Music and driving go together like Lewis Hamilton and Formula One. Speaking of which, with the 2022 F1 season just beginning, here are our team’s top driving tracks, from their childhood memories to their favourite car-aoke songs!
Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen
Euan McMorrow – Content Director
“It’s kind of about travelling down the road and the entire driving feel of it from the drums to the guitar to the sax make me feel like I’m going somewhere exciting – and I know all the words”
Alphabet Aerobics by Blackalicious
Glen Ainslie – Camera Operator and Editor
“I have a few (favourite driving songs) but a bit of a guilty pleasure that immediately comes to mind is ‘Alphabet Aerobics’ by Blackalicious. The Mrs and I are learning the rap (not quite there yet and no, we don’t do public performances haha) and we’ll often put it back to the start if we mess up bits which we know we can do. Any time it comes on shuffle often ends with us listening to it 4 or 5 times before we’re satisfied that we can move on.
Our car often turns into a Car-aoke, but that’s the first that comes to mind.”
Fairground by Simply Red
Rob Hancock – Animation Team Lead
“In the mid 90’s, I used to commute to Slough on a Monday (to work at Mars, yes free chocolate!! Shame I don’t have a sweet tooth…) and back to Cornwall on a Friday. This was one of my favs.”
Rhinestone Cowboy by Glen Campbell
Ross Penney – CEO
“This is a topic close to my heart – much care is taken choosing driving music in the Penney household 😊 I find early Van Halen or AC/DC perfect driving music, but the song I’ll select is one that brings back childhood memories of car journeys with my parents and two sisters travelling to Ballymoney in the north of Northern Ireland to see my Mum’s family.
The most common accompaniment to these journeys was a favourite of my Mum’s – Glen Campbell’s Greatest Hits (on audio cassette of course) and the song that brings it back most is Rhinestone Cowboy.”
Sunflower by Paul Weller
Mark Elrick – Senior AV Technician
“For me, Paul Weller’s ‘Stanley road’ album is my go to in the car – one of the greatest albums ever written!”
Off to Dublin in the green by The Dubliners
Michaela Power – Radio Presenter
“Gosh, well… I’m a jazz/funk girl at heart. But family-wise we might have got a bit of Tom Jones, Green, Green Grass of Home while driving up to Holyhead as kids. Then there was the obligatory Off to Dublin in the Green by The Dubliners! The green theme loomed large! 😉”
Vienna by Ultravox
John Trevorrow – Finance Director
“My (driving) song was Ultravox – Vienna. The sound of the beat going through all speakers of the car is just amazing. This was also the first Album that I ever purchased and I still go to see Midge Ure in concert to this day
I have to confess, I played a lot of 80’s music in the car whilst my children were in the back and think that I am totally responsible now for them being hooked on it, especially one who even went to the first ten 80’s rewind festival at Henley-upon-Thames”
Sunchyme by Dario G
Sophie Gellender – Marketing Executive
” (mine would be) Sunchyme by Dario G (Without doubt this is one of the songs that sealed my love for dance/ electronic music).
My dad had Dario G’s Sunmachine album and I cannot think of anything now that makes me happier then hearing this song – He used to play it at home sometimes too when I was a child, I just remember I’d get this mad excited burst of energy and just run up and down our (long but narrow) living room like a total loon until I managed to exhaust myself …my poor parents putting up with me! This song always brings back fantastic childhood memories of pure bliss, no matter how bad a day I’ve had, I always feel better after a listen to this! How can you not?”
Still got the blues for you by Gary Moore
Zoe Parfitt – Business Support Executive
“One (song) that stick out for me is Gary Moore, Still got the blues for you. I used to love that cassette! One of my Dad’s favs 😊”
Crying by Roy Orbison
Kim Rubertazzi-Old – Business Support Executive
“I don’t know if I want to admit this, but when I was really young, I weirdly had an obsession with Roy Orbison – I’m blaming my Dad!
So, on any car journeys, I’d have my Walkman on listening to his greatest hits tape!
‘Only the Lonely’, ‘In Dreams’, ‘Crying’ to name a few – pretty depressing really!”
I have nothing by Whitney Houston
Gemma Chaloner – Business Support Manager
“So I am an enthusiastic passenger.
My sister and I – love a good sing along to so much but particularly to any Whitney song! But our favourite to belt out is “I have nothing” or Celine Dion “It’s all coming back to me now”. We love our dance too eg. Chase and status – End Credits/ Sub focus -Tidal Wave/ Skrillex – Bangarang are regulars. Never forgetting that the Killers – Brightside is one of the best songs in the world and we always make time to that on a journey haha”