Traveling is inevitable during the holiday season. Whether it’s in the car to a relative’s house or on a plane to visit someone a bit further away, Christmas music is the soundtrack of the season. What’s on your travel playlist? Do you have a ‘go to’ album that is on repeat on the car CD or is it a big playlist on the iPod?
If you need some inspiration, check out some of these tracks. They may already be on your list but it’s always worth updating that iPod whenever a good new song pops up.
Start with the Classics
Bing Crosby never disappoints at Christmastime. Classics like ‘Do you hear what I hear?’, ‘Walking in a Winter Wonderland’, and ‘White Christmas’ should be a staple on any Christmas playlist. Add Burl Ives ‘Have a Holly Jolly Christmas’, Frank Sinatra ‘Mistletoe and Holly’, and Dean Martin ‘Let it Snow’ to round out the essentials for the list.
A great Christmas song starts with a great artist. Many of the best bands and soloist put out holiday albums so Google your favourites and start adding to that list. Start with the Nat King Cole, Ella Fitzgerald, Bruce Springsteen, and keep going all the way up to Michael Buble.
Movie Soundtrack Favourites
How can anyone forget Bing Crosby’s contribution to Christmas Vacation with ‘Mele Kalikimaka’. Or the rendition of ‘Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree’ from Home Alone.
There are some non-traditional songs that should be on every playlist. The Coca Cola Christmas commercial has a short but inspiring holiday instrumental. Don’t forget to add The Muppets to the list to add a little variety.
The Odd Surprise
Every playlist should have a little surprise for the listener. Adam Sandler’s ‘Chanukah Song’ is a light hearted ballad that is sure to get a few laughs. If raps suits your fancy, Ludacris, ‘Ludacrismas’ pokes some fun at the holidays with his trademark turns of phrase. To cap it all off, Lou Monte, ‘Dominick the Donkey’ is another fun song to get a couple laughs from the kids.
This is just a start, if you have any other recommendations please share your favourites.