There’s an old saying when it comes to cars: they just don’t make them like they used to. According to a list published by Auto Trader earlier this month the same goes for driving songs, where oldies rule the road. In fact, 9 out of the 10 in Auto Trader’s list are pre-millennial, with four of the charting tracks in the top 6 first seeing release in the 1970s.
Auto Trader’s group director Nathan Coe was keen to point out that the group’s customers are from all age groups, genders and backgrounds, but added that “we all have a favourite driving song.”
The full Top 10 is as follows…
1. ‘Sultans of Swing’ – Dire Straits
2. ‘We Will Rock You’ – Queen
3. ‘Another One Bites the Dust’ – Queen
4. ‘Good Vibrations’ – The Beach Boys
5. ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ – Queen
6. ‘Go your own way’ – Fleetwood Mac
7. ‘Born in the USA’ – Bruce Springsteen
8. ‘Rollling in the Deep’ – Adele
9. ‘Heard it Through the Grapevine’ – Marvin Gaye
10. ‘Time is on My Side’ – The Rolling Stones
Dire Straits’ classic ‘Sultans of Swing’, which took the group to number 8 in the UK Singles’ Chart way back in 1979, topped the list, beating two Queen songs to the top of the list. Freddie Mercury and co. took silver and bronze with ‘We Will Rock You’ and ‘Another One Bites the Dust’, though the absence of ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ is perhaps surprising, since the song has become one of the driving songs thanks to an iconic scene in cult comedy Wayne’s World.
The Beach Boys, Fleetwood Mac, Free, Bruce Springsteen, Marvin Gaye and The Rolling Stones all make an appearance on the Top 10, with only Adele’s 2010 hit ‘Rolling in the Deep’ representing the noughties.
Personally if Adele came on while we were driving we would probably sell our car with Auto Trader, but everyone has a favourite track to hear while they’re heading along on the open road.
What’s your favourite driving song? Let us know below…