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What should make your Christmas travel playlist …

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If you’re travelling by train this Christmas, make sure you get into the festive spirit by listening to some sensational seasonal songs during your trip. And don’t forget to check out our journey planner to find cheap train tickets from too.

Christmas is one of the busiest times of the year for travel, but if you take the train, you can sit back, relax and get into the spirit by listening to some Christmas tunes on your MP3 player, smartphone or laptop. Just don’t forget your headphones or to pick up some cheap tickets before you hop on board.

Tune into … 2011’s Christmas albums

Try out this year’s festive offerings from your favourite artists. New releases this Christmas include ‘Christmas’ by Michael Bublé, ‘Season’s Greetings: A Jersey Boys Christmas’ by cast members from the Jersey Boys musicals around the world, and ‘Glee, The Christmas Album, Volume 2′.

Sing along to some classic Christmas crackers

Some Christmas songs have really stood the test of time, being played on radios, television and in stores every festive season. When you hear these classic tunes, you’ll know Christmas is on its way.

Any playlist of big Christmas hits just has to include:

• Slade – Merry Xmas Everybody
• Wizzard – I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day
• Band Aid – Do They Know It’s Christmas?
• Wham – Last Christmas
• The Pogues & Kirsty MacColl – Fairy Tale of New York
• John & Yoko/Plastic Ono Band with the Harlem Community Choir – Happy Xmas (War is Over)
• Shakin’ Stevens – Merry Christmas Everyone
• Jona Lewis – Stop the Cavalry
• Greg Lake – I Believe in Father Christmas
• Mariah Carey – All I Want for Christmas is You
• Paul McCartney – Wonderful Christmastime

Listen in … to the Ghosts of Christmas Past

Big Band jazz and swing, rock and roll, Mowtown and beyond – they all had their Christmas classics, so there are a whole host of to choose from.

Here are just a few golden oldies to include on your train travel playlist this Christmas:

• Nat King Cole – The Christmas Song
• Bing Crosby – White Christmas
• Eartha Kitt – Santa Baby
• Frank Sinatra – Santa Claus is Coming to Town
• Bobby Helms – Jingle Bell Rock
• Elvis Presley – Blue Christmas
• Jackson 5 – I saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus

Or try some alternative Christmas tracks

If you’re more into your rock and indie music, don’t worry. There are plenty of Christmas songs to suit you – some originals, some covers – whatever your favourite genre. Here are just a few of the festive tunes you can find if you’re looking for something a little different:

• Pearl Jam – Let Me Sleep (Christmas Time)
• Half Man Half Biscuit – It’s Clichéd To Be Cynical at Christmas
• Cocteau Twins – Frosty the Snowman
• Coldplay – Christmas Lights
• Type O Negative – Red Water (Christmas Mourning)
• Death Cab for Cutie – Christmas (Baby, Please Come Home)
• The Raveonettes – The Christmas Song

What’s on your festive play-list this year?

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