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Chris Martin of Coldplay performs live on the pyramid stage during the Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm, Pilton on June 25, 2011 in Glastonbury, England. (Ian Gavan/Ian Gavan/Getty Images)
Chris Martin of Coldplay performs live on the pyramid stage during the Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm, Pilton on June 25, 2011 in Glastonbury, England. (Ian Gavan/Ian Gavan/Getty Images)

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Beastie Boys all the rage, Coldplay not so much Add to ...

Beastie Boys bad, Coldplay cool.

Questionable musical taste aside, this is what a recent survey by British retailer Halfords has determined. Its poll asked motorists if their driving skills were affected by the music that they listened to - with 60 per cent saying yes. Vivaldi's The Four Seasons was voted the top "calming track" while Sabotage by the Beastie Boys topped the list of "blood pressure raising" songs.

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Now, before all you mellow Yellow (number four on the calm chart) Coldplay fans get too smug about your level-headed driving, remember that the British quartet was once voted the group most likely to make people drift off to sleep. That's not a good thing behind the wheel.

And, of course, another survey released just two months ago revealed that Coldplay fans are the least likely to have sex on the first date.

As if anyone needed additional excuses to avoid Coldplay.

The top five tracks that got people's blood boiling:

1. Sabotage, Beastie Boys



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2. Firestarter, The Prodigy



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3. To Be Loved, Papa Roach

4. Stronger, Kanye West

5. Prelude In C Sharp Minor, Rachmaninoff

The top five "calming tracks" were:

1. The Four Seasons, Vivaldi

2. Breakdown, Jack Johnson



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3. Someone Like You, Adele

4. Yellow, Coldplay



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5. Landslide, Fleetwood Mac

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