Rock out on the road with Bohemian Rhapsody - Named top driving tune in the UK

22nd August 2019 – This Bank Holiday is set to be a scorcher, meaning a flurry of last minute trips to the seaside could be on the cards for many. With 16.5m leisure trips estimated by car between Friday and Monday[1], Budget UK car rental has compiled the ultimate road trip playlist as voted for by drivers themselves*.

Get those air guitars ready for the long weekend as research from Budget UK reveals that for a third of Brits, Queen’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ is the most popular choice when it comes to car karaoke! Queen also takes second place in the list with ‘We Will Rock You’ being chosen by almost a quarter of drivers (19%) voting it as their favourite road trip anthem.

With adventure clearly on the mind, it’s no surprise that Bon Jovi’s ‘Runaway’ comes in at third place for Brits, providing the perfect singalong soundtrack for those en route to a Bank Holiday escape at a music festival, the beach or just somewhere different.

Although classic rock hits seem to be popular across Europe to help drivers get in gear – feel good pop songs also make journeys more enjoyable with a fifth (18%) of Brits voting for Bruno Mars’ ’24k Magic’ and Justin Timberlake’s smash hit ‘Can’t Stop’ (17%) – perfect for lovers of chart music. As for the rest of the list, it’s a heady mix of The Beatles, Rihanna and Lynyrd Skynyrd.

Louisa Bell, General Manager at Avis Budget Group International commented: “A key part of a fun road trip is the accompanying music and playing some of the all-time classics for car karaoke means everyone can get involved. Whether it’s a city break, beach holiday or countryside getaway, these top tunes will make Bank Holiday journeys even more memorable.”

“Our savvy customers know that with Budget, they’re guaranteed to get a quality vehicle – now all they need to do is ensure that their playlist is top notch! For more information on vehicles to hire for your road trip, visit”  

Top 10 road trip songs in the UK:

  1. Queen – Bohemian Rhapsody (29%)
  2. Queen – We Will Rock You (19%)
  3. Bon Jovi – Runaway (18%)
  4. Bruno Mars – 24K Magic (18%)
  5. Justin Timberlake – Can’t Stop the Feeling (17%)
  6. Survivor – Eye Of The Tiger (17%)
  7. Rihanna – Shut Up and Drive (17%)
  8. Lynyrd Skynyrd – Sweet Home Alabama (14%)
  9. Oasis – What’s The Story Morning Glory? (13%)
  10. The Proclaimers – I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) (13%)


About Budget

Budget Car Rental is one of the world’s best-known car rental brands with approximately 3,500 locations in more than 120 countries. Budget is an industry leader in providing vehicle rental services to value-conscious travellers and also operates one of the largest local and one-way truck rental businesses in the United States, through a network of approximately 1,550 locations. Budget is owned by Avis Budget Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: CAR), which operates and licenses the brand throughout the world. For further information, visit

Notes to editors:

* The survey was conducted among 14138 Consumers across the following countries (UK, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Netherlands, Belgium, Poland, Austria, Switzerland, Norway, Denmark, Sweden).

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[1] Research conducted by RAC and INRIX