THE holiday season is in full swing and it doesn’t take long for Christmas carols to fill the ether.
But despite the good spirits, festive feelings, and heartwarming memories that Christmas carols can evoke, some songs have the potential to pose serious danger.
Driving home for Christmas could be a dangerous proposition, according to researchers, depending on your choice of festive tunes.
A study by the South China University of Technology found that songs with a BPM (beats per minute) over 120 may increase your risk of dangerous driving and increase your risk of road accidents.
Irish motor insurance experts Chill have analyzed the BPM of Ireland’s number one Christmas cars over the years to determine which are best avoided when behind the wheel
The new study has surprisingly found that the most dangerous Irish Christmas number one to listen to while driving is Alexandra Burke’s version of Hallelujah.
The 2008 Christmas hit has a shockingly high BPM of 183.
Regarding the top 3, auto experts say: “Alexandra Burke’s 1984 cover of Leonard Cohen’s song is the most dangerous to drive at a deceptively high speed of 183.
“Maybe it’s best to strap this one out if you’re firmly stationary at home.”
Brendan Bowyer’s 1963 chart-topping No More ranks second at 173 BPM.
While Eminem’s Lose Yourself, which topped the charts in 2002, is third at 171 bpm.
The motor gurus add: “Born in County Waterford, Brendan Bowyer is the first Irish native to be included in our list of the number one most dangerous Christmas races, with No More taking first place at Christmas 1963.
“This upbeat classic has a high BPM of 173, making it the second most dangerous.”
They continue: “US rapper Eminem enters our list with Lose Yourself, it’s perhaps less of a shock for this high-speed hip-hop anthem, third on Ireland’s Most Dangerous Christmas Number-Ones at a BPM of 171 to reach. ”
Irish superstar Dermot Kennedy also made the list as his #1 Christmas Giants of 2020 landed fifth at 158 BPM.
Other songs include Little Mix’s “Cannonball”, Boyzone’s “Father and Son”, “Take That’s Babe” and the Spice Girls’ “2 Become 1”.
However, Shane MacGowan fans will be pleased to hear that The Pogues’ Fairytale of New York is one of the safest celebratory songs to listen to while driving, set at a very smooth 78 bpm.