Classic songs of the 1970s and 1980s are more popular on the UK’s feelgood driving playlists than almost any other music, including modern pop, according to a survey of 2,000 UK drivers.
The research, conducted by Seat, focuses on which music is best for an on-the-go mood lift, and was conducted in partnership with the Music 4 Mental Health concert in November of 2018.
Listening to music we enjoy can increase the release of the feelgood hormone dopamine by nine percent. This is corroborated by the results of Seat’s research – as many as 90 percent of those surveyed said music makes them feel happy.
The top feelgood driving songs
So, which were the most popular feelgood songs to listen to while driving? We seemingly love a throwback to lift our spirits, as eight of the 10 were recorded in the 1970s and 1980s, starting with Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen. Abba’s Dancing Queen followed in second and Bon Jovi’s Livin’ on a Prayer came third.
In fact, nothing ‘modern’ appears until all the way down in eighth, with Pharrell’s Happy. Also, I Gotta Feeling by Black Eyed Peas is 10th.
If you’re more of a by-genre than by-song person, then Seat suggests playing pop or rock music for the best behind-the-wheel feels.
|Top 10||Feelgood driving songs|
|1.||Queen – Bohemian Rhapsody|
|2.||Abba – Dancing Queen|
|3.||Bon Jovi – Livin’ on a Prayer|
|4.||The Proclaimers – I’m Gonna Be (500 miles)|
|5.||Survivor – Eye of the Tiger|
|6.||Katrina and the Waves – Walking on Sunshine|
|7.||Wham! – Wake Me Up Before You Go Go|
|8.||Pharrell – Happy|
|9.||Cyndi Lauper – Girls Just Wanna Have Fun|
|10.||Black Eyed Peas – I Gotta Feeling|
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