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Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'" voted the best song for driving

by Brandy McDonnell Published: January 13, 2014
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Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’” has been voted the best song for driving, while “Who Let the Dogs Out?” by The Baha Men was picked as the worst , according to an Insurance.com survey.

Insurance.com commissioned a survey of 2,000 drivers and asked them to choose the best and worst songs for driving, as well as music that they secretly listen to in the car.

“Don’t Stop Believin’” was written by Jonathan Cain, Steve Perry and Oklahoma native Neal Schon. Schon, who was born at Tinker Air Force Base, is the only constant member of Journey and last year was inducted into the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame.

Rounding out the top five were Queen’s 1975 rock-opera “Bohemian Rhapsody,” AC/DC’s classic “You Shook Me All Night Long,” another Journey tune from the 80s, “Any Way You Want It” and Tom Cochrane’s 1991 hit “Life is a Highway.”

The following percentage of voters chose these songs as the best car music:

“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

Percentages total more than 100 because respondents were allowed to choose up to five songs.

“Some people mock the Bay Area balladeers, but there’s no denying Journey has a fan base, given they took two of the top five spots for songs that people enjoy when driving,” said Michelle Megna, managing editor of Insurance.com, in a news release.

Respondents could also provide their own picks for songs that make you want to crank up the volume when behind the wheel. “Highway to Hell” by AC/DC , “Radar Love” by Golden Earring and “I Can’t Drive 55″ by Sammy Hagar topped the list of write-in choices.

One-hit wonders The Baha Men, country-crossover superstar Taylor Swift and the iconic Cher take the top three spots for songs that make drivers want to change the station immediately. The following percentages of voters chose these songs as the worst car music:

“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

Drivers were also asked to write in the names of songs and artists that make them want to tune out immediately. “Baby” by Justin Bieber, “Wrecking Ball” by Miley Cyrus and “any type of rap” were among the most popular losers.

When asked what bands, artists or stations they listen to when driving that they don’t make known to others, Bruno Mars, Taylor Swift and Lady Gaga were knotted up in the top three spots, and Journey also made the list. Among drivers who have guilty-pleasure listening favorites, here are the top picks:

Bruno Mars: 12 percent

Taylor Swift: 12 percent

Lady Gaga: 11 percent

Journey: 9 percent

Katy Perry: 9 percent

Coldplay: 8 percent

Justin Bieber: 7 percent

Madonna: 6 percent

NPR: 6 percent

Rush Limbaugh: 5 percent

Howard Stern: 4 percent

“Strictly from data analysis we can surmise that the ideal driving songs would be duets with Bruno Mars and Taylor Swift singing old Journey favorites,” said Megna in the release.

When guilty-pleasure listening is broken down by gender, tied for the top write-in response for women are gospel music and Eminem; for men, Adele and 2Pac tied for top write-in response.

Read the full article at: http://www.insurance.com/auto-insurance/safety/best-and-worst-driving-songs-survey.html

-BAM

by Brandy McDonnell
Entertainment Reporter
Brandy McDonnell, also known by her initials BAM, writes stories and reviews on movies, music, the arts and other aspects of entertainment. She is NewsOK’s top blogger: Her 4-year-old entertainment news blog, BAM’s Blog, has notched more than 1...
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