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Top Story – 10 Tunes To Listen To While You Drive

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A recent study conducted in the United States and UK among drivers over 25 years of age reported that over 90% of all drivers who listen to music can concentrate much more than those who prefer to ride without listening to any tunes whatsoever. Moreover, they are more likely to fall asleep and can reach their destination in one piece. Listening to music while driving also calms you down and gives you the peace of mind that your future is bright. On top of all, you will be able to stay on top of daily circumstances.

The Importance of Listening to Good Music While Driving

Of course, there are some songs that can have a negative effect on your driving skills, suppressing your ability to drive safely. An experiment conducted recently by Confused.com showcased that some styles of music, such as hard rock, hip hop or trance, might have a disturbing effect on your driving. They’ve used a modern app to collect the data from eight drivers. Each of them had to listen to a different song while driving. The outcome was quite interesting and suggestive: a man listening to hip hop started to drive more reckless than usual, while a woman listening to hard rock drove way more faster than normal(with 20 miles more).

After this research was conducted, psychologist Dr. Simon Moore concluded that music which is upbeat, noisy and powerful is a deadly mix, because it increases your heart rate beat. He also remarked that these types of songs increase the chances of being distracted for over 40% of all women and 45% of men. When listening to a quick song, the first impulse is to speed up your car, and you don’t even notice. This is how influential music is today, especially for drivers who are keen on listening to their favorite songs while going to work, shopping or at the grocery store.

While most of the types of songs listed above can make an awesome playlist when working out at the gym, they are certainly not the best option when driving. According to Dr. Simon, the songs that have a rhythm quite similar to your heartbeat are the best you can choose to listen. One good example of such a song is considered by many drivers out there the famous “The Scientist” by Coldplay, which hit the headlines on 10 July 2000.

Because driving is a big responsibility, you need to make sure that the music you’re listening to offers you a state of well-being and enhances your attention and focus, not on the music, but on the road. We have made a list of 10 top tunes you can listen to while driving. These songs will make your driving experience be more pleasant while keeping you awake.

10 Top Tunes To Listen To While You Drive

1. Life is a Highway – Rascal Flatts. This is the ideal song for young people who grew up with muscular cars and love to listen to passionate rock music at a loud volume. The tight harmony and the groundbreaking rhythm of the song enhances your driving experience and makes you have fun.

2. HighwayMan – Johnny Cash. Another honorable mention for our top 10 tunes to listen while you are driving. When you’re planning to hit the road at 4am in the morning, window down and the mild wind whipping your hair, nothing can even come close to the feelings you have when listening to this anthologic song.

3. Stuck in the Middle With You – Stealers Wheel. Featuring an outstanding rhythm for a perfect 4-wheel cruising, this song was made by the classic songwriters Mike Stoller and the famous Jerry Leiber.

4. Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car – Billy Ocean. Another top-notch song that created quite a buzz when it was launched in 1988. Even if this song was extremely commercial, it’s still a perfect song to listen while on the go. Billy Ocean will certainly manage to convince you to sing along with him in no time at all.

5. Drive My Car – Beatles. While some old songs are long forgotten, some of them are still alive for decades, and will probably remain like that for more decades and centuries to come. Within our top 10 must-listen songs list, we need to mention “Drive my car”, the song that kicks off one of the most famous pop albums ever made: “Rubber Soul”. While the melody is perfect for a getaway, the words are considered by many among the Beatles’ most witty.

6. Dream On – Noel Gallagher. The fourth single from the album that made Noel Gallagher famous, this song features a huge sing-along chorus and a relentless guitar rhythm that was specially made for the road. With this song, you will certainly not be bored while driving.

7. Doom and Gloom – The Rolling Stones. This song manages to capture the Stone’s ideology while transforming it into a subtle commentary on today’s world. This tune is considered a must to listen by all rock lovers and especially by those who can drive with ease and are able to focus on the road even if the loud rock song in the background literally rocks.

8. Go Right Ahead – The Hives. This play is a typical Hives stomper. With only 3:06 length and a minimum amount of lyrics, Go Right Ahead is a top-notch driving material which can help you have an amazing trip.

9. Sweet Nothing – Calvin Harris. This song has somewhat a street race quality, being considered a contemporary tune to listen to while driving. If you are a youth and love to feel the adrenaline in your veins, this song is the perfect choice for you.

10. Everybody Have a Good Time – The Darkness. Lastly, this is another rock song that is among the best driving music out there. With a big chorus, this songs gives you a feel of a classic road-trip territory. Listen to it and enjoy life more.

All these songs are simply amazing and are considered some of the best driving music in 2013. The next time you take a car on a test drive, pop one of these tunes on. Even if each of them belongs to a certain music style, they are all guaranteed to make trying out new cars a pleasure!

Pat Simon loves rolling the roof down of his car and pumping up the volume of his stereo. He hopes that you found his tune suggestions useful!

 

Can We Take Money Management Advice From Popular Songs?

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Money is a popular topic in song lyrics, as it affects our lives in so many ways, but what are the messages these songs are giving us about finances and money management?

Here are a few examples of popular songs about money and what they have to teach us.

