LONDON, June 27 /PRNewswire/ --

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The Rocky Theme Tune has been voted the cheesiest motivational song in an Orange Business Services poll about the effect of music in the workplace. Conjuring up images of the Ricky Gervais' motivational talks in The Office, over a third (36 per cent) of people named it as the worst motivational song. But cheesy music isn't a total flop with Glastonbury headliner, Neil Diamond, being named the artist people would most like to perform at a work party beating other Glastonbury artists including Amy Winehouse, Jay Z and The Gossip.

According to the Orange survey, over half of people (55 per cent) felt that listening to music in work made them happier and at a close second, over 40 per cent said it made them feel less stressed. Over a quarter, some 27 per cent, even said music made them more productive.

The YouGov survey, of 1,250 respondents, found that the motivational music of choice for the majority of the workforce were rock and pop but there was a gender divide with a quarter of women preferring to listen to pop classics compared to nearly a quarter (22 per cent) of men who preferred Rock.

"The case for listening to music in the workplace is strong," said Paul Tollet, Vice President Orange Business Services. "As the results show, music can improve productivity and inspire creativity in the workplace but the survey shows it can be tricky to find a song that everyone will agree on!"

When asked what was the best song to get you jumping out of bed and ready for a good days work, the most motivational songs were U2's 'Beautiful Day' (11%) and 'We are the Champions' by Queen (11%). Despite being an anthem for many, 'I Will Survive' by Gloria Gaynor topped the poll as the corniest song, according to a fifth of respondents.

Perhaps the lyrics of Dolly Parton's '9-5' were too close to home for the workers surveyed, as almost 15 per cent of respondents felt this was the cheesiest song and only 5 per cent found the song to be motivational. The international acclaim for Amy Winehouse's 'Rehab' didn't resonate in the workplace. The song proved to be least favourite with only 12 people voting for it as a song which motivates them.

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In June, 2006, Orange became the single brand for mobile, broadband and multi-play offers. In addition, Orange Business Services became the new banner for business communications solutions. Orange Business Services is present in 166 countries with network reach in 220.

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