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This is a short list of songs that were *made* to drive to. If you don’t have a car like me, you can blast these tunes at the next summer BBQ!

Here are my top ten selections, in no order.

The Pixies – Where Is My Mind?
The Foofighters – One By One
Green Day – Welcome To Paradise
A Tribe Called Quest – Jazz (We’ve Got)
The Beastie Boys – So Whatcha Want

Stone Temple Pilots – Plush
Blind Melon – No Rain
Jane’s Addiction – Jane Says
The Clash – Train In Vain
De La Soul – Ooooh

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  • Chris

    Nuthin’ But a “G” Thang — Dr. Dre with Snoop.

  • Phillip Winn

    I hate to say it, but Boys of Summer by Don Henley and Run To You by Bryan Adams are both good crank-it-up tunes.

    Ugh, how very white-bread of me to suggest those two!

  • mike

    Nelly’s must be the money song, whatever it’s called, Missy Eliot’s Work It, U2’s I Will Follow, Pearl Jam’s Rearview, X’s Motel Room In My Bed. And how could you not include “Highway Star” by Deep Purple? I hit about 120 in the fast lane when I hear that one.

  • sonny

    “Roadrunner” – Jonathan Richman and the Modern Lovers

  • Spark

    Morning Glory – oasis.

  • Erin

    Streets Have No Name – U2
    Ground on Down – Ben Harper
    Summer of ’69 – Bryan Adams
    Pilgrims (live version) – Widespread Panic
    Hurricane- Bob Dylan
    Magic Carpet Ride – Steppenwolf
    Bertha – Grateful Dead
    Galileo – Indigo Girls
    Stash – Phish
    Two Step – DMB
    Sweet Home Alabama – L.S.

    I could go one for hours

  • jeff bodensteiner

    The best way types of classic driving songs are the songs that when they are over, you have to turn off the radio for awhile. Because nothing else on the dial is coming close to what you just heard. With that in mind, my picks are Lou Christies’ “Lightning Strikes Again,” Frankie Valli’s “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You” and Pet Shop Boys “West End Girls”

  • Al Barger

    Perhaps you might try the song “Placebo” for your cruising mix pleasure.

  • Stefan

    The best songs of Summer:

    More than a feeling-Boston
    Boys of Summer-Ataris
    4th Of July Asbury park-Bruce
    Every Bruce song up till 78.

    Radar love-Golden earing
    all The day and all the night-Kinks
    Good vibrations-Beach boys
    Teen angst -Cracker

  • Murphy Horner

    Here are a few that would make me happy:

    You’re the inspiration-Chicago
    Walk like an Egyptian-The Bangles
    Closer to Fine-Indigo Girls
    Blister in the Sun-Violent Femmes
    How Bizarre-OMC
    Groove is in the Heart-Dee-Lite
    What’s on your mind-Information Society
    Everything I do-Bryan Adams
    Hand in my Pocket-Alanis Morrisette
    Girls just wanna have fun-Cyndi Lauper

  • Kelly

    I suggest these:
    Shania Twain-Man I Feel Like a Woman
    Big Tymers-Oh Yeah
    Ms Jade-what about my ching ching ching

  • Natalie Davis

    Henley’s “Boys of Summer” has already been mentioned, but how about Katrina and the Waves’ “Walking on Sunshine”? Whoa-oh!

  • nhgdnjdg

    shit man no i think rap that is the shit to listen to

  • shaun

    Where is Summer time- fresh prince

  • duane

    Born to be Wild — Steppenwolf
    On the Road Again — Canned Heat
    Ride My Seesaw — Moody Blues
    La Grange — ZZ Top
    Blue Sky — Allman Brothers
    Give it to Me Baby — Rick James
    Mississippi Queen — Mountain
    I’m Losin’ You — Rod Stewart
    Crossroads — Cream
    Kashmir — Led Zeppelin

  • http://dd courtney

    LostProfits – Last Train Home

  • Al Barger

    For more a cruising rather than jamming song, perhaps “Cruisin'” by Mike Nesmith would help smooth that path.

