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    Favorite driving songs

    There are some all-time greats that I like a lot like Maybelline, Roadhouse Blues, Radar Love, etc. It helps if the song is about driving but for me it’s most essential for a driving song to have some attitude and raw bluesy or rockabilly guitar. Dire Straits and Petty’s Damn the Torpedos in it’s entirety work well for me. Lately I’m partial to some Telecaster twang. My current Google Play driving playlist starts like this:

    Ray Wylie Hubbard - Bad on Fords
    https://youtu.be/QdZqxIHrunU

    Chris Knight - Hammer Goin Down
    https://youtu.be/OfwEpUrlQXw

    William Topley- Uptown Baby
    https://youtu.be/NFDR3zs8xBk

    Robert Earl Keen - Amarillo Highway
    https://youtu.be/jFd0m5nJ3Mc

    The Ravyns- Raised on the Radio
    https://youtu.be/jFd0m5nJ3Mc

    Kelly Willis - Red Sunset
    https://youtu.be/W8oCfG_ZiDs

    Mozella - You Don’t Love Anyone ( yeah kind of an outlier I know)
    https://youtu.be/e-GTKTmSWO8

    The Derailers - There Goes the Bride
    https://youtu.be/qhMenoEUSDE

    Steve Earle - Hardcore Troubadour
    https://youtu.be/trYtqya9MjU

    Lucinda Williams - Can’t Let Go
    https://youtu.be/uvA1grwbdNg

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    Great topic, will respond in more detail later. Two of my faves off the top:

    Running on Empty, Jackson Browns:
    https://youtu.be/Vq25ZJwZJzU

    Jet Airliner, Paul Pena (he wrote the song, even though he let Steve Miller record it first — Pena’s version is better IMO):
    https://youtu.be/Cjr5U7g6aiA

    (Would also post Truckin’ by the Grateful Dead, but would like to find a version friendly to those not predisposed towards the band. This one is short: https://youtu.be/qaQ8r-SwR2c )
    Last edited by OldPhiKap; 05-12-2018 at 05:25 PM.
    1991 -- 1992 -- 2001 -- 2010 -- 2015

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    [redacted] them and the horses they rode in on.

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    [redacted] them and the horses they rode in on.

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    Eddie Rabbitt...Drivin’ My Life Away”

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    "Everybody Wants To Rule The World", Tears For Fears.

    "Radar Love", Golden Earring.

    "Four Sticks", Led Zeppelin.

    "Abbey Road", entire album. The Beatles.

    "Kashmir", Led Zeppelin.

    "Pet Sounds", entire album, Beach Boys.

    "Endless Summer", entire album, Beach Boys.

    "Running On A Dream", Tom Petty.

    " White Album", entire album, The Beatles.

    "Sympathy For The Devil", Rolling Stones.

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    I vowed that if I ever got a shot to DJ, this would be the first song I played:


    https://youtu.be/aFnmWkr5A8s

    Brand New Cadillac. the Clash

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    Anything by Uncle Tupelo.
    "UNC makes me think of a pile of vomit in a school hallway. They keep trying to throw more and more of that peppermint neutralizer on it and act like it's candy, but the puke smell won't go away." -- (Internet-winning comment on N&O article re: UNX cheating scandal)

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    Quote Originally Posted by OldPhiKap View Post
    I vowed that if I ever got a shot to DJ, this would be the first song I played:


    https://youtu.be/aFnmWkr5A8s

    Brand New Cadillac. the Clash
    Excellent choice! I’ll add 2 more Cadillac driving tunes:

    Southern Culture - Voodoo Cadillac
    https://youtu.be/7rf3ljr36uI

    Chris Knight - Devil Behind the Wheel
    https://youtu.be/uZu2Gx8gVto

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr. Rosenrosen View Post
    Anything by Uncle Tupelo.
    Passenger Side fits if you’ll take a Wilco tune
    https://youtu.be/mhM5iyqc13k

    And I like Moonshiner anytime
    https://youtu.be/mhM5iyqc13k

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    Doobie Brothers - Best Of - Black Water if I had to pick one

    Talking Heads - Take me to the River

    Steely Dan - Kid Charlemagne

    Driving at night...Springsteen, Born to Run album

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    Anything by SCOTS (Southern Culture On The Skids), especially "Camel Walk" and "Daddy Was A Preacher But Mama Was A Go Go Girl"...lol

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    First thing that comes to mind is Aqualung...in its totality. And to be eclectic, anything by Gordon Lightfoot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Devilwin View Post
    Anything by SCOTS (Southern Culture On The Skids), especially "Camel Walk" and "Daddy Was A Preacher But Mama Was A Go Go Girl"...lol
    Yeah me too. A friend of mine used to book those guys at the Music Farm in Charleston back in the 90s. I’ve had an opportunity to talk to them several times. Rick primarily plays a modified Sears and Roebuck guitar for his unique rockabilly/surf-rock hybrid sound.

    Too Much Pork for just one fork
    https://youtu.be/rQ7i1j_Si3U
    My House has Wheels
    https://youtu.be/UC5eUVV0FgI
    Fried Chicken and Gasoline
    https://youtu.be/BCCqeHm5VDY
    Soul City
    https://youtu.be/FP-rt7NefYE
    Chicken Sh!t Farmer
    https://youtu.be/BuxbqQAHCZk

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    Is Born to Run too obvious?

    Add Don Henley, "Boys of Summer."

    Mahler's second symphony always revs me up.

    Maybe not what you're looking for.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fidel View Post
    Doobie Brothers - Best Of - Black Water if I had to pick one

    Talking Heads - Take me to the River

    Steely Dan - Kid Charlemagne

    Driving at night...Springsteen, Born to Run album
    Hmm Born to Run has a pretty good rocker titled “Night”. BtR also has Thunder Road and, of course the song “Born to Run” which are both good driving songs. “Drive all Night” is on The River. It’s an 8 1/2 minute song
    that’s a little dark and slow for by driving playlist. “Racing in the Streets” is on Darkness on the Edge of Town

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    Quote Originally Posted by jimsumner View Post
    Is Born to Run too obvious?

    Add Don Henley, "Boys of Summer."

    Mahler's second symphony always revs me up.

    Maybe not what you're looking for.
    I agree on “Boys of Summer” I hadn’t thought of that one but there is something about it that is suitable for highway driving. I’ll have take your word on the symphonies though.

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    Life is a Highway?

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    “Boys of Summer” reminds me of “Driving” by Patty Griffin. Something about the guitar creates tension and sense of desperation or loss.
    https://youtu.be/NVgi1NhTihs

    Here’s another very similar one that just came to mind
    https://youtu.be/qXuPyE7CKZQ

    And this is the only Patty song that’s actually on my driving playlist https://youtu.be/fvDatU7C7eU

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    China Grove - Doobie Brothers
    Best of What's Around - DMB
    Rosalita - Springsteen
    Numerous Allmans songs, best is likely Jessica
    Boys are back in town - Thin Lizzy
    Peg - Steely Dan
    Army - Ben Folds Five
    We Built this city on rock and roll - Starship
    America - Simon and Garfunkel

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