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.
- Frosty the Snowman (Bowling for Soup, Gene Autry) at 172 bpm
- 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.)
- Feliz Navidad (José Feliciano) at 149 bpm
- Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town (Jackson 5) at 147 bpm
- Happy Xmas (War is Over) (John Lennon & Yoko Ono) at 146 bpm
- Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! (Frank Sinatra) at 143 bpm
- Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (Gene Autry) at 142 bpm
- I Wish it Could be Christmas Every Day (Wizzard) at 140 bpm
- Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas (Judy Garland, Frank Sinatra) at 137 bpm
- I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus (Jackson 5) at 129 bpm
Okay, so what about safe Christmas songs? Glad you asked.
- Fairytale of New York (The Pogues) at 78 bpm
- Santa Baby (Eartha Kitt) at 84 bpm
- Hark! The Herald Angels Sing (Julie Andrews) at 87 bpm
- Wonderful Christmastime (Paul McCartney) at 95 bpm
- It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas (Michael Buble) at 95 bpm
- Last Christmas (WHAM) at 108 bpm
- Winter Wonderland (Dean Martin) at 111 bpm
- The Little Drummer Boy (Bing Crosby) at 113 bpm
- One More Sleep (Leona Lewis) at 113 bpm
- Do They Know It’s Christmas (Band Aid) at 115 bpm
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