Hooniverse Asks: Do you have a favorite driving song?

Back in college, I’d occasionally have to drive between Rhode Island and my home up near Boston. Towards the end of school, I’d acquired a 1985 Nissan 300ZX. It was the non-turbo version, but it could still just about hit 130 mph. I know this because of one of the times I hit play on the song “Freebird” by Lynyrd Skynyrd. Something about that song causes a reaction in my brain that in turn makes my right foot assert more pressure.

Pedal pressure begets engine speed. Engine speed begets wheel speed. And if you’re not careful, wheel speed begets traffic violations. And it all starts with that dive into the solo section of “Freebird”.

Do you have any songs that do something similar to you? Or do you have a chill-out song that is perfect for a calm cruise? What’s your favorite driving song?

Mine happens to make me drive faster… and lord knows, I can’t change.

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51 responses to “Hooniverse Asks: Do you have a favorite driving song?”

  1. neight428 Avatar

    The only known recording of my singing is of this song, driving my lifted ’94 Bronco heading toward Colorado from Texas during college.

    1. 0A5599 Avatar

      Eastbound from Texas isn’t very likely to get you to Colorado.

      I hope you brought some Coors beer with you from Texas. Or maybe some Shiner.

      1. neight428 Avatar

        I wasn’t being geographically pedantic at the time, besides, after suffering a concussion on my last ski run of the trip, I was feeling less enthusiastic on the way back.

        The boys were thirsty in Durango, that much was true.

  2. William Byrd Avatar

    AC/DC – Thunderstruck
    GNR – You Could Be Mine
    Mötley Crüe – Kickstart my Heart

    None are car-related, but the driving beat tends to make me speed.

    1. Zentropy Avatar

      “Kickstart” was my first thought, and has definite car references (… top fuel funny car’s a drug for me…).

    2. Zentropy Avatar

      “Kickstart” was my first thought, and has definite car references (… top fuel funny car’s a drug for me…).

  3. Scoutdude Avatar

    Red Barchetta, of course comes to mind as does I’m In Love With My Car. Great Lyrics on both of those and good driving tunes.

    Honorable mention to Autobahn from Kraftwerk, not a great song for driving but a great name for a driving song.

  4. Victor~~ Avatar

    Hit the road Jack by Ray Charles,https://youtu.be/Q8Tiz6INF7I

  5. 0A5599 Avatar

    Radar Love, though maybe not this version.

  6. Batshitbox Avatar

    Next question?

    “Have you owned a vehicle with a sound system at any point in the past 25 years?”
    Next question?

    “Is it tricky to rock a rhyme? To rock a rhyme that’s right on time?”
    It’s tricky.

    1. 0A5599 Avatar

      Very appropriate then for you to have listed a song where Teller raps silently.

      1. Batshitbox Avatar

        Sometimes I roll the window down and listen to Air Supply.

        1. neight428 Avatar

          Provided the exhaust leak is aft of the firewall?

          1. 0A5599 Avatar

            In the Econoline, if it has the flip-out rear glass modification, then the Station Wagon Effect might vortex the exhaust inside, even if there isn’t a leak.

        2. crank_case Avatar

          Or Rush? ..or is that optimistic on the velocity?

    2. mdharrell Avatar

      You’ve got me beat. All I can say that nearly all of my vehicles have no sound system, which I must say is a pretty fancy term for an AM radio anyway. I’m nonetheless keeping the MiniDisc player that was in my Maestro when I bought it, on the basis that some day I may own a MiniDisc.

  7. Max Avatar

    With my sister, whenever I had to drop her in Antwerp during her Erasmus year there, we had to play “Una Storia Importante” by Eros Ramazzoti and sing it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZBNVODLaltQ

  8. Peter Tanshanomi Avatar

    I’m not proud of it, but Hybrid’s “If I Survive” is guaranteed to increase both my speed and aggression behind the wheel. Significantly.

  9. smalleyxb122 Avatar

    As my comment turned more into a playlist than a favorite, I have to conclude that I don’t have a favorite.

    …but now I’m compiling a driving playlist, so thanks for the motivation.

  10. danleym Avatar

    Less a favorite song, more a favorite album. And it’s specific to driving at night- if I’m going to be driving for a while at night, this album will be played at some point.

    Queens of the Stone Age, Lullabies to Paralyze. All the way through, just great music, and for whatever reason it puts me in a good mood for driving.


    1. danleym Avatar

      Anyone know why I can’t paste something I copied into comment? Disqus won’t seem to let me. I was going to post a link to the album on YouTube…

      Edit: I was able to hand type it, but thats still annoying.

      1. neight428 Avatar

        I think Disqus gets behind on its payments to contract coders and they introduce annoying bugs into the system until the check clears.

