Learning to Drive

But we’re still a ways away …

Drive,” The Cars
Drive Away My Heart,” Ida Maria
Drive In, Drive Out,” Dave Matthews Band
Drive My Car,” The Beatles

Drive My Car,” Jonas Brothers
Drive South,” John Hiatt
Drive, He Said,” Steve Taylor
Driver 8,” R.E.M.
“Drivin’ With Your Eyes Closed,” Don Henley
Driving Fast Through a Big City at Night,” Bright Eyes
Driving Sideways,” Aimee Mann
Driving South,” The Stone Roses
Driving the Nails,” Vigilantes of Love
The Engine Driver,” The Decemberists
Have to Drive,” Amanda Palmer
She Drives Me Crazy,” Fine Young Cannibals
She Drives Me Wild,” Michael Jackson
Sober Driver,” Dengue Fever

The younger daughter just got her permit, so instead of a random alphabetical slice, I thought I’d try a thematic list: Songs with some from of “drive” in the title. I had a bunch. I’m guessing you’ve got a bunch more.

Oh, and she’s doing really well. The braking and turning is getting smoother, and she’s got just about the perfect balance of fear and confidence.

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  • Drive You Home” – Garbage
    Hey Pretty [Drive-By 2001 Mix]” – Poe

  • By Demons Be Driven – Pantera
    Drive – Apocalyptica
    Drive To You – Jewel
    Driving At Night – Joe Satriani
    Jerry Was A Race Car Driver – Primus

  • wanderingoutlaw

    Baby Driver – Simon & Garfunkel
    I Want To Be Your Driver – Chuck Berry
    Drive On – Johnny Cash & Willie Nelson
    February Morning Drive – David Francey

  • Ganimed

    Drive – REM
    Drive You Home – Garbage
    Drive-In Saturday – David Bowie
    Driven Like the Snow – The Sisters of Mercy
    Driver 8 – REM
    Be Quiet and Drive (Far Away) – Deftones
    Death Alley Driver – Rainbow
    Moonlight Drive – The Doors
    Mummy Can’t Drive – Angelfish
    Sex Drive – Tricky
    She’ll Drive the Big Car – David Bowie
    Snakedriver – The Jesus and Mary Chain

  • picklefactory

    Left Side Drive” – Boards of Canada
    “Drive-In Saturday” – David Bowie
    “The Engine Driver” – The Decemberists
    “Drive You Home” – Garbage
    Drive It Like You Stole It” – The Glitch Mob
    “Driving Wheel” – Al Green
    Mr. Ambulance Driver” – The Flaming Lips
    “Holy Driver” – Hail Mary Mallon
    “Drive, She Said” – Julian Cope
    Night Drive (Thru Babylon)” – Model 500
    “Driving Along” – Harry Nilsson
    “Lady Cab Driver” – Prince
    “Drive” – R.E.M.
    “For the Driver” – Ron Sexsmith
    “Sex Drive” – Tricky
    “Driving With My Gears in Reverse (Only Makes You Move Further Away)” – Two Lone Swordsmen

  • I Drove All Night Cyndi Lauper, or Roy Orbison, or Céline Dion, or Pinmonkey. Take your pick.

    She Drives Me Crazy Fine Young Cannibals, but the Muppets did a cover:


  • Magic_Cracker

    Pile Driver/Alarms“, Ensemble Modern (Steve Reich, comp.)
    “Drive,” The Cars
    “Spike Driver Blues,” Doc Watson
    “Spike Driver Blues,” Dave Van Ronk

  • “I Can’t Drive 55” – Sammy Hagar

  • TheDarkArtist

    “Drive In/Drive Out,” oh my science, how I love that song. You know how a slice of music can just take you right back to a place in time? That’s one of those songs for me. It wasn’t necessarily a good time in and of itself, but that song, and the entire album Crash was something that I listened to a lot during an extremely liberating time in my life.

    I can listen to it at any time of the year, even if it’s -10 and a blizzard outside, and just feel the burning summer sun and smell the sweet Ohio breeze. Love it.

    I was going to participate for the first time, but I have very few songs with drive in the title anywhere! Weird.

  • rm

    Hi, Magic Cracker.

