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The Ultimate Holiday Playlist for Commuters

Reading Time: 5 minutes

Transit Life

The Ultimate Holiday Playlist for Commuters

Reading Time: 5 minutes

One of the best parts of the winter season has to be holiday music. Yes, the songs can be a bit corny, but they’re also one way we recognize that we’re getting close to celebrating the most festive time of year. The music helps us get into the spirit of the season and adds a layer of joy and nostalgia specific to this time of year. It’s not an accident that so many musicians write holiday-themed songs. They know the power of music and how that music can lift the mood of an entire household. 

In a normal year, we’d be inundated with music everywhere we went. Every store we stepped into would be playing Christmas carols or some kind of holiday jingle. This year’s a bit different. OK, a lot different. You’ll have to be more intentional about listening to holiday music. But not to worry because we’re giving you the ultimate holiday playlist that you can put on repeat while you safely ride transit during your daily commute.

 

Top 21 holiday songs

We hope you’re ready to burst into song because these holiday tunes will have you making your best Beyoncé impression. Normally we’d tell you to leave the high notes to the pros, but it’s the holidays, so sing till your heart’s content. 

 

1. “All I Want for Christmas,” Mariah Carey 

It would be against holiday policy if we didn’t start this list with Mariah Carey. She’s the Christmas Queen, and this is still the number one Christmas song in North America.

2. “White Christmas,” Bing Crosby 

This song is the reason we all dream of a white Christmas, even if we’re living in B.C. Guinness says this song is the number one selling single of all time.

3. “The Christmas Song,” Nat King Cole 

This is that song that makes you want to pour a cup of hot chocolate and sit by the fireplace. Nat King Cole makes you think of warm sweaters and Christmas socks in this holiday classic. 

4. “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus,” Jackson 5

Jimmy Boyd sings the original song, but the Jackson 5 version feels a bit more lively and fun. Either way, Mommy’s up to something. 

5. “The Chanukah Song,” by Adam Sandler 

Some laughs during the holidays are just what we need, and Adam Sandler adds pop culture touches to brighten your spirit.

6. “Christmas in Hollis,” Run DMC 

Run DMC is famous for their political music, Adidas shoes and for making a song about Christmas in their neighbourhood. 

7. “8 Days of Christmas,” Destiny’s Child 

It wasn’t just Beyoncé singing this one. The entire Destiny’s Child got in on the Christmas spirit for this track, and we bet you will too once you hear it. 

8. “Believe,” Josh Groban 

Some songs are just beautiful, and Josh Groban’s “Believe” is one of those songs. It’s also great because you can listen to it all winter, not just for the holidays. 

9. “O Come, All Ye Faithful,” Faith Hill 

Renditions seem to be a theme on this list, and here’s another one. Faith Hill touches your soul with her version of this holiday classic. 

10. “Mistletoe,” Justin Bieber 

We couldn’t help ourselves. At one point, everyone had at least a touch of Bieber fever, and he had a touch of the holiday spirit. Listen to the song before you judge us. 

11. “Present Without a Bow,” Kasey Musgraves 

We had to add a contemporary jam to the list. Casey Musgraves released this in 2019, and it already feels classic. 

12. “Feliz Navidad,” Jose Feliciano 

Can we go a little bilingual? Feliz Navidad is a holiday staple made even more unique because the lyrics aren’t English. 

13. “River,” Joni Mitchell 

Think of this as a song you can listen to over the holidays rather than a holiday song. You might get a bit teary-eyed, but that’s OK. Let the emotions out and let Mitchell in. 

14. “Peace On Earth/Little Drummer Boy,” David Bowie and Bing Crosby 

David Bowie could pretty much do everything when it came to artistic expression, and joining forces with Bing Crosby made for a magical holiday moment. 

15. “My Favourite Things,” Julie Andrews 

This is another song that isn’t specifically meant for the holidays but still brings that holiday spirit. Kelly Clarkson does a cover that’s worth noting, but the original still feels the best. 

16. “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” Judy Garland 

Getting back to some classics, Judy Garland’s Christmas jingle is one of the most recognizable holiday songs ever written. 

17. “Santa Baby,” Eartha Kitt 

Another holiday classic. Santa baby is all about getting what you want for Christmas, and Eartha Kitt isn’t afraid to ask. 

