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RSH Christmas Commuter’s Playlist

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Christmas is just around the corner, and while for many of us that means a few days off from school or work, it also means you might be gearing up for a few long train journeys as you travel home for the holidays.

To help you get into the festive spirit this holiday season, we’ve put together the ultimate Christmas playlist to listen to as you start travelling around the country visiting family and friends. Keep the holiday spirit going with cheap train tickets and then sit back and enjoy everything from the classics to the contemporary hits on our Christmas Commuter’s Playlist, featuring the favourites as picked by our redspottedhanky readers…

The votes are in – rail riders from far and wide weighed in on their favourite yuletide melodies. We’ve put your top song, plus a few old favourites, onto our ultimate Christmas playlist for Commuters. But what makes a classic Christmas song so memorable? To find out, we took a closer look at five of the most iconic and best-selling Christmas songs of all time.

1. White Christmas

Penned in 1940 by singer songwriter Irving Berlin, White Christmas is the ultimate holiday classic.
Talk about staying power – White Christmas has been a holiday favourite for more than 70 years, and despite being rerecorded by the likes of Dean Martin, Rod Stewart, Katy Perry, Elvis Presley, Michael Bolton and even Lady Gaga, Bing Crosby’s original version still reigns supreme. To date, the single has sold upwards of 50 million copies, making it the best-selling Christmas song of all time.

2. All I Want for Christmas Is You

No Christmas playlist would be complete without Mariah Carey’s smash hit All I Want for Christmas Is You. The title track to her Christmas album of the same name, the song was released in 1994 and became an instant classic – critics have hailed it as one of the few worthy contemporary songs to be added to the holiday cannon, and was named the most popular and most played Christmas song of the decade by The Daily Telegraph in 2010.

3. Do They Know It’s Christmas?

Written by Sir Bob Geldof and Midge Ure in 1984, this charity single is packed full of some of the biggest musicians of its time. Released under the moniker Band Aid, in its quest to raise money for the famine in Ethiopia, Do They Know Its Christmas? rocketed to number one on the UK Singles Chart – the only Christmas single ever to do so – and stayed there for five weeks. More than 44 artists feature on the track including Phil Collins, Bono, Sting, Duran Duran, Boy George, Bananarama and Kool & the Gang.

4. Last Christmas

1984 was a big year for Christmas songs for more reasons than one. Wham!’s single Last Christmas made it all the way to number two on the UK Singles Chart, bested only by Bob Geldof’s Band Aid charity single. Even so, the single sold more than a million copies after its release and has re-entered the charts every year since 1997, most recently in 2011 at #26.

5. Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!

Let It Snow composers Sammy Cahn and Jule Styne composed this Christmas favourite July 1945 in Hollywood California, during one of the hottest days on record – explaining why the song’s lyrics enthusiastically wish for the cold winter weather. It was first recorded in 1945 by Vaughn Monroe and has been covered countless times – however the most popular version is widely considered to be Dean Martin’s rendition, released in 1959. The Rat Pack crooner rereleased the song again in 1966 to coincide with his best-selling record, The Dean Martin Christmas Album.

Have we missed any of your favourites? Leave us a comment and let us know, we’ll get it added to our Christmas Commuter’s Playlist…

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    • Anne_1354131069

    • February 14, 2013 at 7:17 pm

    2, 5, 8 are wrong.