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Driving Home for Christmas: The Irish Christmas Number One Hits that are Most Dangerous to Drive to

The countdown for the most wonderful time of the year is on and Christmas songs start to make their way into radio and personal playlists, including some iconic Christmas number ones.

A study from the South China University of Technology has revealed BPMs over 120 can increase your risk of dangerous driving behaviours.

Irish Car Insurance experts Chill have analysed the BPMs of the Christmas number ones in Ireland over the years, to determine which are best to avoid when behind the wheel.

The most dangerous Irish Christmas number one hits to drive to

RankArtistSongYearBPM
1Alexandra BurkeHallelujah2008183
2Brendan BowyerNo More1963173
3EminemLose Yourself2002171
4James ArthurImpossible2012170
5Dermot KennedyGiants2020158
6Little MixCannonball2011152
7BoyzoneFather and Son1995146
8Take ThatBabe1993146
9Spice Girls2 Become 11996144
10QueenBohemian Rhapsody1975144
11Kate WinsletWhat If2001141
12Spice GirlsGoodbye1998136
13St Winifred’s School ChoirThere’s No-one Quite Like Grandma1980136
14Cliff RichardMistletoe and Wine1988135
15Ava MaxSweet but Psycho2018133

It’s fair to say Ireland has pretty varied taste when it comes to the music charts around Christmas time.

1.       Alexandra Burke – Hallelujah (2008)

Alexandra Burke’s cover of Leonard Cohen’s 1984 song, is the most dangerous to drive to with a deceivingly high BPM of 183. Perhaps it’s best to belt this one out when you’re firmly stationary at home.

2.      Brendan Bowyer – No More (1963)

Born in County Waterford, Brendan Bowyer is the first Irish native to enter our list of dangerous Christmas number ones, with ‘No More’ taking the top spot at Christmas in 1963, this upbeat classic has a high BPM of 173 making it the second most dangerous to drive to.

3.    Eminem – Lose Yourself (2002)

US rapper Eminem enters our list with ‘Lose Yourself’, it’s perhaps less of a shock for this high-tempo hip-hop anthem to take third place in the most dangerous Irish Christmas number ones to drive to with a BPM of 171.

No matter what you prefer to listen to whilst in the car, it’s important to always drive safely. 

View the full study, including the most dangerous UK Christmas number ones here.

Emer Roche
Emer Roche
Emer has over 10 years experience working for Irish magazines, supplements, websites and creative agencies. She’s written features for U Magazine, Image Magazine and theheyday.ie, across a range of subjects such as women’s interest, travel, culture, news and interviews. She also has a portfolio of commercial writing for creative agencies, such as RTE.ie and Originate Creative. Emer is a Dublin native with part of her heart in Ardmore, County Waterford. She lives in Dublin 7 with her husband, two kids, dog and cat.
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