The UK’s Favorite Driving Songs

One of the UK’s largest sites to initiate a car check, Auto Trader (not the same AutoTrader site that lists new and used cars for sale in the US), conducted a survey which gave a list of what the nation believes are the best songs to play when driving. Whether you’re head banging to a bit of Queen or flying down the motorway to the well-known, Beach Boys, we all have our own favourite song to play in the car.

What makes the best driving song?

Before we identify which songs made it into the prestigious top 10, it’s worth thinking about what makes a driving song good. To start with, the chorus of the song needs to be perfect- the chorus need to be one which encourages sing alongs. Songs are always remembered for their chorus, the words need to stand out to us as well as the tune.

Perhaps even more importantly, the song needs a good bass line. The kind of bass line which gets your heading nodding along as well as regular hand tapping of the steering wheel- the bass line is important to what makes a good driving song.

As you will soon find out, many of the songs which made it into the Top 10 are songs from the 70s and 80s. The years pass, fashions may change, but the fashion for music far from changes.

The Top Ten

The UK’s favourite driving song was handed to Dire Straits for their 1970s song, Sultans of Swing. The classic hit is clearly a favourite for many of the population and deserves top spot. Agonizingly missing out on the prize was Queen with We Will Rock You. Another One Bites the Dust finished 3rd, which was another hit made famous by the iconic British band.

Number 4 brought a different style of music to the list. The Beach Boys claimed 4th spot with, Good Vibrations. The song takes many back to their teenage years, when the Beach Boys captured the hearts of many. Go Your Own Way by Fleetwood Mac and All Right Now by Free, finished 5th and 6th respectively.

Bruce Springsteen, arguably a legend in the music industry, eventually made it into the Top 10 with his timeless classic, Born In The USA, coming in at 7th.

A song which was only released last year came in at number 8, Adele’s, Rolling In The Deep finished 8th, which may shock a few people whilst completing the list is, Marvin Gaye’s I Heard It Through The Grapevine and The Rolling Stones’ I Can’t Get No Satisifaction, finishing 9th and 10th respectively.

There they are – the UK’s favourite driving songs. Do you agree?  Here’s the full list again, in tabular format:

  1. Sultans of Swing (Dire Straits)
  2. We Will Rock You (Queen)
  3. Another One Bites the Dust (Queen)
  4. Good Vibrations (The Beach Boys)
  5. Go Your Own Way (Fleetwood Mac)
  6. All Right Now (Free)
  7. Born in the USA (Bruce Springsteen)
  8. Rolling in the Deep (Adele)
  9. I Heard It Through the Grapevine (Marvin Gaye)
  10. I Can’t Get No Satisfaction (The Rolling Stones)

Author: John-James Grice

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