Top 10 Christmas driving songs revealed

December 12, 2011

The Pogues, “Fairytale of New York” has topped a Co-operative Motor Insurance’s poll* to be crowned Britain’s favourite Christmas driving song.

New research from The Co-operative Motor Insurance, which questioned 3,000 drivers, has revealed the Top 10 Christmas songs that road users love to warble along to behind the wheel. These are as follows:

Top 10 Christmas Driving Songs
1.Fairytale of New York – The Pogues feat. Kirsty MacColl
2.I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday – Wizzard
3.Merry Xmas Everybody – Slade
4.Driving Home for Christmas – Chris Rea
5.Do They Know its Christmas – Band Aid
6.Last Christmas – Wham
7.All I Want for Christmas – Mariah Carey
8.Happy Xmas (War is Over) – John & Yoko And The Plastic Ono Band
9.Wonderful Christmastime – Paul McCartney
10.Baby, It’s Cold Outside – Tom Jones & Cerys Matthews
The survey has revealed that almost two fifths (38%) of families have an agreed designated driver over the Christmas period. However the research also highlights that agreement over who drives is not always straightforward, as it causes arguments in 10% of households.

With Mum and Dad most likely to be handed the ‘designated driver’ mantle throughout the festive period it is perhaps no surprise that the classic songs are the favourites.

Despite the frivolity of the festive season, where 7% of motorists confess to decorating their cars with tinsel and baubles, there are a small minority of drivers (5%) who actually prefer radio silence, due to the stress and annoyance caused by Christmas music.

Grant Mitchell, Head of Motor Insurance at The Co-operative Insurance, said: “The results of the survey show that the oldies are most definitely the goodies when it comes to Christmas driving songs with all of the classics making the list.

“Whilst we all enjoy a good sing-along it is important however for drivers to ensure that when they are driving that the road is the focus of their attention.

“With wintry weather setting in across the country and more people using the roads, especially in the evenings to complete all important Christmas shopping, the roads can be treacherous. Concentration is a must when driving in order to avoid road traffic accidents which are devastating, at any time of year.”

The Co-operative Insurance’s checklist for safe winter driving
1.Ensure that you leave plenty of room between your vehicle and the car in front, especially in icy conditions
2.Put a ‘survival kit’ in your car in case you break down – this should include a blanket, food and drink
3.Make sure your car has been serviced and ensure fuel levels are more than adequate for your journey
4.Don’t play music too loud in the car as this can be distracting and encourage faster driving
5.Never drink and drive
And next year, The Co-operative’s very own charity Christmas single, featuring The Co-operative Group’s Chief Executive Peter Marks, may even make the Top 10 list.

Peter and seven colleagues from The Co-operative Group have formed a band, ‘Angel Square’, and recorded the Take That hit “Greatest Day” in aid of Mencap, The Group’s Charity of the Year.

The song is now available for download from iTunes and all good digital music stores.


Notes to Editors

*Survey conducted by OnePoll in December 2011, questioning 3,000 people

For further information please contact

Catherine Turner

The Co-operative Banking Group Press Office

Tel: 0161 903 3833

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Following the merger with Britannia on 1 August 2009, the organisation is one of the largest and most highly diversified mutual businesses operating in both retail and corporate markets.

As part of The Co-operative Group, the business is characterised by its unique ethical and member reward policies and very high levels of customer advocacy.

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