- June 6, 2011
The Top 10 Songs About Driving
Over the years there have been many songs written about driving and cars, especially in rock music. Loud music and driving pretty much go hand in hand as a lot of drivers like to crank up the volume when driving along the “highway” (or “motorway here in the UK!), and over the years many artists have brought the two together to create songs ABOUT driving. So we have collated a list of ten very different songs about driving – some about the positive sides of driving, some the dangerous and some funny/bizarre ones. Though it has to be said, a lot of the cars that people drive along the open road are good ones, and while some may not be able to afford them they can look into getting the car leasing deals.
Top Songs About Driving
There are some obvious tracks here but also some comedy ones, and some that don’t normally make this sort of list!
Drive My Car – The Beatles
An upbeat song by the biggest band in history about becoming a star, and driving a car…but then not actually driving one. The lyrics “beep beep’m beep beep yeah” offer a certain driving sing along quality (not to mention being song writing genius…)
Racing in the Street – Bruce Springsteen
There are loads of Springsteen songs that could be in a list like this, so we narrowed it down to two. The first of which is a very slow, piano led ballad about a guy who goes “from town to town” street racing with his buddy, but all the while not seeing the negative effects on his girlfriend, who spends her whole life worrying about him. A song about doing what you are passionate about in life to the detriment of those around you.
A very chilled acoustic track from R.E.M that gives off a real Americana feel. The lyrics are not necessarily about driving but it sounds so good on a sunny day that we thought we’d include it here.
Driving In My Car – Madness
This is a proper, happy song about driving. The guy singing it is happy with his car, even though its old and “not quite a Jaguar”. Though his faith in the car appears to waver with the line “I’m satisfied I’ve got this far”, and he seems to need to perform quite a lot of repairs on it, but he’s happy driving along in his car, and that’s all that matters!
Thunder Road – Bruce Springsteen
An altogether more upbeat song from “The Boss” – this is a complex song about hope and freedom that appeals to people of all ages, with the freedom of driving along “Thunder Road”. It is definitely a great song to drive along to.
Driving Home For Christmas – Chris Rea
Another slow ballad, but still an upbeat song about a guy driving along getting excited about seeing his family for Christmas. Completely the opposite of Racing in the Street, it is a song that has been used on many adverts and heard at Christmas parties so is one of those that is synonymous with the festive season.
Airbag – Radiohead
A song about the worst aspect of driving – the fear that you will crash. This happens to the guy in the song, and the airbag “saves his life”. Ultimately it is a song about second chances, with the guy being “amazed that I survived” and “back to save the universe”. Very powerful song with some great guitar parts.
Buck Rogers – Feeder
Now we are moving towards the more comedic end of the list, with a song that contains lyrics that make very little sense, but include the lines “he’s got a brand new car, looks like a jaguar, its got leather seats….its got a CD player…”. A great loud driving song, and for that line alone needs to be in the list.
David Hasselhoff – Jump in my car
A student favourite in 2007, The Hoff released a ridiculous song that somehow became a cult hit. The chorus of “jump in my car – I wanna take you home” is not the most inventive songs but coupled with the video is very funny.
Adam Sandler – Ode to my Car
A funny song by the actor, who sings in a reggae voice throughout the track about his “piece of s**t car”. I won’t spoil the lyrics as they are very funny, and may have you in hysterics throughout the song!