Road-Trip Ramblings #3: Songs for Driving

I've realized while driving over the past two weeks that I have three specific go-to songs when the road keeps stretching on and on and the in-car company has exhausted all things interesting to talk about.  No, not tunes that I punch up on my playlist.  These are coming straight out of my mouth, often for entire verses before I realize I've started singing.  They are:

Phantom of the Opera
      Oh, if my high school choir teacher could see me now!  The original tune and chords only last so long when the open road is stretching out before me.  With imperfect juxtaposition, I promise I've created any and all possible variations of minor chord melody that my mediocre vocal abilities can give to this song.

Hooked On A Feeling
     The chorus of this song lends itself perfectly to masking or bringing on sleepiness.  Try it with me...

(wide open mouth here)
I-I-I-I-I....
I'm hooked on a feeling...

    Tell me you didn't finish the chorus through a yawn!

Do You Think I'm Sexy
     It's a little embarrassing, but when I'm dead tired and at the end of my rope behind the wheel, this is the song that ALWAYS pops into my head.  In doing my research for this post, I now know that it's a Rod Stewart song and somehow that is not making it any less shame-worthy to me.  In the spirit of head-bopping drivers everywhere, let me entertain you with this winner of a song in Mr. Stewart's glory days, not the post-midlife era that I recognize him in...


Please do tell me you were there flashing your long hair around with Rod in his heyday!  And then help me expand my repertoire-

What are singing behind the wheel?

33 comments:

  1. The Dose of RealityJuly 1, 2013 at 10:36 AM

    Oh my Gosh, my sister and I used to listen to Phantom of the Opera on every single road trip!! Total blast from the past memory!-Ashley

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  2. Kiera @EasytravelmomJuly 2, 2013 at 6:01 AM

    Ha ha, love this! Great songs. I probably would have a Bon Jovi or Journey song thrown in there too to help get through the trip!

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  3. I love "Hooked On A Feeling" When I travel the perfect song!

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  4. Bohemian Rhapsody. Love that song and i know all the lyrics so I can sing it all. lol. I even manage to throw in the instrumentals via humming.

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  5. Hahaha great picks . My lalala behind wheels is Hit me baby one more time by Britney Spears .
    Noor @ Noor's Place

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  6. Terry My Journey With CandidaSeptember 3, 2013 at 4:54 AM

    Rod Stewart is one of my all time favorites. I have crooned with him for many, many years. Hooked on a Feeling sure brings back the good ole times. http://www.myjourneywithcandida.com/

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  7. I have a collection of 80's songs I sing when I am traveling. It really bugs my children! ha!

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  8. I'm a huge fan of Phantom of the Opera. I have the CD and also on my iTunes playlist. I love the songs from the 70's and 80's. You got some great picks. :)

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  9. I love Phantom of the Opera's tune! I'm not so into listening while hitting road, else I would end up listening to the song and hitting someone badly!

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  10. Oh my goodness, its funny how we all have our favorite driving songs. For road trips my 2 favorites are Born to be Wild and Radar Love. They get my adrenaline going.

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  11. Haha my husband didn't believe it, but now I have proof that there are more people who have driving songs :) I love it!

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  12. I bloomin' adore Phantom of the Opera!!! Great choice!
    For me, anything powerful (like Phantom of the Opera) and has to be sung-a-long too! Bohemian Rhapsody, The Power of Love, Take on Me....

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  13. It is funny how we travel to our favorite tunes. The car is the only time I listen to music so I get to pick what we listen to. Lol

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  14. We listen to music all the time! My oldest daughter loves techno of all things lol

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  15. I have to admit I adore singing along to songs when I'm driving probably one of the only times I do now haha x

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  16. We listen to kid songs but when the kids are not in the car i turn on to country music and i sing along

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  17. Buwahahhahahaa at the visual on the Rod Stewart song. One of my friends and I saw him in concert years ago, lol. It was a good concert. I love the remakes of the old-oldies that he's done too. I think he's done the best with resurrecting those. :)

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  18. hahaha we love do ya think im sexy a great great song choice :)

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  19. hahaha i am really a bad singer with a heavy voice. My singing will be good to torture someone..this is what my friends usually say :P

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  20. Bobbi's Kozy KitchenSeptember 3, 2013 at 1:27 PM

    Hahahaha I love it!! I usually have the radio on so I am singing to that, but I catch myself singing "Walking on Sunshine" quite often :)

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  21. Melinda Kuffler DunneSeptember 3, 2013 at 3:32 PM

    I love Adam Lambert so I sing a lot of his songs. I honestly sing all the time no matter what is playing he is just one of my favorites.

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  22. Love Rod Stewart! I listen to a very wide variety of music from Rock to Country. I love Tom Petty, the Beatles and Lady Gaga and a whole lot in between. Variety is the spice of life.

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  23. I think picking just the right music to accompany a road trip is very important. When we drove to Chicago, the music we played kept me motivated during the long drive from NYC.

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  24. You know, I loved Adam Lambert on American Idol and haven't listened to any of what he's released. I'll have to go look him up...thanks!

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  25. These are all GREAT songs! I'll have to add them to my repertoire!

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  26. I LOVE Rod Stewart! :) I listen to a variety of music, including country, rock, pop, and christian rock.

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  27. I remember rocking out to Born to be Wild in the back of my mom's station wagon. Good times!

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  28. I love it! Who can listen to Bohemian Rhapsody without vocalizing the instrumentals also?

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  29. the others are great but i'm not sure i've heard phantom of the opera before

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  30. There are many songs that I liked. We loved music, even in a short trip, we have the radio on and we sing. :)

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  31. bahaha rod stewart! I loved Guns and Roses, I also love Tom Petty, listen to the Beatles alot too.

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  32. I love belting out Phantom of the Opera tunes while I'm driving long distances! I also sing along to Les Miserables. They are nice alternatives to the pop music we usually play when driving around town.

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