Now that Houston is officially the nation's second worst city for commuters, perhaps its time to take our driving music into consideration.
A new university study highlighted in The Daily Mail — everybody's favorite UK tabloid — has charted the best and worst pop songs for drivers, giving the OK for tracks by Coldplay and Norah Jones while red-flagging hits by M.I.A. and the Black Eyed Peas.
A new study has charted the best and worst pop songs for drivers, giving the OK to Coldplay and Norah Jones while red-flagging M.I.A. and the Black Eyed Peas.
London University psychologist Dr. Simon Moore asked eight participants, four women and four men, to drive a total of 500 miles each. Radios were kept silent for the first half of the trip, while music played for the ride home.
Researches monitored the subject through a mobile app called MotorMate — a black box-style recorder that records a driver's speed, acceleration and breaking.
On one hand, Moore's findings proved rather unexciting. For example, fast and noisy music increases the heart rate and makes it more difficult to concentrate.
But as far as song selection goes, the study indicates that one's musical tastes hold sway over the ability to drive safely.
"Listening to music you don’t like can cause stress and distraction," Moore says. "This also negatively affects driving."
Below are the results. Keep in mind that the research was conducted in the UK, so don't feel bad if you've never heard of S Club 7 or the Black Eyed Peas' "Hey Mama" . . . most of the America hasn't either.
Top 10 Safe Choices
1. “Come away with Me,” Norah Jones
2. “Billionaire Feat. Bruno Mars,” Travie McCoy
3. “I’m Yours,” Jason Mraz
4. “The Scientist,” Coldplay
5. “Tiny Dancer,” Elton John
6. “Cry Me a River,” Justin Timberlake
7. “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing,” Aerosmith
8. “Karma Police,” Radiohead
9. “Never Had a Dream Come True,” S Club 7
10. “Skinny Love,” Bon Iver
Top 10 Dangerous Choices
1. "Hey Mama," The Black Eyed Peas
2. "Dead on Arrival," Fall Out Boy
3. "Paper Planes," M.I.A
4. "Walkie Talkie Man," Steriogram
5. "Paradise City," Guns N’ Roses
6. "How You Remind Me," Nickelback
7. "Hit the Road, Jack," Ray Charles
8. "Get Rhythm," Johnny Cash
9. "Heartless," Kanye West
10. "Young, Wild and Free," Snoop Dogg & Wiz Khalifa