Fiat study reveals over three-quarters of Brits admit to singing in the car

Britain's favourite car sing-along songs are ‘Don't Stop Me Now’ by Queen, ‘Dancing Queen’ by Abba, and ‘Livin' on a Prayer’ by Bon Jovi.

A poll of 2,000 motorists found 78 per cent sing in the car – although only 21 per cent of those who enjoy belting out a few numbers think they’re any good. More than four in 10 (42 per cent) who enjoy a croon in the car claimed singing is “essential” to their driving experience, while 51 per cent revealed it makes them happy. However, 37 per cent have been forced to listen to tone-deaf passengers or drivers while on the road – likely making their journeys slightly less mood-boosting.

The research was commissioned by Fiat and inspired by its all-electric 500 La Prima which features a JBL audio system.

Other four-wheel-friendly anthems include ‘Sweet Caroline’ by Neil Diamond, ‘Bat Out of Hell’ by Meatloaf, and ‘Go Your Own Way’ by Fleetwood Mac. Fittingly, the tune synonymous with Formula 1, ‘The Chain’ by Fleetwood Mac, also made the top 40 - although Gary Numan’s ‘Cars’ narrowly missed out.

Following the findings, the Italian car brand has partnered with The X Factor and Britain’s Got Talent vocal coach, Annabel Williams, to give away free singing lessons to off-key car singing enthusiasts and provide top tips to become pitch-perfect behind the wheel.

Annabel said: “In partnership with Fiat, we’ve revealed what Brits really get up to when it comes to singing in the car. There is just something about singing along in the car that brings people a lot of joy – perhaps because you can just go for it and no one can hear you.

“I love being able to sing in the car without judgement (unless you have passengers of course!). Ultimately though singing should be something enjoyed by everyone, no matter what their level. Singing is therapeutic and always makes people feel better.

“Whatever your ability, I’ve put together five top tips to help you become pitch-perfect behind the wheel, and I’m very excited to reveal that Fiat is giving away five free singing lessons with me in the new all-electric Fiat 500.”

The study also found 16 per cent of motorists have been asked to stop singing in the car, while 11 per cent have been left embarrassed after being caught crooning. As a result, 18 per cent have considered having singing lessons. Nearly two-thirds (64 per cent) believe music is essential for the optimum driving experience, with 62 per cent claiming singing along makes long journeys go quicker. But 54 per cent find driving less enjoyable if they’re forced to listen to music they don’t like, while 65 per cent have had arguments over the choice of tunes during a car journey.

Carried out through OnePoll, the study found motorists’ favourite genre of music to sing along to in the car pop (34 per cent), followed by rock (20 per cent), and R&B (four per cent).

A spokesperson for Fiat said: “Our research highlights the joy that singing in a car brings to drivers.

“Clearly, the private sanctuary of a car gives drives the confidence to hit the high notes, even if people don’t think they can actually sing.

“That’s why we’ve teamed up with Annabel Williams to offer free singing lessons in an all-electric Fiat 500 – as it's near silent on the road, we think it’s a great environment to sing in.”


1.      Queen - Don’t Stop Me Now

2.      Abba – Dancing Queen

3.      Bon Jovi - Livin’ on a Prayer

4.      Neil Diamond - Sweet Caroline

5.      Meatloaf – Bat out of Hell

6.      Fleetwood Mac – Go Your Own Way

7.      The Killers – Mr Brightside

8.      Kings of Leon – Sex on Fire

9.      Pharrell Williams - Happy

10.   Bruce Springsteen – Born to Run

11.   Spandau Ballet – Gold

12.   The Beatles – Hey Jude

13.   Fleetwood Mac – The Chain

14.   The Weather Girls - It’s Raining Men

15.   Culture Club - Karma Chameleon

16.   Rod Stewart - Maggie May

17.   Dire Straits – Money for Nothing

18.   Taylor Swift - Shake It Off

19.   Steppenwolf – Born to be Wild

20.   Cyndi Lauper - Girls Just Want To Have Fun

21.   Take That – Never Forget

22.   Bryan Adams – Run to You

23.   Petula Clark - Downtown

24.   Fleetwood Mac – Dreams

25.   David Bowie - Let’s Dance

26.   David Bowie – Heroes

27.   Lady GaGa – Poker Face

28.   Rihanna - Umbrella

29.   Beyoncé – Single Ladies

30.   Duran Duran – Rio

31.   Frank Sinatra - Fly Me To The Moon

32.   Alanis Morissette – Ironic

33.   Frank Sinatra – My Way

34.   Katy Perry – Roar

35.   Harry Styles – As It Was

36.   Madonna - Holiday

37.   Michael Jackson - Smooth Criminal

38.   Demi Lovato - Let It Go (from "Frozen")

39.   Madonna – Like a Virgin

40.   Depeche Mode - Just can’t get Enough


WARM UP - It’s important to warm up your voice so you can go for those big notes in the car safely and without straining.

STAY HYDRATED - your vocal cords love to be lubricated and will work a lot better and for longer if you’ve watered them regularly. So, make sure to keep a bottle of water handy in your cup holder.

BREATHE - breathing is the first thing to learn when learning to sing. It makes everything easier and helps you support big notes (even sitting down in the car!). Winding down the window can help by letting some fresh air in.

SONG CHOICE - make sure you pick songs that suit you and are in your range. We want to show off what you CAN do, not what you CAN’T at this stage!

SINGING IN TUNE - make sure you listen to the instruments in the backing track or song you’re singing along to, it can really help sort the good notes from the bad! Adjusting your car’s stereo for bass and treble can help you pick up on different instruments.

Annabel Williams