The Most Dangerous Irish Songs To Drive To
Avoid Ruining Your St. Patrick’s Day Car Playlist
The public holiday we’ve all been waiting for is almost here - St Patrick’s Day on March 17th. If your St. Patrick’s Day plans involve driving, Chill are here to lend a helping hand when it comes to choosing your driving music. Analysing some of the most well-known songs by Irish musicians, we’ve discovered the most dangerous songs to listen to whilst driving, to help make your driving harmonious.
A recent scientific study found that listening to songs with a BPM of 120 and over can negatively impact your ability to drive safely.
The top 20 distracting Irish songs to drive to
|1||The Nolan Sisters||I’m in the Mood for Dancing||211|
|2||The Script||For the First Time||174|
|5||Flogging Molly||Drunken Lullabies||156|
|6||Van Morrison||Brown-Eyed Girl||151|
|7||The Rumjacks||An Irish Pub Song||147|
|8||The Boomtown Rats||I Don't Like Mondays||144|
|9||The Tossers||The Rocky Road to Dublin||143|
|11||The Dubliners & The Pogues||The Irish Rover||141|
|14||The High Kings||The Rocky Road to Dublin||135|
|15||Dropkick Murphys||Finnegan's Wake||135|
|16||Damien Rice||The Blower's Daughter||133|
|17||Dropkick Murphys||I'm Shipping up to Boston||129|
|19||Hozier||Take Me to Church||129|
- I’m in the Mood for Dancing - The Nolan Sisters
- For the First Time - The Script
- Zombie - The Cranberries
- Superheroes - The Script
- Drunken Lullabies - Flogging Molly
It may put you in the mood for a dance, but the hit pop anthem ‘I’m in the Mood for Dancing’ by The Nolan Sisters can negatively affect your mood for safe driving. The song’s BPM of 211 can be linked to more reckless driving, studies have shown. Released in 1979 the pop hit reached number two on the Irish charts, becoming the Dublin-born sisters’ biggest hit. However, we’ve discovered that it’s actually the most dangerous Irish song to drive to.
The Irish pop-rock band’s number one hit ‘For the First Time’ is the second most dangerous Irish song to drive to, our study revealed. Released in 2010, it became an instant classic, but the song’s high BPM of 174 is well over the safe threshold of 120 BPM. Try one of The Script’s slower songs for your next car singalong.
We found that The Cranberries’ iconic 90’s song ‘Zombies’ is the third most dangerous Irish song to drive to. With a BPM of 167, the alternative-rock band’s global hit, which won the Best Song Award at the 1995 MTV Europe Music Awards has one of the highest BPMs in our study.
In joint third is The Script’s 2014 anthem ‘Superheroes’ with a BPM of 167. Despite the uplifting lyrics and message behind the song, research has shown that its high BPM can encourage reckless driving habits such as frequent lane changes and higher speeds. With The Script appearing twice in our top five - it may be best to leave listening to the boy band for shower singalongs!
Named after their 2002 album, the song ‘Drunken Lullabies’ by Irish-American band Flogging Molly is the fifth most dangerous song by an Irish artist to drive to. With a BPM of 156, listening to the punk anthem can cause aggressive driving, according to scientific research.
The top 20 safest Irish songs to drive to
|1||Westlife||What Makes a Man||69|
|2||Westlife||Flying Without Wings||73|
|3||Luke Kelly||Song for Ireland||75|
|5||Chris de Burgh||Lady in Red||77|
|6||Corrs||What Can I Do||78|
|7||Ronan Keating||If Tomorrow Never Comes||79|
|8||Thin Lizzy||The Boys Are Back In Town||81|
|10||Luke Kellys||On Raglan Road||86|
|11||B*WITCHED||Blame it on the Weatherman||90|
|12||The Chieftains & Sinead O'Connor||The Foggy Dew||91|
|13||Boyzone||No Matter What||93|
|15||Westlife||World of our Own||97|
|16||The Script||The Man Who Can’t be Moved||100|
|17||U2||Sunday Bloody Sunday||101|
|18||Celtic Woman||Danny Boy||101|
|19||Snow Patrol||Chasing Cars||104|
|20||Westlife||I Have a Dream||105|
Westlife fans can rejoice - the early-noughties boy band are the safest Irish artist to listen to whilst driving, with four of their hits appearing in the top 20. Their slow tempo ballads are perfect for a non-distracting driving trip, along with hits from Snow Patrol and Luke Kelly.
However you decide to spend this St. Patrick’s Day be sure to stay safe wherever you are. Let Chill help you avoid the annual insurance dance, making your car insurance journey a great deal easier.
Chill analysed a range of songs by Irish artists, which featured in ‘most popular Irish song’ articles. The beats per minute (BPM) of each song was then recorded, with the songs being ranked from the highest BPM to the lowest.
The basis of the study used findings from the South China University of Technology which discovered that songs with a BPM of 120 are linked to more dangerous driving behaviours due to the cardiovascular, physiological and psychological impact. Discover the study in further detail.