I saw Shazad Sheik's article on the 25 best driving songs and, whilst reading it, I was thinking "hey, maybe I should jump on that too!" So I've had a good think of various songs I've associated with driving over the years for whatever reason and put them down here!
Pendulum - Propane Nightmares
Any kind of fast electronic music is great stuff to drive to. There's quite a few examples from the world of drum and bass I could share, but since Pendulum are one of my favourite bands of all time, it's got to be this absolute banger. That main synth riff will get stuck in your head for days!
Limp Bizkit - Rollin'
It's always a party when Limp Bizkit are in town. Why not bring that party to your car? It only makes sense, right? Not to mention that the music video features a Bentley Azure, one of the most underrated cars of all time in terms of cool factor.
The 1975 - The City
"Why did you choose this, Robert?" I hear you ask. "This isn't a driving song!" Well, no it isn't really. But I have a lot of fond memories of this song and that debut The 1975 album and part of those fond memories are taking a long road trip to Manchester and regular short trips to Cardiff to go and see friends (and sometimes also family). Whenever I put anything from that album on, it reminds me of a happier time and the hours spent on those long, sweeping motorways.
Soilwork - This Momentary Bliss
This is another song (and indeed album) I have fond memories of blasting in my car during my early 20s! This Momentary Bliss is a huge, epic uptempo song that blends stadium rock and fast heavy metal riffs to absolute perfection. It's great to get you pumped up on a twisty mountain road or whenever you feel like singing along to that enormous chorus!
Lamb of God - Redneck
Redneck is a great song regardless of what situation you're listening to it, but it's surprisingly really awesome to blast in the car. Get on a roadtrip with some of your metal loving friends, crank this classic, and have fun trying to scream along with Randy Blythe's lyrical brilliance. You won't regret it!
Static-X - I'm With Stupid
The late, great Wayne Static knew how to write a bouncy jam and this is one of his best and most well-known. He was a petrolhead himself (he had multiple muscle cars and 4x4s on his property in Joshua Tree, California) so it's not surprising that a song like "I'm With Stupid" is fantastic to drive to.
Jamiroquai - Travelling Without Moving
I mean, come on... it samples a car, Jay Kay's own Lamborghini Diablo SE30 to be precise! With a song that's so car and speed centric and Jay Kay's reputation as the ultimate musical petrolhead, it's a bit of a no-brainer really to include this. Plus, just listen to that epic solo bass groove from original bass player Stuart Zender...
Plan B - Stay Too Long (Pendulum Remix)
I've probably been swayed into putting this here because this song is in the 2010 reboot of Need For Speed Hot Pursuit (which is still one of my favourite racing games to this day). The original soul-inspired version from Plan B's absolutely fantastic second album The Defamation Of Strickland Banks is great too and the right kind of uptempo feel to drive to, but the Pendulum remix just has that extra bit of oomph.
The Midnight - Days Of Thunder
The retro-futuristic American pop duo have written several songs that would sound great in the car. This one, the title track of their first EP, is one of the best to drive to though. It's also a must-listen for any of you who love the musical and visual stylings of 80s pop music. Put it on and you can pretend you're in Miami Vice, driving with the top down through the city streets of the sunshine state. You won't regret it!
The Prodigy - Firestarter
This is one of my favourite songs as it is. No wonder, then, that I feel like it's a great choice to blast in the car! Like Wayne Static and Jay Kay mentioned earlier, Keith Flint and Liam Howlett were both big petrolheads. Keith had a crazy collection of cars and motorbikes before his death (which reportedly included the hallowed TVR Cerbera Speed 12), whilst Liam once owned a McLaren F1. Linkin Park's Mike Shinoda also once told a fantastic story about how him and his friends used to blast this song as they drove around the streets of LA, no doubt annoying a lot of people in the process! I can't say much more about this song, really. It's an absolute classic, you can sing along to it with all your friends and it'll keep your energy levels high on those long road trips.
What songs do you like to put on when you're driving? Do you prefer to have no music on at all? Let me know in the comments!