  • Laura

    AC/DC – Highway to Hell
    Aerosmith – Sweet Emotion
    Cinderella – Gypsy Road
    Deep Purpe – Highway Star
    Poison – Ride the Wind
    Whitesnake – Here I Go Again
    Guns N’ Roses – Paradise City
    Tom Petty – Free Fallin’
    Rod Stewart feat. Slash – Peach (Prince cover)
    Bob Seger – Old Time Rock & Roll
    Slash’s Snakepit – The Truth

  • sam

    1. AC/DC -Highway To Hell
    2. ZZ Top -lookin for some touch
    3. Van Halen- Runnin With The Devil
    4. Led Zepplin- rock and roll
    5. Eagles- Take it easy
    6. Bob Seger- Turn the page
    7. Lynard Skynard- Gimmie three Steps
    8. AC/DC- Thunderstruck
    9. Jimi hendrix- all along the watch tower
    10. Queen- Fat bottom girls

  • Andrew

    Nada Surf – Inside of Love
    The Ramones – California Sun
    Pennywise – California Dreaming
    Transplants – California Babylon
    The Starting Line – The Drama Summer
    Weezer – Island In the Sun
    Lit – Ziplock
    Sublime – Summer Time
    Rooney – I’m Shakin’
    Lit – Bulletproof
    Zebrahead – Let it Ride

    For you new age people out there!

  • King Louie

    Sweet Soul Music is the thing when your
    out cruisin’ on a summer’s day. Such as:

    1)The Delfonics- LaLaLa Means I Love You
    2)Al Green – Let’s Stay Together
    3)Smokey Robinson- Ooh Baby Baby
    4)Tyrone Davis – Can I Change My Mind?
    5)Malo – Suavecito
    6)Wilson Pickett – I’m In Love
    7)Booker T. & The MG’s – Soul Dressing
    8)Billy Stewart – Sitting In The Park
    9)Aaron Neville – Tell It Like It Is
    10)Young-Holt Trio – Soulful Strut
    11)Impressions – I’m So Proud
    12)Willie Tee – Teasin’ You
    13)Watts 103rd St Rhythn Band – Loveland
    14)War – Summer
    15)Brenton Wood – Oogum Boogum Song
    16)Joe Simon – The Chokin’Kind
    17)Don Julian – I Want You Back
    18)McKinley Mitchell -The Town I Live In
    19)Bloodstone – Natural High
    20)Marvin Gaye – Distant Lover
    Or something along those lines…

  • Carson

    Semi-charmed kina life- 3rd eye blind

  • jack

    You only live once by the strokes is a sick cruisin song.

  • sarah

    any song by jack johnson
    his songs have a great summer feel to them
    ideas are: flake, taylor, banana pancakes, constellations

  • han_nar

    The golden oldies are classics. But if you want something newer with an awesome summer sound check out:

    Slightly Stoopid – 2nd n 3rd albums
    G Love & Special Sauce
    The Beautiful Girls (an awesome Australian band) – 1st album
    Matt Costa
    Donavan Frankenreiter


  • Shawn

    When you are driving a muscle car 100 mph down the highway and you could care less whether you live or die, nothing is better than “Dont fear the reaper,” by BLUE oyster cult

  • Juliet

    who could forget the best classic cruise song?

    Hotel California – Eagles

  • Jason Meltzer Patterson

    Keep ’em coming, 5 years later I still get comments on this article and I am going to assemble a master list soon.

  • jacob

    beautiful love – the afters
    the fallen interlude – blink 182
    oohh ahhh – grits
    rockstar – nickelback

    just some newer stuff.

  • MLS

    Unwritten – Natasha Bedingfield
    Hit ‘Em Up Style – Blue Cantrell
    Girlfriend – Avril Lavigne
    With Love – Hilary Duff
    Beautiful Liar – Beyonce and Shakira

  • Cruisin

    The BEST Cruising song is “The Zephyr Song” by the Red Hot Chili Peppers

  • natalia

    ill be here awhile-311

    also when i was a little girl my dad always played
    james taylor-carolina on my mind
    when we went on vacations (we drive everywhere)

    good cruising/summer songs

    format-the first single
    and anything by yellowcard!

    ahh summer time and warm beaches here i come :)

  • Jace

    Someday – The strokes
    Alright – Supergrass
    Letter from an occupant – the new pornographers
    Country house – blur
    Mr.Es beautiful blues – eels
    monkey wrench – foo fighters
    is this it – The strokes
    i wish – babyshambles
    cant buy me love – The Beatles
    My own worst enemy – lit

