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22nd Dec 2023

This song will send your kids to sleep on Christmas Eve, science claims


Time to play this on repeat.

Trying to get the kids to sleep on Christmas Eve can feel impossible.

They obviously want to stay awake to catch a glimpse of Santa, but there’s no talking to them.

But music may help…

If you have the same problem in your house then this song might just be the solution.

A new study has compared classic lullabies to find the perfect formula and revealed a list of those modern-day songs likely to send children off to sleep.

The formula used data sourced from Spotify and over 4,500 songs.

The research took the average beats per minute, most common key, and time signatures of the top ten classic lullabies, to calculate the ‘perfect’ formula for a modern-day lullaby and found a Christmas song to match these exact details.

So what Christmas song is the best to play on Christmas Eve to help get the kids to fall asleep?

According to the research published on Cuckooland, Eartha Kitt’s version of Santa Baby most resembled a lullaby and was the most likely to send a child to sleep.

Coming closely behind in second place was Gene Autry’s Here Comes Santa Claus (Right Down Santa Claus Lane) and Stevie Wonder’s What Christmas Means To Me.

If you wanted to, you could create a little Christmas playlist to make sure that they’re asleep in time for the arrival of Mr. Claus.

The other songs included in the Christmas songs that will help your child drift off are:

George Michael – December Song (I Dreamed of Christmas)

Band-Aid 30 – Do They Know It’s Christmas

Boney M – Mary’s Boy Child

Nat King Cole – The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire)

Dean Martin – Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!