It’s official: ‘Happy’ is Britain’s favourite car karaoke song. Research has found Pharrell Williams’ hit is most likely to get drivers and their passengers singing at the top of their voices.
Coming in second is Bon Jovi’s Livin’ On a Prayer, while Abba’s Dancing Queen is the UK’s second most popular in-car sing along tune.
Other favourites in the top 40 include Beyoncé’s Single Ladies, Madonna’s Holiday and Take That’s Never Forget.
Commissioned by BP Ultimate, the survey of 2,000 motorists also found four in ten have been embarrassed when other drivers have caught them belting out their favourite hits.
A spokesman for BP Ultimate said:
Music and driving often go hand-in-hand, so perhaps it’s inevitable that so many motorists and their passengers like to have a good sing-along in the relative privacy of their vehicles.
Our survey explores the relationship between music and driving and it’s no surprise to us that respondents voted for some real classics.
Also among the singalong favourites are David Bowie’s Starman, Spandau Ballet’s Gold and The Killers’ Mr Brightside.
STARMAN LANDS 45 YEARS AGO TONIGHT “I had to phone someone…” UK telephone conversation, Thursday evening, July 7th, 1972… “Hello Ashley, did you see Top Of The Pops tonight?” “Hi Mark, yes, bet you’re calling about Starman.” “Yes I am, incredible! Did you know that’s the same bloke that did Space Oddity, David Bowie?” “No I didn’t, a bit weird…I wonder what colour his hair is? Looks blond*. Do you think he’s gay?” “Who cares? Love the song and the clothes, that guitarist was pretty cool too. It all looked so futuristic. Love it, hope he’s on again next week.” And so began a life of worship for many a British teenager, 45 years ago tonight. If you didn’t catch it at the time, it’s still pretty potent stuff: http://smarturl.it/BNetStarmanVid *Many TOTPs viewers in the UK still had black and white television in 1972. #StarmanBowie #ZiggyStardust
And it turns out playing music over the car radio is the number one tactic people use to avoid passengers getting restless and to keep them content.
But in-car entertainment doesn’t always involve a sing-along – the survey by OnePoll also found half of respondents keep themselves occupied by chatting and 28 per cent like to play traditional games like I spy.
A spokesman for BP Ultimate added:
Our innovative Ultimate fuels with ACTIVE technology are specially designed to help your engine perform at its best, so you can keep moving.
As Brits take to the road this summer we wanted to find out how they keep things moving in the car.
It’s great to see drivers using a variety of different strategies to keep everyone entertained, and that music, traditional games and the lost art of conversation are still hugely popular – even in this digital age.
For some musical inspiration from professional drivers, BP has enlisted the help of Renault Formula 1 team mates Nico Hülkenberg and Jolyon Palmer who have compiled their ultimate driving playlists.