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 like to motor along to Eye of the Tiger by Survivor, Uptown Girl by Billy Joel 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.
Psychologist Lee Chambers, speaking on behalf of car insurance provider Cuvva which commissioned the survey, said: “When we are out on the road, travelling at speed, navigating directions and other road users can make journeys stressful.
“While we can’t control congestion or how other road users behave, the music we listen to is something that we can control.
“Calming music can centre and ground you when feeling frustrated or angry.
“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 there are days when you get in the car and you just feel flat and uninspired.
“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.
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 Feeling
9. 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
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 65 per cent, it is the responsibility of whoever is behind the wheel who has the final say on the tunes, with a mere six per cent brave enough to let their kids 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.
And one in five have got into a heated discussion about what music is played during a journey.
It was also revealed that drivers rely on music when on the road during the night, as a quarter claim they need music to stay alert once the sun has gone down.
With 24 per cent admitting they sometimes feel distracted when listening to music at the wheel, Cuvva and Lee Chambers have created a playlist designed to only include safe driving tunes.
Andy Tomlinson, COO at Cuvva said: “Understanding factors within your control, from the music you listen to while driving to the way you take a corner, can help influence your trips, ensuring safer journeys.
“Together with Lee Chambers, we’ve curated Cuvva’s ultimate Safe Tunes driving playlist, designed to boost your mood, help you focus and keep your attention on getting to where you need to go.
“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