MUSICIANS, musicologists, composers and choirs have come together to create the happiest Christmas song ever for intu shopping centres around the country, including Uxbridge.

The three-minute track has been created as part of intu’s determination to make shoppers smile and features sleigh bells in the chorus and 21 mentions of the word ‘Christmas’ – proven to evoke happiness in people.

It will be performed by the team from intu Uxbridge on December 15 and played at the centre throughout December.

The guide to writing the happiest Christmas song was developed by musicologist Joe Bennett, who analysed the lyrical theme, tempo, musical key and vocals of 200 Christmas hits, from Mariah Carey to Slade.

The key attributes of the ultimate Christmas cracker include lyrical references to partying, Santa, snow, home, peace and love, sleigh bells in the chorus, a major key and an average tempo of 115 beats per minute.

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Love’s Not Just For Christmas was created by Steve Anderson, who has written and produced hits for artists including Take That, Britney Spears, Westlife, Leona Lewis and Kylie Minogue, and singer Harriet Green.

It is recorded by the London Community Gospel Choir and is now available on Spotify.

Natasha House, of intu Uxbridge, said: “Music and festive songs are a huge part of the excitement and build-up to Christmas and we wanted to find a way to make the shopping period an even happier one for intu shoppers.” 

As part of the research to create the song, Mariah Carey’s All I Want For Christmas Is You was revealed to be the most popular Christmas song in the UK.


  1. All I Want for Christmas Is You – Mariah Carey
  2. Last Christmas – Wham!
  3. Fairytale of New York (feat. Kirsty MacColl) – The Pogues
  4. Merry Christmas Everyone – Shakin’ Stevens
  5. It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year – Andy Williams
  6. Do They Know It's Christmas? – Band Aid
  7. It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas – Michael Bublė
  8. I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday – Wizard
  9. Step Into Christmas – Elton John
  10. Wonderful Christmas time – Paul McCartney

To listen to the into song, visit You can also search for Love’s Not Just For Christmas on Spotify and it is also available to stream on iTunes and Amazon Music.