ALTHOUGH Christmas is more than two months away, that certainly hasn't stopped Brits from getting into the festive spirit.
A recent report by the experts at Slotbox.com revealed the exact date Britons start searching for Christmas songs – and it’s sooner than you might think.
According to their data, the UK searches for ‘christmas songs’ start to climb at the same time every year, from October 25 to 31, which is weeks before the holiday.
The searches then continue to soar, reaching the peak from December 17 to 25 on average each year.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, they then take a huge plummet at the very start of the new year, from January 2, when the festive season comes to a halt.
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Sharing the results, the experts revealed that Mariah Carey and her hit All I want for Christmas Is You skyrockets from the last week of October, suggesting we really do want her only for the festive period.
It appears that the iconic Christmas diva is well aware of this too, as recently she uploaded an Instagram video to gear fans up, putting the song in their heads.
Commenting on the findings, a spokesperson at Slotbox.com said: "There’s always a lot of conversation around when is the right time to start playing Christmas songs, so it’s interesting to see that searches start to increase from the end of October.
''Typically, radio stations and retail outlets start playing festive songs from the beginning of December, however, as Brits are keen to get the festivities started two months in advance, perhaps we’ll start to hear Mariah Carey and Michael Bublé even earlier this year.”
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What are the best songs for Christmas parties?
Want to bring some festive cheer to your office party or house gathering? Grab a glass of mulled wine and dance the night away with these songs…
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- Baby, It's Cold Outside – Dean Martin
- Santa Baby – Kylie Minogue
- Fairytale Of New York – The Pogues and Kirsty MacColl
- Last Christmas – Wham!
- Merry Christmas Everybody
- Jingle Bell Rock – Bobby Helms
- 8 Days Of Christmas – Destiny's Child
- Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree – Brenda Lee
- Let It Snow – Dean Martin
- All I Want For Christmas Is You – Mariah Carey
What are the best Christmas songs for kids?
Keep your kids entertained with these family-friendly Christmas tunes…
- Frosty The Snowman – Gene Autry and the Cass County Boys
- The Little Drummer Boy – Harry Simeone
- Do They Know It's Christmas – Band Aid
- White Christmas – Bing Crosby
- Santa Claus Is Coming To Town – Jackson 5
- Mary's Boy Child – Harry Belafonte
- I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday – Wizzard
- Jingle Bells – Glenn Miller
- Rudolph The Red Nose Reindeer – Gene Autry
- The 12 Days Of Christmas
Which popular carols and hymns are sung on Christmas?
- Silent Night
- We Wish You A Merry Christmas
- Away In a Manger
- Hark The Herald Angels Sing
- O Come All Ye Faithful
- The First Noel
- Joy To The World
- While Shepherds Watched
- Once In Royal Davids City
- Good King Wenceslas
Where can I find some ready-made Christmas playlists?
Reluctant to put your own Christmas playlist together? Luckily there are many ready made albums and compilations to dive into.
It wouldn't be the festive season without Michael Buble's album, which contains songs including Feliz Navidad and Holly Jolly Christmas.
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Justin Bieber, Mariah Carey, Elvis Presley and Ella Fitzgerald are among the other artists to have compilations dedicated to the winter celebration.
If this doesn't satisfy your Xmas cravings, search for playlists on Spotify for a wide variety of different tracks.
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