There aren’t many more joyful occasions than the festive period, and driving home for Christmas is one of the most exciting and liberating journeys that can be made (despite the traffic and adverse weather conditions). 

Christmas songs are unique in the way that we all know the lyrics, and they all evoke special memories. From listening next to the fireplace, around the dinner table and in the shops; they’re inescapable at this time of the year! 

While radio, TV and the internet are constantly Christmas themed with their music choices, we’ve handpicked ?? songs which are perfect for building seasonal spirit and warming your heart as you take to the roads ahead of your Christmas celebrations…

 

Silent Night, Holy Night

Originally a German carol written in the early 19th century, it has since been translated into more than 44 languages and can easily be sung acapella! It is one of the most traditionally popular Christmas songs, likely to be heard by choirs and carolers across the globe. 

Although it is historically a religious song detailing the birth of Jesus Christ, it has since been adopted by non-Christian audiences in their celebration of Christmas. A quiet, simple and sweet melody that is perfect for a singalong with your loved ones.

Silent Night Lyrics:

“Silent night, holy night

All is calm, all is bright

‘Round yon virgin Mother and Child

Holy infant so tender and mild

Sleep in heavenly peace

Sleep in heavenly peace

 

Silent night, holy night!

Shepherds quake at the sight!

Glories stream from heaven afar;

Heavenly hosts sing Al-le-lu-ia!

Christ the Savior is born!

Christ the Savior is born!

Christ the Savior is born!

 

Silent night, holy night

Son of God, oh, love’s pure light

Radiant beams from Thy holy face

With the dawn of redeeming grace

Jesus, Lord at Thy birth

Jesus, Lord at Thy birth

Jesus, Lord at Thy birth”

Source: Lyrics.com

 

Last Christmas by WHAM!

A more modern Christmas song, “Last Christmas” was written by pop singer George Michael in the ’80s when he was with Wham!.

A huge hit the world over; it continues to be one of the most-played songs on the radio during Christmas. Its catchy melody and simple lyrics continue to stand the test of time.

Last Christmas Lyrics:

“Last Christmas I gave you my heart

But the very next day you gave it away

This year, to save me from tears

I’ll give it to someone special

 

Last Christmas I gave you my heart

But the very next day you gave it away (you gave it away)

This year, to save me from tears

I’ll give it to someone special (special)

 

Once bitten and twice shy

I keep my distance, but you still catch my eye

Tell me baby, do you recognize me?

Well, it’s been a year, it doesn’t surprise me

 

“Merry Christmas” I wrapped it up and sent it

With a note saying “I love you”, I meant it

Now I know what a fool I’ve been

But if you kissed me now, I know you’d fool me again

 

Last Christmas I gave you my heart

But the very next day you gave it away (you gave it away)

This year, to save me from tears

I’ll give it to someone special (special)

 

Last Christmas I gave you my heart

But the very next day you gave it away

This year, to save me from tears

I’ll give it to someone special (special)

 

Ohh

Oh, oh, baby

A crowded room, friends with tired eyes

I’m hiding from you and your soul of ice

My God, I thought you were someone to rely on

Me? I guess I was a shoulder to cry on

 

A face on a lover with a fire in his heart

A man under cover but you tore me apart

Ooh, ooh, now I’ve found a real love

You’ll never fool me again

 

Last Christmas I gave you my heart

But the very next day you gave it away (you gave it away)

This year, to save me from tears

I’ll give it to someone special (special)

 

Last Christmas I gave you my heart

But the very next day you gave it away

This year, to save me from tears

I’ll give it to someone special

Special

 

A face on a lover with a fire in his heart (I gave you mine)

A man undercover but you tore him apart

Maybe next year we’ll give it to someone

I’ll give it to someone special

Special

So long…”

Source: MusixMatch

 

All I Want for Christmas Is You

One of the few modern Christmas songs that have been embraced by people the world over, Mariah Carey’s All I Want for Christmas Is You explores someone’s wish to be with their lover for Christmas, as opposed to material gifts.

The romantic element aside, it encapsulates the spirit of Christmas – spending time with your loved ones. The song continues to enter the music charts every year in many countries around the world, and with its catchy chorus and upbeat tempo, it’s ideal for instigating the excitement that Christmas warrants. 

All I Want for Christmas is You Lyrics

“I don’t want a lot for Christmas

There is just one thing I need

I don’t care about the presents

Underneath the Christmas tree

 

I just want you for my own

More than you could ever know

Make my wish come true

All I want for Christmas is you, yeah

 

I don’t want a lot for Christmas

There is just one thing I need

And I don’t care about the presents

Underneath the Christmas tree

 

I don’t need to hang my stocking

There upon the fireplace

Santa Claus won’t make me happy

With a toy on Christmas Day

 

I just want you for my own

More than you could ever know

Make my wish come true

All I want for Christmas is you

You, baby

 

Oh, I won’t ask for much this Christmas

I won’t even wish for snow

And I’m just gonna keep on waiting

Underneath the mistletoe

 

I won’t make a list and send it

To the North Pole for Saint Nick

I won’t even stay awake to

Hear those magic reindeer click

 

‘Cause I just want you here tonight

Holding on to me so tight

What more can I do?

Baby, all I want for Christmas is you

You, baby

 

Oh, all the lights are shining so brightly everywhere

And the sound of children’s laughter fills the air

 

And everyone is singing

I hear those sleigh bells ringing

Santa, won’t you bring me the one I really need?

Won’t you please bring my baby to me?

