So here’s another list of road trip-worthy driving music, but this time, we’re thinking modern.
The Dandy Warhols – Bohemian Like You
This is a song you want to be listening to with your friends as you’re mastering the road on your way to have even more postmodern fun. Leave it to this party favorite to bring the party to your car!
Joss Stone – Super Duper Love
The queen of flower power in the new millenium, Joss Stone, can make your car playlist as easy-going as your parent’s was, back when “Hair” was still playing in cinemas. Miss Stone usually uses the Volkswagen Beetle in her videos, and such charming cars they are! Kick your shoes off, let your hair down, and enjoy the wind in your hair.
Marilyn Manson – Tainted Love
If anything, this song is great as driving music because of the beginning. Don’t you wish you had a black Lincoln Continental? Don’t you wish you had excellent hydraulics that make your car do that? Yeah. Sure you do. Arrive to any party in style with a mean machine like that. And just imagine it had suicide doors? We’re shuddering just thinking about it.
The Cardigans – My Favorite Game
One of the coolest highway videos of all time is the video for this song. You see the beautiful Nina Persson driving a Cadillac Eldorado convertible through the Mojave Desert, one arm menacing and tattooed, one arm in a cast. And there’s black eyeshadow galore. Just listening to the song makes you want to trade places with her, so you might as well listen to it in your car, and make it more realistic.
Rob Zombie – Dragula
Here’s an all-American lord of shock! Rob Zombie pretty much owns any journey through the American mid-West, so long as you get the chills while driving. So he went on to make one of his many car-inspired tunes – Dragula. It’s a dragster, it’s Dracula. It can’t get any more campy, or fun than the name suggests, and you know what? It is.
Coldplay – Clocks
Coldplay seems to be a soundtrack for everything these days! The award-winning British rockers can make a catchy tune without taking the importance off of the lyrics. And they’re pretty hard to dislike. Clocks was one of the first songs the world discovered them through, and just in good time! The gentle build up in the song sets you in a peaceful state of mind, but keeps you busy as well, and what’s better than being alert and relaxed when driving?
Primal Scream – Rocks
UK bands all go to prove that rock’n'roll can be fun, upbeat, and still not go over the edge. Rockers Primal Scream are known for their entertaining lyrics, and a beat to keep the party going. Their contribution to the list of driving music is the song Rocks. You may want to keep the roof down for this one!
Dr. Dre – Still D.R.E.
Let’s hear it for hip hop! When you think East Coast, you think guerilla street art against the capitalists, you think power to the people. When you think West Coast, you think cruising the streets of Cali in a low-rider, soaking up the sun. And the latter is what Still D.R.E. is all about.
Tomandandy – Tokyo
Music for movies is meant to serve as a backdrop for all sorts of activities, so why not use that? Give your life an actual soundtrack, and feel much mightier on the streets than you would naturally. Music from the fourth installment of Resident Evil has that perfect blend of bad-assery, mood scaping, motivation and electro. You might want to play Tokyo on your way to work, and see if you can save the world from zombies, or tough customers. Regardless. You’ve got them.
Muse – Knights of Cydonia
Britain does it again! Knights of Cydonia is an epic tale of devil-may-care bravery, laid out on a musical masterpiece that got the younger generations feeling whatever their parents felt when they first heard the Bohemian Rhapsody. This may be the ultimate driving song, but you may want to save it for the highways – when the guitar solo comes, so does the speed limit!