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, 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.

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, 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’ Top 10 driving tracks chart of 2013 with Spotify,, or create your own soundtrack and travel with DFDS 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.

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