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Elton, Aerosmith: Music To Drive By

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Tracks by Elton John and Aerosmith highlight a list of the Top 10 songs to drive to — but not for the reason you’d think.

Researchers at London Metropolitan University conducted a study to see which songs will influence drivers to operate their vehicle safely. Elton’s “Tiny Dancer” and Aerosmith’s “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” are near the top. Other artists who made the list include Norah Jones, Jason Mraz, Coldplay, Radiohead and Bon Iver.

Each song has an optimum tempo for safe driving, mimicking the human heartbeat at around 60 to 80 beats per minute. Researchers also studied music that would make someone drive dangerously, and — no surprise — that would be loud, upbeat tunes that increase a driver’s heartbeat and cause excitement. Those songs can lead people to concentrate more on the music than on the road and to speed up to match the beat.

Some other findings:

•Hip-hop makes a female driver drive far more aggressively, braking harder and accelerating faster than her male counterparts.
•Heavy metal causes the fastest driving among males, and dance music does the same for women.
•Those who listen to classical drive the most erratically.

The Top 10 safest songs to drive to:

1) Come Away With Me – Norah Jones
2) Billionaire – Bruno Mars and Travie McCoy
3) I’m Yours – Jason Mraz
4) The Scientist – Coldplay
5) Tiny Dancer – Elton John
6) Cry Me a River – Justin Timberlake
7) I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing – Aerosmith
8) Karma Police – Radiohead
9) Never Had a Dream Come True – S Club 7
10) Skinny Love – Bon Iver

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