Whether you’ll admit to doing it or not, singing in the car has to be one of life’s all-time greatest guilty pleasures.
New research from music psychologist Dr Daniel Mulllensiefen from the University of London and rental company Avis has revealed that as many as 86 per cent of drivers sing behind the wheel.
But what’s their favourite songs to hum along to while they’re cruising up the motorway? Some of the results might shock you!
Adele, Coldplay and John Lennon in the top 3
According to a poll of 2,000 drivers, the top song that motorists sing to is ‘Someone Like You’ by Adele, with Coldplay’s ‘Yellow’ coming in second place, followed closely by John Lennon’s classic ‘Imagine’.
Other classics in British drivers’ playlists includes All Saints’ ‘Pure Shores’, Eva Cassidy’s classic ‘Over The Rainbow’, as well as ‘Africa’ by American rock band Toto.
The top-ten list is also populated with some more contemporary tunes, like ‘Budapest’ by George Ezra, Ellie Goulding’s ‘How Long Will I Love You’ and ‘Girl on Fire’ by Alicia Keys.
Data from the survey has shown that listening to music and singing along in the car can be extremely beneficial for relieving on-road stress and keeping drivers calm and happy.
Dr Mullensiefen said: “The drivers surveyed showed a great capacity to handle their mood and emotions with music in order to compensate for stressful situations on the road.
“The great majority of people who are behind the steering wheel every day seem to become experts in using music to their benefit and to make driving under stress more bearable.”
Avis’ managing director, Mark Servodidio, added: “Whatever life throws at us, music is a great way to de-stress, both on and off the road.
“That’s why we commissioned this research; to identify the Avis Select Series playlist that helps British motorists get the maximum enjoyment out of the time spent in their cars.”
Great source of stress relief!
Previous research from a separate survey by SEAT back in 2011 also revealed the most popular summer songs for drivers, with ‘Sweet Home Alabama’ and Bryan Adams’ ‘Summer of 69’ topping the list.
Amusingly, SEAT also uncovered evidence that one in five men love nothing more than belting out ‘chick hits’ such as Shirley Bassey, Wham! Or Take That while they’re alone in the car.
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