Singing at the top of your lungs to a favorite tune as you cruise down the highway is one of the true pleasures of driving.
Behind the wheel, master of your own destiny, or at least your next destination, and with the scenery flickering by, it can turn a good journey into a great one.
To fuel more happy trips to come, we’ve put together a dozen recommendations from well-versed in-the-car-singers here at RoadLoans and parent company Santander Consumer USA. Check out what makes these tracks special and take our Spotify playlist for a spin!
“Three Little Birds” Bob Marley & The Wailers
“Three Little Birds” by Bob Marley is one of those feel-good songs that makes you want to put the windows down and let the warm air blow through your hair. The catchy chorus is sunny and uplifting and puts me in a good mood instantly every time I hear it. “Don’t worry/About a thing. ‘Cause every little thing/Is going to be all right.”
– James Mayfield, Director of Content
“Happy” Pharrell Williams
Driving my new car with the top down on a warm summer day and this on the stereo is not only exciting, but it ignites my happiness!
– LaKedra Wilkerson, Project Manager
“I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)” The Proclaimers
I sing them ALL.
But I really like to sing “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)” by The Proclaimers.
And now I have it stuck in my head.
Da da da (da da da)
Da da da (da da da)
– Amy Gates, Web Analytics Coordinator
“Bohemian Rhapsody” Queen
“Bohemian Rhapsody,” because there is an iconic scene in the cult classic movie, “Wayne’s World,” where everyone in the car jams out to it. It’s a fun song to sing in a group.
– Caitlin Hoover, Web Analytics Coordinator
“A Thousand Miles” Vanessa Carlton
If you’re making a trip with your girlfriends, you gotta throw “A Thousand Miles” by Vanessa Carlton on the stereo. Hearing the first chimes of the piano keys reminds me of one of my favorite comedies, “White Chicks.” The music is so playful and infectious you just have to sing along!
– Candace Brand, Social Media Coordinator
“Hey Yah!” OutKast
Now, what’s cooler than just driving?
I say, what’s cooler than just driving?
Driving with OutKast!
Alright alright alright alright alright alright alright alright …
– Robert Penn, Sr. SEO Analyst
“The Middle” Jimmy Eat World
Once the opening guitar strum hits, I’m immediately taken back to junior high nostalgia and all its awkward glory. This was always a fun and uplifting tune that you can jam out to at any point of the day. Whatever season of life you’re in, there’s never a bad time to remind yourself that “everything, everything will be alright, alright!”
– Josh Myatt, Content Editor
“Can’t Stop The Feeling!” Justin Timberlake
I love him as an artist, and the added bonus is that my kids love the song from the movie “Trolls.” The song puts us all in a good mood!
– Alison Colston, Sr. Manager Email Marketing
“Adventure Of A Lifetime” Coldplay
… because it’s energetic, vibrant, happy, and impossible to get bored of listening to even after hearing it 50 times.
– Emily Trusky, Project Manager
“Sweet Home Alabama” Lynyrd Skynyrd
I love “Sweet Home Alabama,” by Lynyrd Skynyrd. It’s a toe-tapping, turn-up-the-radio, sing-at-the-top-of-your-lungs, good time, which makes it the perfect road trip song.
– Linda Sherman, Content Editor
“Bad Reputation” Joan Jett & The Blackhearts
Joan Jett. The Blackhearts. Bad Reputation. Coarse, rebellious and fast. What else can I say? No better way to express your inner punk when you’re working your way through traffic just a little quicker than other drivers. Imagining them wishing they could rock it, too.
– Mark Macesich, Content Editor
Bonus track: “Cheeseburger in Paradise” Jimmy Buffett
If you’re feeling hungry on the road and thinking about a drive-thru, this track is the perfect accompaniment. “Which way do I steer for my cheeseburger in paradise?” sings Jimmy. An important question we should all know, and sing, the answer to.
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