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Going on a road trip? These are the top ten songs for the drive

Published 11/02/2016

1. Bohemian Rhapsody, Queen (26 per cent)
1. Bohemian Rhapsody, Queen (26 per cent)
2. Hotel California, Eagles (25 per cent)
3. Born to be Wild, Steppenwolf (21 per cent)
4. Go your own way, Fleetwood Mac (20 per cent)
5. California Girls, The Beach Boys (19 per cent)
Highway to Hell, ACDC (16 per cent)
7. Take it Easy, Eagles (15 per cent)
8. Born to Run, Bruce Springsteen (15 per cent)
9. The Boys are Back in Town, Thin Lizzy (14 per cent)
10. I Gotta Feeling, Black Eyed Peas (11 per cent)

Bohemian Rhapsody is the ultimate road trip song, according to new research by British Airways.

Holidaymakers were asked to name the best music for cruising down the highway to celebrate the airline's Visit California campaign.

The celebrity they would most like to see in the passenger seat was Northern funny man and Car Share actor Peter Kay with 21 per cent of the votes, just ahead of Car Pool Karaoke host James Corden, who scooped 19 per cent of the votes.

Wildlife presenter Sir David Attenborough came in at number three with 15 per cent of the vote, closely followed by actress Emma Watson (nine per cent) and President Barack Obama (eight per cent).

But the celebrity they would most like to eject from the passenger seat is Donald Trump, with almost half of respondents voting the Republican the most annoying road trip companion.

Controversial columnist Katie Hopkins came second with 26 per cent of the vote and Jeremy Clarkson came third with 17 per cent.

Route 66 in the USA (38 per cent), The Great Ocean Road in Australia (16 per cent) and California’s Pacific Coast Highway (15 per cent) were named as the World’s top three road trip routes.

The A82 in Scotland which runs from Loch Lomond to Loch Ness and the Black Forest mountain range road in Germany came in at number four and five with 11 and 10 per cent of the vote respectively.

Almost half of those surveyed (42 per cent) cited rain as their number one gripe on a road trip, followed by running out of petrol (32 per cent) and getting lost (31 per cent).

A quarter of holidaymakers said not having nice scenery was their biggest annoyance on a road trip, while one in five (19 per cent) said slow drivers getting in the way was the most frustrating part of a driving holiday.

And passengers who don’t win any friends on the road? One in ten people (9 per cent) voted flatulence as the most annoying road trip habit, closely followed by passengers with ‘carcolepsy’ (falling asleep in the car).

It seems bigger is better as the car a quarter of those surveyed (24 per cent) would most like to cruise round in is a Range Rover, while the cars holidaymakers would least like to use for a road trip are Skodas (one per cent) and Fiats (two per cent).

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