No matter what car you drive or where you’re traveling to, there’s something about some songs that you just can’t help but turn up the volume and start singing along to. Whether it’s because it matches your trip, destination, makes you laugh, or makes you feel invincible, here are the top 10 songs to listen to while driving.
Highway to Hell – AC/DC
With lyrics such as “No stop signs/no speed limits” it’s easy to see why this classic rock anthem is such a great driving song. This iconic Aussie band will have their distinctive brand of high octane rock blaring through your speakers as you carve your way up the highway.
Go Your Own Way – Fleetwood Mac
This song is great for when you need to get out and clear your head, and as the title suggests, go your own way. Not too heavy but still with a bit of substance, this is a perfect song for a casual cruise.
Sweet Home Alabama – Lynyrd Skynyrd
One of the most popular road-trip songs of all time, Sweet Home Alabama is made to be heard with the windows down, the summer air streaming in, and a car full of your best mates along for the ride. It’s a song that is impossible not to sing along to.
Take Me Home, Country Roads – John Denver
With a title like this, it would be difficult for this bittersweet song not to make the list. This lilting tune is one for the more mellow drives, with John Denver’s soulful voice contributing to a more tranquil ride.
Picture Me Rollin’ – Tupac
Now for something completely different, this song from the king of Rap is one that needs to be blaring from your lowered Mercedes as you pull up at the lights for a dose of instant street cred.
Start Me Up – Rolling Stones
The hardest part of listening to this song is trying not to channel your inner Mick Jagger moves while driving! Keep your hands on the wheel, and the miles will fly by with this song turned up.
She Sells Sanctuary – The Cult
Often credited as being the song that truly ‘made’ the scene in the film Layer Cake, it’s one of those tunes that everybody knows even if they don’t know the artist. Perfect for high speed cruising, this is definitely a highway theme song for your daily drive.
Born to be Wild – Steppenwolf
Featured in the classic movie Easy Rider, this song perfectly captures the thrill, rebelliousness and speed of the film. This gritty rock anthem is a favourite for many a long road trip, where you can turn up the volume and be as wild as you like.
Red Barchetta – Rush
There’s no doubt that singer Geddy Lee captured the essence of a good drive in Red Barchetta. The lyrics of “Well-weathered leather / Hot metal and oil / The scented country air / Sunlight on chrome / The blur of the landscape / Every nerve aware” are enough to make anyone itch to feel the road flying past and the sound of the engine in their ears.
Low Rider – War
With this song featuring in the fast paced car classic, Gone In 60 Seconds, it’s definitely a must-have on your driving playlist. With its chilled out tune and lazy beats, this song is best enjoyed when you’re just cruising along with not a care in the world.
No matter what your driving style or music tastes are, there’s definitely a song out there to match every mood. Try a couple of these tracks next time you jump in the car and hit the road; you’ll be at your destination in no time!
Written by Kobe Brooke
Kobe is a motor enthusiast who works in car sales in Brisbane, Australia. He also organizes regular driver meet-up in his local area.