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Recently we asked Globe Drive readers to tell us what they listen to in the car, and Peter Cheney explored the play list of his life behind the wheel in The best road songs of all time.

Many of your favourite songs and artists were at the top of the charts in the days before CDs, iPods, Satellite radio and the Internet. Just pop a mixed tape into the cassette deck and put the pedal to the metal.

According to this completely unscientific survey, the 1970s and 1980s were the golden years of music, although current Canadian singer Sam Roberts made a few lists, as did Lady Gaga and Arcade Fire. The No. 1 song was Radar Love, released in 1973 by Dutch band Golden Earring, was miles ahead of the No. 2 pick from Tom Petty.

When picking your favourite artists, it was classic rock all the way. Led Zeppelin came out on top, followed by followed by Golden Earring, Bruce Springsteen and the Tragically Hip, the top Canadian band.

More than 200 Globe and Mail readers sent in their picks for road music. Their responses are listed below. Don't agree? Add your favourites by clicking on the comments field on this story.

Top 5 Artists

1. Led Zeppelin 2. Golden Earring 3. The Who 4. Bruce Springsteen 5. Tragically Hip

Top 5 Songs

1. Radar Love (Golden Earring) 2. Runnin' Down a Dream (Tom Petty) 3. Running back to Saskatoon (The Guess Who) 4. Hot Rod Lincoln 5. Born To Run (Bruce Springsteen)

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Thunder Road ... Bruce Springsteen

Summer of 69..... Bryan Adams

Carey.........Joni Mitchell

Runnin' Down a Dream.... From full moon Fever, the band name escapes me

Hot Rod Lincoln .....Either version



What is Hip ? .. Tower of Power

Moon Dance .. Van Morrison

Rock and Roll.. Led Zeppelin

Mean Street Blues .. