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Thread: Best Driving Music

  1. #1
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    Registered: Mar 2001
    Location: Finland

    Best Driving Music

    This is a thread I've been thinking about writing for years when I'm driving longer distances, but somehow I've never gotten around to it until now. I love listening to music while driving, and in my car is really the only place I get use of my extensive CD-collection. These are my favourite albums to listen to on the road, divided into 4 categories. Please feel free to list your own.

    Highway, daytime:

    Todd Snider - “The Devil You Know”


    I always sing along to “Looking for a Job” and “Carla”. The third act of spoken-word track “You got away with it” never fails to put a smile on my face. The sad tale of poor Phil Ochs who slipped through the cracks while Judas went electric and never looked back, as told in “Thin Wild Mercury”, has just the right tempo to also serve as a great build-up for the titletrack "The Devil You Know". That's the point in the album where I crank it the fuck up and ROCK! OUT! while screaming along to the lyrics “There’s a war going on and the poor can’t win! Helicopters over my house again!”. The album the perfect length as well, when I'm driving home from the Big Town I pop this album in at the start of the trip and arrive at my home as the final notes of closing-track “Happy New Year” is coming through my speakers. Love love love this album.
    Also good: Tom Waits - “Raindogs”, Hayes Carll - “KMAG YOYO”, Any album that mixes Country and Rock music well.


    Highway, nighttime:

    The xx - “xx”

    When you’re driving along a dark highway in the country, nothing illuminating the winding road ahead of you except your headlights, there is nothing better than the last 2 minutes of “Infinity”. The track goes silent, and you almost think it's over, but then, quietly at first, it starts coming back, building and building until shivers are running up and down your spine.
    Also good: Lynchian stuff. Listening to Marilyn Manson’s version of “I put a spell on you” on the Lost Highway soundtrack as the sun is going down makes me feel like it’s going down for good.


    City, daytime:

    Kanye West - “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy”

    For driving in the city during daytime I want phat beats and choruses I can sing along to.
    Also good: Madvillain - "Madvillainy", Gorillaz - "Plastic Beach", M.I.A. - "MAYA"

    City, nighttime:

    Tom Waits - “Heart of Saturday Night”

    You wanna feel like the coolest cat it town when you go for a late-night drive? Start your cruise off with a New Coat Of Paint.
    Also good: Pretty much any 70's Tom Waits album

  2. #2
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    Registered: Apr 2003
    Location: UK
    Not an album but I do have a horrible habit of driving along the motorway turning the wheel in time to Leonard Cohen's 'So Long Marianne'. Obviously this can be problematic if there's other traffic on the road.

    But yes, driving to music is great. I don't generally listen to music at home anymore so in the car is where I do listen. And I don't have much of a voice anymore but the car doesn't mind. But I don't have a car now so no albums to list.

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  4. #4
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    Registered: Nov 2003
    Location: not there again!
    This is my current favorite playlist, it alternates between slower and faster tracks, it lets you focus on the music on the subliminal level and it fiills one blank CD nicely.
    It's not strictly IDM even though the title suggests so, but I didn't come up with anything else, so there.

  5. #5
    Still Subjective
    Registered: Dec 1999
    Location: Europops
    I just listen to whatever is on my phone, so occasionally tracks from the Spotify TTLG playlist.

    I do have a playlist titled "Driving" but it's such a mix of stuff it could be titled anything.

    I find what I listen to depends on my mood, the time of day, nature of the trip and how long I'm going to be driving for.

    At night I prefer chillout stuff like Zero 7, Carbon Based Lifeforms, lofi dance like Adam Marshall or Swayzak. But if I'm in town at night I like 80s night time music; Phil Colins, Bronski Beat, Flock of Seagulls. You know.

    Long day drives get a trance/dance or metal/guitar/industrial soundtrack. Infected Mushroom, Orbital, Hallucinogen, general psy/goa trance or NIN, Ministry, Soundgarden, Slayer, Sepultura, Cradle of Filth.

    Occasionally I listen to the Kooks.

    More often than not my driving gets a large dose of BBC Radio 4 though, and if there is one available a podcast of The Moral Maze or Infinite Monkey Cage or suchlike.

  6. #6
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    Registered: Dec 2000
    Location: maryland
    Always imagined this to be the perfect music for driving in very fast black cars:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KdEHBKDkBes

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oWo3-pTaI_o

    Ridiculous drummer, RIP

  7. #7
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    Registered: Mar 2001
    Location: Finland
    That's pretty cool. Sadly I do not have a fast black car. Only a grey one that goes at a reasonable speed.

    And Sulph make sure you give Dead Flowers a listen if you haven't already heard it. My fave Stones song to drive to.
    Last edited by henke; 11th Apr 2012 at 15:48.