    The entire album Drive by Bela Fleck
    Baby Driver — Simon & Garfunkel
    Big Jim’s Driveway — Gill Landry
    Drive My Car — The Beatles
    Drive My Car — Jim Moray
    The Driveway — Miley Cyrus (because my daughter was once nine)
    Greyhound Blues (Tell Me Driver How Long’s That Greyhound Been Gone) — Walter Coleman
    She Drives Me Crazy — Fine Young Cannibals (not really any more, but it’s on a tape in a box in the basement)
    She Drive Me Crazy — The Sugar Beats (because my kids were once six)
    Spike Driver Blues — Mississippi John Hurt
    Spikedriver’s Blues — Alan Senauke & Eric Thompson
    Thanksgiving Hunger Drives — Harry Chapin (I un-check all the spoken word interludes in the library, but it’s there)
    Toy Drive Public Service Announcement — The Beach Boys (on the Christmas album)
    You Can Sleep While I Drive — Melissa Etheridge (because I once had average taste)

  • I will throw out some advice here, to you and to anyone with a teenager learning to drive:

    Get them to a proper driving school.

    Skip Barber has some great schools specifically for teenage drivers that will do a lot to give them the skills and mindset that will save them from accidents and potentially save their lives.
    We have ZERO driver education in this country.  High-school driving education is a joke.  Dunning Kruger rules the day.  It may seem like a lot of money, when ‘I can teach them myself,’ but you can’t – not at the level these people can.  Hell, anyone who drives at any age should take a real driver’s ed class on the Skippy level.  It might save your life – or someone else’s.


  • jantruss
  • Not exactly recent news, but back in May a study was released that showed two very strong correlations: 

    1.) ”
    When a teenage driver carried at least one passenger age 35 or older, the driver’s risk of death was reduced by 62 percent, and risk of involvement in any police-reported crash was reduced by 46 percent” 
    2.) ” per mile driven, the risk of death for a 16- or 17-year-old driver increased 44 percent when carrying one passenger younger than 21, when compared to driving with no passengers at all. The risk doubled when carrying two passengers younger than 21 and quadrupled when carrying three or more passengers younger than 21. ”

    Those risk increases/decreases are in comparison to driving alone with no passengers.

    If I had a teen who was learning to drive, I would let them drive any time both of us were in the car. I would not allow them to drive with any other teenagers in the car, and when they complained, I would tell them why. 

  • banancat

    Drive – Incubus
    I Drive Myself Crazy – ‘Nsync

  • guest

    If I can recommend streetsurvival.org……

  • bibulb

    My heart cries out in sadness that nobody’s posted Stan Ridgway’s “Drive She Said”…

  • MikeJ

     I was going to add that one! Glad someone beat me to it.

    I’ll add
    Drive Around by Liqurice (I’m a big Jenny Toomey fan)
    You Drive me Ape (You Big Gorilla) The Dickies
    Drive Friendly – Motor Boys Motor
    Don’t Drive My Car – Status Quo
    You Drive Me Wild – The Runaways
    Snake Drive – Panther Burns
    She Drives – Possum Dixon
    Night Driver  – Tom Petty
    Driveway to Driveway – Superchunk
    Drive – Gaslight Anthem

    Cars – Gary Neuman
    Warm Leatherette – The Normal or Grace Jones

    A tear of petrol

    Is in your eye

    The hand brake

    Penetrates your thigh

    Quick – Let’s make love

    Before you die

  • Amaryllis

    Bill Driver’s Quickstep – Brass Monkey
    Driving Your Girlfriend Home – Lisa Moscatiello

    And at that, the first one is stretching the point a little, but that’s all I’ve got.

    I do have a bunch of songs with “Cadillac” in the title, but I expect that that’s not applicable for Younger Daughter right now.

    she’s got just about the perfect balance of fear and confidence.
    Uh-huh. And how are you and her mother doing with that one?

