There’s a moment in every long drive when your eyelids start to sag and you start to wish for a Starbucks to appear at the next exit. Unless you’re in Seattle, one probably won’t. In lieu of caffeine, try these adrenaline-jolting songs to get you the rest of the way (or at least eighteen minutes closer to coffee).
1. “Welcome to the Jungle” by Guns ‘n’ Roses. This somehow wound up becoming one of my theme songs in college, possibly because it was my favorite song to play on Guitar Hero. It’s excellent break-your-speakers and irritate-the-drivers-around-you-while-you’re-stopped-on-the-Portland-bridge material.
2. “Black Betty” by Spiderbait. After you hear this metal cover, you’ll never go back to Ram Jam. Or at least you shouldn’t, because Spiderbait’s version is infinitely more awesome. (Sorry about the official “Without a Paddle” video – there used to be a music video with just them and the black car, but it looks like it’s been taken down.)
3. “So What” by Pink. Is there any living singer more badass than Pink? No, I think not. This one one of her most unabashedly, cheekily furious tunes and definitely the most fun to sing along to.
4. “Uprising” and “Knights of Cydonia” by Muse. I would feel bad if I left either of them off, so they’ll share a slot. “Knights” builds up to one of the most awesome finales in modern music, while “Uprising” provides a constant onslaught of epic musical ferocity. (Warning: both of those videos are supremely weird.)
5. “Pump It” by Black Eyed Peas. This is my second favorite car-dancing song, after “Separate Ways,” which really requires a second person if it’s going to be any fun. (By the way, that video is exactly right for that song. Reckless driving? Dance fight? Yes please.)
What songs do you turn on to to get your blood pumping on long drives?