UPDATE: Here’s the Spotify playlist.
I just sang my heart out today while driving so I thought that warranted a “Top 10 songs to belt out in the car” list. To the purists out there: singing in the shower is also OK, but singing along in the car is preferred. I’d be happy to make you a separate shower songs list.
The following are in debatable order but you must agree with me that Bohemian Rhapsody will top the list no matter how you slice the cake.
1. “Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen – Not only do you get four distinct kinds of music to go crazy to, but you also get a headbanging solo and you can harmonise if you’ve got friends in the car.
2. “Boys of Summer” by Don Henley – “Those days are gone forever, I should just let them go but…” If by that time in the song you’re not thinking of pressing ‘repeat’ just to sing it again, then I’m not sure I want you reading my blog. (btw, it’s OK if you like the Ataris version)
3. “Sweet Caroline” by Neil Diamond – You get 5 points if you reach out to fellow drivers during “Hands, touching hands, reaching out, touching me, touching youuuuuuuuuu…..” You get 10 extra points if they reach back.
4. “It’s Not Unusual” by Tom Jones – Remember “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air?” Remember Carlton and his dance moves? During the instrumentals (but only if you’re at the red light or keep at least one hand on the wheel) you can snap your fingers like a madman/woman/Carlton.
5. “One Way or Another” by Blondie – When you sing “I’m gonna getcha getcha getcha getcha” you can look over at the guy next to you and totally psych him out. Just don’t do it if you’re on the South side in Chicago. You might get shot (sorry Chicago – you know I love you but you also know it’s true what I say…).
6. “I Believe in a Thing Called Love” by The Darkness – If you can pull off the high notes, my hat is off to you. I can’t. I get a sore throat. But I enjoy every minute of it.
7. “What’s Up?” by 4 Non Blondes – Girl power! “And I realised quickly when I knew I should that the world was made up of this brotherhood of man, for whatever that means.” Scream it ladies! Vent! What’s going on? Btw, to me, this song only works if you listen to the fast remix version. I’m happy to be proven otherwise. If you can pull it off with the slow version, make sure you record it and send it to me. We’ll start an internet revolution!
8. “You’re the Voice” by John Farnham (not the mandatory Aussie tribute. This baby has legs of its own!) – There’s just one thing to say…. Whoa-o-o-o-o-o-o!!! Whoa-o-o-o-o-o-o!!!
9. “Run to Paradise” by The Choirboys (aka, the mandatory Aussie tribute) – So freakin’ catchy I just played it twice while writing this.
10. “More Than a Feeling by Boston” – Thought I’d make this list a ballad sandwich. And how appropriate? “It’s more than a feeling… when I hear that old song they used to play.”
Before I let you go, here are some other songs I considered (quite seriously!) for my list but due to my current musical addictions, they did not make it:
- “Livin’ on a Prayer” by Bon Jovi
- “Sweet Child of Mine” by GNFR
- “One” by U2
- “Add it Up” by Violent Femmes (which, concidentally, I did accidentally sing in public once, which resulted in much embarassment and a bruised bum, but that’s a whole other blog post…)
- “Mama Mia” by Abba
- “Lightening Crashes” by Live
- “It’s Tough to Have a Crush” by OKGo
- “Electric Blue” by Icehouse
- “Stronger” by Britney Spears
- “Because I got High” by Afroman
- “You’re the One that I Want” by John Travolta and Olivia Newton John
- “Walkin’ on Sunshine” by Katrina and the Waves
- “Under Pressure” by Queen
- “One Step Closer” by Linkin’ Park
And this is where I will stop because I’m now going through my iTunes and discovering dozens of good belters. This blog will never end if I don’t throw in the towel now. Good night reader. Thanks for coming.