Wednesday, August 23, 2006

The Ultimate List of Driving Songs



3 Brits, 1 Aussie, two weeks, a car and a trip across the US of A.

We want to create the definitive collection of driving songs. Can you please help us on building the ultimate playlist?

The goal is enough tunes so that we don't have to play the same song twice. The only criteria we have is:
  • the songs should either be evocative of America
  • be about being on the move
  • or as you will probably notice just be classic (cheesy is fine if it feels right)
And the songs so far:

American Pie - Don Mclean
Mustang Sally - Wilson Pickett
Highway to hell - ACDC
Achy breaky heart - Billy Ray Chris
Fairy Tale of New York - The Pogues
Eye Of The Tiger - Survivor
Pina Colada Song - Escape ?
Dallas theme tune
Cross Town Traffic - Jimi Hendrix
Dueling Bajos - Jean Pierre Danel (from the film Deliverance)
Shaft theme tune - Isaac Hayes
People Everyday - Arrested Development
Ring of fire - Johnny Cash
Magic America - Blur
Running Bear
Rawhide
I left my heart in San Francisco - Tony Bennett
Boots were made for walking - Nancy Sinatra
Friends in low places - Garth Brooks
Top Gun theme tune - Harold Faltermeyer/Steve Stevens
Blueberry Hill - Chuck Berry
Final Countdown - Foreigner
Copacabana - Barry Manilow
Driving in My Car - Madness
Fast Car - Tracy Chapman
This is the greatest song in the world - Tenacious D
A-Team theme tune


So what's missing?

34 Thoughts?:

Blogger Kirsty said...

Bloody hell. Great photo, great plan and great music list - can I come??

No, I guess not.

Instead, might I suggest you add:

- Lay Lady Lay by Bob Dylan
- If I Said You Had A Beautiful Body by The Bellamy Brothers
- All Night Long by Lionel Richie
- The Gambler by Kenny Rogers

6:21 pm  
Anonymous Jason Esfandiary said...

Hello Will and company,

Great idea, music for the road is a very important part of the US hgihways experience. There are so many songs I could list but here are a select few...

Boston - more than a feeling
Pavement - Range Life
The Stooges - No fun
Dinosaur Jr - Freak Scene
Curtis Mayfield - Move on up (full 9 minute version with crazy percussion)
Steely Dan - Rikki don't lose that number
Grateful Dead - Box of Rain
Guns and Roses - Paradise City
Lynyrd Skynrd - Sweet Home alabama
De la Soul - Roller skating Jam named Saturdays
Tribe Called Quest - I left my wallet in El Segundo
Television - Marquee Moon
The Band - Rag mama rag
The Black Crowes - Remedy
The Kinks - Shang gri la
The Meters - Just kissed my baby

Hope that helps.

Have a great trip

Jason

9:44 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jason Esfandiary has stolen my thunder, but here are some suggestions!

New York, New york - Sinatra
Proud Mary - John Fogerty
Riding along in my automobile - Chuck Berry
Kansas City - Fats Domino
Feels like Rain - Buddy Guy
Fly me to the moon - Tony Bennett
Sittin' on the dock of the bay - Otis Redding
Road runner - Bo Diddley
House of the rising sun - The Animals
Memphis, Tennessee - Chuck Berry

All I can think of for the moment!

Tony Battrick

11:58 am  
Blogger Will Anderson said...

These are brilliant. Thanks so much.
When we have the complete collection, I will re-post the entire playlist, so future drivers can enjoy the ultimate driving playlist.

12:09 pm  
Anonymous Jason said...

Journey - Don't stop believin'
Bob Dylan - Highway 61 Revisited
Roger Miller - King of the road
Bruce Springsteen - Born to run
Styx - Come sail away
The Band - The weight
Tom Petty - Free fallin'
J Geils Band - Angel is a centerfold
Stealers Wheel - Stuck in the middle with you
Billy Ocean - Get outta my dreams, get into my car
Blondie - One way or another
Steve Miller Band - The Joker, Fly Like an Eagle, Jet Airliner ... I usually can't stand their music but on a road trip, you have to have something.
Ray Charles - America the beautiful (not really an uptempo driving song, but it's so moving it might actually convince you that America is, in fact, beautiful)
Joey Scarbury - Theme from the
Greatest American Hero (mind you, if you didn't watch american TV in the early '80s this might not have the same reasonance)

And I must wholeheartedly second Kirsty on The Gambler.

3:07 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

you'd have to have "the horizon has been defeated" by Jack Johnson... if only for the title

4:19 pm  
Anonymous Picklin Paul said...

Great idea. How about some more film soundtracks
Ennio morricone - a fistful of dollars, A few dollars more, harmonica man (Once upon a time in the west)
Ry Cooder - Paris Texas
Bullitt - Lalo Schifrin
Hill street blues theme

Some random stuff
Kraftwerk - Autobahn
Leftfield - Open up (preferably driving into LA at night...)
Eagles - Hotel California

4:28 pm  
Anonymous Marcus Brown said...

Stairway to heaven. 9 Minutes of joy.

1:41 pm  
Anonymous Rob Mortimer said...

