The Best Car Beats

Cosmopolitan (South Africa) - - DRIVE -

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.

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