According to a survey conducted by SEAT UK, 90% of drivers admit that listening to music in their car gives them a feeling of happiness. 84% of this 90% always or very often listen to their favourite songs while behind the wheel. This study was conducted on a sample of 2,000 drivers between the ages 18 and 84.
These findings are backed by research published in Nature magazine which shows that listening to music releases dopamine, the happiness hormone. Furthermore, enjoyment increases when listening to a song we especially like. In this sense, SEAT is the world’s first carmaker to integrate Shazam in its vehicles. According to Nielsen Consulting, 70% of users consult this app while on the go in a car, at over 30 km/h.
Although there is no accounting for individual music taste, participants taking part also listed their favourite genres, with pop and rock coming out on top. 64% claim that listening to different kinds of songs change their mood.
Given the connection between driving and listening to music, today's sound systems in your car must be state-of-the-art. Several aspects influence the quality of sound, from the location of the speakers to the layout of the passenger compartment, and of course, movement. “Our ultimate goal is to achieve the most natural sound possible”, points out Adrián Mateo, a Car Audio Acoustics engineer at SEAT.
Any fragment of Queen’s smash hit, Bohemian Rhapsody, is a clear example of the effect that music has on drivers. Based on the answers from the SEAT UK survey participants, Bohemian Rhapsody, recorded in 1975, is at the top of the list of the 20 best songs to listen to while driving.
There are a lot of must-haves in the top 10 positions. The second most popular song is another hit from the 70s, Dancing Queen,by Abba, followed by Bon Jovi’s Livin’ on a Prayer and other 80s hits like Walking on Sunshine or Eye of the Tiger.
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
The five aspects that make them a hit song, according to Pablo Cano, musician, producer and composer of more than 500 tracks are: