UK van drivers have voted Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody top of their driving playlist in a new survey by AXA Business Insurance* which finds most enjoy classic rock when driving for work, regardless of their age or gender.
Joining Queen at the top of the list were Guns N’ Roses’ Sweet Child O’ Mine and Wonderwall by Oasis with others in the playlist including Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Sweet Home Alabama, Journey’s Don’t Stop Believin’, AC/DC’s Back in Black and Toto’s Africa.
Recent chart favourites making an appearance include Katy Perry’s Roar, Pharrell Williams’ Happy and Uptown Funk by Mark Ronson.
Academic analysis of Axa’s findings appears to indicate that van drivers are – perhaps subconsciously – making musical choices that help reduce stress and increase driving performance.
The research for AXA Business Insurance found that three out of four (73 per cent) van drivers listen to music on the radio when they are behind the wheel for work, one in three (36 per cent) listen to CDs, 11 per cent listen to downloaded music, ten per cent listen to streamed music and six per cent listen to tapes.
AXA’s Top Ten Driving ‘Vanthems’
1. Bohemian Rhapsody (Queen)
2. Sweet Child O’ Mine (Guns N’ Roses)
3. Wonderwall (Oasis)
4. Sweet Home Alabama (Lynard Skynard)
5. Layla (Eric Clapton)
6. Streets of Philadelphia (Bruce Springsteen)
7. Don’t Stop Believin’ (Journey)
8. Thriller (Michael Jackson)
9. Everybody Wants to Rule the World (Tears for Fears)
10. Back in Black (AC/DC)
P F Spare Insurance Brokers share Axa’s view that music should be enjoyed but urge all van (car and truck) drivers to keep the it at a level where you can still hear what’s going on around you and to keep your hands on the wheel and eyes on the road!
* The survey of 301 UK van drivers was carried out for AXA Business Insurance by Taylor McKenzie Research and Marketing Ltd in March 2015