Artist: The Cars
Car match: Google car
“Who’s gonna drive you home... tonight?” ask The Cars in this catchy 1980s ballad. On a superficial level it’s an honest question, administrative in nature, about car sharing. On another level, it’s about relationships, love and the issues that ‘80s balladeers were so good at pondering. However, look more closely and this prophetic song could also be about the arrival of autonomous vehicles. Who really does drive you home when you step into a Google car, log on, choose the music and sit back and relax? The clue, possibly, is in the band’s name...
2. ‘Driving Home for Christmas’
Artist: Chris Rea
Car match: Ford Cortina
A driving song and a Christmas song. Before Rea hit the big time his dutiful wife drove 300km from Middlesbrough to London and back to pick him up. Yes, it was love, but it was also a lot cheaper than a train ticket. Never one to waste time either, Rea put the motorway time to good use and penned this slow-burning classic. "Driving Home for Christmas is a car version of a carol," he explained. It’s also a cruising great for anyone driving home... well... for Christmas.
3. ‘Road to Nowhere’
Artist: Talking Heads
Car match: Magic Bus
Bands like AC/DC were clearly on the Highway to Hell, but the more nuanced and downright kooky Talking Heads were on the road to a much more intellectually challenging place. Nowhere. Which is a wonderful destination for anyone determined to celebrate the journey – and the sounds on the music system – rather than the ultimate destination. Perhaps that’s the definition of cruising...