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01st Nov 2021

Research finds that these are the most dangerous Christmas songs to drive to

Melissa Carton

Will you be driving home for Christmas? Maybe give these a miss.

It’s nearly the most wonderful time of the year and before we know it, radio stations across the country will be playing festive anthems.

But it’s also important to stay safe while you’re on the road and apparently some Christmas songs are more dangerous than others.

While that might sound bizarre, a new study has discovered the most dangerous Christmas songs to drive to by analysing the beats per minute (BPM) of each song.

With research from the South China University of Technology showing that songs with beats per minute (BPMs) over 120 are linked with increased dangerous driving.

So which Christmas songs increase the chances of dangerous driving?

According to the research conducted by Chill Insurance, Feliz Navidad by José Feliciano, Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town by the Jackson 5 and Happy Xmas (War is Over) by John Lennon and Yoko Ono are three of the worst songs you can listen to while driving.

The second worse song might upset many Mariah Carey fans as it is one of the most popular festive songs, All I Want For Christmas Is You.

That being said the Mariah Carey classic isn’t the worse as the number one most dangerous Christmas song to drive to is, believe it or not, Frosty the Snowman.

Yes, Frosty the Snowman by Gene Autry is the worse Christmas song to listen to while driving.

Fans of the Gene Autry classic may want to rethink their Christmas car playlist this year, as the song has a 172 BPM, way over the recommended 120 BPM.

With its high BPM being linked to more stressful temperaments in drivers.

On the other hand, ironically enough, Driving Home For Christmas did not make the list of bad driving songs at all so you can absolute listen to it while driving home yourself.

On top of that Irish favourite Fairytale of New York was deemed the safest song to drive to coming in at just 78 BPM.