 

Oh, I don’t want a lot for Christmas

This is all I’m asking for

I just wanna see my baby

Standing right outside my door

 

Oh, I just want you for my own

More than you could ever know

Make my wish come true

Baby, all I want for Christmas is you

You, baby

 

All I want for Christmas is you, baby”

Source: AZ Lyrics

 

Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!

The lyrics of the song are quite ironic considering the situation in which the song was written. It was written in Hollywood, California during one of the hottest days on record in July 1945 by lyricist Sammy Cahn and composer Jule Styne

It has been covered countless times. Due to its seasonal lyrics, it is commonly regarded as a Christmas song. Yet despite its cheery, holiday feel, it is a love song that never mentions Christmas and both the composer and lyricist were Jewish! But the cheerful feel combined with the seasonal aspect is more than enough to qualify as a Christmas song.

Jingle Bells Lyrics:

“Oh, the weather outside is frightful
But the fire is so delightful
And since we’ve no place to go
Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow

Man, it doesn’t show signs of stopping
And I’ve brought me some corn for popping
The lights are turned way down low
Let it snow, let it snow

When we finally kiss goodnight
How I’ll hate going out in the storm
But if you really hold me tight
All the way home I’ll be warm

And the fire is slowly dying
And, my dear, we’re still goodbying
But as long as you love me so
Let it snow, let it snow, and snow

When we finally kiss goodnight
How I’ll hate going out in the storm
But if you really grab me tight
All the way home I’ll be warm

Oh, the fire is slowly dying
And, my dear, we’re still goodbying
But as long as you love me so
Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow”

Source: Genius

 

Jingle Bells

It was written in 1822 by James Lord Pierpont and copyrighted under the title ‘One Horse Open Sleigh’ on September 16, 1857.

Despite being inextricably connected to Christmas; it is not specifically a Christmas song. The entire song gives a fast and a melodious sound that sticks in your mind long after the song is over. In some versions, the tempo of the song keeps on increasing as the lyrics are repeated, making it recognised as possibly the most fun Christmas songs and widely popular with children!

Jingle Bells Lyrics:

“Dashing through the snow
On a one horse open sleigh
O’er the fields we go,
Laughing all the way
Bells on bob tail ring,
making spirits bright
What fun it is to laugh and sing
A sleighing song tonight

“Oh, jingle bells, jingle bells
Jingle all the way
Oh, what fun it is to ride
In a one horse open sleigh
Jingle bells, jingle bells
Jingle all the way
Oh, what fun it is to ride
In a one horse open sleigh

A day or two ago,
I thought I’d take a ride,
And soon Miss Fanny Bright
Was seated by my side;
The horse was lean and lank
Misfortune seemed his lot
We got into a drifted bank,
And then we got upsot.

Oh, jingle bells, jingle bells
Jingle all the way
Oh, what fun it is to ride
In a one horse open sleigh
Jingle bells, jingle bells
Jingle all the way
Oh, what fun it is to ride
In a one horse open sleigh

Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells,
Jingle all the way!
Oh, What fun it is to ride
In a one horse open sleigh.
Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells,
Jingle all the way!
Oh, What fun it is to ride
In a one horse open sleigh.

Now the ground is white
Go it while you’re young
Take the girls tonight
And sing this sleighing song
Just get a bob tailed bay
two-forty as his speed
Hitch him to an open sleigh
And crack! you’ll take the lead

Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells,
Jingle all the way!
Oh, What fun it is to ride
In a one horse open sleigh.
Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells,
Jingle all the way!
Oh, What fun it is to ride
In a one horse open sleigh.”

Source: 41051

 

Driving Home for Christmas

Written and composed by singer-songwriter Chris Rea and released on 10th December 1988, Driving Home for Christmas has been covered many a time and is widely regarded as one of the very best pop-rock Christmas songs of all time.

Rea describe the song himself as a “car version of a carol” and wrote the lyrics while stuck in traffic!

Driving Home for Christmas Lyrics:

“I’m driving home for Christmas
Oh, I can’t wait to see those faces
I’m driving home for Christmas, yea
Well I’m moving down that line
And it’s been so long
But I will be there
I sing this song
To pass the time away
Driving in my car
Driving home for Christmas
It’s gonna take some time
But I’ll get there
Top to toe in tailbacks
Oh, I got red lights on the run
But soon there’ll be a freeway yeah
Get my feet on holy ground
So I sing for you
Though you can’t hear me
When I get trough
And feel you near me
Driving in my car
I’m driving home for Christmas
Driving home for Christmas
With a thousand memories
I take look at the driver next to me
He’s just the same
Just the same
Top to toe in tailbacks
Oh, I got red lights all around
I’m driving home for Christmas, yea
Get my feet on holy ground
So I sing for you
Though you can’t hear me
When I get trough
Oh and feel you near me
Driving in my car
Driving home for Christmas
Driving home for Christmas
With a thousand memories
I take look at the driver next to me
He’s just the same
He’s driving home, driving home
Driving home for Christmas
Driving home for Christmas”

Source: LyricFind

 

Wishing you a Merry Christmas!

All these songs have been around for decades and never grow old; the fun and memories they elicit making them timeless!

There are many more which you may feel have been missed out, and if your Christmas drive is a bit more long-haul, then maybe you should find a Christmas playlist to keep you entertained and your spirits high throughout the journey!

 

Still looking for some last-minute presents? Take a look at our recommendations for the best Christmas car gifts!

We hope you have a wonderful Christmas and if you’re considering a change in vehicle over the Christmas period, feel free to contact us!