Driving along with music blaring is one of life’s simple pleasures - especially if you’ve got yourself a fancy new Bluetooth in car stereo.
And what better way to entertain yourself on a road trip than with a collection of your favourite tracks.
To help get you in the mood we’ve put together a list of songs from the swinging sixties onwards to help you and your family get in the groove – wherever you may be heading too.
1960s Driving Songs
Here Comes the Sun - The Beatles
Why? No one will ever listen to this song and feel sad. Roll the windows down and belt it out lad.
Happy Together - The Turtles
Why? It’s got a great beat to keep you awake during a commute. It’s also a lovely tune, about everlasting love.
Daydream Believer - The Monkees
Why? You’ll cheer sleepy Jean up, and it’s really calming. Even if you’ve started the song in a bad mood, you’ll finish in a good one.
Sweet Caroline - Neil Diamond
Why? Howard and Amy reaffirming their friendship over Neil Diamond whilst driving to through their mystery game was gold. Go make those friends in the car.
Africa - Toto
Why? Again, you’ll never listen to this and feel sad. Go bless the rains down in Africa as you cruise down the M1.
California Dreaming - Mamas and Papas
Why? This song is one of the most referenced songs in TV and film - and for good reason. It’s super relaxed.
It’s Not Unusual - Tom Jones
Why? Because it’s Tom Jones! Just don’t do the Carlton at the wheel please.
Signed, Sealed, Delivered - Stevie Wonder
Why? Everything’s better with a little bit of Stevie Wonder.
The Clapping Song - Shirley Ellis
Why? Everything about this song is feel good - just don’t clap whilst you’re driving.
1970s Driving Songs
Rock with You - Michael Jackson
Why? … because he’s the self-proclaimed King of Pop (and it’s a decent tune).
Rocket Man - Elton John
Why? You can pretend your car is a rocket, and you’re escaping everyday life.
September - Earth, Wind and Fire
Why? When the whole car breaks into song at the chorus, you can thank us.
The Boys are Back in Town - Thin Lizzy
Why? Because if you're on your way to town with the boys...
O-o-h Child - The Five Stairsteps
Why? Because Chris Pratt loves shaking it to this classic.
Teenage Kicks - The Undertones
Why? ….because teenage dreams are hard to beat.
Loving You - Minnie Riperton
Why? Trying to hit the high notes is one of life’s simplest pleasures.
Life on Mars - David Bowie
Why? If you want a little more ground control when driving, what better song to listen to?
Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen
Why? You can re-enact the iconic Wayne’s World head banging scene!
The Revolution will not be Televised - Gil Scot-Heron
Why? Jazz flute and impressing your friends with your lyrical genius, that’s why.
1980s Driving Songs
Walk Like an Egyptian - The Bangles
Why? Everyone wants to walk like an Egyptian – don’t they!
I Wanna Dance With Somebody - Whitney Houston
Why? You can belt it out on the drive home and feel nothing but joy.
Take on Me - A-Ha
Why? Electro-Pop at its finest. That’s why.
Jessie’s Girl - Rick Springfield
Why? A feel good banger at its finest.
Tainted Love - Soft Cell
Why? Sometime you feel you’ve got to run away.
Sweet Dreams - The Eurythmics
Why? Sweet dreams are made of cheese - who am I to dis-brie?
Come on Eileen - Dexys Midnight Runners
Why? A chorus nobody can turn down.
Total Eclipse of the Heart - Bonnie Tyler
Why? Because it’s a true love ballad.
White Wedding - Billy Idol
Why? It’s always a nice day for a white wedding.
Don’t you Forget About Me - Simple Minds
Why? It’s an easy listen for that dull commutes.
1990s Driving Songs
Learn to Fly - Foo Fighters
Why? Dave Grohl is a god who will make your drive 10 times better.
Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana
Why? You never grow out of teen angst.
Gangsta’s Paradise - Coolio ft L.V
Why? You can roll the windows down and feel like a true gangster.
No Scrubs - TLC
Why? You can hang out of the passenger’s side of your best friend’s ride.
Don’t Speak - No Doubt
Why? You’ll get all the feels as you sing it on the way home.
No Diggity - Dr Dre & Queen Pen
Why? It brings back the best of the ‘90s.
Killing me Softly - Fugees
Why? It is a calming song with all the entendres.
Pony - Ginuwine
Why? The law requires cruisin to Pony.
Say my Name - Destiny’s Child
Why? It will make you feel strong and independent.
Sing it Back - Moloko
Why? Club banger. Enough said.
2000s Driving Songs
Dilemma - Kelly Rowland & Nelly
Why? Because we still can’t get over the fact that Kelly text Nelly on Excel Spreadsheets.
Milkshake - Kelis
Why? Milkshakes are full of calcium and delicious.
Clumsy - Fergie
Why? It’s a club banger.
Ignition - R Kelly
Why? It’s the remix to ignition, hot and fresh out the kitchen. Oh, and your car has an ignition.
Cry Me a River - Justin Timberlake
Why? The shade towards Britney was unreal. You can sit in your car on a rainy day and pretend you’re in a music video.
Unwritten - Natasha Bedingfield
Why? No one else can feel it for you - only you can let it in. You’ll feel amazing belting this one out.
Hips Don’t Lie - Shakira
Why? It’s an upbeat banger that will make you feel so sassy.
1,000 Miles - Vanessa Carlton
Why? White Chicks. That is all.
Pump It - Black Eyed Peas
Why? It’s a tune.
Billionaire - Travis McCoy ft Bruno Mars
Why? Bruno Mars brightens everyone’s day.
2010 – 2017 Driving Songs
Can’t Hold Us - Macklemore Ft Ryan Lewis
Why? It’s upbeat, you’ll feel alive and like a champion when you ace the rap.
Still Into You - Paramore
Why? Paramore’s discography was made for road trips..
Breezeblocks - Alt J
Why? Sometimes you need a tune full of teen angst to accompany you on the drive home.
Titanium - Sia ft David Guetta
Why? It’s super upbeat, and a crowd pleaser.
Sexy and I Know It - LMFAO
Why? Even if you’ve had the worst day, this song will give you a mood boost on your way home!
The Monster - Rihanna ft Eminem
Why? Perfect Eminem’s rap and feel like a boss as you cruise home.
Sail - Awolnation
Why? Sometimes you just need to turn up the volume and sail on home.
Just a Dream - Nelly
Why? It’s a great tune - a rap ballad if you may.
Pompeii - Bastille
Why? Indie rock at its finest. Wind down the windows and enjoy this classic.
Starvin - Hailee Steinfeld ft Grey Zedd
Why? Easy listening. That’s why.
Before going on a road trip (or long drive to your summer holiday destination), make sure you check and prepare your car, and service it if necessary. If you’ve got a car that needs fixing get free quotes now from your local garages. And just in case, here is a simple guide on what to do if you breakdown.