Listening to music whilst you drive is something that almost all of us do. It's a great way to stop yourself from getting bored in traffic, whether you're driving back home from seeing the family at Christmas, driving to the airport to go on holiday or even just on your daily commute through the hellscape that is the morning or evening rush hour. It's also pretty motivating when you have the right kind of song on for the right kind of road.
I have a little playlist on my Spotify account that I often use whilst I'm in my car, so I thought I'd share a few selections from that and talk about why those songs are on there. Do you agree with any of my choices? Do you have some of your own that you love to put on? Let me know in the comments!
Bad Wolves - I'll Be There
Most people know Bad Wolves because of their cover of The Cranberries' classic Zombie. Whilst that's completely understandable, it means that their actual original songs don't really get as much of a look at as they deserve to have. I'll Be There is a fast, thrashy masterpiece full of energy and pace, two ingredients you need when you're doing a proper drive. The chorus is a proper singalong one too!
The Band CAMINO - Daphne Blue
This is one of those instant classic, feelgood rock anthems that'll never get old. As soon as that opening guitar riff kicks in, you know you're going to have a good time. The energy and fun factor this song has will keep you going on a long drive and once you know the words you'll definitely want to sing along to it!
Hot Milk - Are You Feeling Alive?
This is a song all about living your best life, being free and, well, feeling alive. Why not pop it on a driving playlist? It's ridiculously catchy and summery and it'll never fail to put you in a good mood. Pop the windows or the convertible top down, put this on and just drive.
DragonForce - Highway to Oblivion
DragonForce are the kings of turbocharged metallic cheese. Why not stick them on when you're doing some spirited driving? If you're into the stadium rock/stadium metal of the 80s such as Bon Jovi, Motley Crue and Def Leppard, you'll absolutely love Highway to Oblivion. It's full of squealing, shredding guitars and bombastic vocals, the perfect accopaniement for the most epic of drives.
Static-X - I'm with Stupid
Considering the late, great Wayne Static's known petrolhead status, it only makes sense that one of the quintessential anthems of his self-made "evil disco" music would be fantastic to blast in a car. You'll find yourself screaming out those classic lines before too long and the relentless, driving grooves are perfect for a high-speed drive.
Parkway Drive - The Void
Parkway Drive's last two albums have been a benchmark for ultra-heavy yet ultra-catchy metal and The Void is one of the best of their more recent bunch. It's chorus is incredibly infectious and its got that all-important super driving backbeat that keeps you going as you barrel down a motorway. It's all too easy to imagine yourself in some kind of epic Top Gear/The Grand Tour cinematic sequence as this song plays, preferably surrounded by the multitudes of pyrotechnics the Australians love to use during their live shows.
Pendulum - Propane Nightmares
Come on. This song's a classic! Any kind of Drum and Bass is good driving music to begin with, but this one sits above all others because of that lead synth melody that burns its way into your head like nothing else. I bet you can even hear it in your head now...
Sumo Cyco (featuring Benji Webbe) - Move Mountains
The crazy Canadians have been one of my favourite bands since I discovered them earlier this year and I discovered almost by accident that this song is a brilliant one to drive to. The No Doubt meets System Of A Down vibe of this track combined with the unmistakable Newport reggae twang of Skindred's charisma factory of a frontman Benji Webbe has all the energy you could ever need and much more. That chorus is way, way too catchy too and that breakdown could get a few Wayne's World moments going whilst you're driving...
Northlane - 4D
Alien, the album this song is from, was one of my favourite albums of the whole of 2019 and likely one of my favourites of the whole decade too. 4D is one of the coolest songs from that. It's a fast, heavily Drum and Bass and Industrial Metal inspired track full of huge guitars, soaring vocals and crazy synths that absolutely oozes with the right kind of energy for spirited driving. The breakdown is absolutely massive too!
Issues - Flexin'
The only reason I have this on my driving playlist is because it makes me feel like a badass. This is one for crusing city streets, pretending you're in a much more expensive car than you really are. Like the Rolls-Royce Dawn from the music video, maybe? Whatever the case, it's one of the most fun songs you'll ever hear, full of funky goodness from a band that are usually known for producing nu-metal inspired heavy jams.