Queen anthem ‘Don’t Stop Me Now’ voted most motivational song of all time by Brits

Queen anthem Don’t Stop Me Now has been voted the nation’s most motivational song of all time.

A study found the energising 1979 hit was the tune most likely to put Brits in a good mood with Abba’s upbeat Dancing Queen second.

Rocker Bon Jovi’s rousing Livin’ on a Prayer took third place, according to research looking into which tracks were blues busters.

Wake Me Up Before You Go Go by Wham!, Gloria Gaynor’s powerful I Will Survive and sunny Good Vibrations by the Beach Boys made the top 10 feelgood songs.

Nine in 10 people said music played an important part in their lives and more than eight in 10 revealed it was vital for both their physical and mental wellbeing.

Almost half felt happy after tuning into music during the day and a third said they felt positive after hearing their favourite tracks.

According to the survey of 2,000 adults, on average Brits listen to 11 hours of music a week.

Three quarters have music blaring when doing the housework, a quarter have a playlist when cooking and one in 10 use it to put them in the right frame of mind when tackling a DIY task.

The study by Axa Health found two thirds felt they could think more clearly with music in the background while more than half said they were more productive when working with top tunes playing.

Upbeat Eighties and Nineties tracks along with rock anthems were the most likely to give Brits a mood boost.

Cyndi Lauper’s Girls Just Want to Have Fun, 9 to 5 by Dolly Parton , James Brown’s I Feel Good and even bubblegum pop like Hanson’s MMMBop made the top 50 most uplifting songs.

Surprisingly, Queen’s iconic We Are the Champions along with tracks from rock and pop legends including Sir Elton John, The Rolling Stones, The Beatles and Bruce Springsteen failed to make the top 50.

Dr Mark Winwood, clinical lead for mental health services at AXA Health, said: “When we hear songs that we enjoy listening to, there are a number of ways our brains respond, not least those associated with pleasure and reward.

“It releases endorphins, the feelgood chemicals that can make us feel euphoric – and dopamine, an important pleasure chemical associated with reward.

“Listening to music we love arouses feelings of pleasure and satisfaction as part of our reward system brought about by doing something enjoyable – so if you’ve got some household chores, such as cleaning or DIY, music can be a great motivator and help make your tasks feel a little less laborious.

“And if we enjoy the activity we’re doing, we’re more likely to keep doing it and feel good mentally and physically.”

Britain’s top 50 mood boosting tracks
Don’t Stop Me Now – Queen
Dancing Queen – Abba
Livin’ on a Prayer – Bon Jovi
Walking on Sunshine – Katrina and the Waves
Good Vibrations – The Beach Boys
Happy – Pharrell Williams
I Wanna Dance With Somebody – Whitney Houston
Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go – Wham!
Mr. Blue Sky – ELO
I Will Survive – Gloria Gaynor
Girls Just Want to Have Fun – Cyndi Lauper
9 to 5 – Dolly Parton
Build Me Up Buttercup – The Foundations
I Gotta Feeling – the Black Eyed Peas
Take On Me – A-Ha
What a Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong
You Can’t Hurry Love – The Supremes
I Feel Good – James Brown
Hey Ya! – OutKast
Lovely Day – Bill Withers
Shake It off – Taylor Swift
My Girl – The Temptations
The Time of my Life – Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes
Teenage Dirtbag – Wheatus
Shape of You – Ed Sheeran
Get Lucky – Daft Punk
We Found Love – Calvin Harris and Rihanna
Feeling Good – Nina Simone
Oops I Did It Again – Britney Spears
I Want You Back – The Jackson 5
Blinding Lights – The Weeknd
Black Magic – Little Mix
Invisible Touch – Genesis
MMMBop – Hanson
Rain On Me – Lady Gaga & Ariana Grande
Dance Monkey – Tones & I
Before You Go – Lewis Capaldi
Stacy’s Mom – Fountains of Wayne
Physical – Dua Lipa
Love on Top – Beyonce
Good As Hell – Lizzo
New Rules – Dua Lipa
Hold My Hand – Jess Glynne
24 Karat Magic – Bruno Mars
Sorry – Justin Bieber
The Greatest – Sia
Don’t Call Me Up – Mabel
Move Your Feet – Junior Senior
Break Free – Ariana Grande
Old Town Road – Lil Naz X