After an office-wide survey at MoneySupermarket, the list of our all-time top 10 driving anthems has been compiled. So get your motor running, head out on the highway, and see whether you agree with our choices. Weighing in at number one for the 2013 top driving hits are those respectable chaps from Iron Maiden with Run to the Hills. This galloping classic was an outright winner, setting the tone for the rest of our esteemed top 10. Don't stop believin’ by Journey (not Glee!) sits proudly in second spot.
Next up is Hotel California by The Eagles. Clocking in at over seven minutes, with an all-time classic guitar solo to keep you entertained en route, this is one of the most-played songs in history. Legend has it that this song is being played every minute of every day on a radio station somewhere in the world. The much-loved Dire Straits make an appearance at number four with their 1985 hit, Walk of Life. This was a controversial choice – there was plenty of backing for the band’s more aggressive ditty, Money for Nothing, featuring Sting on backing vocals.
Rockin' all over the world boogied up to number five. Written by American rocker John Fogerty, the song was covered by Status Quo in 1977, who played it to great acclaim at the first Live Aid gig at Wembley Stadium. Sitting at sixth is the aptly named Highway Star by Deep Purple – formed in 1968 and still going strong with a new album due this spring. Check out the astonishing guitar solo by Ritchie Blackmore, which has spawned a legion of imitators.
This is followed by legendary three-piece Rush, with the spiralling riff to The Spirit of Radio. Seventh seems too low for a band featured in the esteemed Canadian Music Hall of Fame. Boston, the hairy rockers from, er, Boston, claim eighth slot with More than a feeling while Thin Lizzy and Bon Jovi take ninth and tenth places respectively with their hits Boys are back in town and Livin' on a prayer - both absolute classics to rock out to while bombing down the highway in a Ford KA.
A personal favourite of mine is Chris Rea's Driving home for Christmas which, despite being seasonal, is belted out all through the year in my car. Also, the legendary Meatloaf seems to have missed the boat, but I guess it's understandable as it is virtually impossible to pick one song from the Bat out of Hell album. Why not let us know what you think of our list – and please let us know yours!
- Iron Maiden – Run to the Hills
- Journey – Don’t Stop Believin’
- Eagles - Hotel California
- Dire Straits – Walk of Life
- Status Quo – Rockin' all over the world
- Deep Purple - Highway Star
- Rush - The Spirit of Radio
- Boston - More than a Feeling
- Thin Lizzy – Boys are back in town
- Bon Jovi – Livin' on a prayer