The ultimate Christmas driving soundtrack

Run Run Rudolph – Chuck Berry

Here’s a great one to keep you going. Any fans of the film Home Alone will surely remember the sense of urgency this track evokes. And it’s a nice upbeat one to get your festive journey going. Chuck Berry popularised this song when he released it in 1958 and it’s been covered by numerous artists since.

Thank God It’s Christmas – Queen

It’s not the most obvious choice, but this is a really stirring, festive tune. It was released in 1984 and spent six weeks in the charts, even though it only peaked at number 21. A slow-builder, it’s sure to get you in the mood. One reason it doesn’t always get the recognition it deserves is the fact that Queen never recorded a video for it, so it often gets missed off the annual TV playlists at least. But you can sure get it on in your car as you settle in for the winter drive.

Fairytale of New York – The Pogues featuring Kirsty MacColl

One of the all-time classics, of course, this bittersweet tale is often seen topping votes on the best Christmas songs of all time. It never made number one – instead being beaten to top spot in 1987 by the Pet Shop Boys. But it has become a firm favourite since. Whatever you might read into its lyrics, it’s still a festive tune that’s a must for any Christmas road trip.

All I Want for Christmas – Mariah Carey

One to get you bouncing in the car for certain. A simple and jolly Christmas song that’s become a classic since its release in 1994. Indeed, it’s been recognised as one of few more modern songs to go down as a festive staple and it’s a sure-fire singalong for your car journey. It topped the charts in a host of countries and it reached number two in the UK.

Merry Xmas Everybody – Slade

One of two that you just have to include. The 1970s was a good time for festive songs in the UK and right up there among them was this absolute classic. It was released in 1973 and is on everyone’s playlist to this day. It made it to number one in the UK – beating another very famous single (more on that shortly). The track sold more than one million copies upon its first release and has been re-released in every decade since, as well as being covered many times. Downloads have meant that it re-enters the charts every December, too. And absolute must for your journey – “Iiitttsss Christtttmassssss”

Driving home for Christmas – Chris Rea

Surely this is the theme tune to any festive drive. Released in 1986, this song sums up that feeling of the drive to see loved ones at Christmas, with lyrics including: I’m driving home for Christmas Oh, I can’t wait to see those faces It also sums up the frustrations: Top to toe in tailbacks Oh, I got red lights all around Amazingly, despite its now must-play status, the song only peaked at number 53 in the UK charts in 1988. It did re-enter in 2007, reaching number 33, and again in 2016, getting to number 26. Over the years it’s been used in TV adverts and soundtracks and is now a bona fide festive favourite.

I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day – Wizzard

Arguably, alongside the aforementioned Slade, the daddy of them all. It was released in 1973, the same year as Slade’s effort, but it only made it to number four as Slade took the honours. But it’s gone down as an absolute classic – and rightly so. A song that encapsulated that feeling of Christmas being so special that you wish it could happen every day, it’s got it all – including a children’s choir. One to have towards the end of your playlist as you roll into the driveway.

Christmas Gifts For The Motorist In Your Life

Ayrton Senna T-Shirt – £31.00 (approx.)

Ayrton Senna is probably the most famous and best F1 driver there ever was, past or present and his legacy still lives on since Imola 1994. Senna’s foundation have worked with McLaren to create a t-shirt celebrating his ’88, ’90 and ’91 F1 titles.

Gran Turismo Sport (only on PS4) – £44.99

The Gran Turismo series is widely accepted to be the best in video game racing and GT Sport pushes the bar even higher. Even though it was delayed by a year in order to let Polyphony perfect the game and to use VR, needless to say, GT Sport brings you closer to the lives experienced by the likes of Lewis Hamilton and Timo Bernhard.

Petrolcan (Jerrycan) Suitcase – £125

 

Made from genuine petrol cans, they are available in a wide range of colours and would be an ideal gift for an extreme petrolhead. Both eye-catching and durable, the case is 0.8mm thick steel to protect your belongings against bumps and bangs.

Audi In-car espresso machine – £169

Audi driver in the family or got a friend that’s always on the go? Connecting to your car’s cigarette lighter socket, the set includes two cups, 18 illy espresso pods, cleaning cloth and storage bag.

Single Seat Racing Car Experience – from £179

Ever wanted to be an F1 driver or experience what is it like to be an F1 driver? Then now you or someone else can with this Silverstone track experience! You get to experience everything associated with being a racing driver including 20 minute session with just you and the car lapping the famous Northamptonshire circuit!

Mercedes-Benz AMG sunglasses – £260

 

Complete with AMG diamond pattern titanium frame and Carl Zeiss Vision lenses, these are perfect for the stylish man in your life. The AMG branding is subtle, whilst maintaining quality and most importantly, safety, with 100% UVA/B 400 protection.

Senna and Mansell “Taxi Ride” Painting – £959

Paul Oz, one of the best motorsport artists in the world, has painted an iconic image of Ayrton Senna (who had run out of fuel) been given a lift by the eventual winner, Nigel Mansell, in the 1991 British Grand Prix. Available at part of 100 limited editions, this impressive piece of art measures at 95cm x 71cm. Smaller framed sizes are also available, plus a variety of other F1 drivers including newly crowned four time F1 champion Lewis Hamilton.

Porsche Design 911 Soundbar – £2,600 (approx.)

Porsche Design are known for making exquisite pieces of art for everyday items and this speaker is truly unique. Made from components to make the 911 GT3, Porsche Design have found a way to bring you bring you the best in sound thanks for its 200 watt speakers. Those exhausts only emit sound from the likes of Mozart to Iron Maiden.

Bugatti Lady Croco Bag – £22,000

There is nothing in the world that says “I love you” more than getting your other half this hand-made crocodile leather handbag which comes with the famous EB logo. Finished in “Bugatti Blue” and priced more than most reasonable cars, this is definitely a gift that would make her stand out from the crowd.

*Prices correct at time of writing. Some prices are approximates due to conversion rates.