Green Day and Bruce Springsteen songs 'most dangerous' for driving

music news 21/09/2019

According to a recent study, Green Day, Bruce Springsteen and The Killers songs are among those that can contribute to dangerous driving.

Green Day's 'American Idiot', Springsteen's 'Born to Run', the Killers 'Mr Brightside' were named as likely to contribute to unsafe behaviour behind the wheel, according to the report by South China University of Techonology. 

Surprisingly, Led Zeppelin, the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Toto were named among the least dangerous. Go figure.

Participants of the study used a driving simulator for 20-minutes of movement on a six-lane road. They were then exposed to various types of music, or none at all. The results suggested that when listening to music faster than 120 beats per minute, drivers changed lanes twice as often as normal and increased their speed to 5 mph (approx. 8km) above the limit.

"Perceived mental workload, standard deviation of speed and frequency of lane crossing were higher when driving under the influence of rock music than that when driving under the influence of light music or an absence of music," lead researched Qiang Zeng said.

"The findings are useful for the development of effective driver education strategies, in particular, a publicity program that could enhance public awareness of the negative impact of music listening on driving performance."

The top 5 'most dangerous' songs were:

1. American Idiot – Green Day
2. Party in the U.S.A. – Miley Cyrus
3. Mr. Brightside – the Killers
4. Don’t Let Me Down – the Chainsmokers
5. Born to Run – Bruce Springsteen

And the top 5 least dangerous were:

1. Stairway to Heaven – Led Zeppelin
2. Under the Bridge – Red Hot Chill Peppers
3. God’s Plan – Drake
4. Africa – Toto
5. Location – Khalid