Do you prefer a “Silent Night” or a “Jingle Bell Rock” kind of holiday season? Your amount of holiday spirit might depend on which state you live in. Our elves researched how much holiday music each state streamed over a year and used that to judge which states have the most holiday spirit. Is your state on the naughty or nice list?
Washington, D.C., home of the National Christmas Tree and the White House holiday concert appears to have the most holiday spirit, followed by Pennsylvania, home to Christmas City, USA. Washington, Ohio, Massachusetts, Missouri, Alabama, Iowa, and Missouri also have holiday spirit bursting at the stockings.
If your favorite phrase is “Bah, humbug!” however, chances are you’d fit right in with other residents of New Jersey, New Hampshire, and Delaware, the states with the least amount of Christmas spirit. Wyoming (the country’s top producer of coal) takes the fourth spot, followed by Hawaii, Connecticut, Montana, California, Alaska, and Idaho. Apparently having a city named after the North Pole isn’t enough to get Alaskans in the holiday spirit.
If all you want for Christmas is a great holiday playlist, make sure to include the classics. The most popular holiday songs in the country include “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas” and “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree,” along with “Jingle Bell Rock,” “A Holly Jolly Christmas,” and “The Christmas Song.”
Avoid accidentally giving your gathering a Grinch vibe by not playing The Chipmunks’ “Christmas Don’t Be Late” and Snoop Dogg’s “New Year’s Eve.” Other songs to add to your “do not play” list should be “My! My! Time Flies” by Enya, “(Let’s Give) a Christmas Present to Santa Claus” by Rosemary Clooney, and “This Christmas” by Chris Brown.
So if you’re trying to increase your chances of ending up on the nice list, try spinning your holiday playlist more often. Santa sees you when you’re sleeping and knows when you’re awake, so chances are he knows what music you’re listening to. Have a holly jolly Christmas!