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The Definitive Driving Home for Christmas Playlist

12th Dec 2016

Driving home for Christmas is one of the most joyous times of the year. Every year, millions of motorists hit the motorways (usually on the Friday before Christmas Day) and head to their families' abodes to enjoy all manner of festivities.

Usually you'd be accompanied by some xmas songs on your journey. But how do you decide what to listen to? The radio will no doubt be playing festive tunes, but they might not be the ones you really like. Many people will use Spotify to create their own playlist, but they might forget one of the best songs.

To remove all doubt, we have created the definitive driving home for Christmas playlist, using Spotify data to pinpoint the most popular Christmas songs.

The Definitive Driving Home for Christmas Playlist

According to spotify users...

Using all of the 545 "Driving Home for Christmas" playlists we could find on Spotify, one of the world's most popular music streaming services, we analysed the 11,149 songs (which includes covers) to uncover which songs appeared the most. The Top 20 most popular form our definitive driving home for Christmas playlist.

The Top 20

No surprises at number one, obviously Driving Home for Christmas by Chris Rea is at the top, featuring in 98% of the playlists we looked at. Perhaps more surprising is that the seemingly omnipresent (at least at this time of the year) All I Want for Christmas is You has been beaten into the number two spot by Wham! with their classic, Last Christmas, which featured in 348 (64%) playlists compared to Mariah's 347.

From there on it's pretty much as you would expect, until a couple of young-timers make their festive voices heard, with Ariana Grande's Santa Tell Me in at number 14, and Mistletoe by Justin Bieber at number 18, featuring in 25% and 21% of playlists respectively.

Notable absentees include Queen, Slade and even Wizzard who don't make the Top 20, featuring in fewer than 20% of driving home for Christmas playlists.

Listen Now

If you're impressed with the driving home for Christmas playlist and want to give it a whirl, you can give it a listen on Spotify.

Driving Home for Christmas Spotify Playlist

 

 

Rank Song Artist No. of Times Chosen % Included
1 Driving Home for Christmas Chris Rea 532 98%
2 Last Christmas Wham! 348 64%
3 All I Want for Christmas Is You Mariah Carey 347 64%
4 Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree Brenda Lee 220 40%
5 Do They Know It's Christmas? Band Aid 214 39%
6 It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year Andy Williams 214 39%
7 It's Beginning to Look a Lot like Christmas Michael Buble 201 37%
8 Happy Xmas (War Is Over) John Lennon, The Harlem Community Choir, The Plastic Ono Band, Yoko Ono 190 35%
9 Fairytale of New York (feat. Kirsty MacColl) The Pogues, Kirsty MacColl 162 30%
10 Wonderful Christmastime Paul McCartney 159 29%
11 Merry Christmas Everyone Shakin' Stevens 148 27%
12 Feliz Navidad Jose Feliciano 144 26%
13 Jingle Bell Rock Bobby Helms 142 26%
14 Santa Tell Me Ariana Grande 138 25%
15 Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! (with The B. Swanson Quartet) Frank Sinatra, B. Swanson Quartet 137 25%
16 Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Dean Martin 135 25%
17 Step Into Christmas Elton John 119 22%
18 Mistletoe Justin Bieber 117 21%
19 Christmas Lights Coldplay 110 20%
20 White Christmas Bing Crosby, Ken Darby Singers, John Scott Trotter & His Orchestra 99 18%

The Top 100

As we've mentioned there's some super popular xmas bangers that haven't made the list. Megastars such as Elvis Presley, Nat King Cole and Cliff Richard can't even get close to the Top 20 - they're way down in 29th, 32nd and 39th position.

The rest of the list is largely taken up by Michael Buble aka Mr Christmas, with UK favourites East 17, Leona Lewis and Shakin' Stevens in there too. See the full breakdown below.

 

