Last Christmas is the first song people want to hear at their Christmas party
Music licensing company PPL has polled its licensees to find out which song officially gets them dancing at the annual much loved event that is happening all around the country; the staff Christmas party.
The survey which was conducted via the company's quarterly newsletter went to PPL's customers, encompassing a huge and varied range of business owners including shops, pubs, hairdressers, offices, sports centres, restaurants. The results revealed that Wham's Last Christmas is the song that people most want to hear to start them dancing at the Christmas party.
The top three festive tunes are:
1) Last Christmas – Wham
2) All I Want For Christmas Is You – Mariah Carey
3) I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday – Wizzard
George Michael was delighted on hearing the news that Last Christmas was still so popular after such a long period of time. Last Christmas was released in 1984 and peaked at number 2, just held off the number one spot in the UK by Do They Know it's Christmas? the collaborative fundraising project by Band Aid.
Commenting upon the appeal of Christmas songs, researcher in Music Psychology, Dr Vicky Williamson said; "It is not surprising that the most popular Christmas music has a long history in the nation's festive soundtrack."
"Music is uniquely flexible and non-referential in nature, allowing it be become easily associated with our individual memories. Even though we all listen to the same song we all get transported to a different place. In the case of Christmas music, most people experience a wealth of automatic happy memories and positive expectations based on previous exposure to the tunes."