18. “What Christmas Means to Me,” CeeLo Green 

If you don’t know CeeLo Green, you’re missing out on a gifted musician. This song gives you a tiny bit of insight into just how talented an artist CeeLo really is. 

19. “Last Christmas,” Wham! 

Such a beautiful song that didn’t get the recognition it deserves until more recently. Singing in the shower is encouraged with this song, even if parents, partners or roommates are home! 

20. “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” Harry Connick Jr.

We tried, but there’s no way you can keep this song off the list. We chose Harry Connick Jr.’s rendition, but others are just as good. 

21. “Rocketman,” Elton John

Last but not least, this Elton John classic is perfect for singing along with your family or friends after a couple of glasses of wine during the holidays. 


 

You can check out our Ultimate Holiday Playlist for Commuters on Spotify, featuring all of these songs:

 

Resources to help your travel costs 

We’ve given you a bunch of holiday music to keep your spirits high and hopefully put you in a good mood. We totally understand that this past year has been a tough one for most people. With that in mind, Rocketman has put together a low-income transit pass series. This series describes how public transit systems across parts of Canada are offering discount transit passes in Ontario, Alberta, Manitoba, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Saskatchewan and British Columbia

And don’t forget to read about our tips to keep your phone clean while you dance through your commute.    

Download the Rocketman app and take back your commute 

Commuting in crowds is something that you really should try to avoid, if you can, of course. And with Rocketman’s new crowdedness feature, you can learn how full or empty a bus or train is before getting on. It’s just one way we’re trying to do our part to help make your commute more safe. 

Rocketman transit app for iOS

Rocketman transit app for Android

 

This article offers general information only and is not intended as legal, financial or other professional advice. A professional advisor should be consulted regarding your specific situation. While the information presented is believed to be factual and current, its accuracy is not guaranteed and it should not be regarded as a complete analysis of the subjects discussed. All expressions of opinion reflect the judgment of the author(s) as of the date of publication and are subject to change. No endorsement of any third parties or their advice, opinions, information, products or services is expressly given or implied by Royal Bank of Canada or its affiliates.

 

One of the best parts of the winter season has to be holiday music. Yes, the songs can be a bit corny, but they’re also one way we recognize that we’re getting close to celebrating the most festive time of year. The music helps us get into the spirit of the season and adds a layer of joy and nostalgia specific to this time of year. It’s not an accident that so many musicians write holiday-themed songs. They know the power of music and how that music can lift the mood of an entire household. 

In a normal year, we’d be inundated with music everywhere we went. Every store we stepped into would be playing Christmas carols or some kind of holiday jingle. This year’s a bit different. OK, a lot different. You’ll have to be more intentional about listening to holiday music. But not to worry because we’re giving you the ultimate holiday playlist that you can put on repeat while you safely ride transit during your daily commute.

 

Top 21 holiday songs

We hope you’re ready to burst into song because these holiday tunes will have you making your best Beyoncé impression. Normally we’d tell you to leave the high notes to the pros, but it’s the holidays, so sing till your heart’s content. 

 

1. “All I Want for Christmas,” Mariah Carey 

It would be against holiday policy if we didn’t start this list with Mariah Carey. She’s the Christmas Queen, and this is still the number one Christmas song in North America.

2. “White Christmas,” Bing Crosby 

This song is the reason we all dream of a white Christmas, even if we’re living in B.C. Guinness says this song is the number one selling single of all time.

3. “The Christmas Song,” Nat King Cole 

This is that song that makes you want to pour a cup of hot chocolate and sit by the fireplace. Nat King Cole makes you think of warm sweaters and Christmas socks in this holiday classic. 

4. “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus,” Jackson 5

Jimmy Boyd sings the original song, but the Jackson 5 version feels a bit more lively and fun. Either way, Mommy’s up to something. 

5. “The Chanukah Song,” by Adam Sandler 

Some laughs during the holidays are just what we need, and Adam Sandler adds pop culture touches to brighten your spirit.

6. “Christmas in Hollis,” Run DMC 

Run DMC is famous for their political music, Adidas shoes and for making a song about Christmas in their neighbourhood. 

7. “8 Days of Christmas,” Destiny’s Child 

It wasn’t just Beyoncé singing this one. The entire Destiny’s Child got in on the Christmas spirit for this track, and we bet you will too once you hear it. 

