Top feel-good driving songs of all time

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Author: | Updated: 09 Jan 2019 08:48

Got the January blues? Bored of Brexit? Stuck in the school run traffic already? Well, according to a new survey, more than 90% of drivers say music can make them feel better – with classic rock and pop more likely to boost moods than modern-day hits.

So what do people like to listen to to make them feel better?

Drivers' top 20 feel good car songs

Out of the top ten uplifting songs, eight were recorded in the 70s and 80s. In fact, the top five driving songs are all throwbacks rather than anything from the new millennium – with Pharrell’s Happy and I Gotta Feeling by the Black Eyed Peas were the only post-2000 songs to feature in the top ten.

Here’s the chart rundown:

5. Eye of the Tiger – Survivor

4. The Proclaimers – I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)

3. Bon Jovi – Livin’ on a Prayer

2. Abba – Dancing Queen

1. Queen – Bohemian Rhapsody

And here’s the definitive list of feel-good songs in full…

Position Artist Song
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
11. Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell Ain’t No Mountain High Enough
12. Journey Don’t Stop Believing
13. Oasis Wonderwall
14. Greatest Showman This Is Me
15. Katy Perry Road
16. Outkast Hey Ya!
17. The Darkness I Believe in a Thing Called Love
18. Bob Marley Three Little Birds
19. Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa One Kiss
20. DJ Otzi Hey Baby!

The analysis of 2,000 motorists who listen to music was conducted as part of the car-maker Seat’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.

Richard Harrison, managing director of SEAT UK, said: “It’s no surprise to discover just how much drivers love listening to music in the car, although I wasn’t expecting to see so many classics in the list of favourite tracks.”

“We know how important music is to our customers, which is why all our models are equipped with Full Link connectivity so that they can enjoy their favourite bands on the go.”

As Official Car Partner for Music 4 Mental Health, SEAT UK supported the brand-new #IAMWHOLE initiative bringing together some of the most prolific names in British music for a ground-breaking fundraising concert.

The event helped raise funds for mental health charities: Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM); The Mix and YMCA and featured a discussion panel led by #IAMWHOLE founding ambassador Jordan Stephens and featuring Love Island’s Dr Alex George.

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