The 20 best songs to listen to while driving

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  • Bohemian Rhapsody, by Queen, tops the list of favorite songs for drivers
  • 90% of drivers claim that listening to music while driving provides a sense of well-being, according to a survey by SEAT UK
  • The key lies in the dopamine that is released in response to a pleasurable stimulus, such as a song we like

The top 20

  1. Bohemian Rhapsody, Queen
  2. Dancing Queen, ABBA
  3. Livin’ on a Prayer, Bon Jovi
  4. I’m Gonna Be (500 miles), The Proclaimers
  5. Eye of the Tiger, Survivor
  6. Walking on Sunshine, Katrina and the Waves
  7. Wake Me Up Before You Go Go, Wham!
  8. Happy, Pharrell
  9. Girls Just Wanna Have Fun, Cindy Lauper
  10. I Gotta Feeling, Black Eyed Peas
  11. Ain’t No Mountain High Enough, Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
  12. Don’t Stop Believing, Journey
  13. Wonderwall, Oasis
  14. This Is Me, The Greatest Showman
  15. Roar, Katy Perry
  16. Hey Ya!, Outkast
  17. I Believe in a Thing Called Love, The Darkness
  18. Three Little Birds, Bob Marley
  19. One Kiss, Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa
  20. Hey Baby!, DJ Otzi

 and five aspects that make them a hit song(according to Pablo Cano, musician, producer and composer of more than 500 tracks)

  • Rhythm. 2/4 or 4/4 beats are easy to identify and dance to; they are as familiar as our own heartbeat.
  • Harmonics. Major keys (C major, D major…) bring a sense of “vitality and joy”. Furthermore, the idea that less is more also applies to music: “Many hit songs only have 3 or 4 chords”.
  • Structure. It must be logical so that people listening can anticipate which part is coming up depending on the style of the song.
  • Lyrics. They are generally uncomplicated, “so that anyone can understand the message and identify with it”.The goal is to generate empathy.
  • Chorus. “It has to have a simple melody that is easy to sing”. It is what the listener is going to remember, so making it repetitive is very important.