• Aug 18, 2010
UK firm HPI has some of the most intriguing customers in the business. The firm, akin to CarFax, provides a vetted history of a used car so buyers know what they're really getting. It has just concluded a survey of its customers to find out what they like most for road trip jams, and out of all the classic rock tracks being laid down in 1974, Lynyrd Skynyrd's distinctly non-British Sweet Home Alabama took the top spot.

Right behind Skynyrd came hometown favorite Katrina and the Waves with Walking on Sunshine, one of only three English acts on a list that zooms through genres and has only one song from the last twenty years: The Killers' Mr. Brightsides. Follow the jump for the rest of the songs, and if you take a trip with an HPI user, get ready for anything...

[Source: HPI | Image: Astrid Stawiarz/Getty]
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SWEET HOME ALABAMA
Top of the summer driving pops, reveals HPI

The latest survey by vehicle information experts HPI's reveals that when the sun comes out to play, drivers reach for Lynard Skynard's 'Sweet Home Alabama'. Voted as the UK's favourite summer driving song by HPI's customers, it apparently has us rolling down the windows and enjoying a good old fashioned summer holiday sing along.

"It seems like summer is a time for the good old classics, rather than whatever ray of sunshine the charts may be producing. Our top 10 is dominated by songs from the 60s, 70s and 80s," saysNicola Johnson, Consumer Services Manager for HPI. "Seventies classic, Sweet Home Alabama was a clear favourite with 52 of people placing this in amongst their top summer songs.

"However, 1966 song, Good Vibrations by the Beach Boys, that classic sound of summer, came in at a very respectable fifth place, proving that many drivers really do wish they all could be Californian. Surprisingly, the only song made in the last 10 years that makes it onto the chart is the less than summery 'Mr Brightside' by The Killers. Coming in at number four with 40% people selecting it as part of their summer playlist, it's the perfect sing-along track for drivers on those unpredictable, British summer days.

"Whatever songs they play this summer, used car buyers need to make sure they protect themselves from unscrupulous sellers disguising a banger as a bargain. And the best way to do this is with an HPI Check."

The HPI Check can help protect consumers from falling victim to buying a clone as it is the only vehicle check that includes a stolen V5 document check as standard, confirming it is not one from the batch stolen in 2006. The HPI Check will also reveal whether the car is registered as stolen with the police, has been written-off by an insurance company, or has outstanding finance against it, and it protects buyers with the HPI Guarantee*. The HPI Guarantee provides up to £30,000 financial reimbursement in the event of the car not being everything it seems or the data held by HPI being inaccurate, including a clone – the only vehicle history check to do so.

HPI'S TOP TEN SUMMER DRIVING SONGS
1. Sweet Home Alabama - Lynard Skynard: 52%
2. Walking on Sunshine - Katrina and the Waves: 48%
3. Summer of 69 - Bryan Adams: 43%
4. Mr Brightside - The Killers: 40%
5. Club Tropicana - Wham!: 36%
6. Good Vibrations - The Beach Boys: 33%
7. Love Shack - The B52s: 33%
8. Rio - Duran Duran: 30%
9. Lovely Day - Bill Whithers - 27%
10. Sun is Shining - Bob Marley: 19% of people surveyed


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      • 4 Years Ago
      that song seems more distinctly anti-neil young than it does anti-british.

      Besides, it's got a good groove and you can bob your head to it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      It seems that a segment of the European population has a thing for Sweet Home Alabama. My cousin who lived in Spain for all but the first 5 years of his life has always loved that song...
      • 4 Years Ago
      further evidence that brits are nothing but a bunch of fairies.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Aww aren't you a cutie pie!
        • 4 Years Ago
        you mean i get wings and a wand that makes magic happen?

        next thing you know you yanks will start calling us cigarettes again ^^
      • 4 Years Ago
      Anything in the Drum and Bass genre will do it for me. Really gets me in that focused mindset.
        • 4 Years Ago
        DITTO!!! DnB is like fuel for hoonage in my experience.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I'd get a lot of tickets if I listened to Drum & Bass while driving. BPM = RPM. :)
      • 4 Years Ago
      The Offspring's "Bad Habit". Best driving song of all time.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Well if you look at the top songs on Spotify for the UK (the free music streaming service) you'd see that Journey's Don't Stop Believing is one of the top songs in the UK even now so classic American rock is pretty popular.
      Somewhat more embarrassingly, California Gurls by Katy Perry is the #2 song on Spotify for the UK.
        • 4 Years Ago
        that just means loads of teens watch both Glee and listen to crap chart music, doesn't say anything about drivers tastes
      • 4 Years Ago
      Skynyrd is still going stong and one of the best ticket sellers around the US and Europe.

