Checkout the below listed latest and best top 10 best Driving songs of all time 2017, There’s nothing quite like the carefree feeling of hopping in the perfect car, (it’s got to be a convertible, right?) firing up the motor and heading out to wherever the road takes you. Perhaps you’re chasing a sunset as you drive out west, with no particular destination in mind. Just somewhere other than here.
The invention of motorized vehicles has given us a whole new spin on freedom, allowing us to quickly exit our current geographical doldrums, and find new horizons with four tires and a tank full of gas.
But to get to wherever it is the road takes us, we need a soundtrack. Luckily, there is no shortage of road tunes to compliment our free-wheelin’ mood. We’ve scoured the music landscape and found a lot of perfect songs to ride along with us, and from a mighty big selection, chosen these perfect tunes, the Top Ten Driving Songs Of All Time.
- 10. LITTLE DEUCE COUPE – The Beach Boys
- 9. FREE FALLIN – Tom Petty
- 8. PANAMA – Van Halen
- 7. LITTLE RED CORVETTE – Prince
- 6. LIFE IS A HIGHWAY – Tom Cochrane
- 5. CRUISIN’ – Smokey Robinson
- 4. LA GRANGE – ZZ Top
- 3. TAKE IT EASY – The Eagles
- 2. RUNNING ON EMPTY – Jackson Browne
- 1. BORN TO BE WILD – Steppenwolf
Here we present the list of top 10 best Driving songs of all time 2017.
10. LITTLE DEUCE COUPE – The Beach Boys
The 1932 Ford Model 18. That’s the ride The Beach Boys were singing about in this 1963 hit which rose to number 15 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The boys made a lot of “car songs,” but Little Deuce Coupe was on the “B” side of another Beach Boys hit, Surfer Girl. Staying on the charts for eleven weeks, the classic driving song was the first Beach Boys tune to have a million plays on U.S. radio.
9. FREE FALLIN – Tom Petty
Imagine you’re a sports agent who just signed a star athlete, and now you’re tooling down the road with your necktie loosened and the wind in your hair, much like Tom Cruise did in “Jerry Maguire.” From his 1989 solo debut album “Full Moon Fever,” Free Fallin is Petty’s longest charting song to date, reaching number 7 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in January 1990. An international hit which charted in at least 7 countries, Petty and his group “The Heartbreakers” performed the song at the Super Bowl XLII Halftime Show.
8. PANAMA – Van Halen
“Yeah, we’re runnin’ a little bit hot tonight. I can barely see the road from the heat comin’ off of it.” So growls lead singer David Lee Roth on the Van Halen hit, the third single from the “1984” album. Panama is such a classic driving song that it actually contains the sounds from lead guitarist Eddie Van Halen’s 1972 Lamborghini Miura S in the background. The car was backed up to the studio and microphones were attached to the exhaust pipe to record the sound for the song. The hit rose to number 13 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart, as well as charting in the UK and Ireland.
7. LITTLE RED CORVETTE – Prince
Is the Corvette the ultimate driving machine? Could be. There’s a whole lot of them to choose from. Regardless, this is definitely one of the best driving tunes. From his album “1999,” Little Red Corvette was Prince’s first song to reach the top ten, rising to number six on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart. The song portrays a one-night stand with a lovely, albeit promiscuous girl whom he refers to as “Little Red Corvette,” beckoning her to “slow down,” and “find a love that’s gonna last” before her self-destructive behavior does her in.
6. LIFE IS A HIGHWAY – Tom Cochrane
From his 1991 album “Mad Mad World,” Life Is A Highway was Cochrane’s biggest song, rising to number six on the U.S. Billboard charts, but hitting number one in Canada. Subsequently covered by artists such as Chris LeDoux, Jerry Jeff Walker and even The Chipmunks, it was country trio Rascal Flatts that scored huge with the tune, which they performed for the soundtrack of the Disney animated film Cars, winning them a People’s Choice award, and landing in the Billboard Hot 100 top ten.
5. CRUISIN’ – Smokey Robinson
“I love it when we’re cruisin’ together…” From his 1979 album “Where There’s Smoke…”, Cruisin’ became one of Smokey Robinson’s biggest solo hits. The former Miracles frontman rode his hit all the way to the top spot of the U.S. Cash Box Top 100, and landed at number 4 on the Billboard chart, as well as reaching the top five on the soul chart, going on to be an even bigger hit in New Zealand. The hit has been covered by many artists, most notably as a duet by Huey Lewis and Gwyneth Paltrow for the 2000 film “Duets.”
4. LA GRANGE – ZZ Top
Few songs will have you shifting gears and revving the motor quite like this enduring hit by ZZ Top. From their 1973 album “Tres Hombres,” the song details a brothel near La Grange, Texas, later popularized in a Broadway play and the Dolly Parton / Burt Reynolds film “The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas.” La Grange is referenced in Rolling Stone magazine’s 100 Greatest Guitar Songs of All Time, which called the song, “…a standard for guitarists to show off their chops.”
3. TAKE IT EASY – The Eagles
“Well I’m-a standing on the corner in Winslow, Arizona.” And yes, you can drive your hot rod all the way to Winslow and stand by the statue that displays these very lyrics, taken from the group’s debut album. Take It Easy was the band’s first single, released in 1972, and rose to number 12 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Penned by Jackson Browne and Eagle Glenn Frey, Take It Easy is among The Eagle’s signature songs.
2. RUNNING ON EMPTY – Jackson Browne
This road song was great enough for Forrest Gump to jog to. But it’s even better with you behind the wheel, and the wind in your hair. Running On Empty was recorded live in 1977, and went on to peak at number eleven on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart, faring even better in Canada, where it spent two weeks at number one. Alongside his other biggest hits, Doctor My Eyes and Somebody’s Baby, it remains the most-played Browne hit on classic rock radio stations.
1. BORN TO BE WILD – Steppenwolf
Our top pick almost demands that you get out and hop behind the wheel. Lead singer John Kay orders you to “get your motor running / head out on the highway / Looking for adventure / and whatever comes our way.” Full of biker attitude, Born To Be Wild was Steppenwolf’s biggest hit, rising to number two on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. Cruise down the road with “heavy metal thunder” roaring through your speakers!
Sometimes, the road beckons you to go somewhere other than where you are. There are times when the only remedy for a hard week at work is to change clothes, put on your shades and driving gloves, and hop into your road machine that will take you to some place far, far away. But don’t start your journey without these tunes, the Top Ten Driving Songs Of All Time 2017!