        1. mdharrell Avatar

          You have no idea how much of a struggle it was to become logged into Disqus properly so that I could upvote and reply to your comment, or, more to the point, perhaps you know exactly how much of a struggle this can be at times.

      2. 0A5599 Avatar

        It tends to do that to me after I have used my phone to check notifications and then go from the notifications back to Hooniverse. Now I keep a notifications tab open separately from the ‘verse tab, and that tends to work a little more frequently.

    2. Zentropy Avatar

      Different album, but “Go With the Flow” is on my list of good driving songs.

      1. Maymar Avatar

        Songs For The Deaf also works as a driving album in general with the little radio interstitials. Apparently it’s a very loose concept album, they sort of envisioned a night drive out to the desert.

        Plus, the liner notes have a picture of the dash from a Fiat 124 Spider, and that’s just a rad choice.

  11. SteveW Avatar

    Big Log by Robert Plant. A nice ’55 in the video, too.

    1. Pinkerton9 Avatar

      Came here to say the same.
      But then again…

  12. Peter Tanshanomi Avatar

    For summer evening boulevard cruising, Scritti Politti’s Cupid & Psych 85 is the perfect windows- (or top-) down soundtrack.

  13. Zentropy Avatar

    “Kickstart my Heart” was my first thought, but William already noted it. I’d add the Beastie Boys’ “Sabotage” to the list, too.

    Oh, and the Cardigans’ “My Favourite Game”, because hours upon hours of GT2.

    1. 0A5599 Avatar

      It’s all fun and games until Elvis C. sabotages the song.

  14. outback_ute Avatar

    Bow River by Cold Chisel, which is about getting away from the city rat race.

  15. Sjalabais Avatar

    It used to be Frank Zappa’s “Grand Wazoo” and “Hot Rats”, before I practically stopped listening to music. Nowadays it’s mostly either calm stuff like Sharon van Etten or some Synthwave compilation downloaded from YouTube.

  16. Peter Tanshanomi Avatar

    For summer evening boulevard cruising, Scritti Politti’s Cupid & Psych 85 is the perfect windows- (or top-) down soundtrack.

  17. I_Borgward Avatar

    From Dee-troit Motor City:

  18. I_Borgward Avatar

    A close second:

  19. Maymar Avatar

    It’s rare I’m ever by myself in the car anywhere the roads are even halfway decent, so most enjoyable driving is gentler road tripping. It’s maybe a little obvious, but this hits the right pacing for me.

  20. Lokki Avatar

    Not Dead Yet

    By The Bad Examples

  21. wunno sev Avatar
    wunno sev

    night time in an older, but not too old, luxury car:

    windows up, drive real slow, and contemplate.

  22. Wayne Moyer Avatar
    Wayne Moyer

    Of course there is always Radar Love and things like that but I’ve been partial to this little known Queen song for quite awhile.

  23. nanoop Avatar

    I aim for silence.
    Listening to Mozart’s Requiem while driving on B-roads in snowfall is something I love doing for ~thirty years though.

    Else, it’s audio books for long distance drives by myself, podcasts for short distances, and whatever a 6yo considers essential listening when I’m with a 6yo.

    1. onrails Avatar

      Classical is great for long scenic drives. Wagner’s Ring without Words or Strauss’ Alpine Symphony are both is an hour plus of massive orchestra at full chat plus some nice quiet moments breaking it up.

      Ze Germans know how to accompany nice scenery.

  24. theskitter Avatar

    I went back to an old road trip band last week:
    Huey Lewis And The News

    Their hits were released 10 years closer to Chuck Berry than to the present day.
    And it sounds like it, but holds up.

    1. neight428 Avatar

      I think I want a new drug.

  25. Hatchtopia Avatar

    Sister Havana and the rest of Saturation by Urge Overkill are on a road trip rotation for sure.

  26. SlowJoeCrow Avatar

    Road music is situational for me. For driving in the rain Brian Ferry’s Can’t Let Go or Sinead O’Connor Nothing Compares 2 U because I first heard it on the BBC driving up the M1 in the rain. For straight up driving I like the Gin Blossoms and Robert Earl Keen, because the road goes on forever and the party never ends 😉


  27. Papa Van Twee Avatar
    Papa Van Twee

    Driving beat, good instrumentation. What’s not to like?

  28. Joshua Williams Avatar
    Joshua Williams

    The morning after hours of traffic in Kentucky saw us needing to stop at a hotel on our way back up to the Chicagoland suburbs, this came on shuffle. We didn’t any significant traffic the entire length of Illinois up thrI-59. Call me superstitious, but on a drive of any length, I still like to start off the day with it.

  29. Jaymonster Avatar

    Ministry’s “Jesus Built My Hotrod” has gotten me in trouble a few times! Maybe because it’s played at 125 BPM, and that tends to affect my “foot pressure” -thing