Drivers like 'Hey Ya!' -- but who'll be singing it?

For the Record

January 11, 2004|By Hartford Courant

Here's where Yahoo! Autos messed up. The Web site recently conducted a nonscientific poll of the best driving songs of 2003, which is reasonably interesting -- OutKast won, with 20 percent of 2,482 voters picking "Hey Ya!" Mega-platinum rapper 50 Cent came in second, with 19 percent voting for "P.I.M.P."

But what if the Web site had combined its poll with a recent Budweiser survey that found Tim McGraw and Celine Dion topping a list of people's fantasy designated drivers?

Imagine the beautiful synergy of voting for a fantasy designated driver singing your favorite driving song. That would mean McGraw singing "Hey Ya!" and Dion tapping into her inner gangsta for "P.I.M.P." Surely that would be worth getting tanked for.

Anyway...

Evanescence placed third in the Yahoo! survey, with 14 percent preferring to navigate tricky traffic situations while singer Amy Lee shrieks out her pain on "Bring Me to Life."

Other top vote-getters included Eminem's "Lose Yourself" (9 percent), Beyonce and Jay-Z collaborating on "Crazy in Love" (7 percent), Sean Paul's "Get Busy" (6 percent), No Doubt's "It's My Life" (5 percent), Coldplay's "Clocks" (5 percent), Black-Eyed Peas' "Where Is the Love" (5 percent) and Justin Timberlake's "Rock Your Body" (4 percent).

Great stuff, sure, though most of those songs seem better suited to a dance club than a Dodge minivan.

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