Whether you’re planning a long road trip through England or beyond, the right tunes are sure to make it a little more fun. This driving playlist is full of classic oldies and some newer sounds to give you the perfect soundtrack to summer.
A great playlist covers all moods – the chill tunes for a warm summer evening and the boppy sing-along classics that make you smile. Music just makes things better and helps the miles slip by to become happy memories you can treasure.
Current hits for your driving playlist
Mixing the new with the old is the perfect way to create a fresh-feeling playlist. These tunes from the charts are a great place to start curating your summer of 2022 driving playlist.
Afraid to Feel – LF System
This dance tune is the UK’s current number one single. It’s sure to get you grooving and moving as you eat up the miles in your motor or just head to the shops to pick up some summer essentials.
As it Was – Harry Styles
Harry Styles pulls it out of the bag with his latest album. ‘As It Was’ has been in the charts since April. It spent 10 weeks at number one and was only recently superseded by LF System’s dance tune.
Green Grass – George Ezra
Green Grass by George Ezra has a chorus you can’t help but sing along to. Who doesn’t want to throw a party when summer hits the UK? This is a song that needs to be on your driving playlist if you love singing in the car.
Last Last – Burna Boy
The afrobeats of Burna Boy blend R&B, hip hop and reggae in his latest chart climber, Last Last. This summer tune is a little slower and far more chill than the top three chart tunes. Pair Last Last with For My Hand, featuring Ed Sheeran to add a little more chill to your summer driving playlist.
Break my Soul – Beyoncé
After six years of no new music, Beyoncé’s latest album Renaissance brings us the single Break My Soul. This track is reminiscent of 90’s dance tunes and will have you dancing in your seat as you pootle along the road.
Happy tunes for your summer playlist
Along with the latest hits, these happy tunes will lighten up your day, even if the summer sun decides to take a day off. Add these songs to your driving playlist for guaranteed good feelings.
Pencil Full of Lead – Paolo Nutini
Paolo’s song about appreciating what you’ve got is soulful and funky. You can’t help but smile at his list of happy things and feel blessed!
Best Day of My Life – American Authors
If you want an aspirational song for a good day, nothing beats the American Authors track ‘Best Day of My Life’. It’s hard to feel bad about anything when you’re singing about your best days.
Shake It Out – Florence + The Machine
Florence has some great advice for feeling good about yourself and life in general. Leave the past behind and shake it out with her as you listen to this happy track about moving on.
What I Like About You – The Romantics
It’s an oldie, but a goodie. The Romantics sing about all the things they like about you. This is fun to bop along and sing to in the car. Add this to your driving playlist for some summer smiles.
On Top of The World – Imagine Dragons
When you’re feeling good, there’s nothing quite like a song that matches how you feel. Imagine Dragon’s On Top of the World does exactly that and is a perfect track for summer days.
Chill tunes for long summer evenings
Heading off early or later in the day is a great way to miss holiday traffic and enjoy the open road. Make sure you complete your summer car care routine before you go. Then throw these chill tunes to the stereo for a perfect evening journey that will keep you calm as you make your way along the road.
The Last Goodbye – Odesza (Featuring Bettye LaVette)
This relaxed track is the perfect way to start a summer evening – cool beats combine with a throaty vocal to create a track that is perfect for cruising along to.
Don’t Give Up – Latroit
This meditative track is calm and soothing, great for longer journeys when your destination feels too far to reach. The beats pick up after a dreamy start and will have you cruising along happily in no time.
One House – Blonde Maze
Relaxed and cruisy, this summer track is perfect for taking it easy.
Dopamine – Indigo Pool and Mariele
This indie-pop tune was released in early July this year. The sounds channel feelings of lazy days in the sunshine and relaxing around a pool.
Everlasting Love – Goldfish
This remix of a classic tune combines lazy lyrics with chilled-out groovy sounds to create a summer vibe that’s perfect for loving long warm evenings.
Summer tunes to sing along to
What’s a playlist without a few tunes you can sing along to? These classic tracks will have you singing along and enjoying your ride, add them to your driving playlist and grab your air-mic.
Take It Easy – Eagles
This classic track was remastered in 2013 and is the perfect sing-along-song for road trips.
Cecelia – Simon and Garfunkle
She’s breaking his heart and shaking his confidence, but she’s giving us a great tune to sing along to in the car!
Walking On Sunshine – Katrina and The Waves
Is there anything more summery than the idea of walking on sunshine? I think not. Enjoy singing along to this happy pop-tune.
I’m So Excited – Pointer Sisters
If you’re heading off on holiday, this tune is the perfect one to throw over to the stereo as you pull out of the drive to get excited about your time away.
Girls Just Wanna Have Fun – Cyndi Lauper
Cyndi was onto something, but I suspect that boys want to have fun too. Feel free to change the words when you sing along to this one on your driving playlist.
These 20 tunes are a great start for your summer driving playlist and will provide the perfect soundtrack to any journey.