Drivers Prefer Journey, Queen, AC/DC Songs, Latest Research Finds

Survey shows that drivers like to rock.

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A survey by claims that songs by Journey, Queen and AC/DC are the top choice for motorists.

The poll of 2000 people ranked the 20 best and 10 worst driving songs.

The top 20 is as follows:

  • "Don't Stop Believin'" by Journey: 30 percent
  • "Bohemian Rhapsody" by Queen: 27 percent
  • "You Shook Me All Night Long" by AC/DC: 22 percent
  • "Any Way You Want It" by Journey: 22 percent
  • "Life Is a Highway" by Tom Cochrane: 21 percent
  • "Dancing Queen" by ABBA: 19 percent
  • "American Girl" by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers: 16 percent
  • "Don't Stop Till You Get Enough" by Michael Jackson: 15 percent
  • "Born to Run" by Bruce Springsteen: 14 percent
  • "Fortunate Son" by Creedence Clearwater Revival: 14 percent
  • "September" by Earth, Wind and Fire: 13 percent
  • "Every Day Is a Winding Road" by Sheryl Crow: 13 percent
  • "California Love" by 2Pac: 13 percent
  • "Drive My Car" by the Beatles: 13 percent
  • "Little Red Corvette" by Prince: 13 percent
  • "Runnin' Down a Dream" by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers: 12 percent
  • "This Is How We Do It" by Montell Jordan: 11 percent
  • "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)" by the Proclaimers: 9 percent
  • "Holiday" by Madonna: 9 percent
  • "London Calling" by the Clash: 6 percent
The bottom ten, meanwhile, features the likes of Taylor Swift, Katy Perry and Lou Bega:
  • "Who Let the Dogs Out?" by the Baha Men:  29 percent
  • "We Are Never, Ever Getting Back Together" by Taylor Swift: 25 percent
  • "Believe" by Cher: 22 percent
  • "Feelings" by Morris Albert: 20 percent
  • "Papa Don't Preach" by Madonna: 18 percent
  • "Firework" by Katy Perry: 18 percent
  • "Mambo #5" by Lou Bega: 18 percent
  • "You're Beautiful" by James Blunt: 14 percent
  • "Arms Wide Open" by Creed: 13 percent
  • "I Will Survive" by Gloria Gaynor: 12 percent
  • "Let's Hear It for the Boy" by Deniece Williams: 12 percent
  • "Caribbean Queen" by Billy Ocean: 10 percent
  • "Maneater" by Hall and Oates: 10 percent
  • "We Built This City" by Jefferson Starship: 8 percent
  • "Total Eclipse of the Heart" by Bonnie Tyler: 8 percent
What do you think? Does the list tally with your favorite driving songs? Let us know in the comments.

27 comments sorted by best / new / date

    I'm partial to Soundgarden when I'm driving. Nothing like flying down the highway with "Spoonman" playing.
    Green Machine - Kyuss Highway Star - Deep Purple Neon Knights - Sabbath [or Heaven & Hell, if you prefer] Jesus Christ Pose - Soundgarden Girls Got Rhythm - AC/DC Them Bones - Alice In Chains The Incomparable Mr. Flannery - Clutch
    I'm glad I'm not the only one who knows about Clutch here. Listening to spacegrass in my Galaxy 500.
    depends if you are driving alone or with people and who those people are. If i'm alone I will put an epic concepty type album on. If I'm with people and we are goinn on a trip will usually go for classic dad rock kind of music.
    I listen to Queen, Beatles, and AC/DC on the road thats what my local station plays
    The Smiths always do it for me. Nothing better than driving home back from college/work while listening to their debut album, for me. To hit the road though, Motorhead and The Fall are the shit.
    There's only one song you can REALLY drive to though... "IF YOU WANNA GAMBLE, I TELL YOU I'M YOUR MAN, WIN SOME, LOSE SOME, IT'S ALL THE SAME TO ME!"
    The list doesn't have any of my favourite driving songs. Pedal to the metal songs:Ultra motion (Annihilator),F@ck the Police(Sodom),Violent Revolution(Kreator),Chemical Warfare(Slayer),Misirlu(Dick Dale's version) Cruising Songs:Born to be wild(Steppenwolf),Ride on(AC/DC),Riders on the Storm(Doors),Radar Love (Golden Earring),Cemetery Gates(Pantera)
    Ahhh those cruising songs. BOOOOORN TO BE WIIIIILD. I would add Led Zeppelin's Heartbreaker, great groove.
    ""We Are Never, Ever Getting Back Together" by Taylor Swift: 25 percent" I could drive to that... Regardless, I don't know a better driving song (in my opinion, of course) than Judas Priest's "Tyrant", though Rory Gallagher's "Moonchild", QoTSA's "You Think I Ain't Worth a Dollar etc" and ZZ Top's "Legs" all come pretty close. Wouldn't choose the songs on the list myself, since the article asks, but if people enjoy driving to that stuff that's their own prerogative.
    Over the summer I listened to Sigur Ros a lot while driving and it made for an interesting experience.
    Rainy nights on the interstate call for these albums/songs Bruce Springsteen - Nebraska (and the song "Wreck on the Highway") Godflesh - Streetcleaner Kyuss - Blues For The Red Sun, Sky Valley Sunn O))) - Black One Sleep - Dopesmoker The Beatles - Revolution 9 but for normal driving, the best songs are Golden Earring - Radar Love Tom Petty - Runnin' Down A Dream, Mary Jane's Last Dance Judas Priest - Heading Out To The Highway The Highwaymen - Highwayman Deep Purple - Highway Star AC/DC - Highway To Hell Megadeth - Mechanix, 502 Audioslave - Show Me How To Live Anthrax - Gung Ho Bruce Springsteen - Racing In The Street, Something In The Night, Born To Run (cliche I know), The Promised Land, Backstreets. (Really any song, he's probably my favorite artist to listen to while driving.)
    Deep Purple is the best driving music. Lazy and Maybe I'm a Leo are my favorites for cruising a nice back road.
    Way Cool JR.
    RATT is pretty much my top band to rock out to while driving. Then Billy Idol, old Judas Priest albums from the '70s & '80s, Dokken and Skid Row. Are all some of my other favorites to Rock 'N' Roll down the street listening to.