Poll reveals best and worst music for road trip, guilty listening pleasures and more
Foster City, CA – Aug 5, 2020 – Queen’s iconic rock opera “Bohemian Rhapsody” knocks out Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’” as the top driving song this year, according to a new survey from Insurance.com.
The one-stop destination for expert advice on health, life and auto insurance queried drivers to name the best and worst songs to listen to while on the road, as well as which tunes they wouldn’t publicly admit to liking.
Songs preferred by drivers in the 2020 survey include:
- Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen -- 17%
- Don't Stop Believin' by Journey -- 13%
- Highway to Hell by AC/DC -- 12%
- Life is a Highway by Tom Cochrane -- 11%
- Dancing Queen by ABBA -- 8%
- Don't Stop ‘Til You Get Enough by Michael Jackson -- 8%
“Bohemian Rhapsody” is the top pick for women, but for men, it’s “Highway to Hell.” Notably, Queen’s six-minute ballad reigns in all geographic areas except the Northeast, where “Highway to Hell” jumps ahead.
The survey asked participants to choose recent songs they expect to become the next generation’s driving tunes. Bruno Mars’ “Uptown Funk,” “Old Town Road” by Lil Nas X and “Can’t Stop the Feeling” by Justin Timberlake lead this list. “Jesus Take the Wheel,” by country popstar Carrie Underwood, tops the write-in vote.
- Justin Bieber -- 12%
- Taylor Swift -- 10%
- Miley Cyrus -- 10%
- Lady Gaga -- 9%
- Katy Perry -- 8%
Insurance.com’s survey finds country and classic rock are the most popular genres for road trip music, with classic rock leading for “best music while stuck in traffic.” A whopping 82% admit to singing loudly while in the car, while 11% prefer air drums and 8% like air guitar.
The survey explores who controls song choices on the road, which gender is more likely to switch the stations and which is the most popular source for music (hint: it isn’t satellite radio).
Find the complete survey results and in-depth analysis on each category here: Turn up some Queen: Drivers choose their favorite driving song.
Methodology: Insurance.com commissioned an OP4G survey of 1,000 drivers and asked them to choose the best and worst songs for driving, as well as the music they listen to in the car that they don't publicly admit liking.
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