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Data Reveals Taylor Swift Features More Than Any Other Artist in Songs to Scream in the Car Playlists

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Most popular tracks in ‘songs to scream in the car’ playlists on Spotify:

1.         Before He Cheats – Carrie Underwood

2.         traitor – Olivia Rodrigo

3.         good 4 u – Olivia Rodrigo

4.         Cruel Summer – Taylor Swift

5.         What Makes You Beautiful – One Direction

6.         You Belong With Me (Taylor’s Version) – Taylor Swift

7.         Happier Than Ever – Billie Eilish

8.         Don’t Blame Me – Taylor Swift

9.         When I Was Your Man – Bruno Mars

10.   drivers’ license – Olivia Rodrigo

Sharing your favourite song to belt out behind the wheel has become a viral trend on social media.

TikTokers are using #songstoscreaminthecar under videos, revealing the tunes they find cathartic or energising to sing while driving, with the hashtag totalling a whopping 5.8 million views on the platform.

Sam Sheehan, motoring editor at cinch, the faff-free way to buy a car online, said: “Singing your heart out in the driving seat can give you an unmatched sense of freedom and independence.

“To jump on the current TikTok trend, we’ve compiled a playlist of the top 100 songs to scream behind the wheel of your fuel-powered or electric car.

“We’ve sifted through 998 matching playlists on Spotify and more than 220,000 tracks to do this, and based on our findings, the most popular tune to feature in ‘songs to scream in the car’ playlists across the music platform is ‘Before He Cheats’ by Carrie Underwood.

“The hit, released in November 2005, features in 191 related Spotify playlists, clinching the top spot in our table of scream-out-loud songs for the open road.”

Olivia Rodrigo’s singles ‘traitor’ and ‘good 4 u’ sit in second and third position, respectively, appearing in invigorating car-trip playlists 171 and 133 times.

The 21-year-old singer – who has received two nominations for the 2024 Brit Awards, which take place on 2 March – has three tracks in cinch’s top-10 list, making her the most listened-to artist alongside Taylor Swift. Swift’s top-10 hits include ‘Cruel Summer’ (4th), ‘You Belong With Me’ (6th) and ‘Don’t Blame Me’ (8th).

Sheehan added: “Looking more broadly at the 100 most frequent tunes to bellow in the car,

Taylor Swift is the singer that appears the most in related playlists on Spotify.

“The American popstar features 17 times in our top-100 list, suggesting she’s the go-to artist for a satisfying karaoke performance during a road trip or on your way to work.”

Drivers seem to have a soft spot for stars and bands from the US, Canada and Australia, with 79 of the 100 top tracks sung by artists from those countries. As for the 21 British tunes on the list, One Direction, Lewis Capaldi and Harry Styles all feature prominently.

But what if you have a favourite style of music? According to genre-specific playlists of songs to scream in the car, the most popular tracks to feature in related round-ups are:

·       Pop – good 4 u (Olivia Rodrigo)

·       Indie – Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High? (Arctic Monkeys)

·       Country – Whiskey Glasses (Morgan Wallen)

·       Love – Perfect (Ed Sheeran)

·       Hip-Hop – Ric Flair Drip (Offset ft. Metro Boomin)

Regardless of the genre or artist that suits your musical taste, singing in your car can benefit your mental and physical well-being. Psychotherapist Lowri Dowthwaite-Walsh explained:

“Studies have found that singing improves our breathing by engaging the diaphragm. Diaphragmatic breathing reduces cortisol, a hormone associated with stress, which can, in turn, lead to less road rage.

“When we sing, our brain releases serotonin and dopamine, which make us feel happier, more motivated and confident. These feel-good chemicals also sharpen our executive functions responsible for planning, organisation and memory – all essential skills for driving.”

So, what’s your favourite tune to trumpet on the road? cinch’s findings could give you the inspiration you need for a liberating singing session the next time you get behind the wheel.


Photo by Chaz McGregor on Unsplash

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