When some people driving, there is almost always music playing in the background just to pass the time between getting from Point A to B. Then there are other people who like playing music to get the mood going while in the car. The kind of music that makes someone want to go a little faster, drum their fingers on the steering wheel, or have a full-blown one person concert (or more if there are passengers) while getting to the set destination. This music is called driving music. Here is a list of my favorite 10 out of the 20+ songs that Reddit user "u/YourOwnBiggestFan" thinks are the best for driving.
10 Foghat - "Slow Ride"
Who can forget Foghat's Slow Ride jam? Most people my age may have heard of this song from their parents, or even on the game Guitar Hero III. I play this song from time to time when I am out cruising on an open road with no set destination. The beat and rhythm from the guitar notes stick to my brain and control the pedal. Slow Ride, I know, is a big hit for everyone who loves Rock and Roll, regardless of age. Why? Because the music is timeless. You probably have it stuck in your head now or even are playing it on repeat as you read this.
9 AC/DC - "Highway To Hell"
AC/DC is widely known for many of their songs. Highway To Hell is definitely one the entire globe knows. From the opening chords, all the way to the final riff gets the blood pumping and makes me want to mash my foot through the floor while drumming on the steering wheel. Maybe even playing some air guitar or steering wheel and shifter knob guitar. (Left-hand acts as playing on the neck as the right "strums" the shifter). A song like Highway To Hell is an ideal song to drive to when wanting to get in a good mood or to make a trip even, should I say, faster.
8 Bruce Springsteen - "Born To Run"
A song like Born To Run by Bruce Springsteen is one of those songs that screams driving on the open road. It makes me want to get in the car and cruise to Mid-West to see the plains of Oklahoma, mountains of Colorado, and the bluffs of Montana. Everything about Born To Run is uplifting and upbeat. It drives the subconscious to want to get up, ditch the life we are living to find a new and wonderful fresh start. Maybe play some steering wheel drums along the way and lose my voice.
7 Aerosmith - "Dream On"
Dream On by Aerosmith is a hit driving song because from start to end the message is powerful. Its the type of song that makes me want to drive to no destination and get lost in my thoughts. Maybe one of those drives of self-reflection even. Dream On makes for a fresh clean slate of the mind that I can get lost in. The melody is entrancing to the point where I get snapped out of it when Stephen Tyler starts to do the screeching part. But nonetheless, the track deserves to be on the list of one of the best driving songs to listen to.
6 Def Leppard - "Photograph"
Def Leppard's Photograph is the type of song, in my opinion, that makes me feel like I am in an 80's music video regardless of what car I am driving. Preferably my IROC, but that is not what I am talking about. It is a great song to cruise to and I have fond memories in this decade of listening to the song while cruising on the highway, singing this song with all my heart. The opening riff of Photograph is the catchiest and sets up the premise of how the song is going to play out. If you're not hooked on the beginning, then change it to another song. But to skip this song means skipping a great opportunity for an escape from real life.
5 Guns N' Roses - "Sweet Child O' Mine"
Who doesn't know the opening chords to Sweet Child O' Mine? They're the first thing that comes to my mind when someone tells me about the track by Guns N' Roses. The song brings out the Rock and Roll vibe that erupts from the speakers to make the commute enjoyable and faster. As the song goes it goes through a couple of changes in tempo but the craziest part is the solo from Slash where, depending on the person, can go anywhere. From doing a crazy air guitar solo, headbanging, face twisting, and throttle mashing. It makes for a great trip to go a lot faster regardless of speed or sense of time.
4 Bryan Adams - "Summer Of '69"
Bryan Adams Summer Of '69 brings out the best of everyone. It brings out "old-timer" nostalgia or the youth yearning to have lived in the past where things seemed much simpler. Summer Of '69 is a song to either sing by yourself or a car full of friends jamming. A song that hits the note of longing for change or to go back in time, any cruise or drive will be way better with this song blasting on the radio with the windows down, not giving care who is looking. Who knows? Maybe the onlookers will be jamming out too.
3 Black Sabbath - "Paranoid"
Black Sabbath is world-renowned for changing how many of us see Rock and Roll nowadays. Paranoid is a track that I see as something that strikes the simple beat and rhythm of what seems primal. It makes me want to drum on the steering wheel and play some air guitar. The vocals are unlike other artists thanks to Ozzy Osbourne and his original singing style. Paranoid is the type of song that is great to drive to because it makes me want to not drive the car fast, but just make the trip seem fast, due to heavy jamming. Jam out with friends during a trip or by yourself to work. It'll be a blast.
2 Creedence Clearwater Revival - "Fortunate Son"
Fortunate Son might have roots back during the Vietnam War, but the music is timeless. The entire track consists of great and soulful lyrics, a rhythmic melody, and feels like what America is like even in this day and age. It makes me want to cruise along the highway, enjoying what I pass along the trip to wherever my destination is. Creedence Clearwater Revival made a song for everyone. For those to reminisce in yesteryear and for the ones who dream of better times.
1 Kansas - "Carry on Wayward Son"
Carry On Wayward Son is pretty much the definition of a great song to drive to. Thank you, Kansas. Not the state, the band. Because it is a song that is upbeat, great tempo, makes me want to rock out to, all the while I head out west traveling into the setting sun. Carry On Wayward Son starts out with a great hook that brings in everyone to just sing with all of their hearts. Then, the slower melody takes control and cruising becomes the only option, only to want to go faster when the tempo changes. It is a trifecta of a song. Simple as that.