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NO AMERICAN IDIOT WHEN DRIVING

According to a Chinese study, "American Idiot" is a dangerous song to listen to when driving.
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On this date in 2019 a Chinese study called for a publicity programme that could enhance public awareness of the negative impact of listening to fast music when driving.

The study claimed that drivers should keep music below 120 beats per minute (bpm) saying that a track like “American Idiot” by Green Day—at 186 bpm—was a dangerous song to listen to when driving and “Stairway to Heaven” by Led Zeppelin was a safe song at 63 bpm.

That said, you’d think an extremely fast song like Kreator’s “Extreme Aggression” is ultra dangerous? Actually not since it’s only 109 bpm. While Metallica’s “The Four Horsemen” (Remastered), yes, it’s unsafe (203 bpm), but the same song with a slightly different version, “Live at Rasputin Music, Berkeley, CA – 16 April 2016”, it’s not hazardous since it’s only 107 bpm. Ha.

What’s the fastest tempo song in bpm, a godforsaken no-no when driving? According to Guinness World Records: “Thousand” by Moby, peaking at approximately 1,015 bpm.

A huge yes (90 bpm):
“Rollin’ (Air Raid Vehicle)” – Limp Bizkit
“Black Label” – Lamb of God
“X” – System of a Down

A comme ci, comme ça, might get hazardous (120 bpm)
“It’s My Life” – Bon Jovi
“I Can See Clearly Now” – Jimmy Cliff
“The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” – Roberta Flack

A big no (200 bpm):
“Her Majesty” – The Beatles
“Jump Jive an’ Wail” – Brian Setzer Orchestra
“Concerto No. 7 in F major, BWV 978: III. Allegro” – Johann Sebastian Bach

What can you learn from here? Just because they are smooth reggae tunes don’t necessarily mean they are safe as your road trip songs!

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Rudolf Dethu

Rudolf Dethu

Music journalist, writer, radio DJ, socio-political activist, creative industry leader, and a qualified librarian, Rudolf Dethu is heavily under the influence of the punk rock philosophy. Often tagged as this country’s version of Malcolm McLaren—or as Rolling Stone Indonesia put it ‘the grand master of music propaganda’—a name based on his successes when managing Bali’s two favourite bands, Superman Is Dead and Navicula, both who have become two of the nation’s biggest rock bands.
Rudolf Dethu

Rudolf Dethu

Music journalist, writer, radio DJ, socio-political activist, creative industry leader, and a qualified librarian, Rudolf Dethu is heavily under the influence of the punk rock philosophy. Often tagged as this country’s version of Malcolm McLaren—or as Rolling Stone Indonesia put it ‘the grand master of music propaganda’—a name based on his successes when managing Bali’s two favourite bands, Superman Is Dead and Navicula, both who have become two of the nation’s biggest rock bands.

RUDOLF DETHU

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