‘What do Brits listen to most while driving?’ – the results are frankly depressing…

When you drove to work today, or drove to the shops, perhaps you were on the school run, perhaps you drive for a living – what where you listening to?

FM or DAB radio, or perhaps you have the CD whirring away or the iPod doing whatever they do to re-create sound. Have you ever wondered what your fellow commuters are listening to?

Well Tesco Compare did just wonder and asked the question ‘What do Brits listen to most while driving?’ The results, whilst not really being a shock probably won’t sit that comfortably with readers of LTW.

The results of the recent competition held by Tesco Compare showed that, from postcode to postcode, Queen are the champions – and by some distance, too.

Queen of the road

In September 2012, the comparison website launched a competition that questioned motorists on their choice of in-car music. 30,000 responded to the question, “What is your favourite song to drive to?”

The results are published today in the infographic Queen of the Road. Over 75% of the country’s postal districts returned a decisive Mercury as Motor Monarch vote, almost exactly 50% more than Adele, their nearest competitor. Queen’s ‘Greatest Hits’, originally released in 1981, was recently confirmed by the Official Chart Company as the UK’s biggest selling album, with sales approaching 6 million.

The pomp rockers did not top the charts in every district, however, and the pockets of resistance make for interesting analysis in themselves. The survey showed that Adele keeps the motorists on track in Bromley, Truro, Wigan, Crewe and Southall, while she shares equal stereo time with other artists in Ilford (with ABBA and Michael Jackson), Worcester (Coldplay and Take That) and Sunderland (George Michael).

Perhaps the most unusual findings showed a small outcrop of passionate Louis Armstrong supporters at the wheel in Slough, and a loose but significant scattering of Killers and Gerry Rafferty fans populating the roads around Llandrindod Wells, and an equally significant number of Super Fast Girlie Show fans in the centre of Liverpool (ok, we made that bit up…)

The Drivers’ UK Top 10 came in as follows:

1. Queen
2. Adele
3. Madness
4. Coldplay
6. Take That
7. The Beatles
8. Meat Loaf
9. Bon Jovi
10. Rihanna

Individual songs that scored very highly included ‘Don’t Stop Me Now’, and ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ by Queen, ‘Someone Like You’ by Adele and ‘Driving in My Car’ by Madness.

“Despite the abundance of modern pop music, it turns out that Queen retain the audio affections of the UK’s road users,” said Gemma Whitton, spokesperson for Tesco Compare.“Personally, I find listening to music while driving is quite therapeutic and helps me concentrate on my journey. I remember that when I bought my first car, the most important feature was the stereo. These days, I have a playlist of Driving Music on my iPod.”

As I suggested the results are frankly depressing, so we are calling upon you, our LTW readers to let us know just what it is you are currently listening to in the car – does it differ from the music you play at home? We will compile a LTW Driving Top 10 and publish the results in video form, we might even brighten up Gemma’s life by sending her copy!!

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Phil Newall is 47, from The Wirral - he earns his living not writing about music nor playing music...though sorely wishes he could. He was fortunate enough to see many of the first generation punk bands when they played the U18's matinee shows at Eric's, Liverpool. As an attendee at Eric's he was exposed to punk rock, dub reggae, art rock, and all manner of weirdness; as a customer at Probe Records he was variously served and scowled at by Pete Wylie and Pete Burns - he has written for Record Collector, Whisperin & Hollerin, and Spiral Scratch and wanted to write a book detailing the Liverpool punk scene; however with 'Head-On' Julian Cope beat him to it...and frankly did a much better job.


  1. I do tend to listen to slightly different music in the car than elsewhere; at home I listen to all sorts of stuff but when I’m driving distances I very rarely listen to music with singing in it. I have no idea why this is, but bands like 65daysofstatic and Mogwai see a lot of motorway stereo action, or for late night motorway drives probably something a bit more electronic, there are a few German techno albums which I don’t think have ever seen the inside of my home CD player.

  2. First three songs of the day as chosen by King Shuffle:
    I’m a cuckoo – Belle and Sebastian.
    Hail the Lifeboatman – The bitter Springs. ( new albums fucking great).
    Suckers! – Super Furry Animals.

    What a wat to start the day!

  3. Currently listening to Throwing Muses, Joy Division and 65daysofstatic en route to Exeter / Bristol / Oxford and beyond..

  4. No car. Feet. Current favs on iPod are Magazine ‘No Thyself’, Ultravox ‘Brilliant’, ELO ‘Out Of The Blue’, Buzzcocks ‘Flatpack Philosophy’ and Brian Eno ‘Music For Films.

  5. ‘When a cultures music is lifeless that culture is in more trouble than just not having anything decent to listen to.’ Savingcountrymusic.com

  6. I’m not allowed to listen to what I like listening to when driving anymore. I used to love listening to Shiftkicker by Fu Manchu but Mrs Ploff says I become possessed and drive like I have a death wish. I’m only allowed to listen to it on my Ipod when I’m out walking the dog these days. I am allowed to listen to Radio 2 though apparently…


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