Top 20 Songs that Make You Break the Speed Limit

I’ve done a great deal of driving in the past few years, and this summer, even more than usual.  That got me thinking.  We all know how bad a car ride can be without good music to listen to - especially over long hauls across vast expanses of rural America (or South Jersey), and the wooded backwaters of the South (or South Jersey).  But sometimes car music does more than allow us to pass the time more easily. No. Sometimes car music gives you the automotive equivalent of beer muscles...a high-octane boost that causes you to break the law. I therefore decided to compile the following list of some of the best songs I could think of, that inject a driver with Lead-Foot Syndrome. Then something called “Grad School” got in the way for a few months. But I've finally completed this list. These songs however, must have that special something to them.  They can’t simply be the same songs you use in the gym to get yourself pumped, or something that’s just loud, has some explosions, and then just tapers off.  What follows is a list of carefully thought-out and “scientifically” tested songs.  Enjoy 20. Push Push (Lady Lightning) - Bang Camaro Relatively-unknown, this amalgamation band from Boston harkens back to the some of the best arena rock of the 1980’s.  The opening guitar riff is a sweet sound to hear as you’re clearing the toll booth and flooring it onto the merger.  The rhythm settles in a bit as you’re slowly gaining some speed, and just about when your car is at the “legal” highway limit the boys from Bang Camaro crank it up to 11 and give you that extra push to break your car somewhere into at least the 70mph range. 19. Genesis – Justice This is a perfect red light drag race song, with a sample from what must be King Kong or a 1930's serial as an intro. article Justice is a Daft-Punk style group out of Paris, and their mixes are nuts. This song is so overloaded with dark, heavy synthesizers it’s like there’s a wall of sound coming at your face. 18. Urgent – Foreigner This song is great for a sustained-run in the 70mph range, and is best when you’re already on the highway, cruising along.  It’s a pretty level-headed tune, until you get to the saxophone solo.  Now you may be thinking: “Jared how can I speed while listening to Kenny G. sax music?”  Well I will say this much: if Kenny G’s sax was a cute and cuddly kitten, the sax in Urgent would be a panther chewing your balls off.  Listen to that brassy woodwind fly and, well you’ve probably just hit 80mph. 17. New Divide – Linkin Park OK, OK, I know Transformers aren’t real, but don’t you just wish your 1993 Toyota Corolla was a robot in disguise?  I know I do.  New Divide is the kind of speeding song that’s just plain sneaky.  You think you’re just going to put the iPod on shuffle and cruise along right? Wrong. You might think you’re “going with the flow of traffic” until you realize “the flow” is flooding along at about 75mph – more than enough for a Parkway Cop to nab you after the limit drops from 65 to 55.  Plus, the song is also angsty enough to remind you of your ex and the crappy breakup you had – anger leads to fear, fear leads to hate, hate…something something leads to speeding. 16. The Hand that Feeds – NIN Ah Trent Reznor.  The album “With Teeth” that this song is on would be what most emo artists would sound like if they had enough talent to express their emotional angst.  This is another good “out of the booth” song, which builds up pretty damned fast.  By the time to main riff hits you’re probably weaving in and out of traffic doing at least 70mph perhaps.  Obviously a great song if you’re pissed off at someone…which is why people go for drives anyway right? 15. Panama – Van Halen This song is a full-fledged energy boost courtesy of Diamond David Lee Roth.  It’s the song that comes on when you’ve been fartin’ along at 5 under the limit and the road finally opens up in front of you because the soccer mom on her cell phone finally shut her blinker off and got out of the left lane.  Panama only induces short-term speeding because inevitably you will either a) start scatting and hooting like Diamond Dave himself, or b) think of doing donuts in the parking lot ala Super Troopers.  Either of these is distracting enough and will cause you to slow down. 14. Achilles Last Stand – Led Zeppelin Hooolllllly fuck Gods of Rock…plain and simple.  This song is insane both because it’s about 10 minutes long and because John Bonham’s drumming is such that if you have a woofer in your car, it’s rattling the trim off your doors.  I’d like to think that some highway patrolmen listen to this on loop while cruising.  This song is another tricky one; because you think you’re jamming to some Zep, and drumming on your steering wheel…but that’s no bass pedal my friend, no that’s the gas pedal. 13. Phantom Pt. II - Justice Those crazy French are back again, in another great song for between the lights. I came across the song while watching Top Gear…it was used while two 350+hp cars were drag racing on a landing strip. I think that's reason enough to speed. It's got what the French would call a certain je ne sais quois. This was actually another inspiration for writing this entire article. 13. Love Gun – KISS Say what you will about KISS, but Love Gun is a great song.  Crank this tune up in your car and you might just feel like a god of rock ravaging the women of the countryside with your love gun hanging out. Ace Frehley’s windup into the guitar solo just screams sex on a diatonic scale.  It also screams “put the pedal to the metal” and don’t stop.  By the time you get to wherever you’re going, you will either a) have a speeding ticket, b) knocked up your lady friend in the car, or c) both. 12. Cochise – Audioslave Cochise was a famous Apache chief who led uprisings in 1861.  Audioslave was a famous band with awesome songs.  This is what we call synergy.  The first 15 seconds of this song is pure buildup.  The sounds coming from Tom Morello’s guitar and Tim Commerford’s bass make you really think, “shit…someone’s really pissed”.  Sure enough the climaxes just explodes over your speakers and there’s all sorts of insane sounds flying around.  