Driving along with music blaring is one of life’s simplest pleasures – especially if you’ve got yourself a fancy new bluetooth in car stereo.
With summer in full swing, it’s time to collate your favourite tracks, give your car a little maintenance and then hit the road for the best road trip. We’ve put together a list of songs from the swinging ‘60’s onwards to help make your road trip even better. Just remember to get that stereo fixed before you hit the road!
We’ve put together a list of songs from the swinging ‘60’s onwards to help make your road trip even better. Just remember to get that stereo fixed before you hit the road!
1960’s 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.
1970’s Driving Songs
Rock with You – Michael Jackson
Why? … because he’s the self proclaimed King of Pop.
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.
1980’s Driving Songs
Walk Like an Egyptian – The Bangles
Why? Everyone wants to walk like an Egyptian!
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.
1990’s 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.
2000’s 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.
Driving Tracks from 2010 – 2017
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.
Are there any songs you think should be on the list? Comment below and let us know your favourites.
Before having 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.