Classic examples of ‘Dad Rock’ - Born to Be Wild, Bohemian Rhapsody and Highway To Hell - dominate a top 40 chart of the UK’s favourite songs for the open road.
Steppenwolf’s rousing single Born to Be Wild - which was released in 1968 and coined the phrase ‘heavy metal’ - was the nation’s number one choice.
Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen, which stayed at the number one spot for nine weeks in 1975/76, was runner-up.
And the Beach Boys’ surf tune I Get Around took the third spot in a poll of 2,000 UK adults by National Express.
The top 10 was completed by I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) by the Proclaimers, Born To Run by Bruce Springsteen, Highway to Hell by AC/DC, Take It Easy by the Eagles, Thin Lizzy’s The Boys Are Back In Town, Sweet Home Alabama by Lynyrd Skynyrd and I Drove All Night by Cyndi Lauper.
A spokeswoman for National Express, who commissioned the research to inspire people looking to explore Britain and beyond this summer, said: “There are few things more exhilarating than the open road and our poll shows it’s the classic hits that get people fired up.
“It’s interesting to see so many American rock greats, such as The Eagles and Bruce Springsteen, are continuing to provide the soundtrack to the Great British roads”.
Top 40 Songs for the Road
1 Born To Be Wild - Steppenwolf
2 Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen
3 I Get Around - Beach Boys
4 I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) - The Proclaimers
5 Born To Run - Bruce Springsteen
6 Highway To Hell - AC/DC
7 Take It Easy - Eagles
8 The Boys Are Back In Town - Thin Lizzy
9 Sweet Home Alabama - Lynyrd Skynyrd
10 I Drove All Night - Cyndi Lauper
11 Mr Blue Sky - Electric Light Orchestra
12 Don’t Stop Believin’ - Journey
13 Hotel California - Eagles
14 Ace Of Spades - Motorhead
15 Here I Go Again - Whitesnake
16 I Gotta Feeling - Black Eyed Peas
17 Road To Nowhere - Talking Heads
18 Paradise City - Guns ‘n’ Roses
19 On the Road Again - Willie Nelson
20 Drive My Car - The Beatles
21 America - Simon and Garfunkel
22 Where The Streets Have No Name - U2
23 Roar - Katy Perry
24 The Passenger - Iggy Pop
25 Get Lucky - Daft Punk
26 Little Red Corvette - Prince
27 Radar Love - Golden Earring
28 Shut Up and Drive - Rihanna
29 Heart of Gold - Neil Young
30 Green Onions - Booker T. and the M.G.’s
31 Pompeii - Bastille
32 Scar Tissue - Red Hot Chili Peppers
33 R U Mine? - Arctic Monkeys
34 Stronger - Kanye West
35 Hundred Mile High City - Ocean Colour Scene
36 Rock You Like A Hurricane - Scorpions
37 Midnight City - M83
38 Let Me Ride - Dr. Dre
39 Roadrunner - Jonathan Richman and the Modern Lovers
40 Low Rider - War