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Brits vote Meatloaf’s 'Bat out of Hell' as no.1 summer driving tune of 2013

Top 10 driving tunes of the summer revealed

New research shows how classic rock tunes were considered by Brits as the best top 10 summer driving tracks of 2013.¹ The survey, conducted by DFDS Seaways, the award-winning ferry operator, sees just three new releases in the top 10, with Meatloaf’s all-time classic song, Bat out of Hell, being named as the favourite. Bohemian Rhapsody (Queen) is a close second, with the second best selling single of 2013, Blurred Lines (Robin Thicke, featuring Pharrell Williams), reaching number three2.

Other classic tunes making the top 10 chart included Chris Rea’s Road to Hell (no.7) and Bon Jovi’s Livin’ on a Prayer (no.5). The only other two new releases in the driving chart were Get Lucky by Daft Punk (no.4) (another hit for Pharrell Williams) and the re-released Don’t Stop Believin’ by Journey (no.6) that could reasonably sit in either camp.

DFDS Seaways’ Top 10 driving tracks chart 

Chart position

Driving tune



Bat out of Hell



Bohemian Rhapsody



Blurred Lines

Robin Thicke featuring Pharrell Williams


Get Lucky

Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams


Livin’ on a Prayer

Bon Jovi


Don’t’ stop believin’



Road to Hell

Chris Rea


Don’t stop me now



Dancing Queen



Hotel California

The Eagles

Source: DFDS Seaways July 2013

While Bat out of Hell was the overall chart topper, there are several regions that had a different favourite. Those living in the Midlands said Bon Jovi’s Livin’ on a Prayer was their top track, people in the South West favoured Abba’s Dancing Queen and Road to Hell by Chris Rea was the number one choice of those in the North East.

Max Foster, UK passenger director at DFDS Seaways, comments: "It’s surprising that there were only a few contemporary songs in the top ten driving songs of the summer, with notable absences from major artists such as Adele, Rihanna and One Direction, for example. But one of the great things about travelling in your car in the UK and abroad on holiday, is that you are able to listen to all your favourite tracks in your own space, creating your own unique holiday soundtrack."

Stream the DFDS Seaways’ Top 10 driving tracks chart of 2013 with Spotify, http://spoti.fi/14V4MEz, or create your own soundtrack and travel with DFDS Seaways on any of its six UK passenger ferry routes. With crossings from Dover, Newhaven and Portsmouth to France, Harwich to Esbjerg (Denmark) and Newcastle to Amsterdam, there are a variety of routes into Europe.

Tell us more about your favourite driving tracks on Twitter @dfdsseaways or Facebook at www.facebook.com/dfdsseawaysuk.

DFDS Seaways operates ferry routes across the North Sea, and the Eastern and Western Channel, providing passengers with flexible crossing times, a luxury on-board travel experience and convenient travel options. For further information and the latest special offers, please visit www.dfds.co.uk or telephone 0871 574 7235.

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Notes to Editors

1 A nationally representative sample of 2,010 UK adults were surveyed online by Harris Interactive on behalf of DFDS Seaways on their favourite driving tracks, between 16th July and 22nd July.

2 Source: Wikipedia. As of June 23, 2013, the single has sold in excess of 718,000 copies, and as of July 3, 2013, it is Britain's second-best-selling single of 2013.

About DFDS Seaways

DFDS is Northern Europe’s largest integrated shipping and logistics company, with a network of 30 routes and 50 freight and passenger ships.

DFDS Seaways prides itself on offering world-class facilities and services and the widest choice of ferry routes into northern Europe.

In the UK, the company operates passenger ferry services on routes from Dover to Calais, Dover to Dunkirk, Harwich to Esbjerg, Newcastle to Amsterdam, Newhaven to Dieppe and Portsmouth to Le Havre.

DFDS Seaways has been named the ‘World’s Leading Ferry Operator’ for the last two years (2011-12), as well as ‘Europe’s Leading Ferry Operator’ at the prestigious 2012 World Travel Awards. It was also the only recommended ferry operator nominated by Which? Travel (2011).

DFDS Seaways operates up to 44 sailings a day between Dover and France on its Dover-Dunkirk and Dover-Calais routes and two daily services on the Portsmouth to Le Havre crossing. It also offers two daily sailings between Newcastle and Amsterdam and up to four crossings a week between Harwich and Esbjerg in Denmark. In addition, the DFDS Seaways network includes a passenger and freight service between Newhaven to Dieppe, which has four daily sailings and is operated by Transmanche Ferries. For further information about DFDS Seaways, or to find out about the latest sailing times, fares and offers across all routes from the UK, visit www.dfds.co.uk