Wednesday, August 09, 2006


Canada's favourite road songs

There's nothing like a summer road trip, with the windows open, wind whipping your hair, and the Wiggles blaring on the stereo.

Ugh. Man, do I miss the days when I controlled the CD player in the car. And it's not just the preschoolers - Beloved, who used to have at least a semblance of taste in music, now rips Wiggles and Dora and Thomas the Tank Engine compilations for the boys, and has even threatened to burn the David Hasselhoff Pingu rap onto a CD for the car. And I thought it was bad when he was simply a fan of Duran Duran.

There was a time I would never dream of leaving the house without a decent collection of mixed tapes or CDs with me. (Now that I'm a big girl and have an iPod, you know the car kit is on my Christmas wish list!) And I was very particular about my road music, too. Nothing too new or unfamiliar, nothing too soft, nothing too sappy.

Road music is energy music, as confirmed by national polling results announced yesterday that found Canada's favourite driving song is Bryan Adams' anthemic Summer of '69. I adored this song when it came out in the mid-1980s, partly because of my earth-shaking crush on Bryan Adams and partly because my idol was actually singing a song about the time when I was born (and ironically, a time when he would have been about five years old, if I do the math right.) I figured it meant we were destined to be together, in the manner only a lovesick 15 year old can reason.

According to the poll results, Canada's top seven favourite road songs are:

Summer of '69 — Bryan Adams;
Bohemian Rhapsody — Queen;
Born to be Wild — Steppenwolf;
It's Only Rock 'n Roll (But I Like It) — The Rolling Stones;
Drive My Car — The Beatles;
Free Fallin' — Tom Petty;
Radar Love — Golden Earring.

Eh, not a bad list. I could do better, and I know you could do better. Oh, the agony of choosing! Hmmm, let's see. In no particular order, my top driving songs would be:

New Orleans is Sinking - The Tragically Hip
(That one's for you, UberGeek and Fryman!)

It's the End of the World as We Know It - REM

Home for a Rest - Spirit of the West
(also appears on my soon-to-be-announced best drinking songs list!)

Baba O'Reilly - The Who

Radar Love - Golden Earring

Spirit of Radio - Rush

Bat Out of Hell - Meatloaf

... and just about anything by Queen, especially from the Highlander sountrack.

Your turn!