The Best Road Trip Tunes

23rd Mar 2021

The Best Road Trip Tunes

Staycations are the flavour of the month right now as Britons continue to eschew air travel. With more of us taking to road trips, the focus has switched from departure lounge reading to in-car comfort.

It wouldn’t be a road trip without an eclectic jukebox of tunes, so which ones should you add to your playlist? The Car Lease Agent team has picked out a few hits based on automotive experts, music aficionados and our own favourites…

Stairway to Heaven

We’re starting with something mellow from the Led Zeppelin crew, whose 8-minute epic builds a crescendo for one of the most memorable outros in rock music. It may have been denied in Wayne’s World, but this climactic tune has been named as the “safest song to drive to” by NME!

American Idiot

Conversely, and while we would never advocate dangerous driving, Green Day’s American Idiot was deemed the most dangerous song by experts. Researchers discovered that its up-tempo riffs and irreverent lyrics caused people to increase their speed by 5MPH on average. Listen with caution…

Get Lucky

Pharrell enjoyed a substantial period of global success in the 2010s, and this collaboration with Daft Punk was no exception. Named by NME as one of the most upbeat festival songs, the cheeky choruses put drivers in the mood to reach their final destination.

I Drove All Night

For a little gender balance, we’re not going for the Roy Orbison version here. Instead, Cyndi Lauper’s showing us her true colours with her higher-pitched version. Just like Roy, she builds the tension with the bridge into a heavy, guitar-laden chorus. Stick this on the radio if you want to give your vocal cords a workout.

Go Your Own Way

A classic that was born out of five ugly inter-band splits, Fleetwood Mac’s Go Your Own Way is for sure the perfect break-up track. The group waste no time in getting going with a thumping drumbeat, building to a roaring chorus and epic guitar solos. Get on the motorway and blast.

Party in the USA

Another hot contender for NME’s ‘most dangerous songs’ list, Miley Cyrus’ teeny bopper hit lightens the mood in a festival classic. Ideal for group trips and open top cars, this is the squad anthem that will get you from A to B in no time.

Paradise by the Dashboard Light

Top Gear may have named Meat Loaf’s Bat Out of Hell as one of its top driving ballads, but we think Paradise by the Dashboard Light is far more appropriate. For starters, it’s all about cosying up in the back of a car, rather than crashing a motorbike. It’s also a meatier portion than the radio edit of Bat Out of Hell, culminating in an awesome trade-off of insults between two amorous teenagers. Turn up the volume and the laughs.

So What?

Pink! turns up the anger in this road range pop hit, ideal for tearing away from bad drivers who have cut you up, or just escaping your problems. So what/I’m still a rockstar/I got my rock moves/and I don’t need you/and guess what/I’m having more fun – this is the getaway war cry we all need!

Honourable mentions

As the team at Top Gear and other musical journalists noted, 70s and 80s rock seem to dominate the road trip charts. Ultimately, it’s down to you – whether you’re fleeing a breakup, Sunday cruising or hitting a festival. That’s why we couldn’t go without these honourable mentions:
• The Proclaimers – I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)
• Bruce Springsteen – Born to Run
• The Who – Baba O’Riley
• Montell Jordan – This Is How We Do It
• Black Eyed Peas – I Gotta Feeling
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