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Christmas is here and there’s nothing better than climbing into the car, turning on the radio and being met with a jolly Christmas tune to get you in the Christmas spirit. But sadly, not all of us feel this way as a recent survey has revealed.
Although Christmas songs are designed to make us feel good, there are some songs we’d rather forget, and some that irritate us so much they can actually have an effect on the way we drive – this is according to a recent survey conducted by Halfords.
The survey of 1,040 drivers revealed that 88 per cent of people admitted hearing a Christmas song being played on the radio affected their mood and behaviour behind the wheel. Six out of ten people said that when a well loved song came on they were less likely to become irritated by other road users and would actually become more considerate to other drivers and pedestrians.
However, this was not the case for all of the participants surveyed. As many as seventeen per cent of people admitted that when a festive song they disliked was catapulted onto the radio, they immediately felt irritated more quickly by other drivers and were less likely to show politeness and restraint behind the wheel.
There are some Christmas songs which we’d all rather forget, and the song that was named the most cringe-worthy was Mariah Carey’s 1994 hit ‘All I Want for Christmas is You’. A close second was Paul McCartney’s ‘A Wonderful Christmas Time’ and the Jackson 5’s ‘Santa Claus is Coming to Town.’
One of the reasons which motorists gave for their dislike to the above songs was due to the fact they were simply overplayed around the Christmas period. In fact, the Performing Rights Society have confirmed that Mariah Carey’s Christmas hit is the second most played song at Christmas time behind the Pogues and Kirsty MacColl’s ‘Fairytale of New York’.
The most loved Christmas song to listen to on a car radio was Nat King Cole’s ‘The Christmas Song’, followed by Louis Armstrong’s version of ‘White Christmas’.
Only 23 per cent of respondents said they preferred to listen to traditional Christmas carols, whilst 11 per cent admitted that they actually hated all Christmas songs. See below for the ultimate top ten best and worst Christmas songs voted for by drivers this Christmas.
Best loved Christmas songs
1. Nat King Cole The Christmas Song – Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire
2. Louis Armstrong White Christmas
3. Pogues with Kirsty MacColl Fairytale in New York
4. Chris Rea Driving Home for Christmas
5. Bobby Elms Jingle Bell Rock
6. John Lennon Happy Christmas War is Over
7. Slade Merry Christmas Everyone
8. Bing Crosby White Christmas
9. Band Aid Do They Know It’s Christmas?
10. Wizzard I Wish it Could be Christmas Everyday
Worst Christmas songs
1. Mariah Carey All I Want For Christmas
2. Paul McCartney A Wonderful Christmas Time
3. Jackson 5 Santa Claus is Coming to Town
4. Barbara Streisand Jingle Bells
5. Band Aid Do They Know It’s Christmas?
6. Wham Last Christmas
7. Elmo and Patsy Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer
8. Madonna Santa Baby
9. Wizard I Wish it could be Christmas Everyday
10. Slade Merry Christmas Everyone