Study Finds Coldplay Listeners Are Safer Drivers, Kanye West’s Are Not

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Chris Martin, Kanye West (Chris Jackson, Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

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What does safe driving sound like? According to a new UK study, tuning into songs by Coldplay, Radiohead and Lana Del Rey (among others) resulted in the safest behavior behind the wheel.

The very unscientific study was conducted by website, which had four men and four women drive for 250 miles using the MotorMate safe driving app while listening to a particular soundtrack. The findings were reviewed by London University psychologist Dr. Simon Moore.

Using Dr. Moore’s calculations, has created a Spotify ‘Ultimate Driving Playlist’ of the safest songs for driving, which includes Coldplay (“The Scientist”), Radiohead (“Karma Police”), the xx (“Angels”), Lana Del Rey (“Video Games”) and Frank Ocean (“Thinkin’ ‘Bout You”).

“If you want to encourage safe driving, you want to choose your own playlist…choose music that more or less maintains your resting body state,” says Dr. Moore in a video. “So anything between 60 and 80 beats per minute. Keep the noise levels down to a medium.”

The study also produced a list of the ten most dangerous songs for driving, which includes rockers like Guns ‘N Rose (“Paradise City”) and Nickelback (“How You Remind Me”) alongside rapper Kanye West (“Heartless”), pop provocateur M.I.A. (“Paper Planes”) and even late country legend Johnny Cash (“Get Rhythm”).

-Scott T. Sterling, CBS Local


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