I stumbled across an old home-made cassette the other day which said “Best Driving Songs” on it. I should start off by telling younger readers that cassettes were things which old people used to listen to while wiggling themselves embarrassingly and saying words like ”groovy” and “fab”.
When I saw my old cassette I immediately thought “Fab” and put it on to see what songs were on it. I had taped it years ago, before a long journey, and was interested to see whether it stood the test of time. So what songs were on it?
Thunder Road – Bruce Springsteen
I would normally avoid using any song about driving as a driving song. However, any one which includes the line “You ain’t a beauty but, hey, you’re alright” is a winner in my books. It is guaranteed to get your index finger tapping rhythmically on the steering wheel.
More Than a Feeling – Boston
Do you remember that brilliant beer advert? I once got into a pointless pub debate about whether this song had a better guitar riff than Hotel California. I’m usually more fun than that in the pub. Honest.
An Old Blues Song – Someone
Sorry I can’t provide any more details on this song but it was really rather good. It might have been by Howling Mud or Buddy Cray or someone like that, as I am not really very well up on the blues world. Blues isn’t actually all that great for driving to normally I don’t think but feel free to give it a try.
Cortez the Killer – Neil Young
Now we are talking about a great driving song. It is a thing of languid, meandering beauty which lets you pass several minutes of thinking about conquistadores dancing across the water instead of giant blooming lorries backing up the M6, which can only be a good thing.
If you have been driving without music or listening to some dodgy radio station then try some classic songs and see how much more you enjoy the trip.