I drove all night - Roy Orbison
Hanging on the telephone - Blondie
Trans Europa Express - Kraftwerk

2:07 pm  
Anonymous Lee McEwan said...

My last US road trip playlist contained a fair amount of cheese...

Hendrix: All Along The Watchtower
Cream: Crossroads
Ocean Colour Scene: 100 Mile High City
The Doors: LA Woman
The Ataris: Boys of Summer
Violent Femmes: Blister in the Sun
Simon & Garfunkel: Hazy Shade of Winter
Velvet Underground: Beginning to See the Light
America: Ventura Highway
Bryan Adams: Summer of '69
Van Morrison: Wild Night
The Eagles: One of These Nights
Moloko: The Time is Now
Orb: Little Fluffy Clouds
Saint Etienne: Only Love Can Break Your Heart
Badly Drawn Boy: Once Around The Block

5:53 pm  
Anonymous Jason Chebib said...

A briefly put together selection - I hope some of these find favour, or equally likely, spark another thought about songs you like and had forgotten... Enjoy the trip!

Evocative of America:
John Cougar - Jack & Diane
Kings of Leon - Red morning light
David Bowie - Blue Jean
Green Day - American idiot
Boston - Foreplay/Long time (from the classic eponymous first album, same as 'More than a feeling')
Iggy Pop - Lust for life
Hole - Celebrity skin
Madness - Uncle Sam
Jeff Buckley - Hallelujah
Pearl Jam - Alive
REM - Orange Crush
The Strokes - Someday
U2 - Angel of Harlem
Stevie Wonder - Superstition
Counting Crows - Mr Jones
White Stripes - Seven nation army

On the move:
Clash - Should I stay or should I go
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club - Spread your love
Blue Aeroplanes - Big Sky
Coldplay - In my place
Echobelly - King of the kerb (Will, you MUST include this one! :-))
Franz Ferdinand - Take me out
Led Zeppelin - Kashmir
KT Tunstall - Other side of the world
The La's - There she goes
Madness - (Waiting for the) Ghost train
Oasis - Don't look back in anger
Queen - Don't stop me now
REM - Stand
Rainbow - Since you've been gone
Republica - Ready to go
Travis - Driftwood
U2 - Elevation
Wonder Stuff - Piece of Sky
World Party - Put the message in the box
Bluetones - Slight return

Classic:
Joy Division - Love will tear us apart
Athlete - Wires
Charlatans - The only one I know
Catherine Wheel - I want to touch you
Eels - Novocaine for the soul
The Jam - Beat Surrender
House of Love - Shine on
Killers - All these things that I've done
The Knack - My Sharona (one of very few British faves to be a classic in the US!)
Madness - The sun and the rain
Maroon 5 - This love
U2 - Vertigo
Massive Attack - Blue lines
Maximo Park - Graffiti
McAlmont & Butler - Yes
Pink Floyd - Another brick in the wall
REM - What's the frequency, Kenneth
Radiohead - Street Spirit (Fade out)
Texas - Black Eyed Boy
Supergrass - Richard III
Suede - Animal nitrate
Love Affair - Everlasting love
U2 - The Unforgettable Fire
The Who - Substitute

9:50 am  
Anonymous Tom said...

one great idea... i can only think of one better...

two Austin Minis
one VW Camper Van
plenty of music (actually what i'm looking for inspiration towards myself now)
and a trip to Nurburgring Nordshleife Germany from Swindon, England.

recommend;
- John Cougar Mellancamp - Authority Song
- Quincy Jones - Self Preservation Society (Never miss this off a driving song list)
- Golden Earring - Radar Love
- The Cars - Let's Go
- Beatles - Drive My Car

2:26 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

bad boys - inner circle (cops tv theme) haha nothing like driving to this bad boy

11:59 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A bit eclectic, and i'm still working on it, but definatley always gets me pumping behind the wheel.

Lenny Kravitz - Always On The Run
Michael Hutchinson - The Passenger
The Doors - Riders on a Storm
Linkin Park & Jay Z - Numb/Encore
Santana ft Rob Thomas - Smooth
Fresh Prince - Summertime
Usher - Yeah
Nelly - Hot in Herre
Rhianna - Shut up and Drive
Joe Satriani - Summer Song
Chemical Brothers - Block Rocking Beats
The Crystal Method - Born To Slow
Overseer - Velocity Shift

9:28 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Killers - Mr. Brightside
War - Low Rider
Was Not Was - Walk the Dinosaur

3:59 am  
Anonymous Nick said...

Proclaimers - 500 miles
Beach Boys - good vibrations & I get around
Keith Urban - Days Go By
Gibson Miller Band - Texas Tattoo
CCR - looking out my back door
Fine young Cannibals - she drives me crazy
REM - Stand
Tom Cochrane - Life is a Hiway
Men Without Hats - Pop goes the world
Theme from Peter Gunn
Theme from James Bond
Ozzy Osbourne - Crazy Train
Meatloaf - All Revved up & paradise by the dashboard light

4:23 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A few years too late but...

