Honda releases Spotify playlist to celebrate Civic’s 50th birthday, e:HEV launch


Honda is releasing a road trip playlist — dubbed 50 Years of Civic magic — to celebrate the Honda Civic’s 50th anniversary and the launch of the nameplate’s latest iteration, the Civic e:HEV. The Japanese automotive brand teamed up with Magic Radio’s "The Home Run" presenter Simon Philips to compile the ultimate driving playlist featuring a track from every year since the original Civic launched in 1972.


  • Who curated Honda's 50 Years of Civic Magic playlist?

    The 50 Years of Civic Magic playlist was curated by Magic Radio’s The Home Run presenter Simon Philips.
  • Where can Honda fans listen to the 50 Years of Civic Magic playlist?

    The 50 Years of Civic Magic playlist is now available on Spotify.
  • “I think first and foremost, a perfect driving track makes you, the car, and the road one. It makes the traffic go away and complements the driving experience, when that song plays, it draws you in, and for that moment, it's the ultimate connection between you, your car, and music,” said Philips, who also celebrated his own 50th birthday this month.

    “Driving for me is one of the most personal spaces, and the driving environment can really influence our mood. A great driving song helps to mentally prepare you for the journey ahead, and to savor a moment,” Philips added.

    The 50 Years of Civic magic road trip playlist covers everything from hits of the decades past such as Alice Cooper’s rousing anthem “School’s Out” to this year’s number one hit “Starlight” by Dave. The track was curated after they conducted a survey of some 2,000 UK motorists about their attitudes to in-car entertainment.


    “Since we launched the Honda Civic, the analog radios and tape decks may have evolved into touchscreens, but the principle remains the same. There are few better pairings than a road trip with a brilliant playlist,” said Honda UK Head of Automobile Rebecca Adamson.

    A quarter of the respondents of the aforementioned survey said that they already have their own playlist and almost half of them (48 percent) said that they “experience a lift in mood when they listen to music in the car.” Furthermore, four out of 10 respondents said they “feel more relaxed at the wheel when listening to music.”

    In addition, around 24 percent of the respondents said “they feel more focused with music on in the car” while about 22 percent of the survey participants said “they found music made them feel more energy at the wheel.”

    Apparently, the power of music and tailoring your soundtrack when you drive can be explained by science.

    “Research shows that being able to listen to favorite artists, and being able to listen to music in general, may increase the perception of situational control and in turn extend music’s effect on stress reduction,” said Goldsmiths University Cognitive Neuroscientist Dr. Diana Omigie.

    “Previous studies into how individually selected music can induce and maintain positive moods during a simulated driving experiment have produced interesting results. Subjective mood ratings have shown that music can successfully maintain a positive mood in high traffic density and during the negotiation of narrow lanes,” said Dr. Omigie.

    Here are the songs included in Honda’s 50 Years of Civic magic as compiled by Magic Home Run presenter Simon Philips:

    • 1972 Alice Cooper - School’s Out 
    • 1973 The Jackson 5 - Dancing Machine 
    • 1974 Queen - Killer Queen 
    • 1975 Average White Band - Pick Up The Pieces 
    • 1976 Chicago - If You Leave Me Now 
    • 1977 Earth, Wind & Fire - Fantasy
    • 1978 Ian Dury & The Blockheads - Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick 
    • 1979 The Specials - A Message To You Rudy 
    • 1980 Pink Floyd - Another Brick In The Wall 
    • 1981 Talking Heads - Once In A Lifetime 
    • 1982 Imagination - Just an Illusion
    • 1983 Herbie Hancock - Rockit 
    • 1984 Wham! - Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go
    • 1985 Tears For Fears - Everybody Wants to Rule The World 
    • 1986 Bruce Hornsby - The Way It Is 
    • 1987 Eric B & Rakim - Paid In Full - Seven Minutes Of Madness - The Coldcut Remix 
    • 1988 Inner City - Big Fun 
    • 1989 Soul II Soul - Back To Life (However Do You Want Me) 
    • 1990 Oleta Adams - Get Here 
    • 1991 Massive Attack - Unfinished Sympathy 
    • 1992 Arrested Development - People Everyday
    • 1993 Jamiroquai - Blow Your Mind 
    • 1994 Youssou N'Dour Feat Nen eh Cherry - 7 Seconds 
    • 1995 Oasis - Wonderwall 
    • 1996 Faithless - Insomnia 
    • 1997 Ultra Naté - Free 
    • 1998 Brandy & Monica - The Boy Is Mine 
    • 1999 Moloko - Sing It back 
    • 2000 Coldplay - Trouble
    • 2001 David Gray - Sail Away
    • 2002 Justin Timberlake - Like I Love You 
    • 2003 Beyonce - Crazy In Love 
    • 2004 Keane - Somewhere Only We Know 
    • 2005 Jennifer Lopez - Get Right 
    • 2006 Gnarls Barkley - Crazy
    • 2007 Timbaland Feat Keri Hilson & D.O.E - The Way I Are
    • 2008 Madonna Feat Justin Timberlake & Timbaland - 4 Minutes 
    • 2009 Black Eyed Peas - Boom Boom Pow 
    • 2010 Lady A - Need You Now  
    • 2011 Bruno Mars - Grenade 
    • 2012 Emeli Sandé - Next To Me 
    • 2013 Daft Punk - Get Lucky 
    • 2014 James Bay - Hold Back The River 
    • 2015 Hozier - Take Me To Church 
    • 2016 Drake Feat Wizkid & Kyla - One Dance 
    • 2017 Sam Smith - Too Good At Goodbyes 
    • 2018 Rag’n’Bone Man - Human 
    • 2019 Calvin Harris and Rag ‘n’ Bone Man - Giant
    • 2020 The Weeknd - Blinding Lights 
    • 2021 Silk Sonic Feat Bruno Mars & Anderson .Paak - Leave The Door Open 
    • 2022 Dave - Starlight

    Honda’s 50 years of magic playlist is available to listen to on Spotify.

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