The sweet sounds of driving

Posted by: Cal on 28/08/2013

Category: General

Whether you're heading down some empty highway in a dusty convertible, cruising through your local streets for a pleasure drive or simply making the routine commute to and from your workplace, your driving soundtrack can make or break the experience.

Driving soundtracks aren't just a one-size-fits-all experience. It all depends on your mood and exactly what you're doing. Some days, all you might want to do is blast some rowdy rock-n-roll, while on other days easy listening might be just what you need after a long day at work.

With that in mind, here are some of the top picks for driving tunes, spanning a range of genres and moods. You're sure to find one that fits just right with how you're feeling!

Before you hit the road, wherever you may be headed, give your car tyres a final check, make sure you've grabbed all the right CDs or have your MP3 player on hand and you're all good to go.

Life is a Highway- Rascall Flatts

This classic rocking tune is perfect for a long drive through the country, or when you want to give yourself an inspirational boost. The upbeat tempo, enthusiastic vocals, and self-affirming lyrics are perfect for if you need a burst of confidence on your way to work, or if you feel like your self-esteem needs a little love and care. Blast it!

Free Falling - Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

Free Falling  is a singalong classic and there's no better place to sing this one out loud than in your vehicle with the windows down, headed to a summer beach destination with your buddies. Make sure your car is packed with good natured mates and plenty of tunes like this that everyone can sing along to if you're looking for a fun, laid back road trip spent under the summer sun.

Big Jet Plane - Angus & Julia Stone

This song is for when you're driving and you're looking for a more relaxed tune, something to put your mind at rest perhaps when you're stuck in traffic after a long day at work, or when you're particularly stressed and want some mellow tracks to take your mind off things.

This song may also get your dreaming of overseas destinations and trips to faraway places, so prepare yourself for wanderlust.

The Passenger - Iggy Pop

This is another fairly laid-back tune, but it still gives you a dose of a bit of rock'n'roll at the same time. Of course if you are sitting in the passenger seat you'll appreciate the literal reference, but this song can still be enjoyed by whoever's occupying the driver's seat! Let's face it, it's a roadie classic so be sure to give it a go. Perhaps save this one for a drive home in the evening or stuck in traffic on your way into town.

Free Bird - Lynyrd Skynyrd

If you're heading out on a long trip away, driving to escape your problems or leaving to start a new life in a brand new city or town then this one's for you! With its stirring lyrics about an inability to be tied down and an urge to be continuously moving forward or onto something new, this song is a perfect accompaniment to those more dramatic and introspective drives.

What are some of your favourite songs to play while driving? Do you think we've missed anything? Hopefully this gives you some inspiration to add some new songs to your driving playlist.