Tape Deck Tuesday Playlist: Songs to Drive You Through the Week


Most students in Madison travel across campus completely on foot. For some, this lack of driving leads them to daydream about their car back home, and long for the rush of cruising down the open road.

But fear not, automotive enthusiasts. I have conjured a playlist that should satisfy your inner drive to, well, drive. Whether you are in need of some motivation while walking to class, looking for some new tunes to get you through your weekly readings, or you just want to reminisce of joyriding on those country roads back home, here’s a handful of songs that will hopefully steer your mood in the right direction.

“Kickstart My Heart” by Motley Crue – One of my favorite workout songs. The talkbox guitar solos leave you hard pressed to not pluck some air strings.

“Stroker’s Theme” by The Charlie Daniels Band

“Drive” by Incubus

“Ignition” by R. Kelly – Everyone knows the remix, but I wanted to give some love to the  original here. It’s just as funky.

“Jerry Was a Race Car Driver” by Primus

“Piece of Shit Car” by Adam Sandler

“Police Truck” by Dead Kennedys

“A Day at the Races” by Jurassic 5 featuring Big Daddy Kane and Percy P

“Highway Unicorn (Road to Love)” by Lady GaGa

“White Walls” by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis featuring ScHoolboy Q and Hollis – One of my favorites off of The Heist, the fast rapping in both “White Walls” and “A Day at the Races” are always quick to get my head bobbin’.

“Car Chase City” by Tenacious D

“Gold Trans Am” by Ke$ha

“Fast Car” by Tracy Chapman

“Fuel” by Metallica – Metallica is my favorite band, and this song is definitely one of their greatest from the 90s.

“Magic Bus” by The Who

“Red Barchetta” by Rush

“Aston Martin Music” by Rick Ross featuring Drake and Chrisette Michele

“A Real Hero” by College and Electric Youth – Alright, this one’s not strictly about driving, (literally or metaphorically) but it’s from the soundtrack for the film Drive starring Ryan Gosling. The entire soundtrack is top-notch, but this one was my particular favorite.

If none of these songs do it for you, you can always ghost ride the whip when you head home over spring break. Or at least check out some related videos on YouTube. Trust me. They’re worth it.