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The AA have revealed that the top sing-a-long song for car journeys is Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody. In a recent study, the AA* looked at songs that bring us all together during car journeys. The 1975 anthem was closely followed by Bon Jovi’s Living on a Prayer, just ahead of that classic slice of cheese, Sweet Caroline by Neil Diamond. AA’s notoriously famous sing-a-long advert features a father driving to the airport with his extremely talented toddler who sings a full-throttle rendition of Tina Turner’s “Proud Mary”. Even when the car breaks down, she doesn’t miss a beat. 

The research found that over half (51%) of holiday makers will be joining in on a sing-a-long, belting out an average of eight tunes on a road trip. To help keep the nation’s show on the road, the AA has revealed the top sing-a-long songs for the first big driving weekend of the year, after 95% said that music makes the journey fly by.

Based on this study, we thought we’d ask some of our favourite bands to share their favourite road trip tracks. Life on the road is something bands are used to, with long drives between gigs on and off tour – some of these musicians spend more time in the back of a van than out of one.  So they were the perfect group to ask ‘What is your favourite road trip song?’ Ironically, weeks before we asked to do this article our friends Sisteray from London had actually broken down and were picked up by the AA.

“We recently broke down on our way to play our first headlining gig in Manchester at Jimmy’s. Time was tight anyway but we broke down on the M42. AA to the rescue, not only were they quick and got us back on the road in no time and asked “aren’t you Sisteray?” To be honest we were a bit taken aback they knew who we were. We drove off and then a few seconds later saw a Tweet from the main AA account saying “you boys really need to stop treating these road trips as white knuckle joy rides. Glad we could help” – The song, White Knuckle Joy Ride was 3 minutes 40 seconds of our most recent EP release ’15 Minutes’ – how cool was that?”

Another success story from the AA! Below is the AA’s Top 25 best in car sing-a-long songs of all time.

  1. Bohemian Rhapsody – Queen
  2. Livin’ on a Prayer – Bon Jovi
  3. Sweet Caroline – Neil Diamond
  4. Dancing Queen – ABBA
  5. Don’t Stop Believin’ – The Journey
  6. I will Survive – Gloria Gaynor
  7. Wonderwall – Oasis
  8. Hotel California – The Eagles
  9. Hey Jude – The Beatles
  10. Eye of the Tiger – Survivor
  11. Mr Brightside – The Killers
  12. Angels – Robbie Williams
  13. Bat Out of Hell – Meatloaf
  14. Beat It – Michael Jackson
  15. Girls Just Wanna have fun – Cyndi Lauper
  16. The final Countdown – Europe
  17. Let it Go – Frozen
  18. Sweet Home Alabama – Lynyrd Skynyrd
  19. Everything’s Gonna be Alright – Bob Marley
  20. Rolling in the Deep – Adele
  21. Thriller – Michael Jackson
  22. Uptown Funk – Mark Ronson
  23. Imagine – John Lennon
  24. Hey ya – Outkast
  25. Let’s Dance – David Bowie

The bands we asked were able to whittle down their choices from huge mixtapes to just one, two or three songs. (Yes I know it was one track only but we’re alternative/indie/punk and never stick to the rules!)

Here is our AA inspired Northern Exposure’s best in car sing-a-long songs of all time:


CALVA LOUISE: Here Comes Your Man – The Pixies


AVALANCHE PARTY (JORDAN): I don’t have the commitment to choose the number one ultimate sing a long a long of all time car song. Where do you start? A lot of the best driving music is instrumental I find (I don’t actually drive so I’m not sure where I find this) – some Dick Dale, Ennio Morricone or heavy Gabber perhaps. But that ruins the theme of the singalong so you have to turn your attention to summat with words – driving themed maybe? Riders On The Storm? No Particular Place To Go? Great songs, but a corny choice…

I can choose my favourite driving song of this week though, and my choice is Nino Ferrer with his 1974 smash hit ‘Looking For You’. Nino began writing music in this style after spending time with Micky Finn, the ex T-Rex guitarist, and bloody lovely it is too. I made this song ’cause I love you. I made this song just for you. Belt it out as you power down the motorway. Sing sing sing as you negotiate those difficult parallel parks. It’s got car sound effects on it so you don’t even have to be driving – just shut your eyes and travel down the A167 of your brain. I was only shown this song a few days ago and I love it. A definite end credits feel.


TRAMPOLENE: Lou Reed – Perfect Day; Manic Street Preachers – Design for Life


FALSE HEADS: Gorillaz – M1 A1


SCARLETT (JESSIE): Anything kick ass and girl fronted; Bjork  – Play Dead and Nirvana – In Bloom


BERRIES: Jimi Hendrix  – Purple Haze; Subways –  Rock And Roll Queen; Hanson – Mmm Bop


SISTERAY: – White Knuckle Joyride 


SONS: Negative Creep – Nirvana


THE SUPERLATIVES: Smashing Pumpkins – Bullet with Butterfly Wings; Little Barrie – Surf Hell


THE GULPS: Cream – White Room 


MOTHER OF CROWS: White Rabbit – Jefferson Airplane


DEEP CITY DIVER: Black Rebel Motorcycle Club – Whatever Happened to My Rock n Roll.


THE RECEIVERS: I Can’t Stand It – Blossoms; Ocean Man – Ween


THE SUNCHARMS: Ulltra Vivid Scene – Mercy Seat


MINT: Cabbage – Arms of Pleonexia; Gengahr – Mallory; Luther Vandross – Never Too Much


BANG BANG ROMEO: The Beatles – All you Need is Love


THE GARAGE FLOWERS: Headshrinker – Oasis


NANA WHITE PEPPER: Wolfmother – Joker and the Thief


DRUSILA: Dark Days – Local Natives


 THE AMERICAS: Courtney Barnett – Nobody Really Cares If You Don’t Go To The Party


HANDS OFF GRETEL: Cheer Up London – Slaves 


SHEAFS: Spread Your Love – BRMC


TEEFF: King Of Bones – Black Rebel Motorcycle Club


THE SURRENDERS: We love to listen to anything by Led Zeppelin, or Rolling Stones on the way down to gigs then we normally put on Pink Floyd on the way home.


BLACK THUNDER REVUE: Nowhere Man – The Beatles (Three part harmonies at the top of your voices!) Stand – R.E.M (for how happy it makes you) 


THE ATTIC DOCTORS: AC/DC – Shoot to Kill


SHINERS: Meat On My Bones – Bad Sounds (we love anything that rhymes sarcophagus with rhinoceros!); Come out to L.A. – Don Broco (so we can shout COME OUT TO L.A!); Because We Want To – Billie Piper. (Why? Because we want to!)


THE WHOLLS: Primal Scream – Movin’ On Up (If there’s a tune that makes your insides happier I’m yet to find it!)


ANDY REED: Tom Petty – Free Falling


We’d like to thank all the bands who participated and happy travelling! 

*ABOUT THE AA

The AA is the UK’s favourite breakdown service with more dedicated roadside patrols than anyone else. It also provides car, home, travel and other insurance; personal financial services including loans, savings and credit cards as well as a range of motoring services. The AA is also the largest independent travel publisher in the UK. It also provides driver training through the AA Driving School; British School of Motoring (BSM) and AA DriveTech for commercial drivers.

KATE O’BRIEN & RACHEL BROWN

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