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The 10 Best Driving Tunes

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There is nothing better on a hot summer’s day then cruising down the street with the roof open and the CD player on loud and singing your heart out as if you have no care in the world. Okay – so I know the sun doesn’t shine in this country very often, and no I don’t have a soft top, but I imagine this way of driving would be amazing.

Everyone has their favourite album, and you might even have your own playlist for driving along to. But there are some songs from through the years that always seem to be popular to drive along too, regardless of the driver’s age and style –in a Top of the Pops style, here’s our top ten. Let us know if you disagree in the comments!

Bruce Springsteen – Born to Run

I must admit that I count myself as one of Springsteen’s fans and many people and I would say there’s an argument for having only Bruce Springsteen songs on this list. That probably wouldn’t be very representative of the people, but Born to Run has to be included – the romance of Bruce’s ‘nothing left to lose’ lyrics make it the perfect rock-and-roll accompaniment for summer driving.

John Mellencamp – R.O.C.K. in the USA

This is another classic driving anthem that it’s impossible to listen to quietly – you simply have to turn up the volume when this comes on the radio. It’s a completely true but little known fact that dashboards were invented so that front-seat passengers could drum along to tracks such as this.

Sheryl Crow – Everyday is a winding road

Sheryl’s not one for me but even I sing along to this song. It’s particularly great if you are actually driving along on a winding road, but even if you’re not this is a great sing-along, feel good tune for your car.

Meat Loaf – Bat out of Hell

How could you have a list of songs – regardless of category – and not include a bit of Meat Loaf? I remember being hugely entertained one family holiday as a kid, watching my Dad go crazy while singing along to this at the top of his voice on the M1. I laughed then, but now, I do the same.

Stereophonics – Have a Nice Day

This song was so popular it continues to be used for backing tracks and adverts all over the country, but it’s easy to see why. The tune is the definition of catchy and the lyrics are easy to sing along to for all the family. A great feel good tune.

The Eagles – Hotel California

This song is a classic whichever way you look at it. Regardless of whether you’re in the home or on the road, Hotel California’s brilliance is always worth a listen. It’s a great thought provoker and a great tune, too.

James Hunter – No Smoke Without Fire

Perhaps one of the less well known songs on this list, but the feel good tones of James Hunter just seem to fit in a car. Another great tune and with Hunter’s fantastic voice over the top, it’s a win-win situation. It reminds us of a lawyer driving to work in New York City in the fifties, with the Manhattan skyline on the horizon and this on the radio. Timeless.

The Who – Baba O’Riley

Many of The Who’s records work perfectly in the car. It’s great to have the volume turned up, the windows down and any of their songs on, but there is something special about Baba O’Riley that makes its distinctive vibe ideal for the car stereo. Other drivers and pedestrians will give you knowing nods when they hear this coming from inside your car.

Haddaway – What is love (Baby don’t hurt me)

Haddaway’s anthem combines a really funky beat with classic lyrics that make it impossible not to sing along too. The beat gives the song an uplifting vibe despite the obvious topic of the song, making it a belting driving tune whether you’re feeling great or having one of those days.

Queen – Don’t Stop Me Now

In at number one, it is of course Queen. All of the songs on this list just cry for you to pump up the volume, but none more so than Don’t Stop Me Now by Queen. The school disco favourite combines feel good factor with sing-along-ability – in spades. There’s nothing better than cranking up the volume, hitting down on the electric window and singing ‘Having a good time, having a ball’ at the top of your lungs. Go on, try it!

Offbeat  06/08/2013 16:16:46

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