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AutoProtects Ultimate Christmas Driving Playlist

Date: Thu 13th December 2018   |   Author: L Blake

AutoProtect's Ultimate Christmas Driving Playlist

Will you be driving home for Christmas, or setting off on a road trip to see family and friends for the big day? Why not check out our top 10 Christmas songs; they’re perfect for that festive car journey.

Christmas (Baby please come home) - Darlene Love

Released back in 1963, this truly is a timeless classic. Having been used in hit Christmas films such as Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, Gremlins and Christmas with the Kranks, it really does bring back memories of being snuggled up on the sofa with a hot chocolate. It's also the perfect song to belt out on a festive road trip!

Driving Home for Christmas - Chris Rea.

What would this list be without the ultimate festive driving song that is - ‘Driving home for Christmas’? Will you be putting Chris Rea on your playlist for the drive home from work on December 24th? Yep, we will be too and we cannot wait!

The inspiration for this song is really quite lovely. Chris Rea told The Guardian, “My wife got in our old Austin Mini, drove all the way down from Middlesbrough to Abbey Road studios to pick me up, and we set off back straight away. Then it started snowing. We had £220 and I was fiddling with it all the way home. We kept getting stuck in traffic and I’d look across at the other drivers, who all looked so miserable. Jokingly, I started singing: “We’re driving home for Christmas… ” Then, whenever the street lights shone inside the car, I started writing down lyrics. We eventually got home at 3am. It was so cold inside the house that the snow tumbled on to the doormat and didn’t melt. There was one letter – from PRS America. My song Fool (If You Think It’s Over) had been a hit in the US, so there was a cheque for £15,000. We went from being down to our last £220 to being able to buy a house.”

Merry Xmas Everybody - Slade

Back in 1973 Slade were smashing their way into the charts, having achieved two number one hits in the space of three months (Cum on feel the Noize and Skweeze Me Pleeze Me). It was at this time that the band's manager suggested they write a Christmas song. Most of the band weren’t interested in xmas music, except Jim Lea. Shortly after, he had written the melody and the snowball was rolling. It only took Noddy Holder one night to write the lyrics, which perfectly portray the traditional British Christmas. The song held the number one spot throughout December 1973  into January 1974.

Last Christmas - Wham

Whether you are a lover or a hater of 80s pop, there is no denying that Last Christmas deserves its place on our Top 10. With its dream like video filmed high in the snowy hills of an unspecified ski resort, it's no wonder this is such a highly rated xmas song.  Surprisingly, the song (which was written and produced by George Michael) never reached top chart position, only reaching number two in 1984 due to Band Aid’s ‘Do they know it's Christmas’ taking the number one spot. Just like the Band Aid hit, all of the proceeds that Last Christmas made that year were donated to the Ethiopian famine appeal.
After the sad loss of George Michael on Christmas 2017, the single sky rocketed to number two in the charts.

Fairytale of New York - The Pogues Ft Kirsty MacColl

A song about wasted youth and ruined dreams, you could call it an ‘anti-Christmas’ song. For over 30 years Fairytale of New York has been sung out loud by many a pub-goer on Christmas Eve and has been danced to at every work’s Christmas party, putting it in the running for the ultimate British Christmas song. Just like Last Christmas, this song never made it to number one in the UK Christmas charts but has been in the Top 20 every year since 2005. Surprisingly, the video was actually filmed in a functioning police station in New York, during the week of Thanksgiving 1987. MacGown told The Courier Mail “We got really drunk and we nearly got busted by the on-duty police ­officers”.

Christmas Wrapping - The Waitresses

We don't know about you but we think this underrated Christmas gem is the perfect song to enjoy on a long road trip to visit family and friends. Having only made it to number 45 in the UK charts back in 1982, this song may have gone under the radar but we can guarantee once it comes on the radio during December everyone will be singing along word for word. The Waitresses, a post punk band originally from Ohio, were no one hit wonder. They went on to record two albums and also penned the title music for the American show ‘Square Pegs’.  

White Christmas - Bing Crosby

When first released back in 1941 for the movie Holiday Inn, White Christmas did not perform particularly well. Bing Crosby himself was heard saying that he thought the song was “fine” with “no problems” and that “anyone could have made the song popular.”
A year after the release, the song took off and is now the most popular xmas song, having sold over 50 million copies worldwide to date. Here’s to hoping for a White Christmas this year!

I Wish it could be Christmas Everyday - Wizzard

Don't we all wish it could be Christmas everyday? What a perfect song to get you in the festive mood! Recorded by British glam rock band Wizzard and written and produced by the band's frontman Roy Wood, they were also joined by  "The Suedettes", augmented by the choir of Stockland Green School’s First Year. Unfortunately the single never made it to UK number 1. It was pipped to the post by Slade, with Merry Xmas Everybody, and sat at number four for four consecutive weeks over the Christmas of 1973.

Rocking around the Christmas Tree - Brenda Lee

Another classic on our list from the swinging 60s! It's quite gobsmacking to learn that Brenda Lee was only 13 years old when she recorded this song! The same probably can’t be said for the ‘Comic relief presents Mel and Kims’ cover released back in 1987. Hopefully that's one that won't live on for as long as the brilliant Brenda Lee original. After all, it really is the perfect song to have playing while putting up your Christmas tree.

Santa Baby - Eartha Kitt

Along with Jimmy Boyd’s I saw Mommy kissing Santa Claus, Santa Baby was one of the first Christmas novelty songs released that wasn't aimed at children. Before being signed to the record label RCA, Eartha Kitt was a nightclub performer. Santa Baby went on to be her biggest hit and has since been covered by the likes of Taylor Swift, Kylie Minogue, The Pussycat Dolls, LeAnn Rimes, and Faith Evans.

We hope you enjoyed reading about our top 10 Ultimate Christmas Driving songs. There are plenty of helpful and interesting articles on the AutoProtect Engage page, including informative ‘how to’ tips.