Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody was in second place, with Abba’s Dancing Queen third in the poll of nearly 16,000 AA members. Two Chris Rea hits – Driving Home for Christmas and Road to Hell – were in fourth and fifth place in the table.
Another Queen hit – Don’t Stop Me Now – which was in eighth place, was the favourite song for those aged 18 to 34, while Dancing Queen was most popular with those aged over 65.
AA president Edmund King said: “There is a long tradition of music and driving. Music can help reduce boredom and frustration on long, congested journeys.
“Our members seem to be nostalgic for the good old days when petrol was 17p a litre (78.20p a gallon) when Bat Out of Hell was released in 1977. Bohemian Rhapsody comes second in the chart and, perhaps, the opening lines (Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy? Caught in a landslide, No escape from reality) sums up the thoughts of today’s motorist faced by increased tax, hold-ups, potholes and sky-high fuel prices.”
Mr King went on: “However we are told that if music is above 60 beats per minute listeners experience a faster heart rate and increased blood pressure. With dance music, that is common. Classical music is not as fast, but the number of notes, combined with the repetitive crescendo and diminuendo can have the same effect.”
These were the top 10 most favourite driving tunes:
1. Bat Out of Hell – Meat Loaf
2. Bohemian Rhapsody – Queen
3. Dancing Queen – Abba
4. Driving Home for Christmas – Chris Rea
5. Road to Hell – Chris Rea
6. Hotel California – Eagles
7. The Flood – Take That
8. Don’t Stop Me Now – Queen
9. Hey Jude – Beatles
10. Free Bird – Lynyrd Skynyrd