  • B3kz0r

    panama by van halen makes me feel sooo badass when cruising

  • elysssa

    nuthin but a g thang- dr dre
    doo wa ditty- zapp
    she’s a bad mama jama- carl carlton
    regulate- warren g
    island in the sun- weezer
    gin and juice- snoop dogg
    do it alone- sugarcult
    can i get a…-jay-z
    everlong- foo foghters
    got the life- korn

    good mix of different genres

  • Denise

    Patio Lanterns – Kim Mitchell

    All we are – Kim Mitchell

    Bark at the Moon – Ozzy

    Flying High Again – Ozzy

    I could go at this list..some really FINE shtuff here :)

  • Jason |

    little did I know people would still be commenting on this… what? six years later?

    i’m thrilled! let’s keep adding, i’ll offer up my own updated list soon. you guys are great!

  • Rich

    Yay for Google. =)

    Incubus – Drive (studio or acoustic)
    N2Deep – Back to the Hotel (Chill beat)
    Ludacris – Move Bitch (Mmm road rage)
    The Doors – Riders on the Storm or L.A. Woman
    Collective Soul – December
    NWA feat. Ice Cube & Eazy E – Fuck the Police
    O.A.R. – 3AM (great for the after-after party cruise)
    Mindless Self Indulgence – Shut Me Up
    Tupac/Dr. Dre – California Love
    AC/DC – Shook You All Night Long

  • Jim

    anything by Bruce Springsteen

  • sarj

    on my balcony – flunk
    summertime in the lbc – doveshack
    summer parade – depapepe
    the general – the dispatch
    starlight – muse
    summertime – The Sundays
    how we breathe – pinback
    float on – modest mouse

    chillout acoustic music by The Dispatch and Kings of Convenience. 😀

  • julee

    living on my own – freddie mercury
    dont fear the reaper – blue oyster cult
    iron lion zion – bob marley
    lets work together – canned heat
    hey dude – kula shaker
    Johnny b goode – chuck berry
    best of you – foo fighters
    learn to fly – foo fighters
    born to be wild – steppenwolf
    passenger – iggy pop
    life is a highway – rascal flatts
    anything by the doors
    ive been everywhere – johnny cash
    sharp dressed man – zz top
    running down a dream – tom petty

  • DDawg

    These two are very similar and everyone no matter what taste in music u have should love these

    seems to me – Joe walsh and the James Gang
    Funk Number 49 – Joe Walsh and the James Gang.

    I would reccomend those for anyone.

    and definatly panama but its already been said :)

  • DWTaylor

    In no particular order of preference:

    Wired up choices:
    Undead (Out the way) – Hollywood Undead
    Coming Undone – Korn
    The Undertaker – Puscifer
    The End of Heartache – Killswitch Engaged
    Breaking Inside – Shinedown
    Behind Blue Eyes – Limp Bizkit
    Slow Motion – Nickelback
    Boulevard of Broken Dreams – Greenday
    37 Stitches – Drowning Pool
    Battle Flag – Low Fidelity All Stars

    Overated – Thriving Ivory
    Second Chance – Shinedown
    Blue on Black – Days of the New
    So Caught Up in You – 38 Special
    In the End – Linkin Park
    Drive – The Cars
    One Last Breath – Creed
    I Won’t Back Down – Tom Petty
    Wrong – Depeche Mode
    Just Another Day – John Secada

    Weird and/or fun:
    Little Toy Gun – HoneyHoney
    Fireflies – Owl City
    It’s a Fine Day – Miss Jane
    Bring Sally Up – Moby
    Walking with a Ghost – Tegan and Sara
    Is She Really Going out with Him? – Joe Jackson
    Days go By – Dirty Vegas
    I’m Blue – Eiffel 65
    Die Mother?????? Die – Slipknot
    Camel Walk (Little Debbie) – Southern Culture on the Skids

  • Glenn

    Big Head Todd & the Monsters – Bittersweet
    Jack Johnston – Taylor
    Jimmy Eat World – Softer
    Jane’s Addiction – Jane Says
    Nine Inch Nails – The Good Soldier
    Leftfield – Inspection (Check One)
    The Smiths – How Soon is Now
    Primitive Radio Gods – Standing Outside Of a Broken Phone Booth
    Sugar Ray – Someday