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Don’t stop believin’

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While many of you meet with clients in the comfort of your office suite, the insurance world retains a healthy dose of “road warriors” who get into their cars and drive wherever a prospect wants to meet with them.

It’s those moments on the road, putting miles and miles on the tires that you want a little creature comfort, a little something familiar to fire you up for the next consultation and potential sale.

My best friend in high school would drop Survivor’s “Eye of the Tiger” in his Walkman before every workout. The Rocky III theme song got him fired up enough to break metal bars in half. With his slamming of dumbbells and heavy metal air guitar riffs, people knew to give him space in the gym.

My musical tastes run a bit more sedate, particularly as I’ve aged. When I work, with the construction of sentences and paragraph being the key component in hitting my deadline, I listen to either classical or jazz—anything without lyrics.

On the road, particularly long stretches of nothing but somnambulistic prairie lands, I want something with words, something to sing along to, something that is nostalgic. I want to be transported to a particular time and place—“Little Red Corvette” (10th grade homecoming dance); “Come on Eileen” (11th grade fall formal); “Safety Dance” (12th grade formal); “Where the Streets Have No Name” (Mardi Gras 1988)…

With music in mind, recently released its survey on the best and worst music for driving. The study surveyed 2,000 drivers and asked them to choose the best and worst songs for driving, as well as music that they secretly listen to in the car.

Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’” has been voted the best song for driving, while “Who Let the Dogs Out?” by The Baha Men was picked as the worst. (woof woof)

In the survey, respondents were allowed to select as many as five songs and the top ten were:

  • “Don’t Stop Believin’” by Journey: 30 percent
  • “Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen: 27 percent
  • “You Shook Me All Night Long” by AC/DC: 22 percent
  • “Any Way You Want It” by Journey: 22 percent
  • “Life is a Highway” by Tom Cochrane: 21 percent
  • “Dancing Queen” by ABBA: 19 percent
  • “American Girl” by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers: 16 percent
  • “Don’t Stop Till You Get Enough” by Michael Jackson: 15 percent
  • “Born to Run” by Bruce Springsteen: 14 percent
  • “Fortunate Son” by Credence Clearwater Revival: 14 percent

“Some people mock the Bay Area balladeers, but there’s no denying Journey has a fan base, given they took two of the top five spots for songs that people enjoy when driving,” said Michelle Megna, managing editor of

Where there’s good there must be bad. And here are the top five songs that make people want to change the station immediately.

  • “Who Let the Dogs Out?” by The Baha Men:  29 percent
  • “We Are Never, Ever Getting Back Together” by Taylor Swift: 25 percent
  • “Believe” by Cher: 22 percent
  • “Feelings” by Morris Albert: 20 percent
  • “Papa Don’t Preach” by Madonna: 18 percent

And what is a record collection without a few guilty pleasures. Just as I have my “Safety Dance,” respondents picked their top five guilty pleasures by artist.

  • Bruno Mars: 12 percent
  • Taylor Swift: 12 percent
  • Lady Gaga: 11 percent
  • Journey: 9 percent
  • Katy Perry: 9 percent

“Strictly from data analysis we can surmise that the ideal driving songs would be duets with Bruno Mars and Taylor Swift singing old Journey favorites,” said Megna.

Give me a shout and let me hear your best, worst and guilty pleasures, and, Hey, faithful listener, whatever you do, don’t stop believin’.