Santa Clause driving in a car listening to Christmas songs

Over the river and through the woods, to grandmother’s house we go! It’s that time of year again—time to visit loved ones near and far. Whether you’re traveling across town or across the country on your next holiday road trip, you can own the aux cord with this mix of top ten Christmas songs. Play it cool with modern holiday tunes, or sing loud for all to hear with a classic ballad or two. Our playlist has something for everyone in the family!

  1. “Jingle Bell Rock” by Bobby Helms

“What a bright time, it’s the right time—to rock the night away!” This Christmas classic puts a rockin’ twist on Jingle Bells. So long “bells on bob-tail ring.” We’re talking mix and a-mingle! That’s the jingle bell rock.

  1. “It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year” by Andy Williams

You can say that again! Hearts will be glowing when loved ones are near. This Christmas oldie will have you looking forward to all the wonderful things in store when you finally arrive at your destination.

  1. “Run Rudolph Run” by Chuck Berry

Classic, meet modern. Chuck Berry’s ultimate holiday tune makes long hours on the road fly by in the blink of an eye. You’ll be run-, run-, running straight to the North Pole to see “Rudolph a-whizzing like a Saber jet!” 

  1. “Last Christmas” by Wham!

What’s Christmas without a little heartache? Wham’s very dance-able hit is a total jam in the car. Make sure you give your heart to someone special this year! 

  1. “Sleigh Ride” by Ella Fitzgerald

You’ve probably heard this song a million times. It’s in a few of J.J. Hightail’s favorite holiday movies, like “Elf” and “A Christmas Story.” Ella Fitzgerald’s version takes the candy cane! Drift away to a winter wonderland where you’re riding over snow-covered slopes on Santa’s sleigh… just keep your eyes on the road.

  1. “Happy Xmas (War Is Over)” by John Lennon

The holidays are all about sharing Christmas cheer. John Lennon brings peace, love, and happiness with this hopeful tune. Let Lennon’s lyrics inspire you to end the year with random acts of kindness, and maybe a few pleasant surprises for your parents.

  1. “A Holly Jolly Christmas” by Burl Ives

Say hello to friends you know and everyone you meet! Back to the classics for number seven on our list. You’ll recognize this one from the 1964 TV special “Rudolph the Rednosed Reindeer.” Play this song at your next holiday party to instantly set the mood!

  1. “All I Want For Christmas Is You” by Mariah Carey

It wouldn’t be a true Christmas road trip playlist without this contemporary must-have, considered the best-selling modern-day Christmas song of all time. Go ahead and play it on repeat. Mariah Carey will have you dancing and singing the miles away. 

  1. “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town” by Bruce Springsteen

Could a Christmas song be more classic than this? Bruce and his sax player Clarence Clemens soak this traditional carol in all their charm. You’ll be a bundle of Christmas cheer, no matter what sort of traffic the road throws your way. Santa Claus is coming to town!

  1. “Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer” by Elmo & Patsy

This is the perfect song to top off your holiday road trip playlist. “Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer” will make you laugh and sing at the same time! It’s got everything: eggnog, family time, snow, reindeer, and a hilarious storyline. J.J. Hightail would definitely approve.

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