  8. #8
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    Registered: Feb 2001
    Eminence Front, by the Who. Epic Road Trip Track.

    Thank you, Grand Theft Auto.

  9. #9
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    hehe Ulu i love you

  10. #10
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    Registered: Mar 2001
    Location: Finland

    Another great track I gotta mention

    A lesser-known Johnny Cash gem called "All I do is drive". Got this one on my "Keep on truckin'" MixCD, love singing along to it. Lines like "I got nothing in common with any man who's home every day at five/All I do is drive, drive, drive" really gets under the skin of the trucker-psyche and shows why Johnny was such a great songwriter.

  11. #11
    Still Subjective
    Registered: Dec 1999
    Location: Europops
    Quote Originally Posted by Ulukai View Post
    Added to driving list. Wonderful.

  12. #12
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    Registered: Sep 2001
    Location: Qantas
    It's hard to top Eminence Front. I love that song. Who Are You isn't a bad driving song either.

    A classic is Tom Cochrane's Life is a Highway.

    Also try Modest Mouse - Trucker's Atlas, off the indie classic The Lonesome Crowded West.

    For more spirited driving, I like:

    Metallica - the black album, particularly Enter Sandman and Don't Tread on Me
    Ministry - Jesus Built My Hot Rod
    Oysterhead - Mr. Oysterhead
    Infected Mushroom - the Vicious Delicious album
    Daft Punk - Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger (among others)
    Justice - Genisis & Let There be Light from Cross
    Fatboy Slim - the whole You've Come a Long Way Baby album

    Some other good driving songs that are on the more mellow side:

    JJ Cale and Eric Claptop - Ride the River
    Sheryl Crow - Every Day is a Winding Road
    Shawn Colvin - Wichita Skyline
    Talking Heads - lots of good ones: Lifetime Piling Up, Crosseyed and Painless, Popsicle, Burning Down the House, etc.
    Phish - Contact, David Bowie
    REM - South Central Rain, Rockville, Gardening at Night
    Dave Matthews - Lie in Our Graves
    Tears for Fears - Everybody Wants to Rule the World

    I also tend to listen to more oldies when in the car, and here's some I get into for driving:

    The Clash - Clampdown, Rock the Casbah
    Doors - Riders on the Storm
    George Thorogood - Who do You Love
    Eagles - Take it Easy
    Golden Earring - Radar Love
    REO Speedwagon - Time to Fly
    Gentle Giant - Playing the Game
    Allman Brothers - Jessica
    Journey - Separate Ways
    ZZ Top - Gimme All Your Lovin
    Zeppelin - Nobody's Fault But Mine
    Doobie Brothers - Long Train Runnin

    EDIT: I forgot to mention the Pretenders. I don't listen to them much except when driving but they have several songs which are among my road trip favorites: Don't Get Me Wrong, Brass in Pocket, Middle of the Road, Back on the Chain Gang, even My City Was Gone (though Rush has kind of spoiled that one).
    Last edited by heywood; 13th Apr 2012 at 02:07.

  13. #13
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    Registered: Jun 2007
    Location: Finland
    Hokay,

    driving music is an interesting subject that is surprisingly vast area of music. Since I live in Finland, it's a completely different thing to drive during the summer or the winter. Driving during the day and the night creates completely different settings as well. A considerable variable is also the lenght of drive - listening to whole albums is great, when you're driving! I have been the designated driver of our festival crew for all the years I've had license and I've driven to gigs around the country quite a lot on my own as well.

    Day&Summer:

    FUNK! Forget metal and rock and all that shizzle, what you want during the summer is happy, ridiculous funk that makes the day shine even brighter. You can deduct the quality of music on how much your head bobs to it. The mellower tracks lend to themselves perfectly for slower cruising as well. Examples:




    This is the shit.

    Winter&Night:


    I can honestly say that one of my most magical and lovely experiences has been driving long distances in the middle of the night in a snowstorm. Losing all sense of place and movement, because you can't see shit, is amazing. This also creates and ideal setting for something more profound:


    This just short of an hour worth of music composed of segments that flow seamlessly together. It is basically the best modern piece of classical music and lends itself amazingly to nightly drives. When it ends, you'll feel amazing.


    All kind of post-rock lends itself nicely for nightly drives, but Mono takes the cake for it's superb dynamic differences. It is easy to create a sense of foreboding apocalypse with this kind of stuff.

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  15. #15
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    Registered: Apr 2003
    Location: UK
    heywood's post put a smacker of a smile on my face. Such a long time since I've listened to JJ Cale, or Allman Brothers or Doobies or any of your mellow and oldies list. Not that long since the Pretenders. But you sent me scurrying to a box where I've got a load of tapes - I know I've got a tape player somewhere dammit. (Although I'm sure some of you don't know what tapes are. )

    I'm told I might be getting a car next week so with that thought in mind, I'm now doing some serious listening.

