51 Weeks: 51 Songs From The Past: Week 50: Chris Rea – Driving Home For Christmas

Here we are in the penultimate week of this music feature for 2017. It’s been quite a journey, especially with us all having to drop off that hippopotamus last week. This week, as we began the trip home, what better way than to feature a song that has the perfect title.

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Welcome back to 1986. It’s a few days before Christmas, snow is falling, and the roads are packed with traffic and people driving home for Christmas. This leads me nicely on to introduce our featured song for this week. Over to you, Chris…

In the United Kingdom, Driving Home For Christmas has never peaked any higher than number 23 on the singles charts. In fact, that’s where the single is currently laying on 20th December 2017. When first released in 1986, the song only managed to peak at number 53 and has had a modest placing in the charts every December since 2007. However, despite its poor showing on the charts, the song has been voted as one of the most popular and best top 10 Christmas songs of all time.

In 2009, an original video for the song was released in aid of the charity Shelter. All proceeds from the download of the song were donated to the charity. The video features many celebrities, and Chris is stated as saying that he wanted to do something special with the song that year. What better way than to help keep a roof over people’s heads when they need it most – at Christmas. By teaming up with Shelter, they made a big difference.

Which leads me very nicely to my Christmas charity appeal for 2017. I’m raising money for The Dogs Trust this year. Click here for all the details and help me raise some money for a good cause.

For the last few weeks, I have asked everyone to share their three favourite festive songs. This week showcase the third of your favourite songs by leaving a link to it in the comments.

Thank you to everyone who left a link to a favourite festive song last week. And, a big thank you to Marie, Ruth and Kat who all published a post about favourite festive songs.

Next week I’ll be showcasing my last song of this feature before we head back to 2017. I hope you can all join me for the final performance.

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