Music streamer Spotify provides data on Christmas music streaming trends. Mariah Carey’s “All I want for Christmas is you” is the clear global favourite, followed by the Wham! hit “Last Christmas”, Michael Bublé’s “It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas”, “Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree” by Brenda Lee and Ariana Grande’s “Santa Tell Me”.
Switzerland’s top five Christmasy songs follow the global trend except for number five which is replaced by “Merry Christmas Everyone” by Shakin’ Stevens.
And if your concerned your choice of festive music might reveal your age here is Spotify’s global list of tunes associated with age groups. If you’re a thirty-something Elvis Presley “Blue Christmas” fan trying to fit in with a younger crowd, you might consider switching to “Rudolph the Rednose Reindeer” by DMX.
13-17: Why Don’t We – Hey Good Lookin
18-24: Justin Bieber – Mistletoe
25-29: DMX – Rudolph the Rednose Reindeer
30-34: The Drifters – White Christmas
35-39: Elvis Presley – Blue Christmas
40-44: Sarah McLachlan – Wintersong
45-54: Band Aid – Do They Know It’s Christmas? – 1984 Version
55-64: Joy Williams – I’ll Be Home for Christmas
65+: Elvis Presley – I’ll Be Home for Christmas
According to number crunchers at the Economist, weather and daylight hours affect the consumption of festive songs. The colder and darker the higher the festive-song play count. A sixth of all songs reaching ears plugged into Spotify in Sweden and Norway in December 2016 were festive. In sunny, summery, southern-hemisphere Brazil, a country with as many Christians, only one song in 150 played over the same period was festive.
The Economist says that across their sample of 25 countries in the northern hemisphere, every additional hour of darkness is correlated with a three-percentage-point increase in the amount of Christmas listening on Spotify.