The Best Car Beats
1 To psych yourself up for that big meeting
According to a study by the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, what gets you going is the bass: the heavier, the more empowering. Think Queen’s We Will Rock You and 50 Cent’s In Da Club.
2 For a karaoke sesh with friends
Take it back with Cyndi Lauper, Aretha Franklin and Annie Lennox, or belt out the latest from Lauv, Alma or Malika. (Just remember to focus more on the road than on your tone!) An Oxford University survey revealed that friends who karaoke together, stay together. Subjects who sang together regularly over a seven-month period reported stronger bonds and greater synchronicity.
3 To boot traf ic blues
Studies show that switching from upbeat tracks to softer tunes not only calms drivers, but also helps to reduce driving mistakes on the road. While you’re stuck in tra¨ ic, try easy- going jazz from the likes of old-school stars Mindi Abair, Miles Davis and Gerald Albright. Or opt for future jazz icons such as California-born Gregory Porter or British soul singer Zara McFarlane.
4 To beat stress
Soothing, relaxing music can make you drowsy, so stay away from those meditation/panpipes vibes! Instead, try reggae – it calms and promotes happy feels without putting you to sleep. We love Bob Marley & The Wailers, Beenie Man, Buju Banton, Jah Cure and Gregory Isaacs.
5 After an argument with bae
Fire up No Doubt’s Don’t Speak, Eminem’s Love The Way You Lie featuring Rihanna or Bey’s Irreplaceable. If things have really gone south, shouting out Kelis’s I Hate You So Much Right Now is deeply satisfying. Bonus points if bae’s on speaker phone (hands free!) while you’re singing.