Our recent study this summer researched classic lullabies to find the perfect formula for a lullaby and reveal a list of those modern day songs likely to send children off to sleep.
Following its success and how many parents it helped, we thought why not do the same for Christmas songs! We know as well as you, that sending your kids off to sleep on Christmas Eve can be a bit of a struggle and we can’t blame the children – Christmas is exciting!
So, we used the same formula as done previously (using data sourced from Spotify and over 4,500 songs from playlists that included the word ‘lullaby’ and found the top ten of the most common classic lullabies and took their properties to work out the following):
The average beats per minute (BPM), most common key and time signatures of the top ten classic lullabies, to calculate the ‘perfect’ formula for a lullaby, which looks like this:
Beats Per Minute – 91
Key – C
Time Signature – 4/4
Using this formula we have compared it to the most popular Christmas songs taken from Spotify’s leading playlists (and created the ultimate Christmas playlist for you as well) and found the following:
Top Ten ‘Christmas Lullabies’ (Descending in Similarity)
Eartha Kitt – Santa Baby
Gene Autry – Here Comes Santa Claus (Right Down Santa Claus Lane)
Stevie Wonder – What Christmas Means To Me
George Michael – December Song (I Dreamed of Christmas)
Band Aid 30 – Do They Know It’s Christmas
Boney M – Mary’s Boy Child
Band Aid 1984 – Do They Know It’s Christmas
Nat King Cole – The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire)
Band Aid 20 – Do They Know It’s Christmas
Dean Martin – Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!
We also thought, whilst we’re at it, why not use the same method to find the perfect formula for a Christmas song, using all of the Christmas songs in our research. So, here it is:
Beats Per Minute – 118
Key – A
Time Signature – 4/4
With this formula, we have worked out the Christmas songs closest to a match. The ‘perfect Christmas songs’ are as follows:
Spice Girls – Christmas Wrapping
Johnny Mathis – When A Child Is Born
We hope you now have all you need for a seamless Christmas, with lots of rested heads on Christmas Eve and bags full of festive cheer, with our Christmas lullabies and Perfect Christmas songs!