Researcher creates 'happiest Christmas song of all time' based on science

Remigio Civitarese
Dicembre 8, 2017

"Love's Not Just For Christmas" was co-written by Steve and Harriet Green, and will be performed by choirs at intu centres throughout December in an effort to bring festive joy to Christmas shoppers.

Joe Bennett, a musicologist and professor at Berklee's Boston Conservatory, wanted to end the Christmas music debate for once and for all.

Listening to everything from Mariah Carey to Michael Bublé, Bennett created eight thematic categories that the songs fell into: home, being in love, losing love, partying, Santa, snow, religious themes, and peace on earth.

The full music video features the London Community Gospel Choir, and overnight it has been viewed over 13,000 times.

Britney Spears' songwriter Steve Anderson has teamed up with musicologists, composers and choirs to create the ultimate Christmas song. We also enjoy hearing sleigh bells in the chorus, a major key, and an average tempo of 115 beats per minute. "We were fortunate enough to work with some of the best Christmas songwriters around and we hope we bring a bit of added festive joy to shoppers and raise a smile for everyone that visits".

"But we can infer listeners' favoured song characteristics by analysing the most popular recordings - in this case, Christmas songs".

Love them or hate them, Christmas wouldn't be Christmas without the usual barrage of festive tunes.

As part of the research to create the world's happiest Christmas Song, Mariah Carey's All I Want For Christmas Is You was revealed to be the most popular Christmas song in the United Kingdom, ahead of Last Christmas (Wham!), Fairytale of New York (The Pogues) and Merry Christmas Everyone (Shakin' Stevens).

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