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Golden oldies top in-car feelgood songs

Drivers ditch modern classics in favour of 70s hits for a feel good driving experience

A new survey has revealed the UK’s top songs to make you feel good when you’re driving a car.

Classic songs provide more of a mood-boost for drivers than modern day hits, according to the nationwide survey of 2,000 motorists by SEAT UK.

Out of the top 10 songs to play in the car to improve mental wellbeing, eight were recorded in the 1970s and 1980s, with Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody coming out on top.

The research was conducted as part of the Spanish car maker’s partnership with the Music 4 Mental Health concert in November 2018. The inaugural fund-raising gig in London saw the likes of Ed Sheeran and James Arthur supporting mental health issues among young people.

Pop and rock music were considered to be the best genres of music to listen to in the car, whilst nearly two-thirds (64%) of respondents said listening to different types of music while driving changes their mood.

Top 20 feelgood songs

Top 20 Artist / Group Song Percentage
1. Queen Bohemian Rhapsody 41.4%
2. Abba Dancing Queen 36.8%
3. Bon Jovi Livin’ on a Prayer 34.5%
4. The Proclaimers I’m Gonna Be (500 miles) 30.4%
5. Survivor Eye of the Tiger 29.5%
6. Katrina and the Waves Walking on Sunshine 29.1%
7. Wham! Wake Me Up Before You Go Go 28.4%
8. Pharrell Happy 27.6%
9. Cyndi Lauper Girls Just Wanna Have Fun 26.1%
10. Black Eyed Peas I Gotta Feeling 23.8%
11. Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell Ain’t No Mountain High Enough 23.6%
12. Journey Don’t Stop Believing 23.1%
13. Oasis Wonderwall 21.4%
14. Greatest Showman This Is Me 20.7%
15. Katy Perry Roar 16.6%
16. Outkast Hey Ya! 16.5%
17. The Darkness I Believe in a Thing Called Love 14.7%
18. Bob Marley Three Little Birds 14.1%
19. Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa One Kiss 12.2%
20. DJ Otzi Hey Baby! 6.9%

Watch M4MH’s presenter Jordan Stephens talk about mental health issues with Love Island’s Dr Alex in the back of a SEAT Ateca…

Simon Gunning, CEO of the Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM), said: “CALM is an organisation that has always worked closely with the music community.

“Music can help us through life’s rough times and can make good times even better – that’s why we were delighted to partner with SEAT at M4MH and we look forward to working together in 2019.”

 

About Gareth Herincx

Gareth is a versatile journalist, copywriter and digital editor who's worked across the media in newspapers, magazines, TV, teletext, radio and online. After long stints at the BBC, GMTV and ITV, he now specialises in motoring.

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