By the time Chris Cornell actually starts singing, you’re already doing at least 80, maybe 90mph…and there’s still over 3 minutes left on the song… 11. Gasoline – Audioslave Get ready, because this isn’t the last one on the list.  Gasoline has lyrics that seemingly were crafted to make it a driving song of sorts.  Chris Cornell’s voice and words defy description, simply because they convey such strong emotions and cause such a strong desire to drive fast.  Gasoline is best listened to when already on the highway, riding in the left lane next to the divider, so you can hear your exhaust even louder. 10. Show Me How to Live – Audioslave This venerable piece rounds out the trio of Audioslave songs on the list.  Sure it may be biased since the music video is almost entirely cut scenes from the 1971 classic Vanshing Point in which a man makes a bet he can deliver a car from Denver to San Francisco in under 2 days…Again Morello’s guitar work is just spot on here.  The riffs just make you think of hammering the accelerator down and flying past everything on the road.  It’s like a different persona takes over your body and you don’t know why but you don’t want to slow down.  I’m not sure, but I think this song would be best listened-to in a 1971 white Dodge Challenger…hehe. 9. Thunderstruck – AC/DC You didn’t think I would write all of this and not include AC/DC did you?  Thunderstruck is a very giddy-inducing song.  You won’t know why you’re excited; you won’t know why you’re yelling THUNDAAAAHHHH!  Hell, you probably don’t even know half of the lyrics.  But you will know that your speed has probably jumped 10-15mph, and that the passengers in your guitar and playing air guitar – and you’re probably playing the drums too. 8. Shoot to Thrill – AC/DC Yep, Angus and the boys are back with what is probably AC/DC’s catchiest tune ever. With the opening guitar part you can kind of imagine Angus standing there holding his hand up while grown Scottish men are crying and their wives are “letting it all hang out”. After a few seconds the main riff pops in and before you know it you’ve cleared the gates. It is a classic AC/DC piece – one that doesn’t get massive airtime (Regrettably compared to “You Shook Me All Night Long”). 7. Welcome to the Jungle - Guns 'n Roses Yeah Axl and Slash are here and Duff too, don't worry. This is still one of the quintessential hard rock songs that even people who listen to shit like the Jonas Brother recognize. There's a reason - it kicks ass. It's the kind of song you can put on at a red light, and rev the engine - or  as you race some assclown in a GTI out of a Parkway tollbooth, really solid and a classic - even if it's Axl Rose. 6. Sabotage – Beastie Boys The hilarious music video aside, this is one of their best-known and beloved songs of the past 15 years, and for good reason. It doesn’t really matter where you are on the road when this song starts playing. As soon as the intro comes in you’ve gotta be drumming on the steering wheel, and when “ahhhhh can’t stand it” blasts in your face, you’re off on your way. The drum beat is super-simple, but it’s perfect if you try to pass a car every time the downbeat hits haha. The turntable basically just funks it up a few notches, and you feel like you’re pissed about something but have no idea what; only that it involves more speeding. 5. Knights of Cydonia – MUSE Seriously – MUSE is insane…really hasn’t been a 3-man band that produces this much sound in the studio or live, since Rush. Matt Bellamy really loves shredding and using all of his nutty electronics. The choruses of “AHH AHH AHH” repeatedly mixed in with sweet drum rolls ensure that if you have any penchant for speeding whatsoever, you’re already doing it before the giant guitar outro. Once there there’s nothing stopping you from leading a police chase ‘cross county lines. “No one’s gonna take me alive…”. 4. Barracuda – Heart My brother has driven numerous cars, the fastest being “Black Betty” a 382hp Mercedes-Benz coupe. He’s also the kind of person who listens to everything from Mozart to Metallica, but he made a curious comment one day. He said that this song was probably “the worst song to listen to if [you] don’t want to drive fast”. I can honestly say I’ve been in a 382hp Mercedes-Benz coupe at twice the speed limit, and I do believe him. If I were of age in the 1970’s, I can also honestly say that Nancy Wilson, with her freaking insane voice and good looks would’ve been my prime choice of woman. 3. You Really Got Me - Van Halen Yup Diamond Dave made his way onto the list again. If not simply for the classic and hilarious Nissan 300Z commercial with this song, you've gotta love it for it's energy, fun and Eddie's guitar antics. It's purely and simply a song that makes you want to slam down on the gas...doesn't matter where you are or what you're doing. Trust me - this is a scientific study. 2. Trampled Under Foot - Led Zeppelin This song is a GIANT sexual innuendo wrapped around 1970's car terminology. On top of that, it just f-ing kicks soooo much ass. John Paul Jones' wonky rock organ intro bleeds seemlessly into Plant's vocals and Page's guitar. And of course Bonzo is in there back there filling and drumrolling his balls off. This song is best used while you're already on a highway and some driver's pissing you off. Turn it on, crank it up, and just go. 1. Testify – Rage Against the Machine Ok I know what you’re thinking – I already put Audioslave on here three times, so why should Rage be included too?  AND, why should it be the number one song? Well, because it’s a completely-different brew of rageahol. Tom Morello’s windmill intro I’m sure sounds awesome if you have a supercharger whining in the background, as you’re gunning it out of a tollbooth. If you don’t, whatever sound your car makes as you blast pass “blue hairs” and frightened driving school students will suffice. This song is seriously just insanely-tight, and loses NO energy throughout the entire 3:31 minutes. I give my official stamp of approval and guarantee that you will rock out. Zach de la Roche is just so pissed off in this song, and you may not even know what the hell he’s talking about, but it doesn’t matter. There is such a funk in this song, such a groove that if you’re not drumming on your steering wheel and slamming that accelerator down, you don’t deserve to have a stereo in your car.


