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"CAR TUNES" songs keep you awake on the road!

Stay awake on the road with any of these musical motivators.

Turn up the music and keep yourself awake behind the wheel!

Turn up the music and keep yourself awake behind the wheel!

Music from "all over the the road", literally!

This list of "Car Tunes" are great travelling songs for your car or truck.  Songs that make your drive come alive!

An article by hubber Angela Harris called "Playlist of Best Road Trip Songs" inspired me to create this list. But these songs are unique because they are NOT just songs about cars or highways or travelling, or being on the road.

For this list, it's the SOUND and FEEL of each songs that makes'em worthy to be on this "Car Tunes" list.

NOT everyone likes every genre, that's for sure!

That's why this "Car Tunes" list contains feel good songs from rock, soul, country, hiphop, big band, oldies, pop,even classical! Pick the genres YOU like and fill your MP3 player.

All these songs are...

1. FAST SONGS. All upbeat, foot-tappers...um, as long as the foot doin' the tappin' isn't the one on the gas pedal. :)

2. WELL-KNOWN SONGS recognized instantly by millions.

3. "FEEL GOOD" SONGS with a motivational, party or positive feel.

ROCK car tunes:

"Old Time Rock & Roll" - Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band; "Hollywood Nights" - Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band; Are You Gonna Be My Girl" - Jet; "Paradise By The Dashboard Light" - Meat Loaf; "Dancing In The Dark" - Bruce Springsteen; "Paralyzer" - Finger Eleven; "Life In The Fast Lane" - The Eagles; "Take Me Out" - Franz Ferdinand; "Jungle Love" - Steve Miller Band; "Green Eyed Lady" - Sugarloaf; "Top of the World" - All-American Rejects; "Black Betty" - Ram Jam; "CrushCrushCrush" and "Mysery Business" - Paramore; "I Don't Wanna Be In Love" - Good Charlotte; "American Woman" - either version by The Guess Who or Lenny Kravitz; "Panama" and "You Really Got Me" - Van Halen; "La Grange" - ZZ Top; "Thanks for the Mmrs" - Fall Out Boy; "Sweet Home Alabama", "I Know A Little" and "You Got That Right" - Lynyrd Skynyrd; "Let the Good Times Roll" - The Cars; "Bad Case of Loving You (Doctor, Doctor) - Robert Palmer

SOUL / R&B / CLUB / DANCE car tunes:

"Ain't No Mountain High Enough" - Marvin Gaye & Tammy Terrell; "I Will Survive" - Gloria Gaynor; "It's Raining Men" - Cover Girls; "Freeway of Love" - Aretha Franklin; "Tear the Roof Off the Sucker" - Parliament; "Love Rollercoaster" - Ohio Players; "Stayin' Alive" - Bee Gees; "Don't Stop Til You Get Enough" - Michael Jackson; "Shame" - Evelyn Champagne King; "Into The Groove" - Madonna; "Straight Up" - Paula Abdul

CLASSICAL car tunes:

"Overture from 'Candide' " - Leonard Bernstein, composer, conducting the New York Philharmonic Orchestra; "'Hallelujah Chorus' from the Oratorio 'Messiah' " - G. F. Handel; "Sabre Dance" - Aram Katchaturian; "Symphony No. 40, 1st movement" - W. A. Mozart; "5th Symphony, 1st movement" - L. Van Beethoven.

HIPHOP car tunes:

"03 Bonnie and Clyde" - Beyonce featuring Jay-Z; "Show Me What You Got" and "Hollywood" - Jay-Z; "Gettin' Jiggy Wit It" or "Miami" - Will Smith; "The Way You Move" - Outkast; "Lose Yourself" - Eminem; "Wild Thing" - Tone Loc; "It Takes Two" - Rob Base; "Touch The Sky" - Kanye West; "Dangerous" - Akon featuring Cardinal Offishial

BIG BAND / EARLY POP car tunes:

"This Could Be The Start of Something Big" - Steve Lawrence & Edie Gorme; "Beyond The Sea" - Bobby Darin; "That Old Black Magic" - Louis Prima & Keely Smith; "Let's Dance" and "Sing, Sing, Sing" - Benny Goodman; "American Patrol" - Glenn Miller; "Twelfth Street Rag" - Lionel Hampton; "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy" - Bette Midler; "Come Fly With Me", "I've Got You Under My Skin", "Chicago" and "Theme from 'New York, New York' "- Frank Sinatra

