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Which songs do you like to sing in the shower?

Which songs do you like to sing in the shower?

Posted by Adam Chard in Inspiration | 6 months ago 8 min read

Whether you enjoy a bit of soft rock as you soap up, or perhaps some R&B with your R&R, the shower is the one place where you can really let your hair down and sing to your heart's content.

There really is nowhere on Earth (not even the Albert Hall!) that matches your bathroom for acoustics. The variety of hard surfaces, and a distinct lack of tune-muffling soft furnishings, makes it the ideal place to loosen up those vocal chords and indulge in one of life’s simple pleasures.

We recently revealed the top shower playlist songs according to Spotify. But what is Britain’s favourite song to sing in the shower? Luckily for you, we found out…

The UK's top 10 favourite songs to sing in the shower

The UK's top 10 favourite songs to sing in the shower

We surveyed 2,321 people throughout the UK, asking them to name their favourite song to sing in the shower. The results were quite varied, but some firm favourites began to emerge.

So, here are the UK’s top 10 favourite songs to sing in the shower, as nominated by the great British public. Can you guess who made it to the coveted No 1 spot?

10. Walking On Sunshine—Katrina and The Waves

Straight in at No 10, it’s the UK’s most recent Eurovision winners, Katrina and The Waves, with their most famous tune. Optimistic, cheerful and upbeat, featuring a bouncy melody and Katrina Leskanich’s powerful vocals, we can definitely see why this would make a great song to sing in the shower.

Does the name of the group and its association with water have anything to do with this choice? We’ll let you be the judge of that!

9. I Want To Break Free—Queen

As pop royalty go, Queen are, according to our survey, the UK’s favourite shower-time artists with 171 votes. I Want To Break Free is just one of several Queen hits you chose and it's not difficult to see why this is such a popular song for the shower. With nobody around to see it, you can release your inner air guitarist, as you chop out the Brian May solo on your imaginary axe. Even the lyrics speak of liberation, so why not let your hair down for a few minutes?

8. Dancing Queen—Abba

“You can dance, you can jive, having the time of your life!”. Who can’t fail to feel upbeat and croon along to this catchy disco song?

Even now in 2023, with former member Agnetha Fältskog releasing a new album at the ripe old age of 73, Abba remain as popular as ever. Indeed, new ITV series MAMMA MIA! I Have a Dream, aims to find stars for the hit musical based on Abba’s music.

Rumours abound that the group may make a much-anticipated comeback at the 2024 Eurovision Song Contest, set to be held in Sweden. However, as we wait with baited breath, let’s enjoy Dancing Queen, and THAT iconic video, in its entirety…

7. Happy—Pharrell Williams

A summer tune with "Happy" as the title? What isn't there to love about this soulful ditty from Pharrell Williams. Made for the Despicable 2 soundtrack, Williams' falsetto lyrics make this an easy song to sing along to, for boys and girls alike, so it's no wonder that it was the most successful song worldwide in 2014. I'm feeling happy just writing about it!

6. Don’t Stop Me Now—Queen

When it comes to your favourite songs to sing in the shower, there really is no stopping Queen! Their second (spoiler: but not final) entry into our top 10 is Don’t Stop Me Now, which, although hitting the heights in our own poll, only reached No 9 in the UK charts.

Voted the best driving song ever by viewers of Top Gear, it would appear to be a song for all occasions, not least for singing in the shower.

5. Bohemian Rhapsody—Queen

Moving swiftly on to No 5, we have yet another Queen entry. At a whopping 6 minutes long, you'd better ensure you have a good supply of hot water available when singing this one in the shower.

Part of Queen's A Night at the Opera album, the song is full of theatrical highs and lows, with an incredible guitar riff which was made famous to a whole new generation of music fans in the 1992 film "Wayne's World".

A couple of things you might not know about Bohemian Rhapsody: The piano used in the recording was the same one used for The Beatles Hey Jude and it is, to date, the only song to have been Christmas No 1 twice with the same original recording, in 1975 and 1991.

4. Livin' On A Prayer—Bon Jovi

"Woah-oh! We're halfway there." Well, those lyrics aren't strictly true, as we've now reached number 4 in our countdown. However, long-haired 80s rockers Bon Jovi make it into your top 10 with this belter of a rock anthem. With 3.5 million digital downloads and a music video which has been viewed over 350 million times, it's not surprising this is such a popular shower time song.

3. I Will Survive—Gloria Gaynor

I’m sure, as you read this, you can almost hear the unmistakable piano intro to this rousing disco track from 1979. All about moving on from a bad relationship, this defiant hit has become a truly meaningful and powerful song for people right around the world. With such emotional lyrics and Gloria’s powerful vocals to sing along to, no one would blame you for letting that stiff upper lip drop for a few minutes.

2. Singin' In The Rain—Gene Kelly

If there was an award for the most appropriate song to sing in the shower, this one would surely win. Making the link between falling water and singing, Gene Kelly's classic song is a joyful, tuneful medley that speaks of happiness in the face of adversity. Plus, as the theme of the song is rain, it's something that clearly resonates with us Brits, taking 6% of all the votes!

1. It’s Raining Men—The Weather Girls

With just under 7% of the votes, this rip-roaring tune from 1982 is your No 1 song to sing in the shower! Selling over 6 million copies worldwide, it has been covered by such illustrious names as RuPaul and, more notably, Geri Halliwell, featuring in Bridget Jones's Diary. It has since gone on to become a true anthem right around the globe. Admit it, you can almost imagine yourself singing it in the shower right now, can't you?

Our Top 10 songs to sing in the shower and the ultimate shower playlist

The UK's top 10 songs to sing in the shower

And there you have it! Britain’s shower-time top 10. The next time you jump into the shower, why not have a listen to our "Ultimate Singing In The Shower Playlist" and sing along to your heart's content?

Other bathroom-based musical blog posts

If you liked this article, and are feeling in a festive mood, why not check out our Top Christmas songs to sing in the shower? We’ve also pulled together 5 shower songs we all know and love, to help you keep those vocal cords warm. And, if singing in the shower is completely your thing, find out how to enhance your experience with our ingenious Bluetooth speaker shower head.

Author, Adam Chard

Posted by Adam Chard in Inspiration | 6 months ago

A born & raised West Countryman, now living on the Yorkshire Coast, for over 10 years Adam has been bringing home interior ideas to life at Victoria Plum. Adam’s favourite interior styles have been shaped by both urban and natural influences.

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