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39 Responses to “Top 20 Songs that Make You Break the Speed Limit”

  1. Amanda Hyphenated February 25, 2010 at 4:36 pm #

    Dude, I would also add “Brand New Cadillac” by The Clash. It makes me whip my hair around and look insane.

  2. Matt February 25, 2010 at 6:59 pm #

    I was chastised today by some friends of mine who read the site for not having any Journey on the list. I can’t say I agree though, although I have sped to “Seperate Ways” before.

  3. Jared February 25, 2010 at 9:09 pm #

    Chastised eh? True, Journey might make a good edition, but the songs don’t fit the bill but for a few minutes in the beginning…and I’m a big Journey guy haha.

  4. Michael March 5, 2010 at 10:08 am #

    The only time I was pulled over for speeding was listening to “Tell That Mick He Just Made My List Of Things To Do Today” by Fall Out Boy.

  5. chris March 7, 2011 at 3:10 pm #

    Wait… Cake! “Going the Distance!!!”

    “They deftly manouver and muscle for rank,
    Fuel burning fast on an empty tank,
    Wreckless and wild they pour thru the turns,
    Their prowless is podent and secretly stern”

    Come on… How can you argue with that?

  6. Jared March 7, 2011 at 3:37 pm #

    Wow – yeah I can’t believe people still read this article – I wrote it over a year ago. I’m sure there are many others I could add to the list. perhaps I’ll have to create a second one haha.

    • Brandon March 7, 2011 at 11:18 pm #

      do it!

  7. Matthew May 7, 2011 at 3:38 pm #

    What about “I Can’t Drive 55″ by Sammy Hagar?

  8. Matthew May 7, 2011 at 3:40 pm #

    Also “BYOB” by System of a Down?

