Good music can turn a boring car ride into an epic one.
Here’s the list of music that each of our editors can’t help but crank up when they’re in their cars.
Daft Punk, Tron: Legacy Soundtrack – Jodi Lai, Managing Editor
If there was a camera inside my car recording me while I drove, I’m sure I would go viral because I love singing along to music, but I can’t hit a note to save my life. Do you know that sound when a small feline gets run over by a car? That’s what it sounds like when I sing.
I love driving to anything I can sing along to, Spice Girls, Britney Spears, whatever. But one weird thing I like to do is when I’m driving at night, I love to drive to the soundtrack that Daft Punk produced for the Tron: Legacy movie. It makes me feel like I’m in a driving simulator video game. Also, being an all electro soundtrack, there are no lyrics, so my poor passengers don’t have to listen to me sing.
Foggy Mountain Breakdown – Craig Cole, Associate Editor
What’s my favorite driving music? Well, that pretty closely mirrors the tunes I usually enjoy listening to, which is an eclectic mess ranging from whatever saccharine-sweet noise SiriusXM 002 blasts out, to oldies, country and even soft rock.
While motoring, I prefer fast-paced, upbeat music that’s far catchier than is healthy. I won’t confirm that “Foggy Mountain Breakdown” is one of my favorite songs, but I won’t deny it, either.
Ignition (Remix) by R. Kelly – Sami Haj-Assaad, Features Editor
For me, it’s an easy choice: R.Kelly’s Ignition Remix. What’s funny is it has to be the remix, because the normal version of Ignition is so average.
Just from the opening lines, this song just gets me in the mindset to cruise. I mean, R.Kelly even mentions his Lexus Coupe in the video!
Probably the biggest benefit to this song is how chill it is. I can’t get mad or angry at other drivers while this jam is on. Perfect for keeping the road rage and speeding tickets at bay.
Gasoline by Audioslave – Stephen Elmer, News Editor
Driving drums and powerful distorted guitars never fail to get my heart racing, especially while out for a countryside cruise. And while it’s incredibly tough to choose just one song, I have to go with Audioslave’s Gasoline.
This song was written for cruising, with the main hook in the chorus being “burning that gasoline,” sung by Chris Cornell in a lofty, powerful way. Thick distorted bass sits underneath the song helping it sound massive and Tom Morello is up to his usual tricks, employing several effects pedals to add a great delay/tremolo sound in the verse.
Windows down, volume up.
Hey Ya! by OutKast – Jason Siu, News Editor
I’m actually pretty boring when it comes to what’s playing in my car, since I never really commute too far or too much. But if I ever have to go on a trip that takes longer than 30 minutes – which is like going down the street in Southern California – I like to go back to the real years of music. Before all the shenanigans of Taylor Swift and Justin Bieber. C’mon, is there really anything better than some good ‘ol OutKast? I had a hard time even picking a song from them, their entire catalog is the perfect driving music!