7 Greatest Car Stereo Songs
Do you feel like a driving legend if a certain song comes on the radio? Do the driving Gods give you some of their powers if they hear a song through your ears? Maybe you feel like going the extra mile with the backing of the perfect song playing “thump thump” on the car stereo. We present to you, a countdown of 7 of the greatest car stereo songs ever, meant to be played on your car hi-fi. The topic of these songs aren’t necessarily about driving but they capture the feeling of a lone driver on a long drive perfectly in their rhythm and soulfulness.
This track from the Eagles’ debut, self-titled album, is their first ever song. Put it on the radio and you just feel like cruising slowly to nowhere. No worries – just you and your car, on a drive. Glenn Frey’s calm vocals make you want to drive and drive on endlessly. It entered the Billboard Hot 100 on May 1 1972, peaked at no.12 on the chart and is listed in the 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll.
The start of this song says it all- Get your motor runnin’ Head out on the highway. Although this is a biker’s anthem, the song works well for cars as well. This song just makes you want to pull into the fast lane and overtake the car ahead. Originally produced for the 1969 movie Easy Rider but has been featured in many movies and commercials – especially the Ford Cougar commercial featuring Dennis Hopper.
Another great driving song. This song is about the relation between a man and his car. An open road, a car and a driver. These are the essential ingredients for happiness. This song was released in 1972 in the album Machine Heads which also contains the hit song Smoke On The Water. The best part of this song is the smooth guitar solo by Ritchie Blackmore and the vocals by Ian Gillian which help boost your confidence, while driving.
This song is a classic among rock lovers. The smooth words to this song just makes you want to slow down and get back into your lane after listening to Born To Be Wild. This song is one of Petty’s greatest hits and peaked at no.7 on the Billboard. This song does not reference any driving, but it does reference roads in the Los Angeles area, where Petty grew up.
This is a classic highway song for those long highway trips where your life does become the highway. This song topped at no. 6 on the Billboard in 1991 when it was released. Tom Cochrane says that this song was influenced by his trip to Africa at the time There’s a lot of influence in the lyrics of these iconic song.
If you are looking for a hard rock anthem to keep you company on your drive, look no further than AC/DC’s Highway to Hell. You play this song when you want to zone out the world. It seems as if time slows down when you hear this song. The killer opening riff by Angus Young is one of the most recognised in the world. It almost sounds like an engine starting up and revving. Play in this high volume and get on that long long drive.
We finally come to number one – it was a no-brainer actually, as this song is undoubtedly the greatest driving song of all time. This song makes you want to rev up that engine with speeds entering the triple digits and the vocals of Freddie Mercury keeping up spectacularly. This song was released as a part of the album Jazz in 1978 and as a single in 1979. Don’t stop now that you are having a good time listening to all these great songs.
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