Rank Song Artist No. of Times Chosen % Included
21 Sleigh Ride The Ronettes 94 17%
22 Merry Xmas Everybody Slade 92 17%
23 I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday Wizzard 89 16%
24 Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas Frank Sinatra 88 16%
25 Underneath the Tree Kelly Clarkson 88 16%
26 Thank God It's Christmas Queen 87 16%
27 Mary's Boy Child / Oh My Lord Boney M. 85 16%
28 Holly Jolly Christmas Michael Buble 83 15%
29 Blue Christmas Elvis Presley 79 14%
30 Stop the Cavalry Jona Lewie 78 14%
31 Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas Sam Smith 76 14%
32 The Christmas Song (Merry Christmas To You) Nat King Cole 75 14%
33 Lonely This Christmas Mud 74 14%
34 My Only Wish (This Year) Britney Spears 72 13%
35 Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town Bruce Springsteen 72 13%
36 Santa Claus Is Coming to Town Michael Buble 72 13%
37 Jingle Bell Rock Daryl Hall & John Oates 67 12%
38 Winter Wonderland Tony Bennett 67 12%
39 Mistletoe and Wine Cliff Richard 65 12%
40 Shake up Christmas Train 65 12%
41 Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas Michael Buble 62 11%
42 Carol of the Bells Mykola Dmytrovych Leontovych, John Williams 59 11%
43 Santa Baby Kylie Minogue 58 11%
44 Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) Michael Buble 57 10%
45 Wonderful Dream (Holidays Are Coming) Melanie Thornton 57 10%
46 Christmas Time Bryan Adams 56 10%
47 One More Sleep Leona Lewis 56 10%
48 It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas (with Mitchell Ayres & His Orchestra) Perry Como, The Fontane Sisters, Mitchell Ayres & His Orchestra 53 10%
49 Run Rudolph Run Chuck Berry 53 10%
50 Santa Claus Is Coming to Town The Jackson 5 52 10%
51 White Christmas Bing Crosby 52 10%
52 Little Saint Nick The Beach Boys, Mark Linett, Sweet, Larry Walsh 49 9%
53 Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town Frank Sinatra 49 9%
54 White Christmas (with Shania Twain) Michael Buble, Shania Twain 49 9%
55 A Holly Jolly Christmas Burl Ives 48 9%
56 Cold December Night Michael Buble 48 9%
57 Please Come Home for Christmas Eagles 48 9%
58 All I Want for Christmas Is You Michael Buble 47 9%
59 Baby It's Cold Outside (duet with Michael Buble) Idina Menzel, Michael Buble 47 9%
60 Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) Darlene Love 47 9%
61 I'll Be Home for Christmas Michael Buble 47 9%
62 Santa Baby (with Henri Rene & His Orchestra) Eartha Kitt, Henri Rene & His Orchestra 46 8%
63 Jingle Bells (feat. The Puppini Sisters) Michael Buble, The Puppini Sisters 45 8%
64 What Christmas Means To Me Stevie Wonder 45 8%
65 Do They Know It's Christmas? Band Aid 30 42 8%
66 Stay Another Day East 17 42 8%
67 The Power Of Love Frankie Goes To Hollywood 42 8%
68 Winter Wonderland Michael Buble 42 8%
69 2000 Miles Pretenders 40 7%
70 Rudolph The Red Dean Martin 39 7%
71 A Spaceman Came Travelling Chris de Burgh 38 7%
72 Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree Mel & Kim 37 7%
73 Santa Baby Michael Buble 37 7%
74 I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus The Jackson 5 36 7%
75 Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) Mariah Carey 35 6%
76 Happy Xmas (War Is Over) Celine Dion 35 6%
77 I'll Be Home Meghan Trainor 34 6%
78 Christmas Time (Don't Let the Bells End) The Darkness 33 6%
79 Santa Baby Eartha Kitt 33 6%
80 Baby, It's Cold Outside Dean Martin 32 6%
81 Santa's Coming For Us Sia 32 6%
82 Home for Christmas Maria Mena 31 6%
83 Hallelujah Pentatonix 30 6%
84 Here Comes Santa Claus (Right Down Santa Claus Lane) Gene Autry 29 5%
85 I Believe in Father Christmas Greg Lake 29 5%
86 The Christmas Song (Merry Christmas To You) 1999 Nat King Cole 29 5%
87 Santa Baby Ariana Grande, Liz Gillies 28 5%
88 Frosty the Snowman The Ronettes 27 5%
89 Christmas Wrapping The Waitresses 26 5%
90 Joy To The World Nat King Cole 26 5%
91 Silent Night Michael Buble 26 5%
92 Sleigh Ride Ella Fitzgerald 26 5%
93 Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas Judy Garland 24 4%
94 Baby, It's Cold Outside Brett Eldredge, Meghan Trainor 23 4%
95 It's Beginning To Look Like Christmas Bing Crosby 23 4%
96 Last Christmas Ariana Grande 23 4%
97 The Christmas Song Michael Buble 23 4%
98 Himmel Pa Jord Kurt Nilsen, The Norwegian Radio Orchestra 22 4%
99 Silver Bells Dean Martin 22 4%
100 Ave Maria Michael Buble 21 4%