CHRIS REA "DRIVING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS" (1988)
This is, quite possibly, the smoothest Christmas tune ever made, although it only managed to reach #53 in the UK charts in
1988 - I find this quite incredible for such a decent track, which was a refreshing change from the usual cheesy and religious songs littering the 80s charts.
I can just picture myself driving along to this one with a car full of presents and a Christmas tree on the trailer. Except I haven't got a trailer, but maybe one day!
Thankfully, the re-release in 2007 peaked at #33. A bit better, but it still deserved the top ten, at least. The song performed best in Norway
(those Norweigans know a good song when they hear one) where it reached #2 in 2008.
Other big 80's hits by Chris Rea were The Road to Hell which peaked at #10 in the UK in 1989, and Let's Dance which was a #12 hit in the UK during 1987.
In 2009, a new video was made for a re-release of the song which featurede a whole host of celebrities, with all proceeds going to Shelter.
In 2011, Stacey Solomon released a cover version as her debut single with all proceeds going to Alzheimer's Research UK. The single reached #27 in the UK charts.