Ranked: the most dangerous Christmas songs for drivers

Christmas driving songs dangerous

Yes, you read that right. These are the most dangerous Christmas songs for drivers. Best we warn Santa, lest he unwittingly puts on one of these headbangers and winds up recklessly drifting roundabouts in his sleigh.

Finance provider Moneybarn has completed a study examining 95 popular Christmas songs based on their tempo in beats per minute (bpm). Who will have us driving dangerously as we’re on our way home for Christmas, then? No, it’s not Driving Home For Christmas. That’s actually classed as quite safe, would you believe it, at 34th on the list.

Kelly Clarkson’s Underneath the Tree is, based on its 160bpm tempo and energy score of 0.8, the most ‘dangerous’ Christmas song to drive to. It would be someone called Clarkson, wouldn’t it?

Wizzard’s famous classic I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday comes in at second. We get that, actually. It’s quite upbeat, quite rowdy. You could certainly get into a jig and sing to it when you should be concentrating on the road. Jose Feliciano’s Feliz Navidad, The Darkness’ Christmas Time, Elton John’s Step Into Christmas and The Wombles’ Wombling Merry Christmas (yes, really) follow in third, fourth and fifth. 

Slade comes sixth, with Merry Xmas Everybody, followed by Chuck Berry’s Run Rudolph Run, The Jackson 5’s I saw Mommy kissing Santa Claus and Mariah Carey’s Christmas follow that.

Christmas driving songs dangerous

As for some of the safest songs to drive to? Santa baby is third, with Silent night in 10th.

Music you drive to shouldn’t exceed more than 60-100bpm, so it’s said, which is the average range of a human heartbeat. Studies have shown that listening to music with a bpm higher than 120 can increase your likelihood to speed and drive dangerously.

Top 10 most dangerous Christmas songs

  • Underneath The Tree – Kelly Clarkson
  • I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday – Wizzard
  • Feliz Navidad – Jose Feliciano
  • Christmas Time (Don’t Let the Bells End) – The Darkness
  • Step into Christmas – Elton John
  • Wombling Merry Christmas – The Wombles
  • Merry Xmas Everybody – Slade
  • Run Rudolph Run – Chuck Berry
  • I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus – The Jackson 5
  • Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) – Mariah Carey

Top 10 safest Christmas songs

  • Carol of the Bells – John Williams, Mykola Dmytrovych Leontovych
  • Christmas Time is Here – Vince Guraldi Trio
  • Santa Baby – Eartha Kitt
  • O Tannenbaum (O Christmas Tree) – Tony Bennett
  • O Little Town of Bethlehem – Elvis Presley
  • Medley: Caroling, Caroling / The First Noel / Hark! The Herald Angels Sing / Silent Night – Perry Como
  • The Christmas Waltz – Peggy Lee
  • The First Noel – Frank Sinatra
  • I’ll Be Home for Christas – Bing Crosby
  • Silent Night – Carpenters

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