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Monday 15 September 2014

It's Friday, let's rock out for the weekend

Published 15/08/2014 | 13:12

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We need a break for the slow down to the weekend and the commute home, so here's the top seven of the best motoring tunes

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Anyone remember mix-tapes?

I do, I would spend hours pulling all my favourite tracks from my collection onto a 60 minute tape. It would give me a half hour of cool music before I had to turn it over and possibly change the batteries in the walkman. If you remember all that you were probably born in the 70's which was undoubtedly the best time to be born.

The 70's also had the best music with a few exceptions that stray into the 80's and 90's but we'll let that go because most of the bands with the best music were born in the 70's.

Here's my selection of music that will keep your head bopping until that clock counts down to home time.

Dire Straights - Sultan of Swing

The Sultan of swing was released in 1978 but didn't become a hit for another year, written by Mark Knopfler it still enjoys radio plays when there's a decent DJ on.

The Who - Baba O'Riley

The Who were a voice of a generation and Baba O'Riley put that voice centre stage, it was even used on a road safety advert which shows how main stream The Who had become.

Beastie Boys - Sabotage

 

One of the best parody videos ever made, a simple take on the cop-shows we seen during the 80's and all with the background music of thumping drums and lead guitar. It's a song that stands up on it's own and so it's worth having it on your player but when it's with the video you'll be giggling with the song as they perform some burn outs, bonnet slides and handbrake turns.

Queen - Bohemian Rhapsody

Queen are still considered one of the best live bands of all time and in 1985 Bob Geldof and a gang of stars at the time got together to have a benefit concert for the victims of famine. It became one of the biggest concerts ever to take place, broadcast across the world and kicked off a generation of charity. When Queen took the stage the performance they gave became the most remembered part of the whole show, Freddie Mercury took charge and used every available inch on the stage. If you watch the performance you'll see him jumping over cables and dancing on speakers. It's amazing to this day and brings me right back.

 

The Verve - Bitter Sweet Symphony

The Verve were an English rock band that got together in Wigan in 1990 front man and vocalist Richard Ashcroft and the band wrote the album Urban Hymns which is a mix of all kinds of music and most of it would be considered A-Side material. The album went on to be one of the best selling albums of all time. This is the song that defined the whole band, even the attitude of Ashcroft when walking down the street. It was reported at the time of filming that the whole video was done in one take. However it was done the song still sands on it's own two feet today and you should listen to it when driving down country roads.

Blur - Song 2

The big story of the time was the supposed feud between Blur and Oasis and although both bands produced different music Blur outlasted Oasis and Song 2 defined some of the songs Blur produced. It's called Song 2 because it's 2 minutes in length, the lead singer Damon Albarn went on to work solo and with Gorillaz producing some fantastic and challenging music. For a quick blast of a song this is all you need.

Foo Fighters - The Pretender


 


 


Foo Fighters have been around for many years fronted by the savage voice of Dave Grohl formerly the drummer with Nirvana. Foo Fighters can be hit and miss, a little too pop and not enough rock but on this occasion they are spot on. The video is one of the finest music videos ever and is really worth sticking with until the end. Rocking down the back roads with this blaring out will get you smiling.

 

So that's it, there's our top seven. I'd love to hear about your top tracks, get in touch on Twitter @indomotoring or email me direct bflavin@independent.ie

 

 

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