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With millions of drivers taking to the roads today to drive safely home for Christmas, having a good old family sing-along, or a lone recital of your favourite Christmas tune, can help to cheer you up when you’re “top to toe in tail lights”!
Trusted Dealers shares its top ten favourite driving songs below to help drivers pass the time on journeys home this Christmas.
Driving Home for Christmas – Chris Rea
No Christmas is complete without a rendition of the world famous ‘Driving home for Christmas’ song. Motorists have been belting out this popular tune for more than 30 years since its release in 1984. The song peaked #53 in the UK single chart in 1988 and has reappeared in the top 40 plenty of times, making it one of the official top 10 most played Christmas singles.
The 12 Days of Christmas – Bing Crosby and The Andrews Sisters
A definite favourite with the kids, this 1949 classic is the perfect Christmas song to belt out in the car with children – it’s so long it will take up a good 20 minutes to sing too! Everyone knows the words, and even those little people who don’t, will quickly pick it up thanks to the repetition!
Stop the Cavalry – Jona Lewie
A catchy tune for the car and one that is poignant too. Written and performed by English musician Jona Lewie, the song entered the charts in 1980 at position three and was only kept from number one by two re-issued songs by John Lennon in reaction to his assassination on 8 December. When interviewed by Channel 4, Lewie revealed the tune was never intended to be a Christmas hit but was actually written as a protest song!
Happy Xmas (War Is Over) – John Lennon & Yoko Ono
Released in 1971, this famous Christmas song was released by John Lennon and Yoko Ono as a single along with the Harlem Community Choir. The song reached number 4 in the UK and has reemerged in the UK singles chart countless times, most notably on the year of his death in 1980. Orignally a protest against the Vietnam war, it has become a frequently covered tune by artists and is named in the polls as a Christmas holiday sing-along favourite.
I Wish it could be Christmas Every Day – Wizzard
Its every child’s dream for Christmas to be every day, and in1973, Wizzard got the lyrics just right on this Christmas classic that has stood the test of time. Still performing the single to this day, the tune was launched in what was considered a great year for British Christmas records to include Slade (see below).
Merry Xmas Everybody – Slade
Despite the absence of any sleigh bells, this seasonal favourite Christmas tune is a great one for getting those little head bangers going on the back seat. Recorded in the summer of 1973, the single hit the number 1 spot and is widely considered the most popular Christmas song of all time.
Jingle Bell Rock – Bobby Helms
Released in 1958, Jingle Bell Rock is a popular American rock n’ roll tune and the third most-covered Christmas track of all time. The likeable, bouncy melody is just two minutes and 12 seconds in duration, but its light and fun beat is enough to get even the grumpiest of drivers bouncing up and down to its catchy and popular tune.
Christmas Time (Don’t Let The Bells End) – The Darkness
Released in 2003, the song reached number 2 in the official singles chart, beaten by a cover of Tears for Fears’ ‘Madworld’ in one of the closest battles for Christmas number one in years. The song mentions all the usual festivities, and according to the songwriters, some rude words too – we’ll leave you to decide what those are!
All I Want for Christmas Is You – Mariah Carey
Written and produced by Mariah Carey, the song was released in 1994 and has since become one of the most catchy Christmas tunes ever written. A cover version of the song was released on the album for the popular Christmas film, Love Actually, in 2003 and there was even a dance mix released in 2009 and it continues to surge in popularity every Christmas season, reportedly earning a whopping $50 in royalties as of 2013.
Fairytale of New York – The Pogues
An all time favourite amongst the team at Trusted Dealers is Fairytale of New York by The Pogues, made ever more poignant by the tragic death of one of the lead singers, Kirstie McColl in December 2000. This tune, originally released in 1987 went to number 2 in the singles charts and is guaranteed to get you and your passengers swaying from side to side. The song has sold 1.18 million copies in the UK as of November 2015 and remains the most-played Christmas song of the 21st century in the UK.