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Analyzing Positiveness in 160+ Holiday Songs

It is known that during any kind of celebration music is indispensable and the holiday season is no different. Since this time of the year brings positiveness, we decided to analyze the holiday songs to uncover some interesting insights related to musical features and positiveness in songs.

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Analyzing Positiveness in 160+ Holiday Songs

  1. 1. Analyzing Positiveness in 160+ Holiday Songs
  2. 2. It is known that during any kind of celebration music is indispensable and the holiday season is no different.
  3. 3. There are special class of songs dedicated to Christmas! Since this time of the year brings positiveness, we decided to analyze the holiday songs to uncover some interesting insights related to musical features and positiveness in songs.
  4. 4. The Dataset
  5. 5. WE USED ‘CHRISTMAS SONGS — HOLIDAY MUSIC’ PLAYLIST AVAILABLE ON FLITR’S SPOTIFY ACCOUNT TO SELECT THE SONGS. THEN, THE ELEGANT SPOTIFYR PACKAGE WAS USED TO DOWNLOAD ALL THE MUSICAL FEATURES OF 167 SONGS IN THE PLAYLIST.
  6. 6. Goals • Top artists with the most number of holiday songs in the US • Top 10 most positive holiday songs in the US • Top 10 most danceable holiday songs in the US • Top Keys that are used in the top holiday songs in US • Correlation of musical features of top holiday songs • Density plot of holiday song duration • Density plot of energy, valence and danceability • Heatmap of valence in top holiday songs
  7. 7. Top artists with the most number of holiday songs in the US
  8. 8. Pentatonix, American a cappella group from Arlington tops the list with 9 songs. Two of their top holiday songs are — “Hallelujah” and “Mary, Did You Know?”. 1 Mariah Carey bags the second spot 6 songs and Elvis Presley is at 3rd spot with 5 songs. 2 Also, very interesting to see that the musical TV series Glee has some of the popular Christmas tracks. 3
  9. 9. Density plot of holiday songs’ duration
  10. 10. Very few songs lie below the 100 seconds mark, while the highest frequency is observed in the 160 seconds and 205 seconds range. The average comes to little more than 180 seconds (~ 3 minutes) which is in line with general song duration.
  11. 11. Top 10 most positive holiday songs in the US
  12. 12. As per the chart, the song with the most positiveness, that is likely to make you happy, is Here Comes Santa Claus by Gene Autry. You can see that the songs are measured by their valence score. What is valence? Well, you see our reaction to music is emotional — songs with higher valence score make us happy and the ones with lower score make us sad.
  13. 13. Top 10 most danceable holiday songs in the US
  14. 14. Songs are not just for listening — especially in the holiday season, you’d expect people to dance (thanks to the parties). This chart shows ‘Last Christmas’ by Jule Vera is the ultimate dance song! Here Gene Autry’s song, ‘Here Comes Santa Claus’ comes second which is the most positive songs according to previous chart.
  15. 15. Top Keys that are used in the top holiday songs in US
  16. 16. Music is heavily influenced by the type of keys used. We can see that some keys occur more in these festive songs than the others. Maybe you can use this data if you are working on a holiday song yourself. C, G and D are more frequent than all the other keys, so it can be stated with some amount of certainty that these are “Christmas keys”.
  17. 17. Correlation of musical features of top holiday songs
  18. 18. In the color-coded correlation matrix of the musical features, the peach color in the matrix signifies positive correlation and negative correlation is depicted by bluish color. The ‘x’ signifies no correlation.
  19. 19. The most prominent findings from the graph are as follows - • Loudness of a song has strong correlation with its energy • Danceability and energy have positive correlation with valence • Energy are loudness have negative correlation with song’s acoustic-ness.
  20. 20. Since the correlation matrix showed that energy, valence and danceability have positive correlation, we would create a chart of their density plot.
  21. 21. Density plot of energy, valence and danceability
  22. 22. Heatmap of tempo and key combination for valence
  23. 23. Tempo is the speed of a particular song according to musical jargon. It is measured as beats per minute, i.e., bpm. Since the data set had numerical value for tempo, we converted that to categorical value based on the tempo marking.
  24. 24. The heatmap shows which key and tempo variation produces higher valence in holiday songs. G minor in Vivace F# minor in Vivace F major in Moderato
  25. 25. This article used data to bring you interesting insights and we hope it will help you with some smart talking points for the upcoming parties.
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