This time of year you spend a lot of time in the car, travelling to see family, playing Santa and delivering presents, so you need a great list of music to listen to while you're on the road. Over the years I've gathered a few favourites I like to listen to during the festive period and below you'll find 10 (of the many) that are on my list. What's on your Christmas soundtrack?
- If music be the food of love, play on
One of my favourite singers is Michael Bublé, I've got a few (okay, a lot) of his albums and I love "Christmas". You'll notice that I've picked a few from this album because to me, listening to Michael Bublé sing Christmas songs is wonderful.
Michael Bublé - It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas
Michael's voice is amazing and I love listening to this song. It's calming and makes me think of Christmas. A total winner (at least for me) this time of year.
This one just makes me chuckle because I know the original and it's been changed slightly to fit well for Michael. The things he asks for make me smile and calling Santa "buddy" is brilliant.
Holly Jolly Christmas
Okay, I just love the intro for this one, he gets straight into it and you can tell when he's singing that he's enjoying it. Everyone loves a jolly Christmas don't they?
I could list the entire album but these are my favourites, unfortunately I won't get to listen to them in the car because the Hubby and my boys don't like listening to Michael Bublé. I might have to throw a tantrum to see if I get my way!
Aled Jones - Walking In The Air
I must've heard this song thousands of times, I was just a baby when The Snowman came out but I remember watching the movie on the TV every year when I was young and it became the mark of Christmas for me. Once I'd heard the song and watched the movie I could get excited about Santa's visit.
Ilan Eshkeri and Andy Burrows - Light the Night
While we're on the subject of snowmen I wanted to mention the main song in The Snowman and The Snowdog. When this was first released we were invited down to London to see the Premiere because the Hubby had worked on the game. It was a brilliant movie and while I wasn't keen on the song to begin with it's grown on me since and now I love it.
Kristen Bell, Agatha Lee Don & Katie Lopez Do you wanna build a snowman?
More snowmen but I love this song. I've seen the movie Frozen a few times and this song always sticks in my mind. LP loves it too and often sings along and I think that's why I like it so much, he's so enthusiastic.
Danny Elfman, The Nightmare Before Christmas - What's This?
This song never fails to make me laugh, if you've never seen the movie you really should. As Jack Skellington stumbles into Christmas Town he discovers all the wonderful things around town and having never seen them before he is mesmerised by it all. Whenever I hear the song I imagine Jack jumping about the town, and again this song is one my boys like to sing along to.
Chris Réa - Driving home for Christmas
You're heading home after delivering presents, everything at home is ready for the big guy's visit, and you can (finally) relax. What better way to get into the spirit than listening to this classic Christmassy song.
Wham! - Last Christmas
I remember hearing this song so many times when I was young. When you heard Wham! on the radio you knew it was Christmas time and now I can't help but laugh when they play it on the radio. It has passed being Retro and become a classic. No Christmas is complete without this song.
Mariah Carey - All I want for Christmas is You
I used to hate this song, it drove me mad. I remember when Mariah released it and it was on the radio never-ending for weeks. So much so I got sick of it. But then came Love Actually... that movie transformed my opinion of Mariah's song and now Christmas isn't the same without it. Whenever I hear it I think of my favourite movie and smile.
- Music in the soul can be heard by the universe.
There you have it. These, plus many others, make up my Christmas soundtrack. What's on yours?