Whether you live in traffic-jammed LA or the Midwest flatlands, this list of the 10 best songs to drive to will hopefully help you pass the time. From overly cheesy '80s pop to wicked '70s hard rock, they'll have you cranking down the window and driving people off the road in no time.
- “Born To Be Wild" – Steppenwolf. If you’re “looking for adventure” out on the road, throw on this classic Steppenwolf cut and see how much faster you’ll be driving within 10 seconds. When this band’s not on a ““Magic Carpet Ride,“ they’re getting their motor running. This is one of the, if not the best, songs to drive to.
- “I Can’t Drive 55" – Van Halen. Don’t tell Sammy Hagar how fast he can drive! Before he replaced the irreplaceable David Lee Roth in Van Halen a year later, Hagar promoted reckless speeding in this 1984 hit. It’s his best-known song and one of the best songs to drive to and feel invaded by the government.
- “Speed Demon" – Michael Jackson. This song was never released as a single (unlike the majority of the album) and comes off like an undiscovered novelty hit, which is strange for a song off one of the biggest-selling albums of all time. With it’s inhuman bass lines and Michael’s shouts of “Go!” as an engine revs, this is one of the best songs to drive to, from a man who got driven around most of his life.
- “Fun Fun Fun" – Beach Boys. Before the Beach Boys had fun, fun, fun with drugs and Charles Manson, they wrote songs about literally “fast” women. This song’s about a girl who drives too fast and gets her T-bird taken away. Thankfully the boys of the beach are there with surfboards in tow to brighten her day.
- “Radar Love" – Golden Earring. The drumbeat alone complements a highway cruise like no other song, but this one’s got some great driving lyrics as well. “I’ve been driving all night, my hands wet on the wheel” sang Golden Earring in this 1973 song. Whatever “radar love” is, it’s enough to provide the soundtrack to infinite endless drives, making it one of the best songs to drive to.
- “L.A. Woman" – The Doors. Jim Morrison “had a way” with words in pseudo-poetic songs like “Peace Frog,” but this song’s pretty much a great and lyrically straight song and one of the best songs to drive to. The Doors drive through her “suburbs” into her “blues” in some thinly-veiled innuendo.
- “Highway To Hell" – AC/DC. AC/DC vocalist Bon Scott died not long after the release of this 1979 hard-rock classic. It's so nasty and raw, you just know Scott ended up driving down this highway. It’s a great swan-song and one of the best songs to drive to Satan to.
- “No Particular Place To Go" – Chuck Berry. Car imagery was popular in early rock and roll songs and this one takes the cake for one of the best songs to drive to when you're looking for a place to make out. Chuck Berry is “cruisin' and playin' the radio with no particular place to go” and gets shut down by a cock-blocking seatbelt.
- “All Revved Up With No Place To Go" – Meatloaf. Aren’t rockers supposed to get girls easy? While it’s doubtful a motorcycle could support the mighty Meatloaf, this tempo-rising rock and roll song finds him "cruising up and down the main drag all night long.” This Bat Out of Hell can’t even get any on a Saturday night.
"Get Outta My Dreams, Get into My Car" – Billy Ocean. The intro alone, in which Billy Ocean shouts “Hey you, get into my car!” is enough to make this one of the best songs to drive to (with the windows up), but it’s uber-catchy pop/R&B sound really cements it as a corny, but fun hit.