F1 drivers are great talents, but they have pretty eclectic taste in music

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Circuit of the Americas has borrowed a page from Bristol Motor Speedway’s playbook, where it asks drivers to pick their favorite songs to be played during pre-race introductions.

Based in one of the best music towns in the U.S., COTA is doing a similar thing for the upcoming Formula One United States Grand Prix (Oct. 21-23), asking F1 drivers to choose two or three of their favorite driving songs they’d like to play while hitting the road.

Given how many drivers are not from the United States, the list is rather surprising given how many picks are from American bands.

Tied for most popular singers/bands were The Eagles and Michael Jackson, with three picks each.

The most popular song was The Eagles’ “Hotel California” with three picks, while Jackson’s hits were split between “Billie Jean” (two picks) and “Thriller” (one pick).

Musicians who were picked twice were Bruce Springsteen, The Beach Boys, Ty Dolla $ign, U2, Kings of Leon, Mark Ronson/Bruno Mars, MadeInTYO and Lynyrd Skynyrd.

Songs that were picked twice included: Springsteen’s “Born In The USA,” The Beach Boys’ “Surfin’ USA,” and Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Sweet Home Alabama,”

And earning one pick each were: Prince, America, Steppenwolf, PMMP, Uncle Lucius, The Lumineers, Mr. Wives, The Offspring, Pharrell, The Killers, Rascal Flatts, Justin Timberlake, Coldplay, Enrique Iglesias, The Rolling Stones, Metallica, Motorhead, Frank Sinatra, ZZ Top, Pearl Jam, The Doors, AC/DC, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Fleetwood Mac.

Without question, the driver with the widest variety of taste in music had to be Danill Kvyat, who chose Metallica’s “Whiskey in the Jar,” Motorhead’s “Ace of Spades” and … wait for it … Frank Sinatra’s “Strangers in the Night.”

A close second for variety had to be Kimi Raikkonen, who went way back for Steppenwolf’s “Born to Be Wild,” America’s “A Horse with No Name,” and PMMP’s “Pikkuveli.”

Here’s the complete list of drivers and their song picks:

Lewis Hamilton:

Wavy – Ty Dolla $ign

Campaign – Ty Dolla $ign

I Want – MadeinTYO

Nico Rosberg:

Beautiful Day – U2

Surfin’ U.S.A. – The Beach Boys

Sex On Fire – Kings of Leon

Sebastian Vettel:

Born in the USA – Bruce Springsteen

Little Red Corvette – Prince

Kimi Raikkonen:

A Horse with No Name – America

Born to Be Wild – Steppenwolf

Pikkuveli – PMMP

Daniel Ricciardo:

Keep The Wolves Away – Uncle Lucius

Stubborn Love –  The Lumineers

The Western – Mr. Wives

Max Verstappen:

Billy Jean – Michael Jackson

Thriller –  Michael Jackson

Valtteri Bottas:

Born in the USA – Bruce Springsteen

Sweet Home Alabama – Lynyrd Skynyrd

Pretty Fly (For a White Guy) – The Offspring

Felipe Massa:

Happy – Pharrell

Uptown Funk – Mark Ronson/Bruno Mars

Hotel California – The Eagles

Esteban Gutierrez:

All These Things That I’ve Done – The Killers

Use Somebody – Kings of Leon

Life is a Highway – Rascal Flatts

Romain Grosjean:

Can’t Stop the Feeling – Justin Timberlake

Uptown Funk – Mark Ronson/Bruno Mars

Billie Jean – Michael Jackson

Sergio Perez:

Vertigo – U2

Viva la Vida – Coldplay

Bailando – Enrique Iglesias

Nico Hülkenberg:

Hotel California – The Eagles

Surfin’ U.S.A. – The Beach Boys

(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction – The Rolling Stones

Daniil Kvyat:

Whisky in the Jar – Metallica

Ace of Spades – Motörhead

Strangers in the Night – Frank Sinatra

Felipe Nasr:

Sharp Dressed Man – ZZ Top

L.A. Woman – The Doors

Even Flow – Pearl Jam

Marcus Ericsson:

Simple Man – Lynyrd Skynyrd

Hotel California – The Eagles

Back In Black – AC/DC

Jolyon Palmer:

Californication – Red Hot Chili Peppers

The Chain – Fleetwood Mac

Kevin Magnussen:

Born in the USA – Bruce Springsteen

Fans are encouraged to share their favorite songs on social media, using the hashtag #COTASoundtrack via:

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