Classic Summer Cruising Tunes
It’s summer; time to let the top and your hair down, hit the open road and sing along to your favorite summer tunes. We asked the HVA Facebook page fans to give us a few of their favorite summertime driving tunes. Check out this shortlist of some of the great suggestions we received.
“Radar Love” – Golden Earring
submitted by Dave Hoskins and Joy Batchelor Colasacco
Released in 1973, Dutch rock band Golden Earring’s “Radar Love” quickly became an all-time classic driving song. From its imagery of racing down the highway to the driving rhythm, “Radar Love” hits all the right notes, ensuring it will never become some forgotten song.
“Highway Star” – Deep Purple
submitted by Julie Dobbins
The propulsive, driving intro of the lead-off track on Deep Purple’s 1972 classic Machine Head makes this hard rock classic perfect for racing with the top down. When Ian Gillan’s vocals come screeching in, you’re already well on your way to flying down the highway, fists pumping in the air.
“Low Rider” – War
submitted by Azar Attura
Few songs are as instantly recognizable and carry as infectious a groove as War’s 1975 hit and soundtrack to an automotive subculture, “Low Rider.” With a song that celebrates the virtues of driving a little slower and riding a little lower, one would be hard pressed to come up with a better song for cruising the strip and showing off your finest set of wheels.
“Born to Be Wild” – Steppenwolf
submitted by Bob Barth
It’s darn near impossible to put together a list like this without including Steppenwolf’s 1968 anthem “Born to Be Wild.” From the opening snare hit on through the ascending guitar riff, it’s easy to picture yourself cruising Easy Rider-style down the open road, wind whipping through your hair, sunglasses artfully perched and a cool, knowing look of self-satisfaction on your face. In list of the all-time great driving songs, “Born to Be Wild” has to sit near the top.
“Maybellene” – Chuck Berry
submitted by Steve Krulin
What would a car show be without Chuck Berry’s tale of an illegal street race and romance gone wrong? Released in 1955, “Maybellene” was not only his first single but also his first hit, establishing a template that would bring about a string of hits for Berry on the Chess label and the soundtrack to an entire generation’s days and nights of cruising in their souped-up creations. An absolute must for any cruising playlist.
So what’s your favorite classic driving tune? Take a moment to comment below, or head on over to the HVA’s Facebook page to give us your pick and see what other members are saying.