    And sometimes I do like belting out an aria or two - with the windows closed, obviously.

  16. #16
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    Registered: Sep 2001
    Location: Qantas
    Quote Originally Posted by Shug View Post
    Slow to start, but I like the rhythm. Thanks. This reminded me of another suggestion: My Disco - Cancer (album)

    My Disco:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g_-Rg9fIO8Y

  17. #17
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    Registered: Jun 1999
    Location: San Diego, CA
    "Change Your Mind" by Neil Young off his Sleeps With Angels album (1994). 13 minutes long with just the right mix of instrumental interludes and Young's thoughts on addiction, perfect for after a day's work. Great song!

  18. #18
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    Registered: Jan 2003
    Location: Yangon, Burma
    This is the kind of music I like to drive to.

  19. #19
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    Registered: Oct 2008
    Location: Finland
    I just love to listen good music while driving (sometimes i even go for a spin just to listen music) and i've came up with quite good sets of music for difrent driving conditions.
    all the music is basicly electronic.

    -Highway, day

    PrEmoEffect - Green Plums
    Qemist - Speed Freak
    Pendulum - Slam
    F-777 - Viper 2


    -Highway, night

    DanceNation - Heavy rain
    F-777 - Once More
    MrMilkCarton - Deep blue


    -City, day

    F-777 - Viper
    Dj Dela - Bleed
    F-777 - New energy


    -City, night

    Skrillex - Rock'n'roll
    DeadMau5 & Feed Me - Pixel cheese (skrillex remix)
    AlBizzare - Rocking Style


    -Dusty sand road, hot summer day

    Awake - Extrasolar
    Knifeparty - Ragevalley
    Nk vs Ti - Amity
    Dj Babokon - Take the Risk
    Dj Triplestar - Summerbash


    -Competitive situation with other driver?

    Awake - Eternity
    Dj Nate - Treat for Oscillators
    Pendulum - Tarantula
    Herve - Zombiedance


    -chillout at parkinglot

    Any of that "City, night"


    -chillout alone (or with few friends) somewhere

    MrMilkCarton - Discover
    Etalo - Deep inside
    Durn - Seasons
    Soulero & F-777 - Last breath
    Trancecrafter - Break free


    -going to drive rally?

    DaTweekaz - DNA (triplestar remix)
    Gammer & Whizzkid - We Are the Vampires
    Dougal & Gammer - Don't stop GO!
    Infinite dimensions - Krater




    ok, you should be fine with those, and remember, don't hesitate to turn volume to 100% ;D

  20. #20
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    Registered: Sep 2001
    Location: above the clouds
    I may alight on various things depending on my mood.

    Perhaps Shaker Loops by John Adams.

    Or more recently I seem to have been listening almost exclusively to death metal, more specifically Meshuggah and Opeth. Electric Red, Bleed, or The Leper Affinity will do quite nicely.

    A little while ago I was listening to something like Intracity (Solar Stone) or Electroplasm (Shpongle).

    Also was putting on Ott a lot - Rogue Bagel for example.

  21. #21
    NewDark 64 Contest Winner
    Registered: Jul 2005
    Location: Locked Inside Dromed
    No BTO?
    Their entire discography was made for cranking up the volume and just driving until you die.
    Four Wheel Drive
    My Wheel's Won't Turn
    Roll On Down the Highway

  22. #22
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    Registered: Mar 2001
    Location: Finland
    Picked up a few new CDs recently to serve specifically as driving music.

    True Blood Season 1 Soundtrack



    The show itself is alright, but the soundtrack for season 1 is the best I've ever heard for a TV show. Wonderful mix of country, blues, 50's rock n roll, slow ballads, swamp rock, etc. It's as if it's been made to drive around at night to.

    The Heavy - The Glorious Dead



    One of my favourite albums of this year. Catchy hooks and singalong-friendly choruses on every track.

    A "Best of CCR" collection



    Because no driving music collection is complete without a bit of Creedence!

  23. #23
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    Registered: Jan 2003
    Location: Yangon, Burma
    I had a friend that kept a CCR tape in his old truck, and every time we'd go to our friend's house he'd race to get there in the time of Lookin' Out My Backdoor.

  24. #24
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    Registered: Jan 2000
    Location: sup
    Whilst pounding the roof with one fist, I hope. Heh.

    Also awesome: Drive soundtrack favourites Nightcall and Tick of the Clock.

  25. #25
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    Registered: Nov 2003
    Location: East Coast Elite :D
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nYmbW3JT3Y8

    Or was this supposed to be without homicidal road rage?

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