Share the joy

Certain songs, and even bands, have become synonymous with driving. Whilst many will opt for silence or the radio, a lot of motorists like to have a song in the background whilst on the road.

There are a host of road trip playlists out there, indeed a quick Google search shows 35 million results, but if you wanted to know the UK’s most popular tunes, then check out the list below.


  1. Don’t stop me now – Queen
  2. Bohemian Rhapsody – Queen
  3. Bat out of hell – Meatloaf
  4. Don’t stop Believin’ – Journey
  5. Dancing Queen – Abba
  6. Hotel California – The Eagles
  7. Sex on Fire – Kings of Leon
  8. Walking on Sunshine – Katrina and the Waves
  9. Driving Home for Christmas – Chris Rea
  10. I’m Gonna Be (500 miles) – The Proclaimers

The survey from Mini revealed that Queen’s ‘Don’t Stop Me Now’ and ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ were voted the top 2 driving songs for UK motorists.

Classics including The Proclaimers ‘I’m Gonna Be (500 miles) and Journey’s ‘Don’t Stop Believin’ feature in the list alongside more recent bands such as ‘Kings of Leon’.

The survey from 1,000 UK drivers also revealed the top 10 ‘guilty pleasures’ to sing along to in the car (see below).


  1. Dancing Queen – Abba
  2. Don’t Stop Believin’ – Journey
  3. Come on Eileen – Dexy’s Midnight Runners
  4. Call Me Maybe – Carly Rae Jepsen
  5. Sweet Caroline – Neil Diamond
  6. Baby One More Time – Britney Spears
  7. I’m Gonna Be (500 miles) – The Proclaimers
  8. Black Velvet – Allanah Myles
  9. All Out of Love – Air Supply
  10. Relight my Fire – Take That

You can see some overlap with Abba, Journey and The Proclaimers featuring in both lists. Abba’s ‘Dancing Queen’ tops the guilty pleasures list.

The survey from Mini also asked Motorists for their ideal road trip companions – which included the likes of David Beckham and James Bond actor, Daniel Craig.

When asked what road trip most UK drivers wanted to take – the iconic Route 66 came out on top, followed by a drive along Italy’s Amalfi Coast. The trip of the length of the UK from Land’s End to John O’Groats came in third place.