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Top 5 Tunes To Sing Behind The Wheel

. On top of its wonderful technical structure and deep, soul-searching lyrics the song has that special Queen touch to it.
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Top 5 Tunes To Sing Behind The Wheel

If you’ve ever been on the road, frustrated by the sound of rubbish radio stations and white noise you will understand the importance of the perfect playlist; your personal stash of songs, all of them just right for the occasion. Well, to get you started on compiling your perfect in-car playlist, here is a small selection of five songs made to be sung behind the wheel – with a bonus track at the end too!

Mustang Sally                                             Wilson Pickett (1966)

Often associated with The Commitments, Mustang Sally is actually an incredibly soulful song with a great rhythm that is so infectious you find yourself nodding and toe tapping before you realise. On top of that, the original version gets most of its soulful feel from Pickett’s performance – a performance that is impossible not to enjoy.

I bought you a brand new Mustang
A nineteen sixty-five huh
Now you come around
Signifyin’ a woman
That don't wanna let me ride

Mustang Sally now baby oh Lord
Guess you better slow that Mustang down
Huh! Oh Lord! Look here
You been runnin' all over town

Route 66                                       John Mayer (2006)

A noughties cover of Nat King Cole’s classic Route 66, John Mayer’s version is a rocked up, bluesy tune that is full of tinkling ivories, quick drumbeats and fun, fast guitar riffs. On top of that you have Mayer’s distinctive voice and an energetic buzz that keeps you happy, hooked and singing along from start to finish.

Well, if you ever plan to motor west
Well, take my way, that's the highway, that's the best
Get your kicks on Route 66

Well, it winds from Chicago to L.A.
More than 2000 miles all the way
Get your kicks on Route 66


Carwash                               Rose Royce (1976) or Christina Aguilera (2004)

Rose Royce’s original version of Carwash was a funky tune with a feel good message and an undeniable, archetypal 70s groove. Rhythm guitar, Royce’s strong, velvety voice and an energetic backing band all make this an upbeat sing-along favourite for all - whether your jam to it on the road or whilst your stuck in the carwash!

Ooh, ooh, you might not ever get rich
But let me tell ya, it's better than diggin' a ditch
There ain't no tellin' who you might meet
A movie star or maybe even a Indian Chief

At the car wash
Workin' at the car wash, yeah
Come on and sing it with me
(Car wash)
Sing it with the feelin' ya'll
(Car wash, girl)       


Fast Car                                              Tracy Chapman (1988)

The stunning combination of Tracy Chapman’s unique voice and a raw acoustic backing makes Fast Car an iconic eighties-nineties song. The narrative follows the struggle of a young couple making their way through life and when the chorus kicks in there is a sense of positivity, freedom and nostalgia for easy youth. This is a wonderful song with a beautiful sentiment, magical voice and a place reserved in any music-lovers heart and car playlist.
You got a fast car
I want a ticket to anywhere
Maybe we make a deal
Maybe together we can get somewhere
Any place is better
Starting from zero got nothing to lose
Maybe we'll make something
Me myself I got nothing to prove


Cars                                          Gary Numan (1979)

A little ahead of its time with a true eighties sound, Numan’s electro-pop-rock hit Cars is a simple but catchy track and one that is perfect for a gentle drive. It’s not too heavy that it requires lots of energy but neither is it too chilled out, it is simply an easy listen that you can bob or sing along to as you see fit.

Here in my car
I feel safest of all
I can lock all my doors
It's the only way to live
In cars



Bohemian Rhapsody                                  Queen (1975; 1991)

This is a bonus but it had to get on the list! A genius mix of opera, classic rock, pop and everything in between Bohemian Rhapsody is one of the most legendary songs of all time. On top of its wonderful technical structure and deep, soul-searching lyrics the song has that special Queen touch to it. The instruments, the vocals and the combined beauty of both make this hit an infectious favourite. Not that it ever went far from our minds, Bohemian Rhapsody was given a new breath of life in the nineties when the 1992 film Wayne’s World showed the world just how they should enjoy Queen’s musical masterpiece – head banging behind the wheel of their iconic 1976 AMC Pacer, arguably the Nissan Micra of its day. Since then this has become the ultimate rock-out-on-the-road anthem and while it may not technically be about cars, this song most definitely belongs in a car, being blasted out at full volume!

Is this the real life?
Is this just fantasy?
Caught in a landslide,
No escape from reality.

Open your eyes,
Look up to the skies and see,
I'm just a poor boy, I need no sympathy,
Because I'm easy come, easy go,
Little high, little low,

Anyway the wind blows doesn't really matter to me, to me.


There you go then – songs made to be sung and rocked out to behind the wheel. Whether you are popping out on errands or taking your car for a drive round, this is the playlist for you!

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