Rea tops festive driving playlist

Rea tops festive driving playlist

Driving Home for Christmas is aptly the song that most motorists listen to on their festive journey home, according to Highways England.

One in five drivers have named Chris Rea's 1988 single as their favourite seasonal song.

This beats The Pogues featuring Kirsty MacColl's Fairytale of New York, which polled 16%. Merry Christmas Everybody from Noddy Holder's Slade has been voted the third most popular song with 7% of the poll.

The 2015 figures change markedly when drivers are not in traffic jams, a second survey suggests.

Amazon finds that this year's most-streamed festive tune is All I Want For Christmas Is You by Mariah Carey.

Rea's Christmas anthem can only make number four, while The Pogues are second.

Amazon's favourite festive track of all time is not so Christmassy - Rage Against the Machine's Killing In The Name. In fact, its entire top 10 only comprises one Christmas-themed tune - the Slade single.

Killing In The Name, released six years ago, attempted to halt the march of X Factor's chart-topping December 25 hits.

The Facebook campaign still seems to be succeeding. There is no place in Amazon's all-time top 10 for the 2009 winner Joe McElderry.

There are places, however for Ben Haenow (last year's winner), Matt Cardle (2010) and Alexandra Burke (2008).

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