What’s The Magical Chord That Quickly Inspires Nostalgia? Watch & See

You would never have guessed that there’s a secret chord that makes music sound that much more “Christmassy.” Bing Crosby and Mariah Carey share a musical gem that adds the spirit of Christmas to their hit songs.

Both “White Christmas” by Bing Crosby and “All I Want for Christmas” by Mariah Carey carry the same special chord that gives them their Christmas charm. You’ll be astounded by just how magical this is, as if “injecting” holiday spirit.

Vox Media has delved deep into this secret chord, showing us all how it is used by musicians, and where other examples of similar arrangements can be found.

Even though you get a much better look at the sound that defines Christmas, the unique tone, presence, and quality that it gives to our favorite holiday hits is still something that’s in a class of its own – perfect Christmas magic.