COUNTRY car tunes:

"All My Rowdy Friends Are Comin' Over Tonight" - Hank Williams, Jr.; "Don't Rock The Jukebox" - Alan Jackson; "You Better Move On" - Levon Helm; "Ain't Goin' Down Til the Sun Comes Up" - Garth Brooks; "9 to 5" - Dolly Parton; "I Ain't Never" - Little Richard; "That Don't Impress Me Much" and "Man! I Feel Like A Woman" - Shania Twain; "Lay Down Sally" - Delbert McClinton; "Our Song" - Taylor Swift; "Give Back the Key to My Heart" - Dwight Yoakum


50's, 60's ,70's, 80's POP car tunes:

There are easily a hundred "feel good" songs from each of these decades, but these will get you started until I (or anyone adding comments) think of more:

from the FIFTIES era (1955 - 1963):

"Blue Moon" - The Marcels; "Tequila" - The Champs; "Walk, Don't Run" - The Ventures; "Oh Pretty Woman" - Roy Orbison; "One Fine Day" - Chiffons, "Little Darlin' " - The Diamonds; "Roll Over Beethoven" - Chuck Berry; "Jailhouse Rock" - Elvis Presley

from the SIXTIES era (1964 - 1970):

"Heat Wave" - Martha & The Vandellas; "Fun, Fun, Fun", "Surfin' USA", "Shut Down", "Surfin' Safari", "Darlin'", and "Good Vibrations" - Beach Boys; "Grazin' in the Grass" - Friends of Distinction; "Sweet Soul Music" - Arthur Conley; "I Can't Get No Satisfaction", "Honky Tonk Woman" and "Paint It Black" - Rolling Stones; "Can't Buy Me Love", "Help", "Hard Day's Night", "Paperback Writer", "You Won't See Me", "Baby You're A Rich Man", "Gettin' Better", "Magical Mystery Tour", "Back In The U.S.S.R", "Ob-Li-Di, Ob-Li-Da", and "Get Back" - The Beatles

from the SEVENTIES era (1971 - 1979): "Start Me Up", "Brown Sugar", "Miss You" and "Shattered" - Rolling Stones; "Crocodlie Rock" and "Saturday Night's Allright for Fightin'" - Elton John; "Go Your Own Way" - Fleetwood Mac; "Waterloo", "Mama Mia" and "Take A Chance On Me" - ABBA;

from the EIGHTIES era (1980 - 1989): "Don't You Want Me" - Human League; "Rock Me Amadeus" - Falco; "You're The One That I Want" - Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta;


"Please Don't Stop the Music" - Rhianna; "Rehab" - Amy Winehousel; "Love Lockdown" - Kanye West; "Shut Up And Let Me Go" - The Ting Tings; "4 Minutes to Save the World" - Madonna with Justin Timberlake; "Genie in a Bottle" - Christina Aguilera

Nominate MORE car tunes!

There are THOUSANDS more! Suggest your favorite "car tunes" in a comment below and so others can learn about the songs you enjoy.

Pick your "car tunes" from this list for your summer vacation or next road trip. You should be able to turn to your kids fighting in the back seat, turn up your music and say, "now listen kids, HERE is a great song!" :)

Have a great trip!

Tom Z (Tom Zarecki)

Copyright(c)2009 Thomas R. Zarecki.  All Rights Reserved.  


Links to learn more!

DISCO and SOUL music history (also DANCE and R&B)


HARMONY: the "meat" of music

RHYTHM: music's "bones"

Music Vocabulary


Songs of Protest, Change & Revolution in America

Other articles by Tom Z:


The USA's 44 Presidents, 1789 - 2009

The USA's 47 Vice Presidents, 1789 - 2009

The USA's 67 Secretaries of State, 1789 - 2009


Work in radio THIS WEEK: six simple steps

Social Media's Six Genres

A million ways to start a conversation


Bj on March 29, 2017:

Mamas broken heart

tycoon_soon99 on October 05, 2012:

Radar Love has to be on that list

Dick_Head5000 on April 14, 2012:

Your playlist SUCKSSSSS...!!! Where's Bob Seger???

asleemdsfsdfdg on February 03, 2011:

Don't forget about Chris LeDoux. Rodeo star and cowboy singer/songwriter. He is missed by many to say the least.

Zsuzsy Bee from Ontario/Canada on January 10, 2009:

Nifty list. I will have to think of all my other favorites. Thanks for sharing.

regards Zsuzsy