We all have our favorite Christmas songs that we turn up when we want to get in the holiday spirit. But did you know your experience listening to holiday music could be even happier than it already is while listening to the classics?
Neither did we, until we learned that researchers set out to find all the specific reasons why Christmas music makes us so happy in the first place. We couldn’t be more delighted to hear that they not only unearthed the most festive elements, but they also took it a step further to try to create the happiest —according to science — Christmas song ever.
Joe Bennett, who is a musicologist and Vice President for Academic Affairs at the Boston Conservatory, studied the top 78 holiday songs on the music service Spotify and separated them into specific themes, such as “home,” “in love,” and “Santa” (sound familiar to anyone?). He also noted the tunes’ musical keys, vocals, and years of release.
According to his findings, the ultimate cheerful holiday 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. (We couldn’t agree more with the last part.)
Bennet shared his research with songwriter Harriet Green and producer Steve Anderson, and they collaborated to actually use all his information to create the “happiest” Christmas song: “Love’s Not Just for Christmas.” Even better? They got the London Community Gospel Choir to perform it for all of us, as literal music to our ears.
So tell us: Does it beat “Jingle Bells,” or whatever your favorite Christmas tune is? Or do we need Michael Bublé to sing it for further research?