Seasonal songs support Christmas spending

Music licensing company PPL announces most played Christmas song of the year and reveals why festive tunes can increase business revenue.

A new chart by the music licensing company PPL has revealed the top ten Most Played Christmas Songs of the Year. PPL, which licences recorded music played in businesses (such as shops, bars, restaurants and offices) and broadcast (radio, TV and online), has compiled the chart using exclusive data.

The chart, featuring a host of festive classics, highlights the ongoing popularity of Christmas music amongst businesses looking to boost their trade and customer experience at a time of increased footfall.

The annual PPL Most Played Christmas Song of the Year chart features a new entry with Lily Allen’s cover of Keane’s ‘Somewhere Only We Know’, at number two, ahead of Mariah Carey’s festive classic ‘All I Want for Christmas is You’ which features at number three. ‘One More Sleep’ by Leona Lewis – another new entry in this year’s chart - features at number nine above Shakin’ Stevens ‘Merry Christmas Everyone’ at number ten. Meanwhile, The Pogues reclaim their position at the top of the chart with ‘Fairytale of New York’, having last year been relegated to second position in favour of Gabrielle Aplin’s cover of ‘The Power of Love’, originally by Frankie Goes to Hollywood; Aplin and Allen’s cover versions both famously featured in John Lewis Christmas ad campaigns in 2012 and 2013 respectively.

Time and again studies have found that shoppers are more likely to commit to a purchase and spend generously when music is played on the shop floor, particularly during the Christmas peak trading season*. PPL’s independent research shows that one in four people claim to be more generous when buying Christmas presents if festive music is being played in-store, while 85% say that the absence of Christmas music would make shopping a much less enjoyable experience. Additionally, three quarters of respondents agreed that hearing Christmas songs when shopping creates a festive atmosphere and gets them into the holiday spirit.

Mike Dalby, Senior Music Intelligence Analyst, PPL, said: “Christmas songs are as essential to the festive period as mince pies and tinsel. The new entries from Lily and Leona show that the sound of Christmas changes every year, even if the classics are ever present.  Together, the Top 10 got more than the equivalent of a full year of UK airplay in 2013, meaning that it really could be Christmas every day (if you wished it to be...)”


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PPL Most Played Christmas Songs of the Year

1  Fairytale Of New York - The Pogues (featuring Kirsty MacColl)       
2  Somewhere Only We Know - Lily Allen
3  All I Want For Christmas Is You - Mariah Carey
4  Last Christmas - Wham!
5  Merry Xmas Everybody - Slade
6  I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday  - Wizzard
7  Do They Know It's Christmas? - Band Aid
8  Driving Home For Christmas - Chris Rea
9  One More Sleep - Leona Lewis
10  Merry Christmas Everyone - Shakin' Stevens

NB: The chart is based on UK radio airplay and public broadcast from 1 January - December 2013.


Notes to Editors

Both ‘One More Sleep’ by Leona Lewis and ‘Somewhere Only We Know’ by Lily Allen peaked at number three in the 2013 Official UK Singles Chart.

* collates and commissions studies from independent research agencies that look into the positive effects that music can have in business and in the workplace.

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