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Top 10 Singalong Tracks For British Car Trips

Top Ten Singalong Tracks For British Car Trips

Rain? Fog? Plummeting temperatures mixed with days of random sunshine? Yep, it's that time of the year where we Brits wave goodbye to summer and everything it brought us for a couple of weeks. Weather aside, the summer season signalled a time when millions of British families packed up their bags and suitcases to go on a good ol' fashioned summer holiday. Whether abroad or domestic, the tradition of travelling in the sun is deeply ingrained in our culture, and with travelling comes sing-along tunes.

Freedomtogo.co.uk, a leisure vehicle holiday brand, also recognised this tradition when they surveyed the British public earlier this year to find the top ten singalong tracks for British car trips. And while the season may be over for 2015, it's never too early to start planning your playlist for next year's trip.

We'll rank this list by the overall UK results, but the story's different on a regional level with the local top spots differing to the overall ranking. 22.5% of people in London voted their favourite to be Cliff Richard's 'Summer Holiday'. The Welsh gave a fifth (20.4%) of their vote to 'Sweet Home Alabama' by Lynyrd Skynyrd, while up North, 14.9% of Yorkshire voters opted for Tracey Chapman's 'Fast Car'


#10 | 'Californication' by Red Hot Chili Peppers



Percentage of Votes | 6.9%
Highest UK Chart Position | #16
Album Name | Californication
Album Release Date | 7th June 1999
Genre | Alternative Rock
Fun Fact | "Californication" has remained one of the band's most popular and most performed live songs appearing in almost every setlist since its live debut making it the band's fourth most performed song with over 500 performances.


#9 | 'Hey Ya!' by OutKast



Percentage of Votes | 7.4%
Highest UK Chart Position | #3
Album Name | Speakerboxxx/The Love Below
Album Release Date | 23rd September 2003
Genre | Alternative Hip Hop
Fun Fact | "Hey Ya!" takes influence from funk and rock music. Its music video features a live performance by a band, all eight of whose members are played by André 3000, that mimicks the Beatles' 1964 performance on The Ed Sullivan Show.


#8 | 'Wake Me Up' by Avicii



Percentage of Votes | 7.6%
Highest UK Chart Position | #1
Album Name | True
Album Release Date | 13th September 2013
Genre | Progressive House
Fun Fact | During an exclusive chat with MTV UK, Avicii said "I had a demo with Mac Davis singing, the guy who wrote all the Elvis Presley stuff, but I needed another singer to do the parts. At the same time I was tipped off about doing another track with Aloe Blacc, and I started working on that track."


#7 | 'Wonderwall' by Oasis



Percentage of Votes | 8.4%
Highest UK Chart Position | #2
Album Name | (What's the Story) Morning Glory?
Album Release Date | 2nd October 1995
Genre | Britpop
Fun Fact | According to Gallagher, 'Wonderwall' describes "an imaginary friend who's gonna come and save you from yourself". It reached the top ten on thirteen charts, including topping charts in New Zealand, Australia, and the United States.


#6 | 'Sweet Home Alabama' by Lynyrd Skynyrd



Percentage of Votes | 9.2%
Highest UK Chart Position | #44
Album Name | Second Helping
Album Release Date | 15th April 1974
Genre | Southern Rock
Fun Fact | The song peaked on the UK charts in 2008, not 1974 like most other countries. This is attributed to Kid Rock's 2008 song 'All Summer Long', which samples 'Sweet Home Alabama' on the chorus and uses the guitar solo and piano outro.


#5 | 'Fast Car' by Tracey Chapman



Percentage of Votes | 9.6%
Highest UK Chart Position | #4
Album Name | Tracy Chapman
Album Release Date | 15th April 1988
Genre | Folk
Fun Fact | Her appearance on the 'Nelson Mandela 70th Birthday Tribute' concert at Wembley stadium, London, was the catalyst for the song becoming a top 10 hit in the United States and UK, as it was broadcast to 67 countries and an audience of 600 million.


#4 | 'Summer Holiday' by Cliff Richard



Percentage of Votes | 13.3%
Highest UK Chart Position | #1
Album Name | Summer Holiday
Album Release Date | 13th January 1963
Genre | Pop
Fun Fact | The song and album are named after the film of the same name, released early 1963 with Cliff Richards playing the main character. Three tracks from the album reached the top the UK Singles Charts as number-one singles.


#3 | 'Shake It Off' by Taylor Swift



Percentage of Votes | 15.9%
Highest UK Chart Position | #2
Album Name | 1989
Album Release Date | 27th October 2014
Genre | Pop
Fun Fact | 'Shake It Off' debuted at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, becoming Swift's second number-one single in the United States and the 22nd song to debut at number one in the chart's history.The song won Favorite Song at the 2015 People's Choice Awards, and also received nominations for Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance at the 2015 Grammy Awards.


#2 | 'Let it Go' by Idina Menzel (from the movie 'Frozen')



Percentage of Votes | 18.5%
Highest UK Chart Position | #11
Album Name | Frozen (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Album Release Date | 25th November 2013
Genre | Show Tune
Fun Fact | According to the IFPI, 'Let It Go' sold 10.9 million copies in 2014, becoming the fifth best-selling song of that year and one of the best-selling singles of all time. It's also the first song from a Disney animated musical to reach the top ten of the Billboard Hot 100 since 1995, 'Colors of the Wind' from Pocahontas reach number four.


#1 | 'Happy' by Pharrell Williams



Percentage of Votes | 19.2%
Highest UK Chart Position | #1
Album Name | Despicable Me 2 (Soundtrack) / G I R L
Album Release Date | 18th June 2013 / 3rd March 2014
Genre | Soul
Fun Fact | In the week ending 11th April 2015, it dropped out of the official UK top 75 chart after 70 consecutive weeks. 'Happy' song was number-one US single for 2014 and the most successful song of 2014 with 13.9 million units sold worldwide. The song was also nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song and won the Grammy Award for Best Music Video.


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