They say â€œthe best way to spread Christmas cheer, is singing loud for all to hearâ€, but when it comes to driving home over the festive period, this may be best avoided.
Vehicle finance provider, Moneybarn, has analysed 95 popular Christmas songs in a new study to identify the safest and most ‘dangerous’ tracks to listen to while driving in your vehicle.
The safest music mimics the human heartbeat
The results were calculated using a songâ€™s beats per minute (BPM) and energy to determine how fast, loud and noisy a track feels. To ensure safer driving, the music you listen to should mimic the human heartbeat, with a BPM that falls in-between 60 and 100.
High BPM and energy songs were ranked as less safe, as studies have shown music with a BPM greater than 120 can result in faster driving speeds and more traffic violations.
Kelly Clarksonâ€™s Underneath the Tree was classed as the most ‘dangerous’ song to listen to, with a BPM of 160 and an energy score of 0.8. This track was closely followed by Christmas classic Wizzardâ€™s I wish it could be Christmas Every day, and Jose Felicianoâ€™s Feliz Navidad in third place.
For those wondering how Chris Rheaâ€™s Driving Home for Christmas fares up, it ranks in number 34 so this Christmas favourite can be added to your festive playlist without fear, as itâ€™s deemed a safe motoring classic.
Top 10 most dangerous Christmas songs
1. Underneath The Tree â€“ Kelly Clarkson
2. I Wish it Could Be Christmas Everyday â€“ Wizzard
3. Feliz Navidad â€“ Jose Feliciano
4. Christmas Time (Donâ€™t Let the Bells End) â€“ The Darkness
5. Step into Christmas â€“ Elton John
6. Wombling Merry Christmas â€“ The Wombles
7. Merry Xmas Everybody â€“ Slade
8. Run Rudolph Run â€“ Chuck Berry
9. I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Clause â€“ The Jackson 5
10. Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) â€“ Mariah Carey
Top 10 safest Christmas songs
1. Carol of the Bells â€“ John Williams, Mykola Dmytrovych Leontovych
2. Christmas Time is Here â€“ Vince Guaraldi Trio
3. Santa Baby â€“ Eartha Kitt
4. O Tannenbaum (O Christmas Tree) â€“ Tony Bennett
5. O Little Town of Bethlehem â€“ Elvis Presley
6. Medley: Caroling, Caroling / The First Noel / Hark! The Herald Angels Sing / Silent Night â€“ Perry Como
7. The Christmas Waltz â€“ Peggy Lee
8. The First Noel â€“ Frank Sinatra
9. Iâ€™ll Be Home for Christmas â€“ Bing Crosby
10. Silent Night â€“ Carpenters