'Play it safe' with festive music in your motor
Scientific research has found that songs with more than 120 beats per minute (BPM) are particularly risky and result in faster speeds and more erratic behaviour at the wheel. Experts claim that the music you listen to should mimic the human heartbeat, with a BPM of 60 to 100, to ensure safer driving.
The study looked at the BPM and “energy rating” to determine how fast, loud and noisy a track sounds.
Girls Aloud’s Sound Of The Underground was deemed the most “dangerous” Christmas No 1, with a BPM of 164 and an energy score of 0.85. The track was closely followed by last year’s festive chart-topper – LadBaby’s We Built This City – and third was the Pet Shop Boys’ Always On My Mind.
The Spice Girls were the most common artists in the top 10 most dangerous songs, featuring twice, with their 1996 and 1998 hits 2 Become 1 in seventh place and Goodbye ninth.
Five of the top 10 safest tunes scored the top chart spot in the 50s, suggesting today’s public prefers faster, energetic pop when it comes to “rockin’ around a Christmas tree” (or along the M8 motorway).
Frankie Laine’s Answer Me took the crown as the safest festive hit, with a BPM of 68 and an energy score of just 0.1.
Whitney Houston’s I Will Always Love You ranked second safest, narrowly missing out on the top spot with a BPM of 67 and an energy score of 0.2. Following in third place was Here In My Heart by Al Martino.
These were followed by Christmas Alphabet (Dickie Valentine), Mary’s Boy Child (Harry Belafonte), Hallelujah (Alexandra Burke), Just Walkin’ In The Rain (Johnnie Ray), A Bridge Over You (Lewisham and Greenwhich NHS Choir) Mull Of Kintyre (Wings) and That’s My Goal (Shayne Ward).
Others to avoid were Day Tripper (The Beatles), Merry Xmas Everybody (Slade), Let’s Have Another Party (Winifred Atwell), Do They Know It’s Christmas (Band Aid 20) and The Fastest Milkman In The West (Benny Hill).
Moneybarn head of marketing Tim Schwarz said: “Christmas is one of the busiest driving times of the year and wintry weather can make roads more dangerous. We all love feeling festive when ‘driving home for Christmas’, but make sure your song choices aren’t distracting you from the road.”
You can view the full list of Christmas number ones and where they rank from most to least dangerous here: www.moneybarn.com/blog/latest-motor-news/dangerous-christmas-number-1s
Story: First seen in The Daily Record. Thanks also to Maneybran for this info.