Lady Gaga, One Direction and Bruno Mars are just three artists the nation’s dads can't help singing along to while driving, writes motoring journalist Tim Barnes-Clay.
I love heavy metal and rock music, but strangely Metallica or Deep Purple are not really to my kids’ taste and protestations from the back of the car always remind me of this.
Cue my eldest daughter’s ritual of handing me her iPad lead with cries of "plug it into the USB socket now, dad".
Then it’s like I’m taken over by some sort of invisible music monster that makes me sing the songs my eight-year-old – and, it seems, the rest of the family - love.
Suddenly my mouth is uttering words like "poker face" or I’m loudly expressing how "happy" I am in unison with Pharrell.
Dads love Disney’s ‘Let It Go’
It appears I’m not alone in letting the kids win in putting their songs on during family car journeys, though. According to recent research, loads of other dads do it.
But even worse, it’s leaving up to three-quarters of British fathers with a fondness for acts including: One Direction, Idina Menze and, yes, you guessed it, Lady Gaga and Pharrell Williams.
The study, conducted for Skoda among 1,000 driving dads, shows nearly a third of us can reel off the lyrics to Pharrell’s "Happy", while 22% croon along to Gaga’s "Poker Face".
Almost as many - 19% - are well versed in the lyrics of "Let It Go" from the best-seller Disney movie, Frozen, which more than half of dads say is their top tune among their kids’ collection.
Top 10 songs for driving dads
The poll reveals dads’ top 10 guilty pleasures to sing along to in the car are:
- Pharrell Williams – Happy
- Lady Gaga - Poker Face
- Idina Menzel - Let It Go
- Meghan Trainor - All About That Bass
- Carly Rae Jepsen - Call Me Maybe
- Jessie J, Ariana Grande, Nicky Minaj - Bang Bang
- Bruno Mars - Grenade
- One Direction - What Makes You Beautiful
- Justin Bieber - Baby
- Clean Bandit feat. Jess Glyne - Rather Be
Funny or embarrassing?
Undoubtedly, I see a sing-a-long as a nice way to bond with my children – and that appears to be backed up the research.
Nearly two-thirds - 63% - of kids spoken to in the poll thought their dad was funny for learning the words to cheesy classics, compared with just 37% who thought it was embarrassing.
However, of the three-quarters of British fathers who chant along with their children in the car, 18% even admit to listening to their offspring’s music when motoring alone.
Okay, hands up, I’m guilty of that too – but only if I’m listening to the radio and a familiar track comes on.
Five dads show us how a family sing-a-long should be done
1. Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen
Oh, mamma mia, mamma mia. Dad's got the makings of a family of rock stars here.
2. Fancy - Iggy Azalea
"Fancy" is definitely the right word for this father and daughter.
3. Problem ft. Iggy Azalea - Ariana Grande
Singing seems to be the "Problem" for these two. Full marks for effort though.
4. Let It Go (Frozen soundtrack) - Idina Menzel
The ultimate sing-a-long for you and your little one, complete with accompanying hand actions.
5. Love Is An Open Door (Frozen soundtrack) - Kristin Bell and Santino Fontana
Why not get mum involved and opt for a duet? This one, however, will take some beating.