Did Researchers Just Create The Happiest Christmas Song In The World?
It’ll be stuck in your head in no time—trust us.
If you’ve been listening to holiday music on repeat since Thanksgiving, you already know how the classics can get you in a good mood. Joe Bennett, a musicologist and Vice President for Academic Affairs at the Boston Conservatory At Berklee, set out to find out what elements of Christmas music makes us feel so cheery. He then took his findings to help create the happiest Christmas song of all time.
Bennett compared all the holiday songs that ranked on Spotify’s top 200 songs during the week of Christmas last year—78 songs in total. The songs were categorized into nine themes: home, in love, lost love, party, Santa, snow, religious, peace on earth, and instrumental (no lyrics). He also made note of each song’s musical key, year of release, and vocal category (male, female, M/F duet, group or instrumental).
In his findings, he concluded that the ultimate Christmas song would: be either in C major or A major key, have a 4/4 time signature, have a lyric theme relating to Santa, snow, home and family, or being in love, have Sleigh bells playing in the chorus, be in a tempo of approximately 115 beats per minute, and be sung by Michael Bublé.
He then shared this data with songwriter Harriet Green and producer Steve Anderson. The duo worked together to turn all this information into the song “Love’s Not Just for Christmas,” performed below by the London Community Gospel Choir.
The project was sponsored by intu Potteries, a mall in Stoke-on-Trent, England, and can be heard playing there this holiday season. “Music and festive songs are a huge part of the excitement and build up to Christmas and we wanted to find a way to make the shopping period an even happier one for intu shoppers,” Sandrine Rutter, marketing manager at intu, told the Stoke Sentinel.
The super catchy song is also available for streaming on Spotify, so you too can experience its mood-boosting effects.
Fun fact: It’s not only festive music that gets us in a cheery mood. Studies also show that putting up your holiday decorations early can actually make you happier, too.