  9. Matthew May 25, 2011 at 4:38 pm #

    How about Fueled by Anthrax?

  10. some guy June 18, 2011 at 10:46 am #

    I can’t believe Rob Zombies…”Black Sunshine”was not mentioned every time I hear it I speed

  11. Cory August 9, 2011 at 6:42 am #

    No Deep Purple or FuManchu?

  12. Ryan September 9, 2011 at 7:18 pm #

    Spiderbait – Black Betty

  13. Charles September 22, 2011 at 3:35 pm #

    why is Molly Hatchet, Flirtin’ with Disaster not on here?
    I got out of a speeding ticket one time cause I told the cop what I was listening to…and he was like man I used to smoke dope to that song back in the day. Be safe.

  14. Tim January 4, 2012 at 11:52 am #

    Blackfoot’s Train Train def needs to be on this list, one of the most badass songs to drive like a maniac

  15. Vicky April 27, 2012 at 1:01 pm #

    Smokin’ by Boston should definetely have made the list. Man, when that hammond organ starts going crazy I just wanna do these awesome overtakes and speed like never before XD

  16. Martin August 18, 2012 at 5:30 pm #

    What about Kickstart My Heart by Motley Crue? I did 150 in my Mustang to that song..

  17. AdrianM August 27, 2012 at 2:08 am #

    Really? No Highway Star by Deep Purple? Paranoid by Black Sabbath? Kudos on the Zep though.

  18. AdrianM August 27, 2012 at 2:12 am #

    My Morning Song by The Black Crowes definitely should’ve made it over that Bang Camaro crap

  19. BritniM September 23, 2012 at 2:37 pm #

    What about some papa roach or avenged sevenfold???

  20. asd November 17, 2012 at 2:49 pm #

    prodigy – omen… are you kidding that this is not on the list

  21. River December 19, 2012 at 6:59 pm #

    Radar Love by Golden Earring. Try it.

  22. Steve March 22, 2013 at 2:18 pm #

    Great list and great reasons for each. Bravo. Really like the intro to Justice and a second look at Audioslave. itunes should thank you.

  23. Max A. June 3, 2013 at 11:20 pm #

    How bout’ some radar love from golden earring? I hit 150 in my tuned skyline r33 with that song.
    Great list, btw. Really good choices.

  24. behrad November 2, 2013 at 7:19 am #

    fucking bullshit list, fuck you man ! these are just crap

  25. Anonymous January 18, 2014 at 6:13 pm #

    Whiplash – JFK (Bad habit boys remix)

    • rowdogg September 4, 2014 at 1:05 am #

      oh man, driving on the oregon coast with that one had me almost maxing my car out. goddamn epic track

  26. chris K January 21, 2014 at 8:10 pm #

    wow you guys drive really slowly in New Jersey come to indiana and go on the backroads and i promise you will have much more fun

  27. Phoebe February 17, 2014 at 12:40 am #

    Sweet Emotion — Aerosmith. Always causes me to speed up in the car!

    • Phoebe February 17, 2014 at 12:42 am #

      Or…. Walk This Way. Yep — either one!

  28. scott March 6, 2014 at 2:51 pm #

    can’t forget “under pressure” by ZZ Top. you can almost feal your car’s pistons while that song is playing

  29. Calin August 2, 2015 at 4:31 am #

    No ” Final Countdown” ?!?

  30. MIKE March 18, 2016 at 7:24 pm #

    Really no Highway Star or any Deep Purple. It’s the beat and the pulse that makes a good hard driving song that makes your foot drop to the floor and you head says “its on” – Space Trucken, something with a good deep sound that is fast – Radar Love, Born to be Wild, Thunder Struck it has to shake the car!

  31. MXL August 17, 2016 at 6:18 pm #

    Nice now I drive with style, thanks to everyone :) Keeping alive this post

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  33. rick December 3, 2016 at 3:01 am #

    Why the heck isn’t Molly Hatchet’s flirting with disaster on this list ???? that is an OUTRAGE

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  35. Joe March 17, 2017 at 1:28 am #

    Handclap by Fitz and the Tantrums and Blue Orchid by The White Stripes really do it for me on curvy roads

  36. laeorlando April 7, 2017 at 12:29 pm #

    How about Limp Bizkit “Rollin'” (Air Raid Vehicle) or “TNT” by AC/DC? These are the tunes that make me speed. :)

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