Today is the kind of day that makes you want to drive down a country road with the top down on your convertible, if you have a convertible that is. Whether or not you can drop the top won’t matter with this list of great songs for driving.
10. Eagles – Take It Easy (1972)
“Eagles – Eagles”
Courtesy Asylum Records
For many, “I’m running down the road tryin’ to loosen my load, I’ve got seven women on my mind,” were the first words they ever heard from the Eagles. The song continues on exploring the joys of cruising around being admired by members of the opposite gender.
9. Beach Boys – Little Deuce Coupe (1963)
“Beach Boys – “Little Deuce Coupe””
Cars were a key element of a number of the Beach Boys’ early classics. “Little Deuce Coupe” is possibly the best. If there was ever a love song written to a car, this is it. Just substitute what you’ve got for the words “little deuce coupe,” and your auto will be purring in loving response.
8. Beatles – Drive My Car (1966)
“Beatles – Rubber Soul”
Courtesy Capitol Records
“Drive My Car” kicks off the Beatles’ Rubber Soul, one of the greatest pop albums of all time. It’s easy to enjoy on a drive and sing along to the chorus, but when listened to closely, the lyrics are among the Beatles’ most witty. “Beep beep, beep beep, yeah!”
7. Billy Ocean – Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car (1988)
“Billy Ocean – “Get Outta My Dreams Get Into My Car””
It may be crass and commercial, but it’s also great car music. Billy Ocean launched a song that has the perfect beat for slow top-down convertible cruising along the city strip. You’ll be singing along in no time.
6. Wall Of Voodoo – Mexican Radio (1982)
“Wall of Voodoo – “Mexican Radio””
Courtesy I.R.S. Records
It’s a bit of a left-field selection, but this classic is addictive from hearing it the first time. It’s all about dialing in a Mexican station from dusty border territory. The next time you’re headed along dusty highways from Texas to California, make sure this classic is on your playlist.
5. John Mellencamp – Authority Song (1984)
“John Mellencamp – Uh-Huh”
Courtesy Riva Records
You might find yourself pounding the steering wheel along as the crack of the drums and guitar kick in. Irresistible melody, defiant singalong lyrics, and a big dose of attitude…in other words, great for driving!
4. Derek and the Dominos – Layla (1972)
“Derek and the Dominos – “Layla””
“Layla” by Eric Clapton’s alter ego band, Derek and the Dominos, is one of the top rock classics of all time. The extended instrumental fade out is a warm antidote for a long, lonely drive. Duane Allman’s slide guitar solo will expose and soothe any brand of emotional disturbance. Lock it in for any lengthy solo drive.
3. The Cars – Let’s Go (1979)
“The Cars – “Let’s Go””
“Let’s Go,” from the Cars second album Candy-O includes one of the most brilliant pauses in the history of pop music. Those few seconds between “She says” and “Let’s go” make the entire song work.
2. Stealers Wheel – Stuck In the Middle With You (1973)
“Stealers Wheel – Stealers Wheel”
Courtesy Lemon Records
This parody of Bob Dylan’s style by Scots Gerry Rafferty and Joe Egan locks into an outstanding rhythm for gentle 4-wheel cruising. The song was produced by classic pop songwriters Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. Who can help but join in with the instantly memorable chorus “Clowns to the left of me, jokers to the right, here I am…stuck in the middle with you?”
1. Golden Earring – Radar Love (1974)
“Golden Earring – “Radar Love””
With that chugging beat and lyrics that begin “I’ve been driving all night, my hands wet on the wheel,” “Radar Love” is the perfect song for cross-country night driving with no objective other than being with the one you love ASAP. Surprisingly, this universally well-known classic did not even make the pop top 10 upon its initial release.