Songs that make you sing and dance in the car.

This post was inspired by the guy I saw during my commute who was conducting an orchestra while driving down the freeway in his car.

Archies – Sugar Sugar
I think it’s impossible to not like this song.

Coldplay – God Put A Smile Upon Your Face
It’s the line "Now when you work it out, I’m worse than you" that grabs me and makes me start moving.

Earth, Wind and Fire – Shining Star
I *am* a shining star!

Pizzicato Five – Happy Sad
My heart can make brand new kind of sweet soul music, can yours? Shooby dooby doo! Japanese pop at it’s finest.

Screaming Trees – Nearly Lost You
Something about this song that is irresistable.

What songs make you sing and dance in the car?

26 thoughts on “Songs that make you sing and dance in the car.

  1. I know, I’ve been listening to it on repeat during my commute all week…I know all the words, and that’s an accomplishment. But it’s already been posted before.

  2. “The Ballad of El Goodo” by Big Star (when I’m driving alone), and both “Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots” and “Fight Song” by the Flaming Lips if my daughters are in the car (they love to pretend to play the instruments and sing along).

  3. My son I and like to jam along to “Girl, You Have No Faith in Medicine” by the White Stripes.

  4. J. Geils “Centerfold” – I can’t resist the na na na bits.

    Van Morrison “Brown Eyed Girl” – Same reason, except it’s sha la la … te da.

    Stevie Wonder “Superstition” – cuz it’s so funky.

    Grant Lee Phillips “Spring Released” – “Damn this floor is thumpin'”

  5. “Guns of Navarone” by the Specials. No lyrics, just everybody singing the trumpet melody (“bum-bum-BUM-bum-BUUUM-bum-bum-bum-bum”).

  6. My kids recently discovered TMGB (they started out with the recent kids’ albums, but then got hooked on the older stuff). “Dr. Worm” is a current car favorite (with or without kids); with that peppy horn riff, and the painfully nerdy bridge (“When I get into it, I can’t tell if you’re still there watching me twirling the sticks….”).

    I’ve got that new, admittedly overplayed Keane song on repeat as well.

  7. I forgot about Stevie Wonder. “Sir Duke” is a guaranteed mood elevator, every time.

  8. Great idea, Susan! I am guilty of being a total rock-out-in-the-car person, and I often wonder how ridiculous I must look to other drivers.

    I second Dallin’s nod to “Centerfold.” I, too, love the Na na na na chorus.

    Tunes I can’t resist grooving to in the car are:

    “Safety Dance” by Men Without Hats
    “Rio” by Duran Duran
    “Hey Ya” by Outkast
    “Brass Monkey” by Beastie Boys
    “Kiss Off” by Violent Femmes (Research shows that screaming “Ten, ten , ten, ten is for everything, everything, everything, everything!” while driving helps drivers release tension and actually reduces road rage incidents.)
    “Our Lips Are Sealed” by the Gogo’s. (Is it just me, or did anyone else spend years thinking that this song was about Alex the Seal?)
    “Werewolves of London” by Warren Zevon
    And finally, the rarely played on the radio these days, “My Sharona”

    Of course, there’s always:
    “Total Eclipse of the Heart” by Bonnie Tyler
    It’s not exactly a dance-in-the-car-kind-of-song, but it certainly demands to be sung along to with great gusto. In fact, this song is the sole reason that I have KOST 103.5 programmed into my car radio. It is pretty much the only station that ever plays “Total Eclipse” and I check the station incessantly hoping to catch it.

    Which brings me to another topic, car stereos. I know I am living in the past but I still have no CD player in my car and have finally realized that I must get one installed. I know nothing about these things or where the technology is at these days for car audio systems. Anyone have any recommendations on good systems or places to buy?? It will be great to listen to CDs in the car rather than being at the mercy of various DJ’s.

  9. Also, Susan, did you ever get my e-mail? I e-mailed you with my address a few weeks back when you offered to send me the robot songs and toddler mix. I suspect that it didn’t get through to you, because I tried to e-mail you once before about the toddler mix and I don’t think that one ever got to you. Perhaps my e-mail is being sent to your junk mail because of my hotmail address. . .
    At any rate, I will try sending another e-mail from my gmail account, hopefully that will get through. I won’t let some cyber-glitch keep me from my robot songs! We shall prevail! I really want these mixes!

  10. Shannon, I’m getting your emails–I think you’re just not getting my replies. I’ll try sending from a different account. (Later)

  11. Shannon,

    With that list of songs, you almost make me want to start listening to the radio again!

  12. Nice choices, Shannon.

    Let’s see, songs that make me want to dance (no car, though). The list varies, but is likely to include at any given moment.

    If You Leave, OMD. Great song, very danceable.

    Just Like Heaven, The Cure. Especially the parts where it briefly goes higher (“why are you so far away” and “found myself alone, alone”). I’m likely to sing along, despite a complete lack of ability to actually hit those notes. (Note — there’s a live version which is a lot less exuberant and more subdued, and not nearly as fun).

    Spanish Lullaby, Madonna. Great song, especially the bridge (“I want to be where the sun warms the sky”).

    And, songs that suddenly cut in the middle to cool bridges where they just play the riff, with no words, just some piano or guitar. E.g., Roxette, Listen to Your Heart; Lita Ford, Kiss me Deadly; Belinda Carlisle, Heaven on Earth. It’s perfectly acceptable to sing along to those bridges — like “da dun, da dun, da dun, da dun” to Kiss me Deadly.

  13. “Good Lovin'” by the Young Rascals

    “I Got You (I Feel Good)” by James Brown

    “Come on Eileen” by Dexy’s Midnight Runners

    “Angels of the Silences” by Counting Crows

    Actually, probably not the last one. I found myself screaming along one time and had my eyes kind of squinted shut.

  14. Surprised that no one’s mentioned “Dee Doo doo doo, Dee da da da” by The Police…

  15. “My Ever Changing Mood” — Style Council. I can’t get enough of that song
    “Let’s Get Retarded” — Black Eyed Peas. I bounce and shout so much it’s unsafe.
    “Are you Gonna Be my Girl” — Jet. Bad for the vocal chords
    “Best Friend” — English Beat. None better.

  16. I don’t own a car, but if I did I would drive it around and belt out the following songs.

    “My Way” Frank Sinatra
    “King of the Road” Roger Miller
    “Send in the Clowns” Judy Collins

    Plus, “The Unforgiven” Metallica

  17. Surprised that no one’s mentioned “Dee Doo doo doo, Dee da da da” by The Police…

    Not to be sacriligious or unnecessarily old, but I can’t stand the Police anymore. If they come on in the car, it is a sure way to get me to change the channel.

    That said,
    “Self Esteem” by Offspring is also good random yelling music.

  18. I love to sing along with the Andrews Sisters.

    I also love to sing “Take a Letter Maria.”

    And anything by Buddy Holly.

    Also “Buttercup Baby.”

  19. Weezer. Pinkerton, Blue Album. Specifically My Name is Jonas, The World Has Turned, Buddy Holly, and Surfwax America. Also Getchoo, Why Bother, and definitely El Scorcho. =w= ! Also some old school Spanish Shakira. As you might surmise, that definitely involved a lot of poorly faked spanish. Still fun tho!

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