Songs about driving, through the years

If you own a rust-bucketty old jalopy, I guess driving ain’t much fun. I don’t exactly own a swank upmarket German dream-machine, or one of those super-fast sports jobs, but my car’s very comfortable and has more mod-cons than most. So I do love driving and long road trips where I can just listen to music while taking in the scenery speeding past.

Over the years many artists have done songs, not so much about cars, as about driving. Here is a selection from my song collection:

Drive My Car by The Beatles – circa 1965. I was still in the womb when this was released. I like it, but not as much as I Feel Fine.

Drive by The Cars – circa 1984. The band’s biggest hit and produced by the brilliant “Mutt” Lange who attended high school in South Africa.

Be Quiet And Drive by Deftones – circa 1998. Remains my all-time favorite Deftones song and always brings back many memories of the 90’s every time I listen to it.

Drive by Incubus – circa 2000. Probably the band’s biggest hit, it’s not so much about driving as about being driven by fear. My personal favorite Incubus song.

Shut Up And Drive by Rihanna – circa 2007. Pop music is not exactly my cup of tea, but Rihanna is one of the few pop artists I can just about tolerate, and this song title does have a nice ring to it.

Vivaldi: Sunset Drive, Spring/Four Seasons by Era – circa 2009. This song has probably nothing to do with cars or the act of driving, but I threw it in because it kinda rounds out my selection of songs across different genres. However I do like Era [Enminential Rythmn of the Ancestors] and I’m quite fond of Gregorian chanting and New Age style music.

I’ve considered that it might not be possible to take in all these different genres in one sitting. I guess there’s a time and place for each one. May you find yours.

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