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​Researchers Monitored People's Heart Rates To Work Out The Most Popular Christmas Song Of All Time

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​Researchers Monitored People's Heart Rates To Work Out The Most Popular Christmas Song Of All Time

It's inevitable that a good Christmas song will make you want to get up and dance or sing along. If it's got a catchy jingle and lyrics you just can't get out of your head it's a winner in our eyes.

And now a recent study has discovered the best Christmas song of all time and it's all to do with our heart rates.

The study placed heart rate monitors on a number of people to find out just which Christmas song made their heart rates increase the most and the result was... I Wish it Could be Christmas Everyday by Wizzard.

Wizzard's 'I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday' came in at the top (Credit: Youtube)
Wizzard's 'I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday' came in at the top (Credit: Youtube)
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The catchy song can make your heart rate increase by 20 beats per minute (bpm).

The average resting heart rate is 62.9 beats per minute, but the Seventies classic increased heart rates to 83.4 bpm.

It's not hard to see why. With its psychedelic music and lyrics that include "When the kids start singing and the band begins to plaaaaay," it's a song that sticks in your mind for sure.

Wren Kitchens, who compiled the study, said: "With respondents' average beats per minute (BPM) reaching 83.4, this song raised BPM by more than 20 - outperforming any other festive tune! The original song was recorded and released in 1973, making the song nearly 50 years old."

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At number two was The Pogues featuring Kirsty MacColl's Fairytale of New York, which increased heart rates by 17.6 bpm to 80.5 beats per minute, while Driving Home for Christmas by Chris Rea came in in third place, upping heart rates to 79.5 beats per minute, an increase of 16.6.

The nation's best Christmas songs were revealed in the study (Credit: Unsplash)
The nation's best Christmas songs were revealed in the study (Credit: Unsplash)

Coming in at number four on the list was It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year by Andy Williams, a true classic that gives us serious festive vibes.

Happy Xmas (War is Over) by John Lennon and Yoko Ono was the fifth most popular Christmas song, according to our heart rates.

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Meanwhile, Last Christmas by Wham came in at number six, increasing heart rates by 14.2 beats per minute to 77.1.

Did yours make the list?

Featured Image Credit: Pexels

Topics: Christmas, Entertainment, Music

Aneira Davies
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