Christmas is well and truly upon us and while some of the population might already have their feet up by the fire, toasting their toes and sipping at hot chocolate in true festive tradition, some of us are still out there working to get the world’s gifts to the right destination in time for the big day. With this crucial job comes long drives in often bad weather in the dark, leaving us longing for the moment we can shut off the engine and head home to our families for the holidays. For those stuck in that cycle, we’ve put together a feel-good playlist to get your festive cheer flowing well in advance, so you’re ready and raring to go by the time your shipment is complete.
Merry Christmas, Everyone – Shakin Stevens
What better way to start off a journey than with this sing-a-long classic? Driving along on the way to your final shipment of the season can be a tedious task, especially on a cold, dark night but there’s truly no better way to shake off the cold and get that Christmassy feeling than with a bit of Shakin Stevens. Crank up the radio and get those vocal chords ready!
Do They Know It’s Christmas – Band Aid
Bring yourself down from the high of having fun on Christmas Day and settle into Do They Know It’s Christmas by Band Aid. Whether you’re a sucker for the classic, or the 20 or 30 versions are more your style, you’re guaranteed the same warm feeling regardless. Remind yourself of what Christmas is really about and get into the spirit of giving and caring with Band Aid.
All I Want For Christmas Is You – Mariah Carey
Male, female, young, old, married or single – none of us can resist trying to hit that glass-shaking high note that starts off this holiday classic. Okay, so maybe it’s not everyone’s favourite, but you certainly wouldn’t be alone in singing along when this treasure pops on the radio when you’re stuck on the motorway.
Fairytale Of New York – The Pogues And Kirsty MacColl
The lyrics might leave a lot to be desired in terms of festivity, but Fairytale of New York smashes through the charts year on year and, to this day, remains one of the nation’s favourite Christmas songs. Maybe it’s the jaunty tune, or perhaps it has something to do with its questionable lyrics, but the melancholic tale that propels this song is sure to get you feeling the spirit on your long drive.
Driving Home For Christmas – Chris Rea
You’ve dropped off your last shipment, you’re hopping back into your truck and you’re homeward bound – what better way to celebrate that incredible achievement than with the nation’s favourite Christmas song for the motorway Driving Home For Christmas. Stuck in traffic or cruising along, it’s the perfect song for a sing-a-long and gives you just the right feeling to make your homecoming feel that bit sweeter.
Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas – Frank Sinatra
Finish up your long drive with Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas. Whether you opt for the Frank Sinatra classic, delve into Michael Buble’s sultry tones or have an alternative cover you adore, this timeless tune will give you that true merry little Christmas feeling.
Whether you’re a sing-a-long sinner or you prefer a relaxing drive with the smooth festive tunes as a backdrop, truly embracing the holiday spirit can make your final delivery that little bit easier this holiday season. What will make it onto your playlist?