8. “Believe,” Josh Groban 

Some songs are just beautiful, and Josh Groban’s “Believe” is one of those songs. It’s also great because you can listen to it all winter, not just for the holidays. 

9. “O Come, All Ye Faithful,” Faith Hill 

Renditions seem to be a theme on this list, and here’s another one. Faith Hill touches your soul with her version of this holiday classic. 

10. “Mistletoe,” Justin Bieber 

We couldn’t help ourselves. At one point, everyone had at least a touch of Bieber fever, and he had a touch of the holiday spirit. Listen to the song before you judge us. 

11. “Present Without a Bow,” Kasey Musgraves 

We had to add a contemporary jam to the list. Casey Musgraves released this in 2019, and it already feels classic. 

12. “Feliz Navidad,” Jose Feliciano 

Can we go a little bilingual? Feliz Navidad is a holiday staple made even more unique because the lyrics aren’t English. 

13. “River,” Joni Mitchell 

Think of this as a song you can listen to over the holidays rather than a holiday song. You might get a bit teary-eyed, but that’s OK. Let the emotions out and let Mitchell in. 

14. “Peace On Earth/Little Drummer Boy,” David Bowie and Bing Crosby 

David Bowie could pretty much do everything when it came to artistic expression, and joining forces with Bing Crosby made for a magical holiday moment. 

15. “My Favourite Things,” Julie Andrews 

This is another song that isn’t specifically meant for the holidays but still brings that holiday spirit. Kelly Clarkson does a cover that’s worth noting, but the original still feels the best. 

16. “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” Judy Garland 

Getting back to some classics, Judy Garland’s Christmas jingle is one of the most recognizable holiday songs ever written. 

17. “Santa Baby,” Eartha Kitt 

Another holiday classic. Santa baby is all about getting what you want for Christmas, and Eartha Kitt isn’t afraid to ask. 

18. “What Christmas Means to Me,” CeeLo Green 

If you don’t know CeeLo Green, you’re missing out on a gifted musician. This song gives you a tiny bit of insight into just how talented an artist CeeLo really is. 

19. “Last Christmas,” Wham! 

Such a beautiful song that didn’t get the recognition it deserves until more recently. Singing in the shower is encouraged with this song, even if parents, partners or roommates are home! 

20. “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” Harry Connick Jr.

We tried, but there’s no way you can keep this song off the list. We chose Harry Connick Jr.’s rendition, but others are just as good. 

21. “Rocketman,” Elton John

Last but not least, this Elton John classic is perfect for singing along with your family or friends after a couple of glasses of wine during the holidays. 


 

You can check out our Ultimate Holiday Playlist for Commuters on Spotify, featuring all of these songs:

 

Resources to help your travel costs 

We’ve given you a bunch of holiday music to keep your spirits high and hopefully put you in a good mood. We totally understand that this past year has been a tough one for most people. With that in mind, Rocketman has put together a low-income transit pass series. This series describes how public transit systems across parts of Canada are offering discount transit passes in Ontario, Alberta, Manitoba, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Saskatchewan and British Columbia

And don’t forget to read about our tips to keep your phone clean while you dance through your commute.    

Download the Rocketman app and take back your commute 

Commuting in crowds is something that you really should try to avoid, if you can, of course. And with Rocketman’s new crowdedness feature, you can learn how full or empty a bus or train is before getting on. It’s just one way we’re trying to do our part to help make your commute more safe. 

Rocketman transit app for iOS

Rocketman transit app for Android

 

This article offers general information only and is not intended as legal, financial or other professional advice. A professional advisor should be consulted regarding your specific situation. While the information presented is believed to be factual and current, its accuracy is not guaranteed and it should not be regarded as a complete analysis of the subjects discussed. All expressions of opinion reflect the judgment of the author(s) as of the date of publication and are subject to change. No endorsement of any third parties or their advice, opinions, information, products or services is expressly given or implied by Royal Bank of Canada or its affiliates.

 

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This article offers general information only and is not intended as legal, financial or other professional advice. A professional advisor should be consulted regarding your specific situation. While the information presented is believed to be factual and current, its accuracy is not guaranteed and it should not be regarded as a complete analysis of the subjects discussed. All expressions of opinion reflect the judgment of the author(s) as of the date of publication and are subject to change. No endorsement of any third parties or their advice, opinions, information, products or services is expressly given or implied by Royal Bank of Canada or its affiliates.

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