‘Dad rock’ dominates top 40 of road songs – how many do you headbang along to in the car?


Classic examples of ‘Dad Rock’ – Born to Be Wild, Bohemian Rhapsody and Highway To Hell – dominate a top 40 chart of the UK’s favourite songs for the open road.

Steppenwolf’s rousing single Born to Be Wild – which was released in 1968, coined the phrase ‘heavy metal’ and was used on the soundtrack for iconic film Easy Rider – was the nation’s number one choice.

Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen , which stayed at the number one spot for nine weeks in 1975/76, was runner-up.

And the Beach Boys’ surf tune I Get Around took the third spot in a poll of 2,000 UK adults by National Express.

The top 10 was completed by I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) by the Proclaimers, Born To Run by Bruce Springsteen , Highway to Hell by AC/DC, Take It Easy by the Eagles, Thin Lizzy’s The Boys Are Back In Town, Sweet Home Alabama by Lynyrd Skynyrd and I Drove All Night by Cyndi Lauper.

A spokeswoman for National Express, who commissioned the research to inspire people looking to explore Britain and beyond this summer, said: “There are few things more exhilarating than the open road and our poll shows it’s the classic hits that get people fired up.

“It’s interesting to see so many American rock greats, such as The Eagles and Queen, are continuing to provide the soundtrack to the Great British roads”.

1. Born To Be Wild – Steppenwolf

2. Bohemian Rhapsody – Queen

3. I Get Around – Beach Boys

4. I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) – The Proclaimers

5. Born To Run – Bruce Springsteen

6. Highway To Hell – ACDC

7. Take It Easy – Eagles

8. The Boys Are Back In Town – Thin Lizzy

9. Sweet Home Alabama – Lynyrd Skynyrd

10. I Drove All Night – Cyndi Lauper

11. Mr Blue Sky – Electric Light Orchestra

12. Don’t Stop Believin’ – Journey

13. Take It Easy – Eagles

14. Ace Of Spades – Motorhead

15. Here I Go Again – Whitesnake

16. I Gotta Feeling – Black Eyed Peas

17. Road To Nowhere – Talking Heads

18. Paradise City – Guns ‘n’ Roses

19. On the Road Again – Willie Nelson

20. Drive My Car – The Beatles

21. America – Simon and Garfunkel

22. Where The Streets Have No Name – U2

23. Roar – Katy Perry

24. The Passenger – Iggy Pop

25. Get Lucky – Daft Punk

26. Little Red Corvette – Prince

27. Radar Love – Golden Earring

28. Shut Up and Drive – Rihanna

29. Heart of Gold – Neil Young

30. Green Onions – Booker T. and the M.G.’s

31. Pompeii – Bastille

32. Scar Tissue – Red Hot Chili Peppers

33. R U Mine? – Arctic Monkeys

34. Stronger – Kanye West

35. Hundred Mile High City – Ocean Colour Scene

36. Rock You Like A Hurricane – Scorpians

37. Midnight City – M83

38. Let Me Ride – Dr. Dre

39. Roadrunner – Jonathan Richman and the Modern Lovers

40. Low Rider – War

News Source MirrorNews

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