Queen’s 1979 hit Don’t Stop Me Now has been named the most motivational driving song of all time by British motorists.

In a survey of drivers of all ages, the rock anthem came out ahead of tunes from Survivor, Bon Jovi, Lady Gaga and Pharrell Williams, as the nation’s number one, with singer Freddie Mercury also named the most inspirational artist.

The poll of drivers by tyre brand Goodyear found that almost half (46 per cent) cited him as the greatest musical icon, ahead of Aretha Franklin (24 per cent) and Prince (19 per cent).

The survey also found that four fifths of drivers feel that music is a motoring necessity for them, with an antisocial 66 per cent saying they would rather listen to music than chat to friends or family.

Stress reliever

The UK’s top five motivational driving songs

  1. Don’t Stop Me Now; Queen (42%)
  2. Eye of the Tiger; Survivor (28%)
  3. Livin’ on a Prayer; Bon Jovi (26%)
  4. Simply the Best; Tina Turner (23%)
  5. Happy; Pharrell Williams (18%)

Nearly two-thirds (60 per cent) put entertainment value to the forefront but almost half (45 per cent) also said that listening to music while driving helped them to de-stress, and a quarter said it helped motivate them on the way to work.

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