According To Science: These Are The Best & Worst Songs For Your Road Rage

September 18, 2019

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Road roge. Everyone gets it. Whether you're stuck in a traffic jam on the highway or the person in front of you decided to make a left without using their turn signal, we all get a little agitated when we're behind the wheel. But according to a study by the South China University of Technology, music can also hinder your mood and driving performance.

The purpose behind the studio was to discover how music can affect a driver's performance, as well as their physiological and psychological responses. 20 participants were put through 60 driving similations where their personalities were categorized as choleric (irritable), sanguine (optimistic), phlegmatic (calm) and melancholic (sad).

Based on their findings, whenever the participants listened to rock music, they would change lanes more frequently, increase their driving speed, and showed increases in heart rate as compared to listening to light music or no music at all.

Of the songs that were used in the study, Green Day's "American Idiot", at 189 bpm was deemed the "most dangerous." Many of the other "light music" tracks that were used have an average bpm of 80. In contrast to Green Day, Led Zeppelin's "Stairway To Heaven" was found to be one of the safest songs to drive to.

The songs that were found to be the most hazardous to drive to in the study were:

Green Day - ‘American Idiot’
Miley Cyrus - ‘Party In The USA’
The Killers - ‘Mr Brightside’
The Chainsmokers - ‘Don’t Let Me Down’
Bruce Springsteen - ‘Born To Run’

Meanwhile, the songs that were least hazardous for driving were:

Led Zeppelin – ‘Stairway To Heaven’
Red Hot Chili Peppers – ‘Under The Bridge’
Drake – ‘God’s Plan’
Toto – ‘Africa’
Khalid – ‘Location’