In the days leading up to Christmas – and on music channels, for weeks beforehand – kitchen radios and office stereos will start cranking out the festive tunes. If you’re bored of hearing the same three Christmas songs on the radio or are looking to try something new – or new versions of those old favourites – then we’ve come up with The Ultimate Christmas Car Playlist to help you through the long trip home. Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band – Santa Claus is coming to town A traditional Christmas classic given the once-over by the smooth rock stylings of New Jersey’s favourite son; ‘Santa Claus’ really kicks in once you get to the driving sax solo from the late, great Clarence Clemons.
Bing Crosby and David Bowie – Peace on Earth/Little Drummer Boy Prominent singers from two completely different walks of life come together to celebrate the festive season with a duet for Crosby’s Christmas TV special. Bowie’s original addition to the song was apparently written, rehearsed and performed in only one hour.
The Waitresses – Christmas Wrapping A tale of festive woe that lasts the whole year, where the song’s main character tries through the seasonal months to make a date with a mystery man – and finally ends up eating Christmas dinner with him. Ahh, bless.
Jimmy Eat World – Last Christmas In case you’ve heard too many covers in the last few years (mainly cheesy dance-based; mostly awful) then this version from rock band Jimmy Eat World should provide a genuine sense of feeling that those fake covers don’t include.
Chris de Burgh – A Spaceman Came Travelling Another mellow song but definitely one to get you in a festive mood; this song tells the story of cosmic events that shaped the Nativity story. It failed to chart upon its original release but remains a Christmas favourite to this day.