Ultimate Christmas driving song revealed – is your favourite on the list of top tracks? | The Sun

The ultimate Christmas driving song has been revealed – and it's NOT 'Driving Home for Christmas’.

Chris Rea's 1986 hit was beaten to the top spot by the late Shane MacGowan and his band The Pogue’s 1988 single ‘Fairytale of New York’ performed with Kirsty MacColl.

The vote by 2,000 motorists put 'Last Christmas' by Wham! in third spot, followed by ‘I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday’ by Wizzard.

‘Do They Know It’s Christmas?’ by Band Aid, 'It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas' by Perry Como and The Fontane Sisters also made the top 30 list.

Other festive favourites include 'Mary’s Boy Child' by Boney M and 'In Dulci Jubilo' by Mike Oldfield.

It also emerged 22 per cent will sing along to festive hits when driving home for Christmas this year.



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But 27 per cent have received complaints about their crooning.

The study was commissioned by Škoda to highlight the Canton sound system in the all-electric Enyaq, which can mute music for back seat passengers.

Music psychology lecturer at University of York, Mimi O’Neill, said: “Music has the ability to elicit nostalgia as it can evoke a strong connection between sound and memory.

"When individuals interact with music, it activates neural networks connected to emotions and memory retrieval, prompting the resurgence of both memories and the feelings attached to them.

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"In particular, Christmas songs often carry sentimental associations with cherished holiday moments, contributing to a nostalgic allure.

"The popularity of the lists top three songs, 'Fairytale of New York,' 'Last Christmas,' and 'I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday' as driving songs during the Christmas season are unsurprising.

"As they exhibit well-crafted and catchy melodies that resonate with a broad audience, providing a musically engaging experience conducive to driving.

"Additionally, their lyrics encapsulate the essence of the holiday season, evoking emotions and themes associated with Christmas, such as love, celebration, and the festive spirit.”

The research also found 26 per cent of those polled will be driving more than 200 miles ‘home’ this Christmas, with five per cent driving for eight hours or more.

And 54 per cent claim to enjoy driving over the festive period, with 30 per cent considering a Christmas playlist ‘essential' during such trips, behind a windscreen scraper and phone charger.

Other songs on the ultimate driving playlist include 'Step into Christmas’ by Elton John and ‘Let it Snow’ by Dean Martin.

‘Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree’ by Brenda Lee also features, as do ‘Stay Another Day’ by East 17 and ‘Christmas Wrapping’ by The Waitresses.

And despite Bing Crosby’s ‘White Christmas’ being among the most popular seasonal driving tracks, only 31 per cent have experienced snowfall on a Yuletide journey.

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Those polled also had their say on the ingredients for a bonafide classic festive hit, with a catchy chorus (44 per cent), festive lyrics (35 per cent), and a nostalgic element (33 per cent) considered key.

Of those who listen to music,  polled via OnePoll, 79 per cent have sung along to Christmas songs – and on average they know the lyrics word-for-word for three such tunes.


1.       Fairytale of New York by the Pogues and Kirsty MacColl

2.       Driving Home for Christmas by Chris Rea

3.       Last Christmas by Wham!

4.       I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday by Wizzard

5.       Merry Xmas Everybody by Slade

6.       Do They Know It's Christmas? by Band Aid

7.       All I Want for Christmas Is You by Mariah Carey

8.       Step into Christmas by Elton John

9.       Santa Claus Is Coming to Town by Bruce Springsteen

10.   It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year by Andy Williams

11.   Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree by Brenda Lee

12.   Stay Another Day by East 17

13.   White Christmas by Bing Crosby

14.   Mary’s Boy Child by Boney M

15.   Happy Xmas (War Is Over) by John Lennon and Yoko Ono

16.   It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas by Perry Como and the Fontane Sisters

17.   Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! by Dean Martin

18.   Peace on Earth/The Little Drummer Boy by Bing Crosby and David Bowie

19.   Wonderful Christmastime by Paul McCartney

20.   Feliz Navidad by José Feliciano

21.   Let it Snow by Dean Martin

22.   Winter Wonderland by Michael Bublé

23.   Lonely This Christmas by Mud

24.   Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas by Frank Sinatra

25.   Christmas Time (Don’t Let the Bells End) by The Darkness

26.   Santa Claus Us Coming To Town by Jackson Five

27.   Christmas Wrapping by The Waitresses

28.   Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town by Bing Crosby and the Andrews Sisters

29.   In Dulci Jubilo by Mike Oldfield

30.   Jingle Bell Rock by Bobby Helms

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