      Southern rock, southern blues and country are big in England. Way back to the 50's they have been strong and influenced people like the Beatles, Zepplin, Sabbath, Stones, Clapton, Bad Company and even to todays performers.

      Even Top Gear used Jessica by the Allman Brothers.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Okay, I've sat quietly on this thread for a while.

      Which of you guys have a problem with Sweet Home Alabama? It's one of the best songs ever recorded , and I'm not just saying this just because I'm from Alabama or that I listened to this song while growing upin the '70's or that I have this song in my collection.

      If you like Lynyrd Skynyrd, then you have great taste in music.

      If you like Kate Perry, then I question your taste in music.

        • 4 Years Ago
        You mean you kissed a girl, and you DIDN'T like it?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Well y'see, in the UK, a car has to pass a pretty stringent annual roadworthiness test in order to stay registered. So, unlike the US, you don't really have to do much in the way of research to find out if a car has a sickly history.

      Why is that relevant? Because it means that MPI's customers are a pretty unrepresentative group. They're paranoid.

      Compare to Carfax, which is useless for the opposite reasons, because US vehicles don't have to check in every year to see if they're worth insuring. The only way to buy a car in the US is from a friend or brand new. Never *ever* buy from a used car salesman.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Didn't Top Gear have a driving song survey way back when? I know Sweet Home Alabama wasn't first, and Walking On Sunshine definetely wasn't on it, although I like them both. So you can't blame only the Brits.

      Tht being said, I had the chance to drive a Mustang Bullit across the country last year. Driving in the middle of the night, on a lonely two-lane with nothing but you, the car, and the open road (cliche, I know), I had to put on Sweet Home Alabama. It was perfect
        • 4 Years Ago
        @moa:

        Some of those def made it onto my personal list. Radar Love, Don't Stop Me Now, More Than a Feeling, Black Betty...

        One (among many) I'd have to add is Aerosmith's Mama Kin.
        • 4 Years Ago
        yes they did. and what's more important they released new version of the "top gear anthems" cd with these tracks:

        1. Don't Stop Me Now - Queen
        2. Bat Out Of Hell - Meat Loaf
        3. Born To Be Wild - Steppenwolf
        4. Golden Earring - Radar Love
        5. Sweet Home Alabama - Lynyrd Skynyrd
        6. More Than A Feeling - Boston
        7. Jessica - Allman Brothers
        8. Turn It On Again - Genesis (1)
        9. Long Train Runnin' - Doobie Brothers
        10. Don't Fear The Reaper - Blue Oyster Cult
        11. Black Betty - Ram Jam
        12. All Right Now - Free (1)
        13. Highway Star - Deep Purple
        14. Paranoid - Black Sabbath
        15. Silver Machine - Hawkwind
        16. Here I Go Again - Whitesnake
        17. Gimme All Your Lovin' - ZZ Top
        18. Ace Of Spades - Motorhead
      • 4 Years Ago
      For all the driving I have done and the bars I have been to for my pool league, I have yet to hear Sweet Home Alabama. I have heard the Metallica and Johnny Popper cover of Tuesdays Gone but nothing else. I am from a rural/suburban area about 40 miles north of Pittsburgh, PA and I hear a ton of country.

      I think our cousins across the pond either screwed up their own study or they just have an awkward choice in music.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This list must have been the joint efforts (and I mean while smoking a joint) of every nerd, geek, dweeb, and Morris-Minor driver in UK. The US wouldn't fare much better with our version of nerds, geeks, dweebs, and kooks driving their butt-ugly little scions, elements, and throw-away McD boxes, so chalk this up as online graffiti.
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