Rock or rap? Sheeran or Swift? Everybody has their own opinions on what the perfect driving music is but a new survey claims to have determined once and for all what the nationâ€™s favourite driving tunes are.
Timed to coincide with Wednesdayâ€™s 2018 Brit Awards, the new poll claims to show not only the ten favourite in-car tunes for Britons but also reveal the differing musical tastes between different car brands.
In a sign that Wayneâ€™s World is still having an influence more than 25 years after it was released, Queenâ€™s Bohemian Rhapsody tops the charts, with 23 per cent of all drivers naming it as their favourite road trip track.
Another rock classic – Guns Nâ€™ Rosesâ€™ Sweet Child Oâ€™ Mine – is second on the list, favoured by 20 per cent of drivers, while Ed Sheeranâ€™s Galway Girl was rated as number three.
Britain’s top 10 driving tunes
1. QueenÂ Bohemian Rhapsody
2. Guns Nâ€™ RosesÂ Sweet Child Oâ€™Mine
3. Ed SheeranÂ Galway Girl
4. OasisÂ Champagne Supernova
5. Taylor SwiftÂ Shake it Off
6. AdeleÂ Rolling in the Deep
7. Bob MarleyÂ No Woman No Cry
8. Led ZeppelinÂ Stairway To Heaven
9. Mark Ronson Featuring Bruno MarsÂ Uptown Funk!
10. The KillersÂ Smile Like You Mean It
Overall, pop music (42 per cent) is the main genre of choice for motorists, followed by rock and metal (20 per cent). In comparison, only three per cent claim they would opt for classical music and four per cent dance and house music.
The research also reveals that almost three-quarters (71 per cent) of British drivers are most likely to listen to the radio in the car, over any other form of entertainment. 12 per cent opt to use a music streaming service and just four per cent prefer the sound of silence.
The research from Goodyear Tyres has also revealed rather varied music tastes among car owners; BMW drivers are most likely to listen to pop music (55 per cent), whilst Skoda drivers would opt for rock and metal (42 per cent) and classical tones (17 per cent) over pop tunes (16 per cent).
Jaguar drivers appear to be in a lane of their own – they are most likely to listen to a music streaming service (40 per cent) over any other form of in-car entertainment and are more likely to listen to an audiobook (20 per cent) than any other type of driver. Rock and metal (40 per cent) and R&B (20 per cent) are their music genres of choice.
â€œWith advances in technology – in-car wifi, BlueTooth connectivity and streaming services – itâ€™s a surprise to see that radio is the preferred choice of in-car entertainment amongst British motorists,â€ comments Kate Rock-Rees, Goodyear Tyres.
â€œMusic has the power to make you feel good, even when youâ€™re caught up in traffic and whilst technology moves forward, we expect that power to stay the same.â€