7 of the Top Dogs Favorite Christmas Songs

A British charity, Guide Dogs,  determined from a study they conducted what, if any, were dogs favorite Christmas songs. One thousand dog owners were surveyed. They determined dogs prefer an upbeat, lively song to something calm. They also determined how dogs ranked Christmas songs.

Caroling dogs favorite Christmas songs
Caroling dogs favorite Christmas songs

Dogs preference to up tempo songs is evident in the results of the survey. Six of the seven songs are upbeat and lively. Only one is at a slower tempo. That’s almost eighty six percent.

It is reported ninety percent of canines enjoy music in general. Music can have an emotional influence on them. Which is important to know at this time of year when there tends to be more stress in the house.

Dogs Favorite Christmas Songs

  • “Last Christmas” by Wham! – This 1984 hit by Wham! hit No. 1 and received ten percent of the votes for this poll. It’s Christmas mixed with a little end-of-relationship sadness with to a perky backbeat.
  • “Jingle Bells” – This song was written by James Lord Pierpont in 1857 and at that time was titled “The One Horse Open Sleigh”. Since then, it has been re-arranged and re-recorded by many different artists.
  • “All I Want for Christmas Is You” by Mariah Carey – This No. 1 hit in more than 25 countries was released in 1994. It soon made its way onto the holiday must-have list and topped the US Billboard Hot 100 again in 2019.
  • “Driving Home for Christmas” by Chris Rea – This 1988 song about being stuck in traffic trying to get home for Christmas touches the heart singing about memories and happy faces.
  • “Silent Night” – This was originally a poem written in the 19th century in Austria by pastor Joseph Franz Mohr and composed by Franz Xaver Gruber. Today, this song is known around the world in almost every language as a traditional Christmas song.
  • “It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas” by Michael Bublé – This song was originally written by Meredith Wilson in 1951. Most notably Bing Crosby and The Fontane Sisters have covered it since. However, the version that is popular with dogs is by Michael Bublé.
  • “Wonderful Christmastime” by Paul McCartney – “We’re simply having a wonderful Christmastime”. Is there anything more to say? This song was released in 1979 and has enjoyed airplay ever since. It’s a staple of the season.

It is evident from the list of the dogs favorite Christmas songs that they primarily enjoy upbeat tracks, but otherwise there is a wide range of styles and topics. In fact, “Jingle Bells” wasn’t intended to be a Christmas song at all. Only four of the seven songs were written in the past forty years and none of them in the past twenty-five.

From broken relationships to warm, family feelings this list covers it. Overall, it is clear, dogs vary as much as does their tastes in music. Happy holidays from PlexiDors Dog Doors and a Happy New Year!