Cake-Comfort Eagle (this is a great driving song)
BTO-Let's Roll (Not Fragile for good measure)
Rush-Red Barchetta (not Americans though)
ZZ Top-Driving While Blind
I would be itching to play "Highway Star" by Deep Purple but they are from the UK!
The Doors-Love me two times and Hello I love you
Steve Miller-Big 'ol Jet Airliner
Lynyrd Skynyrd-The Breeze
Montrose-Bad Motor Scooter
Sammy Johns-Chevy Van
Dick Dale-Miserlou
Duane Eddy- Peter Gunn
Blues Brothers-Any song from the original movie when you get close to Chicago!
Beach Boys-I get around
Booker T and the MG's-Green Onions
Foghat-Driving Wheel and Terraplane blues(again not Americans)
Dukes of Hazard Theme
Black Sheep Squadron TV theme (get your goggles out)
Patton movie Theme
The last two are great for pulling into gas stations.

3:20 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Black Betty - SpiderBait
song 3 - Blur
Pretender - Foo Fighters
Give It All - rise against
Raindrops - sash

Have fun i hope i can do the same soon !!!!

11:51 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Black Sabbath - Heaven and Hell
don henley - the boys of summer
dire straits - walk of life
joe walsh - life's been good
stevie nicks - edge of seventeen
rush - spirit of the radio
yes - and you and I
tom petty - american girl
rolling stones - gimme shelter
toto - africa
derek and the dominoes - layla
david bowie and queen - under pressure
roy orbison - i drove all night

6:06 pm  
Anonymous vyvyan said...

No "Born to be Wild" by Steppenwolf?
I bet you've not seen the movie "Easy Rider"

The soundtrack of the movie was from the go, a driving song collection. You can feel it with the roaring of bike as a prelude to the second song. So I would say in one easy go you can include all these 10 songs listed below.

Steppenwolf - The Pusher
Steppenwolf - Born to Be Wild
Smith - The Weight
The Byrds - Wasn't Born to Follow
The Holy Modal Rounders - If You Want to Be a Bird
Fraternity of Man - Don't Bogart Me
Jimi Hendrix - If 6 Was 9
The Electric Prunes - Kyrie Eleison / Mardi Gras (When the Saints)
Roger McGuinn - It's Alright Ma (I'm Only Bleeding)
Roger McGuinn - Ballad of Easy Rider

2:01 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

King Diamond- Radar Love
The Kinks- All Day and All of the Night

12:51 pm  
Anonymous Steve said...

I always liked Holiday Road by Lindsey Buckingham (National Lampoon when he is being tailed by Christie Brinkley.

Ventura Highway - America (do I get extra points for that one)

Here I Go Again (87 Remix) - Whitesnake

Twisting By The Pool - Dire Straits

You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet - Bachman Turner Overdrive (technically Canadian)

2:48 pm  
Anonymous Ro said...

How about 'Drive' by Incubus??

7:52 am  
Blogger Keeto said...

great plan!!!also has given me some excellent tracks for my ipod!!!thanks for the inspiration!!!enjoy the trip...and take me with you!!

4:06 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know this is about 4 years too late but...

Wow. Amazing idea, good effort lads! As there's three Brits among you, you'd know the perils of the M6, M40, M25 and M23, I live in Sussex but work in Blackpool! I have to say at night with the hypnotic motorway lights it takes a lot to beat Scatman John - Im the Scatman.

I totally expect to get ridiculed for that but don't knock it until you try it!

Did anybody say 2,4,6,8 motorway?

By the way, I'm stealing your tracklist for the Wacky Rally, driving a £250 car from London to Budapest in 4 days!

12:23 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ted Nugent: strangle hold
Poe hey: pretty remix
Saliva: spy hunter theme
Black: Sabath fairies wear boots
steppenwolf: born to be wild

7:28 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Charlie daniels: uneasy rider, stroker ace,
Red Sovine: phantom 309

7:34 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What is Love - Haddaway

8:41 pm  
Anonymous Nita Stelling said...

American-esque? That word made me think of bands like The Killers, Guns N' Roses, Chicago, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Nirvana and Michael Jackson. And upon going back home, make sure to not forget the song "Sweet Home Alabama." Hmm, you already have quite a playlist here. By this time, I'm certainly sure that you've already added a lot of songs on your growing American tunes.

5:24 am  
Blogger belette said...

Also way too late but just to add some traveling themed songs to a great list:

- interstate love song by stone temple pilots
- passenger by deftones
- the distance by cake
- plane by jason mraz
- trainwreck by mastodon
- highway song by system of a down
- car chase city by tenacious d

And these for their music vids:

- my favourite game by the cardigans
- 1979 by the smashing pumpkins
- scar tissue by red hot chili peppers

4:24 pm  
Blogger bruce said...

Montrose lets go

3:36 pm  
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3:37 pm  
Blogger Jane Ward said...

Good stuff!

Can I also suggest:
Proud Mary by CCR
Beautiful Day by U2
Free Falling by Tom Petty
Airstream by Fastball

11:51 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

steppin out - joe jackson
sultan of swing - dire straits
valerie - steve winwood
the way it is - bruce hornsby
grease theme - frankie valli

8:31 am  

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