It’s easy to forget just how important music is to driving. Most people constantly have the radio or their favourite tunes on while at the wheel. A good song can put you in high spirits on the journey to work, have you serenading your partner, or frame special moments when you’re going on a road trip with your friends. Then there’s the memories of riding in your parents’ car when you’re little, and the classic songs they used to play.
Here we choose our top ten ultimate driving songs that will have your left foot tapping the floor and your right hand keeping the beat on your steering wheel.
10. Here I Go Again
You’ve made up your mind. You ain’t wasting no more time. Get ready to nod your head along when the guitars and drums kick in on Whitesnake’s iconic power ballad. The perm, leather pants and rolled up jacket sleeves are optional.
9. Sweet Home Alabama
Catchy guitar riff; check. Catchy chorus; check. Lynyrd Skynyrd wrote a classic for the ages with ‘Sweet Home Alabama’, which was first released back in 1974. Put on your best Southern drawl when you sing along to add another layer of fun to this one.
8. Bat Out of Hell
Although the protagonist of this song may be riding a motorcycle, it doesn’t mean Meat Loaf’s stonking ‘Bat Out of Hell’ doesn’t deserve its place on this list. If you listen to the full album version, you’ll have the pleasure of almost ten minutes of dramatic rock ’n’ roll.
7. Fast Car
You don’t have to be driving a 5.0-litre Lexus LC 500 for this Tracy Chapman tune to resonate - it also has an infectious singalong chorus that’s perfect for belting out with your driving buddies. Feel the stresses of life that Tracy touches on wash away, as you embrace her escapism and launch into another round of “IIII-EEE-III”s.
6. Born to Run
For another dose of enigmatic imagery, hit play on Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Born to Run’. Ignore the slightly dark undertones of the lyrics as you sway to the rhythm of the rousing sax solo and sing along to the gravelly tones of “The Boss”.
5. Don’t Stop Believing
The opening piano riff to this classic is guaranteed to liven up your journey. Pour the theatre into your accompaniment and swap a midnight train going anywhere for the comfort of your own four wheels.
4. Free Fallin’
Everyone knows the words to this Tom Petty classic, or at least the chorus, which makes it a great tune for everyone to get involved in. Open your lungs as you belt out the words into your windscreen, conjuring up memories of Jerry Maguire as you do.
3. Mustang Sally
All you’ll wanna do is ride around when you hear this song, which is as much of a favourite among karaoke singers as drivers. There’s no denying it’s a great tune for cruising along to though, whether you’re happy to hit the high notes or leave it to Wilson Pickett’s backing singers.
2. I Wanna Rock
If your ultimate driving song contains a sizeable serving of headbanging, Twisted Sister’s ‘I Wanna Rock’ will be right up your street. Fans of the film Road Trip will remember it well, just make sure you keep your concentration on the road while the song’s blaring from your speakers.
1. Born to be Wild
From the heavy metal thunder guitar riff to the opening lyrics, this Steppenwolf tune broke down barriers and melted faces when it came out in 1968. “Get your motor runnin’/Head out on the highway/Lookin’ for adventure/And whatever comes our way”…it doesn’t get much better than that.
Whether you’re hitting the road to nowhere in your Lexus or driving home for Christmas, why not share our list on Facebook and Twitter, throwing in some of your own favourite driving songs for good measure.