Driving? These Xmas songs are dangerous.

In a commercial posing as a scientific survey, Chill Insurance, an Irish firm that sells auto insurance, commissioned some research about the most dangerous Christmas songs for driving.

Taking data from a study, the claim is that songs with a BPM higher than 120 are “linked to more dangerous driving conditions.” Why? Because people get pumped up by uptempo Christmas songs and suddenly start speeding or being inattentive?

Nevertheless, I post these potentially lethal Christmas songs for drivers. Beware.

  1. Frosty the Snowman (Bowling for Soup, Gene Autry) at 172 bpm
  2. All I Want for Christmas is You (Mariah Carey) at 150 bpm (NOTE: This song is dangerous because it makes people want to drive into a wall.)
  3. Feliz Navidad (José Feliciano) at 149 bpm
  4. Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town (Jackson 5) at 147 bpm
  5. Happy Xmas (War is Over) (John Lennon & Yoko Ono) at 146 bpm
  6. Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! (Frank Sinatra) at 143 bpm
  7. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (Gene Autry) at 142 bpm
  8. I Wish it Could be Christmas Every Day (Wizzard) at 140 bpm
  9. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas (Judy Garland, Frank Sinatra) at 137 bpm
  10. I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus (Jackson 5) at 129 bpm

Okay, so what about safe Christmas songs? Glad you asked.

  1. Fairytale of New York (The Pogues) at 78 bpm
  2. Santa Baby (Eartha Kitt) at 84 bpm 
  3. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing (Julie Andrews) at 87 bpm
  4. Wonderful Christmastime (Paul McCartney) at 95 bpm
  5. It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas (Michael Buble) at 95 bpm
  6. Last Christmas (WHAM) at 108 bpm
  7. Winter Wonderland (Dean Martin) at 111 bpm
  8. The Little Drummer Boy (Bing Crosby) at 113 bpm
  9. One More Sleep (Leona Lewis) at 113 bpm
  10. Do They Know It’s Christmas (Band Aid) at 115 bpm

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Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

One thought on “Driving? These Xmas songs are dangerous.

  • November 24, 2021 at 9:00 am
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    Footnote for “Last Christmas”: Not 100% safe when playing #Whamageddon

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