THE TOP 40 DRIVING SONGS OF ALL TIME PART 4... (#24-20)
The great thing about this list is that it's pure gut reaction-there's nothing scientific about it.
Your experiences may differ because quite honestly, there are no rules in life that dictate what works and what doesn't for people.
And music may be the most subjective topic on the planet.
So what..check these classics out.
#24 is ‘The Beat Goes On’ by Sonny and Cher. As a 60s act, they won’t be remembered with the same reverence of a Jimi Hendrix or Jim Morrison, but they had this song in 1967 that didn’t get enough credit for defining the late 60s. It had a straight ahead, pounding beat, it talked about the fast cars of the 60s and it made you want to drive more rapidly-that’s all you can ask from a driving song.
#23 on the MSCC driving song Hit Parade is the little known ‘Oh King Richard” done by Kyle Petty. Kyle is Richard Petty’s son and this was a tribute to the King of NASCAR. It’s a simple, masterful message about the legacy of a racing legend … but the biggest impact of this song is basic. If you’re on the freeway driving a vintage Plymouth muscle car and this song doesn’t make you want to plant your Mopar right on the bumper of a brand new Mustang doing 130 miles per hour then park your ride and hitchhike home. A Kia minivan might be a better answer to your lack of testosterone.
#22 on the MSCC charts is the classic Troggs song ‘Wild Thing’. From the opening guitar chord this is all about the 60s. It’s frantic, hard hitting and it will make you want to mash the gas pedal though the floorboard at every traffic light, every time.
#21 comes from the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin with ‘Think’- the real version, not the “Crapstock” version from The Blues Brothers. This isn’t a driving fast song;(but you will be pulled into the fast lane on instinct alone)-it’s more of a “make a lot of miles” song with a pace that’s made for comfortable long stretches on big highways listening to vintage music on a vintage AM radio.
#20 is The Doors ‘LA Woman’ (not the gelded Billy Idol version) -this is not only a great driving song; it’s a great driving at night song. LA Woman is an LA freeway song-no doubt Jimmy(from beyond the grave) has pushed many a driver to drive a lot faster than the posted limit to their own grave. This song is like a black hole for the accelerator-be advised.