A British insurance company surveyed a selection of its clients and concluded that The Killers' "Mr. Brightside" is Britain's most popular driving song.
That's not a bad tune to keep you singing and honking along. It made me wonder what makes a good driving song? Is it the lyrical references to the act of driving, the soothing quality to manage your road rage or does it just need to be steady tune to make that frantic every day commute to work a little less cumbersome?
When I think about "driving music" I think about music that fits the road - music that takes you places and that keeps you pepped and focused while also giving you something hooky to sing along to (if you dare). From a list of dozens of songs, I compiled a playlist of ten driving tunes. I don't drive much, but if it is a road trip, these are some of the songs, I'd pop into the CD player. (Listen to some of the songs on Mixwit.)
What songs do you like to drive (or commute) with? Read, comment and discuss after the jump.
The Killers "When You Were Young"
I think this is one of my favorite pop songs ever written, and with lyrics like "We're burning down the highway skyline -- on the back of a hurricane that started turning," you go on and on for miles. [Listen]
The Go-Go's "We Got The Beat"
When night falls and your focus fades, this '80s classic will put your attention span right back into gear. [Listen]
Kaskade "Steppin' Out"
Anything Kaskade will slow me down at the right moments. [Listen]
Outkast "Hey Ya"
Outkast's infectious beat makes you go down that long and winding road a lot faster. [Listen]
Antigone "More Man Than Man"
Pedal to the metal, turn down the windows and let a funky British breeze in. This tune will get your lowrider jumping.
Cyndi Lauper "I Drove All Night"
I love it when Cyndi Lauper sings in her lower timbre. This Roy Orbison cover is one of my fave Lauper tracks. [Listen]
Drive-By Truckers "Two Daughter And A Beautiful Wife"
A little honky-tonk for that country road.
Maroon 5 & Rihanna "If I Never See Your Face Again"
This is such a totally fun summer tune. Great for coasting with the sunroof open. And I dig it when Levine gets all articulate and sings, "I wonder if he's half the lover that I am." [Listen]
Coldplay "Speed of Sound "
I remember playing this song over and over again when I bought my new car a few years ago. It is one of the elevating tunes that takes you somewhere. [Listen]
The B-52's "Funplex"
Pimp your ride and go full throttle with some B-52's goodness and spread some joy around the neighborhood.[Listen]
Darren Hayes "Casey"
One of the best (and most underrated) pop songs of the last 12 months. This will make you drive from broad daylight into the starry night.
Bonus: Prince ft. Sheena Easton "U Got The Look"
Show off your fabulous self in your fabulous voiture.