Queen’s iconic hit Bohemian Rhapsody has been named the UK’s favourite driving track.
The six-minute sprawling epic, that takes listeners on a journey with operatic vocals to hard rock guitar solos, was the undisputed driving champion in a poll of 2,000 motorists.
The likes of Dancing Queen by Abba (25 per cent), Bon Jovi’s Livin’ on a Prayer (24 per cent) and Fleetwood Mac’s Go Your Own Way (22 per cent) also proved to be popular choices for drivers when they get behind the wheel. While others enjoy driving along to Eye of the Tiger, Uptown Girl and Happy by Pharrell Williams,
It also emerged upbeat music is the most important criteria when picking a record for a car journey for 63 per cent, while 53 per cent love a sing-a-long anthem.
And while 52 per cent of motorists listen to music during a car journey to prevent boredom, one third (34 per cent) require music in order to stay alert.
However, almost half (49 per cent) pop the tunes on in their car just for the sheer love of it.
Lee Chambers, who spoke on behalf of Cuvva, an insurance company, stated that “when we’re out on the roads, travelling at high speeds, navigating directions, and dealing with other road users can all make it stressful.
” While we cannot control traffic or the behavior of road users, we can control what music we listen too.
” Calming music can help you feel calm and grounded when you’re feeling angry or frustrated.
“Alternatively, if you’re feeling fatigued and having brain fog, accessing some tunes which help with attention, focus and concentration can help you with those final few miles of a long journey.
” Sometimes, you feel uninspired and flat when you get into the car.
“In these instances, the mood-boosting benefits of belting out some pop lyrics and dancing in your seat can’t be beaten.”
The survey also found pop music is the top genre to blast out of the car speakers (51 per cent), but 40 per cent of motorists prefer heavier rock music.
And one in five drivers will reach for the tranquillity of classical music to help them feel calm when they are driving, while 13 per cent believe this style of music helps them concentrate.
More than a third (34 per cent) even admit to sometimes staying in their vehicle when they have arrived at their destination to finish the track they have been enjoying.
According to percent, the driver has final say over the music. Only six per cent are willing to allow their children to control the music.
For four in 10, their car is where they listen to the most music, and 55 per cent believe that tunes makes car journeys more enjoyable.
It also emerged a massive 92 per cent of drivers have sung along to their favourite songs when driving – but 41 per cent have been embarrassed after being spotted by a passer-by.
One in five drivers have had a heated debate about the music they listen to while driving.
It was also revealed that many drivers listen to music while driving at night. A quarter of them claim that they need music to keep their eyes open after dark falls.
With 24 per cent admitting they sometimes feel distracted when listening to music at the wheel, Cuvva and Lee Chambers have created a playlist [https://open.spotify.com/playlist/5L1uiKgEqrP9UxhFrsfgq8] designed to only include safe driving tunes.
Andy Tomlinson is the COO of Cuvva. “Understanding the factors within your control, such as the music you listen while driving or the way you turn corners, can help you make safer trips.
“Together, Lee Chambers and Cuvva have created the ultimate Safe Tunes driving playlist. It is designed to lift your mood, keep you focused, and help you get to where you need.
“We’re helping people learn more about their own driving habits with personalised driving scores and insights, all in the app.”
To listen the playlist, please visit: https://www.cuvva.com/how-insurance-works/best-driving-songs
TOP 20 DRIVING SONGS
1. Queen – Bohemian Rhapsody
2. Abba – Dancing Queen
3. Bon Jovi – Livin’ on a prayer
4. Fleetwood Mac – Go Your Own Way
5. Survivor – Eye of the Tiger
6. Billy Joel – Uptown Girl
7. Pharrell Williams – Happy
8. The Black Eyed Peas: I Gotta Feel HTML9 Europe – The Final Countdown
10. Journey – Don’t Stop Believin’
11. The Killers – Mr Brightside
12. Spandau Ballet – Gold
13. U2 – It’s a Beautiful Day
14. Kings of Leon – Sex on Fire
15. Michael Jackson – Thriller
16. Oasis – Wonderwall
17. The Beatles – Hey Jude
18. David Bowie – Heroes
19. Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars – Uptown Funk
20. Cyndi Lauper – Girls Just Want to Have Fun
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