Survey of which songs are the best, worst for driving

Kemberly Richardson hits the road to ask motorists
January 14, 2014 2:25:51 PM PST
When you're on the road, what songs do you like to 'rock out' to? A new list is out of the best and worst songs to drive to. commissioned a survey of 2,000 drivers and asked them to choose the best and worst songs for driving, as well as music they listen to in the car that they don't publicly admit liking.

Drivers still believe in Journey, as the '80's chart-toppers had the No. 1 and No. 4 spots with "Don't Stop Believin" and "Any Way You Want It".

Songs rated as best for driving:

? "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

Songs rated as worst for driving:

? "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

When respondents wrote 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 station-switching songs.

Among drivers who have guilty- pleasure listening favorites for artists they secretly listen to in the car, 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

But when you're listening to music or changing stations, be sure to keep your eyes on the road. Nearly 80 percent of crashes and 65 percent of near-crashes involved some form of driver inattention within three seconds before the event, according to an analysis by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute.

A separate report sponsored by the NHTSA found that "adjusting the car radio" (65 percent) and using a portable music player in the car (30 percent) are among the most commonly performed potentially distracting behaviors while driving.

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