, you can forget playing anything else. But, hey, if it’s the DMX version you won’t mind listening to this on repeat for the next two hours or more.
All I Want for Christmas, Mariah Carey
This absolute festive banger by the Queen of Christmas is the perfect song to belt out as you are belting it home. This song is so catchy that it’s sure to fill the car with cheer and cheers as you screech that high note!
Last Christmas, Wham
Because you need a cheesy classic that the whole family and different generations can sing along to when you are stuck bumper to bumper in holiday traffic.
White Christmas, Bing Crosby
Christmas nostalgia is a powerful thing. This song is soulful and longing and taps into those mixed feelings of yearning for times past but looking forward to the new year’s opportunities.
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, Sam Smith
Judy Garland’s original still remains peerless, but this heartfelt rendition by Sam Smith really stirs the emotion. You really do believe him when he croons “Next Year All Our Troubles Will Be Miles Away”.
I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday, Wizzard
A perfect slice of pure British Glam Rock. From the opening tongue-in-cheek ‘ker-ching’ of a cash register to the fade-out ending of the children’s choir and jingling sleigh bells, this perennial classic hits all the right notes.
It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year, Andy Williams
An absolutely perfect Christmas song filled with all the good things of the season. Even the biggest Scrooge will melt like a snowman in a sauna when they hear this one.
Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town, Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band
The Boss’s lively, albeit imperfect rendition of this Christmas song is a cracker and will perk you up if you are feeling a bit flat after too much Bing and Bublé or just too many road trip mince pies.
Wonderful Christmastime, Paul McCartney
Simply having a wonderful Christmastime… everyone sing along, come on; we’re almost there!