Christmas always ends up being one of the busiest times of the year. Whether you're dashing out for last minute presents or heading to the in-laws on Boxing Day, you’ll no doubt be spending quite a bit of time in the car. And a great way to keep you feeling festive is to drive along to a good Christmas playlist.

To help you on your way to a very merry Christmas, we’ve compiled our best tips for easily creating a smash-hit playlist, as well as 20 fantastic, festive songs to get you in the holiday spirit.

1. Pick a good number of songs

If you’re stuck in a traffic jam or on a long car trip, you don’t want to also get stuck listening to the same tunes over and over. You might also want to use your Christmas playlist for parties over the festive period, so you’ll want an hour or two of music at least. People have been singing songs at Christmas since time immemorial, so you’ll have plenty of options to choose from, but don’t go overboard. An overly long playlist will be filled with songs that you might never get around to listening to.

2. Mix up the artists and genres

A good playlist keeps people entertained with variety, so even if your favourite artist has put out a great Christmas album, you should probably avoid dumping all the songs on to your playlist. Pick your favourites and then move on and add something else. The different music types will keep the entertainment easily rolling along the road with you.

3. Stick to feel-good tunes

Some variety of genre will keep things interesting and enjoyable, but the last thing you want when you’re stuck in a traffic jam is for the music to add to the doom and gloom. Most Christmas songs are pretty uplifting, but if there are any that you know annoy you, make sure to keep them off the list!

4. Let everyone pick a song

If you’re putting together a playlist for a group or family trip, invite your fellow travellers to add a couple songs to the playlist. Everybody will be a lot happier with the music if they’ve had some choice in it.

5. Pick something new!

Music streaming services like Spotify and iTunes make it easier than ever to discover new music. A playlist is the perfect place to slip in something unknown. You can easily skip over a tune if you end up disliking it, but you might just find a new festive favourite.

Check out our playlist of Christmas Greats. They’re guaranteed to spread Christmas cheer far and wide and will give you a great jumping off point for creating your own classic Christmas mix:

  1. What Christmas Means To Me - Stevie Wonder
  2. Here Comes Santa Claus (Right Down Santa Claus Lane) - Elvis Presley
  3. You And Me And Christmas - Sheffield
  4. Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree - Brenda Lee
  5. Santa Baby - Kylie Minogue
  6. Winter Wonderland - Tony Bennett
  7. Frosty The Snowman - The Jackson 5
  8. Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) - Michael Bublé
  9. Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! - Frank Sinatra
  10. All I Want For Christmas Is You - Mariah Carey
  11. Underneath The Tree - Kelly Clarkson
  12. Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer - Dean Martin
  13. Feliz Navidad - José Feliciano
  14. Fairytale Of New York - The Pogues ft. Kirsty McColl
  15. Jingle Bell Rock - Bobby Helms
  16. It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas - Perry Como
  17. Santa Tell Me - Ariana Grande
  18. Step Into Christmas - Elton John
  19. It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year - Andy Williams
  20. Peace On Earth/Little Drummer Boy - Bing Crosby and David Bowie

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