From Jimi Hendrix’s Crosstown Traffic to AC/DC’s Highway to Hell, driving and rock n’ roll are one of the world’s great double acts.
A set of wheels and an open road have stood as metaphors for arrival and escape, freedom and folly. But what are the driving songs that most inspire you? The tunes that get your motor running? The tracks on endless repeat on your car stereo?
To celebrate the launch of Music, Dynaudio’s new range of intelligent music systems, we asked you those very questions on Facebook – and thousands of you had your say. We removed the votes for David Brent’s Free Love Freeway (you were joking, right?), tallied up the results and came up with a top three, which we then put to vote on Twitter.
Here, in reverse order, are your winners.
8. Eagles - Life in the Fast Lane
Inspired by a terrifying car ride with a drug dealer, the story behind Life in the Fast Lane is perhaps the best explanation of why we aren’t rock stars. An ideal road-trip song, Life in the Fast Lane has it all: an actual fast-lane right there in the lyrics, a punchy, fast-paced riff and Don Henley’s suitably husky vocals (for the second time, Don, get out of our heads).
7. Grace Jones - Pull Up To The bumper
Perhaps best-known for her fashion career secret-agent menacing, Grace Jones’ 1981 hit Pull Up To The Bumper is endlessly funky and was boycotted by strait-laced American radio stations who read a little too much into the lyrics. Great for late-night drives.