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Top Christmas Songs for UK Drivers

What's your favourite Christmas song to drive along to?


USwitch recently polled over 1,000 motorists and The Pogues and Kirsty MacColl's Fairytale of New York topped the list of the most favourable Christmas songs to hear while driving. 

With families in all four home nations able to 'bubble' with two other households between 23 and 27 December it's likely they will take advantage by hitting the road to visit loved ones for the festive season. Although the size of people's Christmases might be different this year, it looks like the songs on the car journeys will be the same! 

The Kirsty MacColl and Pogues classic came top of the list out of 50 festive songs with 26.3% of the vote. Followed in second place was Last Christmas by Wham with 23.7%. Finishing in third place was Merry Christmas everybody by Slade. Surprisingly, and perhaps disappointingly, Chris Rea's aptly named tune Driving Home for Christmas only came in at fourth place with 20.1%! 

Some consolation for Chris Rea is that he beat off competition from huge festive hitters such as Band Aid, Mariah Carey and Bing Crosby. When it came to which songs were the least popular in the list of 50 songs it was newer tracks such as Santa Tell Me by Ariana Grande and Justin Bieber's Mistletoe which earned less than 2% of the vote. 

The UK's Favourite Festive Driving Songs for 2020

1. Fairytale of New York, The Pogues & Kirsty MacColl – 26.30% 

2. Last Christmas, Wham – 23.70% 

3. Merry Christmas everybody, Slade – 20.50% 

4. Driving home for Christmas, Chris Rea – 20.10% 

5. Do they know it’s Christmas, Band Aid – 19.10% 

6. All I want for Christmas is you, Mariah Carey – 17.70% 

7. White Christmas, Bing Crosby – 16.00% 

8. Let it snow, Dean Martin – 14.20% 

9. Merry Christmas everyone, Shakin’ Stevens – 12.70% 

10. It’s the most wonderful time of the year, Andy Williams – 12.00%

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However, if you're planning on cranking up the volume and belting out some Christmas classics it's important to keep your focus on the road. USwitch car insurance expert, Ben Smithson, said: 

“Whilst it is completely legal to listen to music while on the road, turning the volume up high could cause you some issues. Although police officers don’t have the power to pull a driver over for listening to loud music, they can penalise a motorist if they believe it is causing a distraction to them. This could include the volume of the music drowning out audible safety warnings, like other motorists honking their horns, or the sirens from emergency services vehicles. 

Ben concluded with:

“Singing your favourite Christmas songs in the car could also see you penalised with a fine of up to £5,000 if it distracts you from focusing your attention on the road, so it’s important to stay safe whilst enjoying the festivities in the car.” 

Do you agree with the Top 10 above? What's your favourite Christmas tune to drive along to?

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