Living on a Prayer – Bon Jovi

We all know the story of Tommy and Gina, the working class couple who are scraping their pennies together and dreaming of better days. Tommy had a job on the docks, but his union is on strike so Gina has to do overtime at the diner to make ends meet. They are struggling, but Tommy and Gina have a great attitude towards money that we can learn from.

Yes, times will be tough at some point in life. You might lose a job, an unexpected bill might come in or you might get ill and not be able to work. Having the right attitude and being able to buckle down, work hard and be frugal in the face of a tough situation will get you through it. Also, having someone that you love who can be there to support you and can say “Take my hand, we’ll make it I swear,” can be worth its weight in gold.

Billionaire – Travie McCoy featuring Bruno Mars

On first listen of this hit song you might assume that it is simply about daydreaming about being rich and famous one day. The lyrics muse about being featured on the front page of Forbes magazine and meeting Oprah as well as the Queen. In this sense, you could say that the song is a bad example of money management. It glamorizes being rich and focuses on all of unfettered spending that they would do if they were rich, which doesn’t really give any credit to the hard work or frugality that they would realistically need to get there as winning the lottery isn’t really a solid financial plan.

However, on a closer listen this song actually has a positive message about money management in the number of selfless and philanthropic gestures that they would make if they were billionaires. They mention that they would “pull an Angelina and Brad Pitt” and adopt children from impoverished countries to give them a good life. They say that they would give away Mercedes to random people and visit Louisiana and “do a lot more than FEMA did” to support the victims of Katrina. In this world where they are billionaires, “not a single tummy” would know hunger.

When you really listen, “Billionaire” is a song about generosity and about how wealth and power are only really worthwhile in terms of how you use them to help others.

Bills, Bills, Bills – Destiny’s Child

If you only know the lyrics to the chorus of this 1999 hit, you might think it is about a gold-digging woman who is demanded that her boyfriend pay for her lifestyle, asking him “Can you pay my bills? / Can you pay my telephone bills? / Do you pay my automo’ bills?”

However, on closer listen this not an entitled diva song, it’s actually a lament from an unfortunate women who has gotten herself stuck with a man who is terrible with money management. He racks up huge charges on her mobile without asking, he borrows her car without filling it up and uses her credit cards to go on spending sprees at the mall and then never pays her back. No wonder she calls him a “good for nothing type of brother”.

The lesson we can learn from “Bills, Bills, Bills” is to be very careful who you choose to get involved with financially, whether it is a romantic partner, flat mate or business partner. If you don’t watch out, their bad money management habits could become your nightmare.

These are just a few examples of money management advice that we can take from some hit songs. Next time you hear a song about money, think about the message that it might be conveying.

Sarah Fox is a freelance writer and blogger who writes often about common sense financial tips including everything from finding payday loans online to effective budgeting.

7 Songs To Get You Pumped Up!

It’s truly amazing the effect that listening to music can have on a person’s mood. People usually choose to listen to music for two reasons. Either they pick are genre of music that matches their current mood or they choose a genre of music that will change their mood. This article contains a list of motivational power songs for the latter reason.

Listening to any of these songs will change your mood in terms of getting you pumped up. Whatever the reason you need to get pumped up for. May it be for an intense gym workout, a run or even an exam these songs that have been selected will do the trick. In no particular order here they are.

The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus – False Pretense
This song by The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, a band that formed way back in 2003 is fantastically motivational. It was used in the 2008 film Never Back Down so you know it will get you seriously pumped up. It is great for getting you in the zone so you can really get down to whatever it is you need motivation for.

Linkin Park feat. Jay-Z – Numb Encore
This song comes as a result of two excellent artists collaborating together. It was produced back in 2004 from their joint album “Collision Course”. It wasn’t a completely new song that the artists wrote together. It was two separate songs; “Numb” a 2003 single by Linkin Park and Jay-Z’ track “Encore” merged together. It works epicly and really helps to get you pumped.

Eminem ft.Nate Dogg – Till I Collapse
When we are training or working really hard we can sometimes feel as if we are going to collapse at any moment. This song is named perfectly for this reason. The rapping vocals by Eminem and catchy chorus by Nate Dogg really help to make this an extremely motivational track.

Flux Pavillion – I Can’t Stop
When motivation is running low stopping may seem like the only option. This applies for a range of different scenarios. This track by Flux Pavillion is wonderful for telling you otherwise. Listening to this track will soon fill your motivation levels back up and get you back on track.

Rage Against The Machine – Killing In The Name Of
This well known song that made it to Christmas number one back in 2009 is excellent for getting you pumped. The way the lyrics are sung really inspire you to get motivated. It was first released in November 2002 but will continue to be one of the greatest motivational power songs for years to come.

Drowning Pool – Let The Bodies Hit The Floor
A popular track for many gym playlists this awesome track will get you really pumped up. The combination of screaming, whispering, singing and motivational lyrics make it a perfect track for any gym playlist. The steady drum beat also needs some credit for making it such a unique and motivational power song.

Hadouken – Rebirth
This track is a little different to the other tracks that have been suggested. It is more quiet and a little slower moving. It’s one of those songs that you listen to as you are walking towards the exam hall or the gym or stretching before doing some exercise. Listening to it will get you into the correct frame of mind.

Guest post by contributing author, Richard O., written on behalf of Bearshare. Visit BearShare.com download music!

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