Rolling Stones strike a chord for retirement in the UK

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The prospect of retirement can be daunting for many. Alongside the normal financial and personal concerns, retirement does however bring promise of flexibility and freedom from the daily demands of the working world. (Not to mention the possibility of a lie-in and leisurely breakfast in the middle of the week!)

Inspired by The Rolling Stones, the eternally spritely group of old age rockers, we decided to find out what music was significant to savers when thinking about their life after work.

We asked savers to identify the song that best represents a life of retirement, both realistically and aspirational. This poll of 400 savers, across a wide range of ages, brought to our attention a previously unidentified link…between George Osborne’s pension reforms and the world’s most enduring and retirement-free rock band.

Band performing in front of the word 'free'

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The theme of freedom most definitely prevailed, with ‘I’m free (to do what I want)’ by the Rolling Stones topping the charts, and ‘I want to break free’ by Queen coming in a close second. 

 Music is an important part of our daily lives and it’s great to see many associating retirement as a time of freedom. But on a more cautionary note, many wish they could ‘turn back time’, and if you don’t want to be ‘livin’ on a prayer’ now might be the time to start saving for retirement.

A retirement to aspire to…

We then asked our savers to cast aside all realism and shoot for the stars. We asked them to identify their top five aspirational songs for retirement, and while ABBA’s ‘Money, Money, Money’ may pop into your head, the theme of freedom once again dominated the Aegon charts. 

Top 5 ‘realistic’ songs for retirement

  1. I’m free (to do what I want) - Rolling Stones
  2. I want to break free - Queen
  3. If I could turn back time - Cher
  4. Feeling Good - Nina Simone
  5. Livin’ on a Prayer - Bon Jovi

Top 5 ‘aspirational’ songs for retirement

  1. I’m free (to do what I want) - Rolling Stones
  2. Holiday - Madonna
  3. Feeling Good - Nina Simone
  4. (I've had) the time of my life - Bill Medley and Jennifer Warren
  5. I want to break free - Queen

There are countless benefits to ageing; greater knowledge and wisdom, clearer priorities, an increased sense of self-worth and an ability to manage emotions that so many of us lacked in our youth. While some are as fit as a fiddle, for others, dexterity and memory may falter in the later years. Activities such as learning an instrument or learning to read music can result in both great physical and mental benefits. 

Whether retirement seems like a long way off or a distant memory, why not put some thought into your own retirement playlist? If you feel like sharing your top songs, we would love to hear from you on Facebook or Twitter – in fact, it would be music to our ears.

By Steven Cameron

Steven Cameron