Weekly survey: What’s your single best summer driving song?

A survey came out of the UK last week purporting to list the world’s favourite summer driving songs. You can read the whole story here, but cutting to the chase, the number one track was “Sweet Home Alabama” by Lynyrd Skynyrd?

Really? Challenge accepted.

What single song best encapsulates your summertime driving experience? It could be a roadtrip with the windows down and the stereo up loud. Or you could be just cruising around town. What single song most floats your boat this time of year?

Lemme know in the comments section below.

Alan Cross

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20 thoughts on “Weekly survey: What’s your single best summer driving song?

  • July 20, 2020 at 10:13 am
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    My choice of a single song would probably be L.A. Woman by the Doors. There is something about that rhythm and guitar rift that goes so well with top-down summer night driving.

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    • July 20, 2020 at 12:54 pm
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      Boys of Summer – The Ataris version (high school for me)
      Long Road to Ruin – Foo Fighters

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  • July 20, 2020 at 10:18 am
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    I’ll add some CanCon:

    “Carefree Highway” – Gordon Lightfoot
    “Life is a Highway” – Tom Cochrane
    “Wheat Kings” – Tragically Hip
    “Home” – Econoline Crush
    “Super Cool Wagon” – Sons of Freedom
    “Born to be Wild” – Steppenwolf

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  • July 20, 2020 at 10:24 am
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    Runnin’ Down a Dream…Tom Petty; it’s got a good summertime, driving with the hood-down groove going on….a happy, rockin’ & boppin’ vibe!

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  • July 20, 2020 at 11:30 am
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    I’ve always thought She Sells Sanctuary by the Cult was a great driving song.

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  • July 20, 2020 at 1:25 pm
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    “All Uncovered” by the Watchmen, hands down. Has been since I was seventeen. (Happy to add to the CanCon list, too!)

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  • July 20, 2020 at 4:06 pm
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    Nas “Memory Lane” from Illmatic and Twilight Singers “Teenage Wristband” from Blackberry Belle

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  • July 20, 2020 at 5:02 pm
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    Radar Love by Golden Earring!

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  • July 20, 2020 at 5:14 pm
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    Someone Somewhere in Summertime. Simple Minds

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  • July 20, 2020 at 9:16 pm
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    Desire by U2; Bob Seger Live Bullet Album – Ramblin Man going right into Heavy Music.

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  • July 20, 2020 at 10:16 pm
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    Life is a highway by Tom Cochrane.

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  • July 20, 2020 at 11:12 pm
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    I am the resurrection Stone Roses

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    • July 21, 2020 at 8:19 am
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      I think that’s the only jam I ever actually want to listen to.

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  • July 21, 2020 at 2:56 am
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    Map of the Problematique by Muse. If I’m not already driving when I listen to that song, I picture myself driving!

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  • July 21, 2020 at 8:54 am
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    I’m An Adult Now – TPoH

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  • July 21, 2020 at 3:55 pm
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    Foreplay/Longtime by Boston.

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  • July 22, 2020 at 8:55 am
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    Gimme Some Lovin’ by the Spencer Davis Group that intro gets me every time!! My all time Favorite Canadian track is Fifty Mission Cap by the Tragically Hip

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  • August 4, 2020 at 2:59 pm
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    Another White Dash – Butterfly Boucher

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