Top 10 Driving Songs

I’ve just arrived in Seoul for a little look-see.  And the first thing I see is that I may have picked the wrong hotel.

After a quick nap after a long flight, I woke up rather peckish.  Time to hit the bar.  I could have a soju encounter (not recommended for rookies) and something to eat at the same time.  Flipping through the snack menu, I found that I could order a mess of chicken wings for 95,000 won.

Wait.  That sounds like a lot.  

I pulled out my iPhone and quickly did the conversion.  Those wings would have cost EIGHTY-FIVE DOLLARS.  A cheese plate was NINETY DOLLARS.  And don’t even think of asking how much a club sandwich was.  Meanwhile, I could have had a three-shot tasting menu of some ultra-rare (18 years+) scotch whiskeys for $70.  Something’s very, very wrong here.

I’ll wait for breakfast, thank you.  I’d rather chew on my own wing than pay that much.

Now that I have that off my chest, here’s another list from listmeister Brent Chittenden.  

 

Summer is starting to wind down but there is probably one more road trip calling you. Myself? I’ve got at least one or two lined up including a trip into Toronto for Fan Expo (I’ll be the one annoying John Carpenter to no end). As with every long car trip, you need some tunes.

So with the help of all of the people on my facebook page, I’ve tried to put together the list of the Top Ten Road Trip Songs Of All Time! These are songs about the road, driving or just seem to fit both the road and driving perfectly. They might very well may cause you to take a road trip yourself.

10) Steppenwolf – Magic Carpet Ride

Steppenwolf created what is the ultimate motorcycle anthem but they had a number of other great songs that are fitting for road trips including this one.

 

9) Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers – King’s Highway

Tom Petty has a crap ton of music that could be considered road tunes but this one seems to fit the best.

 

8) Queens of the Stone Age – Go With The Flow

The pulse-pounding rhythm of this track always reminded me of the road before I even saw the video.

 

7) AC/DC – Highway to Hell

This is a song that should really start off every road trip that is more than an hour in length or any trip that takes you across Toronto on the 401 at around 4pm.

 

6) White Zombie (ft Iggy Pop) – Black Sunshine

I dare you not to speed when this track is blaring in the speakers as your driving down the highway. (NOTE: ANY SPEEDING TICKETS RESULTING FROM TAKING SAID DARE ARE YOUR OWN FAULT)

 

5) Talking Heads – Road To Nowhere

I think everyone of us has been on this particular road trip either by choice or by the fact the driver won’t ask for directions.

 

4) Ministry – Jesus Built My Hotrod

Er… 40 clicks over the speed limit, a very understanding cop who liked industrial and no fine is all I’m going to say about this one. It was also one of the best selling singles the record company had at the time of it’s release.

 

3) Iggy Pop – The Passenger

Always good for the evening portions of the drive, especially if you happen to be driving in Europe… like Berlin perhaps?

 

2) Golden Earring – Radar Love

One of those road tunes we all know and love but did you know that Golden Earring are from Holland and are still tour using the same line up they had in 1970?

 

1) Willie Nelson – On The Road Again

I was told under not certain terms that any list of road tunes that didn’t feature this classic from the redheaded stranger was not worth a damn. Lucky for me I agree.

Now I know this is a topic well open to debate and I welcome it! What songs do you feel should be on there? Where do you think I went wrong? Leave your comments below and next time we might use your suggestions.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

7 thoughts on “Top 10 Driving Songs

  • August 3, 2012 at 2:29 pm
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    Missing the Doors – "Roadhouse Blues"

    Fu Manchu has a lot of great driving songs – "Hell on Wheels" , "Boogie Van", "King of the Road" , "Grasschopper", "Drive"

    Also can't forget Swervedriver – "Duel"; Billy Idol – "Blue Highway"

    And for those who know their 90's Canadian indie rock – Shortfall's "Drive" is a must-have for cruising the 401.

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  • August 3, 2012 at 5:46 pm
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    Here are a few more:

    Free – All Right Now
    Joe Walsh: Rocky Mountain Way
    Steve Earle: Nowhere Road
    Eve 6: Open Road Song
    The Refreshments: Banditos

    Oh, and since this one somehow missed addition, and it's absolutely impossible to have a road tunes compilation without it:

    ZZ Top – La Grange.

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  • August 3, 2012 at 5:47 pm
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    Here are a few more:

    Free – All Right Now
    Joe Walsh: Rocky Mountain Way
    Steve Earle: Nowhere Road
    Eve 6: Open Road Song
    The Refreshments: Banditos

    Oh, and since this one somehow missed addition, and it's absolutely impossible to have a road tunes compilation without it:

    ZZ Top – La Grange.

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  • August 3, 2012 at 10:25 pm
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    Deep Purple – Highway Star

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  • August 4, 2012 at 12:11 am
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    Rage Against the Machine – "Down Rodeo"
    Eagles – "Take it Easy"
    Doors – "Roadhouse Blues"
    Swervedriver – "Song of Mustang Ford"
    Audioslave – "Show Me How to Live"
    Jerry Reed – "East Bound and Down"
    Sammy Hagar – "I Can't Drive 55"
    The Beatles – "Drive My Car"
    The Allman Brothers – "Ramblin' Man"
    Metallica – "Fuel"

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  • August 7, 2012 at 4:40 pm
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    Great additions in the comments so far!

    I'd also throw in a couple from Joe Satriani into the mix: "Summer Song" for daytime (may not have lyrics to refer to the road, but the video features cars!), and the properly named "Nightdriving" for, well, night driving.

    A few others less related to driving, but definite risks of enducing speeding:
    Green Day's Welcome To Paradise
    Motley Crue's Kickstart My Heart
    Queen's Stone Cold Crazy
    Zep's Rock and Roll
    AC/DC's Heatseeker

    And if it's for the Holidays, then Chris Rea's Driving Home for Christmas is a must of course.

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  • August 13, 2012 at 8:06 pm
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    Fly By Night by Chilliwack! And Hard Road by Sam Robertsd, two excellent Canadian roadtripping songs

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