What’s Your Favourite Driving Album?

Tue 30th Oct 2018

An album with a famous BBC F1 theme tune has helped Fleetwood Mac win a poll of the best driving album of all time according to a new survey.

The 1977 album Rumours, which features the hit song The Chain was voted No.1 driving album after the AA surveyed 20,650 of its members to find out which was the album they loved the most. The Chain is perhaps best known for featuring the tune which was used for decades as the opening credits of the BBC’s Formula One coverage and is favoured by drivers to get them in the mood for some fast driving. Rumours also features timeless rock classics such as Don’t Stop, Go Your Own Way and You Make Loving Fun.

The Beatles were second on the list with the Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club band, which was released in 1967. The most modern album to feature in the top ten poll was Ed Sheeran’s Divide.

Though the increase in streaming services being available to drivers, albums actually prove more popular for the younger generation of drivers, rather than the oldest. 90 per cent of 18-24 year olds aid they would listen to an album whilst driving, while just 71 per cent of the oldest bracket, over 65 years old, said they would.

AA president Edmund King said: 'Some academics warn that up-tempo loud music may not be as safe as slower, quieter tracks.

'We are told that if music is above 60 beats per minute, listeners experience a faster heart rate and increased blood pressure which could lead to them taking more risks.

'Classical music may not be as fast as dance music, but the number of notes, combined with the repetitive crescendo and diminuendo can have the same effect.

'The driver blasting out Wagner's 'Ride of the Valkyries' may react in a similar way as the head-banger booming out Motorhead's 'Ace of Spades'. It is all down to the speed of the beat of the music.

'Luckily our driving top ten albums are all good and safe to drive to.'  


Top 10 favourite driving albums according to poll of 20k motorists

*according to AA members

1. Fleetwood Mac - Rumours

2. The Beatles - Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band

3. Ed Sheeran - Divide

4. Paul Simon - Graceland

5. Adele - 21

6. David Bowie - The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars

7. The Beach Boys - Pet Sounds

8. Bruce Springsteen - Born toRrun

9. Elton John - Goodbye Yellow Brick Road

10. U2 - The Joshua Tree