Your Sunday Best: Best Songs While Driving In The Middle of the Night

October 20, 2013


Quiet road.  Just you and your thoughts.  Vastness of the sky.  Loneliness of an all-night diner on the side of the highway.

1. “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” by The Rolling Stones


2. “Midnight City” by M83


3. “(Looking For) The Heart of a Saturday Night,” by Tom Waits


4. “Blue Monday” by New Order

5. “Sorrow” by The National


6. “The Boxer” by Simon & Garfunkel

7. “Brothers In Arms” by Dire Straits

Agreements?  Disagreements?  Additions?

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32 Comments on “Your Sunday Best: Best Songs While Driving In The Middle of the Night”

  1. Michelle Says:

    Oh, good topic! My playlist would include Tom Petty and The Eagles and some Creedance.


  2. Charlene Woodley Says:

    Hotel California – The Eagles
    Broken Wings – Mr. Mister
    Sailing – Christopher Cross


  3. Elyse Says:

    EmmyLou Harris’ Feeling Single, Seeing Double.


  4. thefoodandwinehedonist Says:

    Haven’t thought about that Waits song in forever. I would take out Dire Straits and pop in Metallica’s Master of Puppets or Battery. At night you can do your best air drumming and sing along as loud as possible. Plus it’ll keep you awake for at least half an hour after it’s done.


    • Wilma Says:

      Leave the Dire Straits, but I agree about Metallica. Make mine “Enter Sandman” and then add Alice in Chains, “Man In the Box” so I can scream the lyrics alone in the dark.


    • Wilma Says:

      Leave the Dire Straits, but I agree about Metallica. Make mine “Enter Sandman” and throw in Alice in Chains’ “Man In the Box” so I can scream the lyrics alone in my car in the dark.


    • The Byronic Man Says:

      Maybe it’s a sign of my mellowing with age, but I listen to a lot less “angry” music late at night. Evening time, definitely. Well, all other times. But maybe I’ve started getting contemplative/sissy at night.


  5. Jackie Cangro Says:

    Tom Waits = Yes!

    How about The Who’s “I Can See for Miles”? A neat little irony if you’re driving in the middle of the night.


  6. Hippie Cahier Says:

    David Wilcox/Tom Prasada-Rao, “Whisper of the Wheels”.
    Great topic!


  7. Zainab Khawaja Says:

    These days, with the rising prices of petrol, a lonely ride down the highway would just be me calculating how much money is vehicle is burning away by the minute.


  8. Blogdramedy Says:

    May I suggest, “You Can Sleep While I Drive” by Melissa Etheridge. The lyrics say it all.


  9. She's a Maineiac Says:

    I haven’t heard of some of those tunes, very interesting stuff. I was driving home from school one night recently when The Beastie Boys song So Whatcha Want came on and I was cranking it to stay awake. Kinda sad when an old mom like me is head-banging in a minivan.

    But for those long drives, I would also vote for anything by Tom Petty, Robert Plant.


  10. speaker7 Says:

    I like listening to “Such Great Heights” by The Postal Service.


  11. battlewagon13 Says:

    Wonderwall by Oasis. American Pie by Don MacLean. Anything by the Ramones to get your head slamming.


  12. PinotNinja Says:

    Tom Petty. Into the Great Wide Open.

    Windows down. Full volume. Singing along at the top of your lungs. There is nothing better.


  13. silkpurseproductions Says:

    This is a great list. I would add some Creedence as well and Bowie and Annie Lennox.


  14. the mindless philosopher Says:

    for me, steely dan’s “deacon blues” always provides some good driving music.

    there’s the line about dying behind the wheel. which seems pretty apropos if you just happen to… well…


  15. Jen and Tonic Says:

    Before I even got to Dire Straits on your list I thought, “Oh, a Dire Straits song, for sure.” I’d also add anything by Fleetwood Mac as I am their biggest fangirl.


  16. jbw0123 Says:

    Nice list.

    Chris Smither, “Surprise, Surprise” might make a nice addition.


  17. The Bumble Files Says:

    I like this list. Like Jen, I would probably add a Fleetwood Mac song. I offer “Gold Dust Woman.” Number one, most definitely!! In fact, I pretty sure I’ve listened to this song in the middle of the night on some dusty highway. Oh, yes,


  18. gus Says:

    So many good tunes, a lot I haven’t heard in a long time.
    anything by Chris Issac, they are all kind of haunting, Blue Rodeo ‘five days in May’.


  19. tinkerbelle86 Says:

    John Mayer, I love John Mayer. and Dire Straits!


  20. thesinglecell Says:

    Yes on 6 and 7. I submit for your approval “Wild Horses” by the Rolling Stones, “”Thunder Road” by Springsteen, “Rhiannon” by Fleetwood Mac, “The World I Know”/”Run” by Collective Soul, “This Train” by Indigo Girls and “In the Air Tonight” by Phil Collins. Obviously.


  21. hannahsantos30 Says:

    Reblogged this on Once upon a time in my mine and commented:
    #hapiness #love #dream


  22. PoshPedlar Says:

    Driving home for Christmas, might drive you round the bed though, seems to be on a loop in every shop this side of the North Pole…


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