In the car is where everyone and their brother thinks they can sing like Aretha. There’s something about the safety, the isolation, and the feeling of total confidence that our vehicle gives us when the perfect driving song comes through the speakers.
It’s this feeling of total misplaced, shameless narcissism promoted through song that makes music and driving as inseparable as spaghetti and meatballs - so we set out to find make a playlist of our organization’s favourite driving songs to help share in some good old fashioned immodesty. Here are the results of our office survey to pinpoint the songs that make everybody croon, sing, and enjoy their commute a little bit more.
Feel It Still - Portugal. The Man.
Samantha S - Online Team
“It's an upbeat song and I love cranking the volume and singing along whenever it's on. I could drive to the beat forever!
Live Wire - Excision
Ryley F - Online Team
Short and sweet: “it's got a great beat!” exclaimed Ryley, when asked for her addition to the playlist.
Bat Out of Hell - Meatloaf
Jessy S - Online Team
One of the most coveted karaoke songs of all time, this epic ballad should appear on every great driving song list, but Jessy fine tunes the reasoning for its selection, adding the importance of “the guitar, the drums, the vocals, and the epic motorcycle roaring in the background.”
Fast Car - Tracy Chapman
Doug E - Motorcycle Instructor
Nostalgia is a powerful motivator in selecting the music we love when we’re behind the wheel. Motorcycle instructor, Doug, sums up his memory well: “Because when I was in surveillance and following a bad guy, we would play that at 180 km/hour. Great memories!”
Wanted Dead or Alive - Bon Jovi
Melissa H - Marketing
Reasons why this song is on the list: #1-Bon Jovi is awesome, especially 80's hair Bon Jovi, and #2 - It's a perfect cruising tune when “riding my steel horse,” says Valley’s resident Marketing Manager, Melissa.
Signs - Five Man Acoustical Jam
Vesna B - Car Instructor
One of our more literal picks, Signs makes the list for its observational prowess from behind the wheel, helping to keep drivers in the present. “As a car instructor, it's what I see and read all day long,” says Vesna.
Chicken Lights and Chrome - Jesse Watson
Pete S - Truck Instructor
Passing the torch to new and young drivers is one aspect of musical selections that joins us together as drivers. For truckers, the pseudo anthem-like respect that must be paid to Chicken Lights and Chrome is undeniable. “It’s just a great truck driver song,” says Pete. “It’s perfect for long haul trucking. It's usually the first official ‘trucker song’ I introduce my students to when they are training to become truckers.
Anthem - Brett Kissel
Natasha B - Car Instructor
A country road is synonymous with an epic drive; so what better type of tune to crank up when you’re enjoying the scenic views of the Canadian countryside? Country, of course. “There's something about an upbeat country song, windows down, sun shining, that just makes me smile!”
Wagon Wheel - Darius Rucker
Caroline G - Car Instructor
A cover of the Old Crow Medicine Show, this version by former Hootie and the Blowfish singer, Darius Rucker, topped charts everywhere for its accessible, and widely known lyrics, and upbeat, grassroots melody.
Danza Kuduro - Don Omar & Lucenzo
Champagne - Supernova by Oasis
In the End - Linkin Park
The Journey - Paul Brandt
Chris R - Truck Instructor
Refusing to pick one song, Chris raises a great point about driving songs - we drive and enjoy different types of music at different times. “Each song suits different moods and gives you a different feeling when driving to them,” Chris says.
Steppenwolf - Born to Be Wild
Todd Mumford - CEO, Riverbed Marketing
Straight up, rock and roll and the open road have always gotten along splendidly. “I grew up in a time when rock n roll and cars were brother and sister,” says Todd Mumford.
Smoke a Little Smoke - Eric Church
Joe K - Branch Support
A dank country beat, and weekend-inspired lyrics help to make Eric Church a great driving tune selection. “Good beat, good to sing to - Eric Church rocks,” says Joe.
I Can't Drive 55 - Sammy Hagar
Joe M - Motorcycle Instructor
“On the motorcycle, who wants to limit themselves to 55?” asks Joe. Well, we agree self-restraint may not have been Sammy’s forte while in his prime, but following the speed limit allows you more time to jam out to your favourite driving tunes.
Spice Girls - Spice up Your Life
Rob W - Branch Support
“Because you get to shake it to the right if ya know that you feel fine.” Nuff said.
Destiny's Child - Bootylicious
Joel D - Operations
“No explanation needed.” Preach, Joel.
Turn the Page - Metallica
Josh H - Branch Support & Car Instructor
Pairing the epic grandeur of Metallica’s musicianship with the sensual and rustic lyrical spirit of Bob Seger is always a recipe for success.
Hotel California - Eagles
Andy A - Branch Manager
“Perfect for cruising.” Classic rock goodness.
Smooth Operator - Sade
Ruth P - Branch Manager
Simplicity reigns supreme when choosing a good driving song. “I just like singing to it,” says Ruth.
Highway Star - Deep Purple
Matt W - Branch Manager
An epic rock love song crooned by a man about his car and their blacktop supremacy. We should all be so fortunate to call ourselves a highway star. Note the incredible rock organ solo midway through this jam.
Despacito - Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee feat. Justin Bieber
Loralei S - Controller
Elevating our adrenaline level, or coercing our motivation level for the day ahead is an important deciding factor for a choice driving tune. Loralei got it right when she told us, “it gets me pumped on the way to work.”
Back In Black - AC/DC
Brenda S - Compliance
You can almost see the slow rolling billet wheels of a seamless 1960’s muscle car rolling through the crowd at a car show, or down the main drag when this tune comes on. “It’s great to sing to,” says Brenda.
Linda S - Car Instructor
No driving song list is complete without this one. Channeling our inner Wayne’s World backseat rockout - Freddie Mercury’s flawless delivery of this orchestral and quintessential rock anthem was cemented in pop culture history thank to the head banging of Wayne and Garth in an AMC Pacer. Well done, Linda. Well done.