Top 10 Driving Anthems
Long trip across country? International road adventure? Just your commute to work? Whatever you need a driving pick me up for, we’ve got you covered. Here are our 10 best driving songs of all time, each designed to provide the perfect musical score to any trip on wheels. From contemporary hits to nostalgic favourites, each is guaranteed to have you singing out of car windows or shaking along or making traffic that bit less painful.
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“Sweet Home Alabama” by Lynyrd Skynyrd
Fun Fact: The Skynyrds were born in Jacksonville, not Alabama – and this song was recorded in Georgia, but it’ll get your thumb rapping the steering wheel like nothing else. If you grew up in the South, it’s likely on your list of best songs ever.
“I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)” by The Proclaimers
This is one of those songs people would never go to put on. You’d never be somewhere and think the perfect tune to be playing right now is I’m Gonna Be by the Proclaimers. But, if it comes on the radio while driving or you put it on yourself to test this exact theory, you’ll soon find your head bopping along to the beat and yourself singing along. This song is up there with Irn Bru, Whisky and Kenny Dalgleish as Scotland’s finest exports.
“Don’t Stop Believin’” by Journey
Fun Fact: There’s no such place as “South Detroit.” In reality, its just Ontario. Fact checking aside, it takes nothing away from how much of a driving tune this is. Journey’s Don’t Stop Believin is not only one of the all-time, classic sing-along car jams but bar jams, too.
“Danger Zone” by Kenny Loggins
Do you hear that? Me neither. This one will be turned up instantly accompanied by the Top Gun nostalgia will make you feel like you’re in a cockpit of a fighter jet rather than at the wheel of your Ford Focus.
“Underdog” by Kasabian
You’re 15 minutes late leaving for work. You need the traffic to be on your side at the bare minimum. You need to catch every green light, everyone who can let you go to let you go and time itself to move slower than normal to make it on time.
In this sense, you’re an underdog. So feel like one as you drive. This anthem, a massive hit at the time was brought back into the public eye by Kasabian’s Leicester City gig after they beat all the odds and won the league. This song is such a driving banger that even when you’re 15 minutes late for work after nothing has gone your way the entire journey you’re still smiling as you start your day.
“Tiny Dancer” by Elton John
Arguably the most famous road-based lyrics on the list. Count the headlights on the highway… unless you’re driving of course. This ones more an anthem for the passenger seat. Leaning looking up at the lights as they float by one by one, counting down until you’re where you need to be.
“Dancing in the Moonlight” Top Loader
An all time singalong party anthem. Also perfect for bopping your head and helping you through a rainy winter day- drifting you off to lands of moonlight and dancing (as the name suggests).
Made famous as a singalong driving anthem by the hilarious scene in Four Lions, this is now a firm favourite in everyone’s at the wheel tunes.
“Let Me Entertain You” by Robbie Williams
Robbie Williams has a few driving tunes that will get you belting your lungs out at a red light. Angels, she’s the one and feel are just some of the ex Take That singer’s most impressive solo releases. When it comes to driving though, the immediately recognisable intro will get you in the mood for a weekend of good times and out of your work headspace.
“Wonderwall” By Oasis
The ultimate karaoke song. Liam and Noel’s magnum opus is the ultimate mancunian anthem, making it perfect for driving. Just like you have convinced yourself you might one day be able to eat a doughnut without licking your lips, you maybe able to have this song on in your car without singing along.
Don’t count on it though. I said maybeeeee…
“Friday I’m In Love” By The Cure
It’s the weekend. You’re in your car on the way home. There’s traffic. It’s too hot. You’ve got so much to do Monday morning. But at that moment, Friday is your best friend. It’s Friday, and you’re in love.
One of The Cure’s most well known hits, this song will put you in a good mood even if it isn’t Friday.