  • Theo

    Baby Driver – Kiss
    Devil Gate Drive – Suzi Quatro
    Drive On – Johnny Cash
    Drive-In Show – Eddie Cochran
    Drive My Car – the Beatles
    Driving Sideways (on a One-Way Street) – the Nomads
    Drug Store Truck Drivin’ Man – the Byrds
    Hard Drivin’ Man – Eddie & the Hot Rods
    Ridin’ With the Driver – Motörhead
    Taxi Driver – Hanoi Rocks
    You Drive Me Ape – the Dickies
    You Drive Me Bats – the Humpers
    You Drive Me Wild – the Runaways

  • borealys

    Destination: Overdrive – Chromeo
    Drive – Hannah Georgas
    Drive – Incubus
    Drive My Car – The Beatles
    Drive My Soul – Lights
    Drive Through Summer – Dala
    I’m Not Driving – Kelly and the Kellygirls
    Soul Back Driver – The Cliks
    Woman Driving Man Sleeping – Eels

  • Drive Faster – The Vicksburgs
    Drives Us Bats – Batman: The Brave and the Bold
    Drives Us Bats (Reprise) – Batman: The Brave and the Bold 
    Driving Home For Christmas – Michael Ball
    Night Drive – Jimmy Eat World
    She Drives Me Wild – Michael Jackson
    Shut Up and Drive – Rihanna
    Sunset Driver – Michael Jackson
    When I Drive – Bonnie & Clyde
    You Could Drive a Person Crazy – Company: The Musical Comedy

  • friendly reader

    “Test Drive” – John Powell (from How to Train Your Dragon)

    I was genuinely surprised I didn’t have “Mona Lisa Overdrive.” I guess I forgot to buy that Juno Reactor album (basically, their music from the Matrix trilogy).

    Btw, not that anyone will likely read this, but I’m taking some time off from the forums, other than the musical lists. I’ve been spending way too much time online, to the point that I worry I’m developing an addiction, and following comments on multiple forum threads is a large part of that. It’s not only eating up my time, it’s also been causing me a lot of stress and frankly hurting my ability to properly express myself on forums.

    Maybe I’ll be back in a couple of months or something, but for right now I need some recharging time.

  • wendy

    Drivin’ – Pearl Harbor & the Explosions

    Pedal to the Metal – Kazzer

    48 Crash – Suzi Quatro

    not that I’m trying to make you worry or anything…

  • Look, 1968 was a nasty year for a lot of people and several nations, but that’s no reason to ignore the Mills Brothers’ last chart hit, “Cab Driver.”

  • cminus

    Leaving out what Fred already has:

    “AKA Driver”, They Might Be Giants
    “Baby Driver”, Simon & Garfunkel
    “Drive”, Eddie From Ohio
    “Drive”, R.E.M.
    “Drive In Reverse”, Pat McCurdy
    “Drive On”, Johnny Cash
    “Drive You Mild”, The Verve Pipe
    “Driveby”, Neil Young & Crazy Horse
    “Driven”, Rush
    “Driven Out”, The Fixx
    “I Can’t Drive 55”, Sammy Hagar
    “Interstellar Overdrive”, Pink Floyd
    “Interstellar Overdrive-Ming’s Theme”, C Average
    “Jerry Was A Race Car Driver”, Primus
    “Miss Ann MacNamara/Picnic Reel/Brenda Stubbert’s Reel/Wisahicken Drive Reel/Dinkie Dorrian’s Reel”, Brenda Stubbert
    “Moonlight Drive”, The Doors
    “Motorcycle Driver”, Joe Satriani
    “Number Six Driver”, Eddie From Ohio
    “Piledriver”, Damn Yankees
    “She Drives Like Crazy”, “Weird Al” Yankovic
    “She Drives Me Crazy”, The Muppets
    “Snakedriver”, The Jesus & Mary Chain
    “Taxi Driver”, Stephen Lynch
    “Trapped In The Drive Thru”, “Weird Al” Yankovic

    A lot of good stuff here.  It’s hard to guess what to recommend here, but I think I’ll go with “Number Six Driver”, even though the video isn’t the best presentation of the song.  “Number Six Driver” is a good introduction to EFO’s oeuvre, and I’ve always found the line “I can measure my distance by a marathon runner’s nightmare” to be nicely evocative.  Second place goes to REM’s “Drive”, not just for the song itself but under the theory that its absence from Fred’s playlist suggests he doesn’t have the Automatic for the People album.

  • imathers

    Be Quiet and Drive (Far Away) – Deftones
    Drive – The Cars
    Drive It All Over Me – My Bloody Valentine
    Drive Slow – Kanye West
    Drive Somewhere – The Vulgar Boatmen
    Drive-By Fader – Pavement
    Driver 8 – R.E.M.
    Driver, Surprise Me – The National
    Frankholmes’ Drive – Magnetophone
    Monstertruckdriver – T Raumschmiere
    Omens and Portents I: The Driver – Earth
    Short Drive – Smog