Most of these “top driving songs” you see consist of a top 5 list and all of them are meant to get you “pumped” to drive. Because apparently you’ve got to be psyched and every drive is a race.

Well, to me, that is the case, but hey ho.

So, here’s a list of some top driving songs – but for different driving situations. Enjoy.

Going Fast. The Cardigans – My Favourite Game.

Well, we may as well get the going fast one out of the way first. Any fans of Gran Turismo or anyone alive in the last 20 years will recognise this one. You gotta get somewhere, and fast. There’s only one song for the job.

First thing in the morning, but you want a calm start. America – Ventura Highway.

Not every morning is a hectic one. Sometimes you want to be calmly nursed into full alertness with some soothing music. Let America wake you up nice and gently.

First thing in the morning, and you need some rock to get you going. Thin Lizzy – Rosalie (Live).

Not too much, not too little. Just perfect to get you up and raring to go.

Your best friend made you take him to the airport and you’re exhausted and your other best friend is passed out in the passenger seat and it’s 5AM and you just want your bed. Macintosh Plus – Lisa Frank 420.

Yes, it’s that song. An oddly specific purpose for a song? Yes. But it happened, and it was glorious.

Late night cruising under the stars. The Doors – L.A. Woman.

Picture the scene. It’s 1AM. You’re cruising in the car, your girl in the passenger seat, the sky is clear, the stars are out. You’ve got a full tank of gas, a bitchin’ sound system, the heater on, the sunroof open and a clear road in front of you. There’s only one song for the job.

Inner city cruising. Ice Cube – It was a Good Day.

You’re cruising down the street in your hometown. Your car is freshly clean and looking fly, everyone’s looking at you, the windows are down. You gotta blast one song – and you know it has to be this.

First trip in your project car, and everything’s actually working. Peter Gabriel – Solsbury Hill.

It’s been a long road. You’ve been working on it for months, and it’s time for that first turn of the key. It fires up, and you’re so happy you could cry. You take it for that test drive and… it’s… working? Without a problem? This is almost too good to be true. It can’t possibly get any better than this. You need something happy and upbeat and triumphant to truly encapsulate the moment. Enter… Peter Gabriel.

That first night out cruising with your car crew after you all finally have your cars working. Dan Auerbach – Heartbroken, In Disrepair.

Yes, it’s that bloke from The Black Keys. Picture it – it’s night, you’re about to hit the town. You’ve finally got your project out of the garage. Your friend finally fixed that electrical issue. Your other friend got his back from the shop. It’s time to convoy out and cruise the night away.

The Mega Road Trip. Queens of the Stone Age – You Think I Ain’t Worth a Dollar, But I Feel Like a Millionaire.

C’mon, you thought a list of music by me wouldn’t have some Queens of the Stone Age? Nonsense. Picture the scene. It’s the start of summer, all of the negative shit is behind you. You’re set to embark on a mega road trip with your best friends, and their cars. Nothing but good times ahead, and one of the best experiences of your life. You need a saga. What’s that saga? It’s Songs for the Deaf. You can’t even hear it!

So, that’s the list. I hope that these songs help enhance your time with your car. Music is one of the most important things to us as human beings, is inescapable, and can enlighten our experiences. Nothing can quite bring us back and evoke emotion like hearing certain songs.

So make sure they’re the right ones.


Published by Tomo Pattison

Car Enthusiast, Drummer, Photographer. I also write crap about cars and do some racing.

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