'Hey Ya' to 'Yellow': 10 Songs That Distract People Most While Driving

Music is crucial for some drivers. Whether it's going to work or heading out on a road trip, there is a need for a great playlist. However, some songs can be more distracting than others when it comes to focusing on the road. A new study shows the most distracting songs people listen to while driving.

According to the Association For Safe International Road Travel (ASIRT), approximately 38,000 people die in car crashes each year in the United States. 4.4 million people are injured enough from car accidents to receive medical attention.

A recent study conducted by PassMeFast, a European company that conducts driving courses for drivers that want to freshen up their skills, connected Spotify data with the most distracting songs.

The educational courses company explained the unique way they utilized their research.

"Using Spotify data we analyzed the 20 most popular driving playlists (combing 4,185 songs) and scored them against three categories. Energy score, danceability score, and valence score (that's how emotionally charged they are)," they wrote.

The most distracting songs have high amounts of energy and are full of emotion but have a reduced danceability score. They took the top 50 percent of songs with the highest energy and rated them on a scale from 0-1. Danceability was scored on a scale from -1 to 0 (highest danceability score). To calculate the emotional score from 0.5 to Spotify's personal emotional score (songs with high emotional levels were scored at 1).

Lastly, they took a look at Spotify's API score to determine what songs made it into the top 50. Each song had to have a popularity score of 80 or higher. The playlist consists of genres including pop, rap, and rock.

Listed below are the top 10 songs (along with the distraction score) that can be easily distracting to drivers:

1. "Hey Ya" by Outkast (72.6%)

2. "Mr. Brightside" by The Killers (69.6%)

3. "Empire State of Mind" by Jay-Z feat. Alicia Keys (69.5%)

4. "Take on Me" by a-ha (69.4%)

5. "Can't Stop" by Red Hot Chili Peppers (69.0%)

6. "Feel So Close - Radio Edit" by Calvin Harris (68.5%)

7. "You Give Love A Bad Name" by Bon Jovi (68.1%)

8. "Bring Me To Life" by Evanescence (67.7%)

9. "Levitating" by Dua Lipa (67.2%)

10. "Dusk Till Dawn - Radio Edit" by ZAYN (66.2%)

Other notable songs in the top 50 are, "Toxic" by Britney Spears (63.7%), "Dancing Queen" by ABBA (61.2%), "What Makes You Beautiful" by One Direction (61.2%), "I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)" by Whitney Houston (61.6%), "Golden" by Harry Styles (62.7%) and "Yellow" by Coldplay (55.4%). See the full list of songs here.

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