Ultimate summer driving playlist

I love music. I love listening to it, I love dancing to it and I love singing to it (but only when nobody can hear!). I do my housework to it and I run to it. But I don’t drive to it anywhere near as much as I’d like.

My car has no CD player, it has a broken tape player. So I listen to the radio – Radio 1 to be precise. I listen for the music because, now I’m getting old, the presenters are starting to irritate me just a little bit. Yeah, I know, they’re not there for me, they’re there for people half my age.

Even in my husband’s car, which has a CD player, I don’t get to listen to enough music. When we go on long journeys, the kids watch DVDs – they keep them quiet and minimise arguments and are therefore the best thing since sliced bread. Sadly, this means no music for mummy and daddy on a long, boring journey.

The other day, coming back from visiting the in-laws in Cheshire, the kids were bored of their films, so we put the music on. It was amazing. It lifted the whole atmosphere of the car. It made me so happy. It didn’t matter that we’d had a long journey, because we had music!

So what music did I choose then, and what would be on my ultimate summer driving playlist? For me, there’s no real difference between summer music and winter music (apart from Take That’s Progress, which is real winter music to me as I trained for a half marathon in the winter listening to it).

My favourite song for the car is, and probably always will be, the mighty Levellers’ One Way – I’ve written about my love for driving to this song before. It is uplifting and it takes me back to my youth.


And so I ran from all of this
And I climbed that highest hill
And I looked down onto my life
Above the factory spill
I looked down onto my life
As the family disgrace
And all my friends on the starting line
Their wages off to chase
All my friends and all their jobs
And all their bloody waste
There’s only one way of life
And that’s your own, your own, your own
There’s only one way of life
And that’s your own, your own, your own…

A song that comes on the radio from time to time which always makes me very excited and makes me turn up the volume (and my voice!) VERY loud is The Killers’ Mr Brightside.


Now I’m falling asleep
And she’s calling a cab
While he’s having a smoke
And she’s taking a drag
Now they’re going to bed
And my stomach is sick
And it’s all in my head
But she’s touching his chest now
He takes off her dress now
Let me go

And finally, just to prove this really is 2013 and not the 90s or the noughties, I’ve chosen a song which is in the charts right now – I Love It by Icona Pop.


I got this feeling on the summer day when you were gone.
I crashed my car into the bridge. I watched, I let it burn.
I threw your sh*t into a bag and pushed it down the stairs.
I crashed my car into the bridge.

I don’t care, I love it. I don’t care.

I love the words ‘You’re from the 70s, but I’m a 90s chick’ (it uses a different word when it’s not on the radio). I love that it’s shouty and a strong female song. I’m from the 70s myself, but feel like a 90s chick. The sound is very 90s too. So maybe I haven’t proved anything about this not being the 90s at all!

Author: Sarah Mummy

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  1. Wow quite a difference in the music there. I used to love that Icona Pop song but now it’s too over played. Mr Brightside I will never get bored of hearing.

    Thank you for taking park

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  2. Morning! I cant drive, but I still go in the car too much! As you know I am partial to The Levellers- might even see them tommorrow night, tho my other half really loathes them, they make him cross, no idea why- hes an awkward bugger sometimes, so making him watch them could cause an aneurysm!

    Mr Brightside is one of my favs- but I already have it in my top 5 songs that make me happy, will get me thinking cap on…

    Thanks for tagging- having a blogging block at mo- no time to think with school hols,song lists however, I can do!!

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  3. Ooh I love the levellers too 🙂 Thanks for tagging me, I will put some thought into it!

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  4. Ooh I love the levellers too 🙂 Thanks for tagging me, I will put some thought into it!

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  5. I’m a radio 1 listener as well. Whilst I can happily listen to the songs I love from the past, I do prefer keeping up with the new music out there. I am always frustrated at my peers who laugh and say “I have no idea what is in the top 10” like it’s some sort of badge.

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  6. Have you ever tried listening to Radio 2? Some of my favourite Radio 1 DJs from when I was a teen are there!! Although it’s a constant battle with the teens who insist on listening to Kerrang and Radio 1 when they’re driving!!

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  7. Thanks very much everyone – and thanks to Sonya for turning this round so quickly!
    Good to know other people love the Levellers too. Hope you have an amazing time at Camp Bestival, Sonya.
    I love modern music, the40yearold. I go to a street dance class and have grown to love that type of music. I sing and dance with my kids – and they’re not old enough to be embarrassed by me 🙂
    My husband listens to Radio 2, Izzie, and it’s OK! I don’t mind it. Still prefer being up to date with music, though!

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