Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody is the UK's favourite driving track - but what else made the top 20?

Virgin Radio

17 Sep 2021, 08:43

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Whatever you do to make long car journeys go faster, be it listening to podcasts, or having deep chats with your travelling companions, there is no denying that it feels amazing to hear certain tunes when behind the wheel.

UK motorists have been voting for their top driving tracks, and the winner should come as no surprise to anyone who has ever seen the film Wayne’s World! Yes, Queen's iconic 1975 hit Bohemian Rhapsody, to which Wayne, Garth and pals headbanged while in their car, has been named people’s favourite track to drive to.

At six-minutes long, the song has got it all, quiet parts, rocking parts, singalong parts, headbanging parts! It’s little wonder that it took out the top spot in the poll of 2,000 motorists.

Dancing Queen by Abba came in second place in the poll and proved that, even when in their car, people like to dance, jive and have the time of their lives. Bon Jovi’s Livin’ on a Prayer was third most popular, followed by Fleetwood Mac’s Go Your Own Way. 

In the poll, which was commissioned by Car insurance provider Cuvva, The Final Countdown by Europe, Mr Brightside from The Killers, and Eye of the Tiger by Survivor were all popular too, as the theme of choosing tracks which are stone-cold singalong classics continued.

More than a third of people (34%) admitted to sometimes staying in their vehicle when they have arrived at their destination to finish the track they are listening to. We’ve all done that, haven’t we?

As reported by the Daily Star, Psychologist Lee Chambers 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.”

As well as collating the nation’s favourite tunes, Cuvva have also put together a safe tunes playlist of songs which are best for concentrating, staying calm and staying alert. You can check it out here

Here are the top twenty songs, as voted for by UK drivers:

  • Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen

  • Dancing Queen - Abba

  • Livin' On A Prayer - Bon Jovi

  • Go Your Own Way - Fleetwood Mac

  • Eye of the Tiger - Survivor

  • Uptown Girl - Billy Joel

  • Happy - Pharrell Williams

  • I Gotta Feeling - Black Eyed Peas

  • The Final Countdown - Europe

  • Don't Stop Believin' - Journey

  • Mr Brightside - The Killers

  • Gold - Spandau Ballet

  • It's A Beautiful Day - U2

  • Sex On Fire - Kings of Leon

  • Thriller - Michael Jackson

  • Wonderwall - Oasis

  • Hey Jude - The Beatles

  • Heroes - David Bowie

  • Uptown Funk - Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars

  • Girls Just Want To Have Fun - Cyndi Lauper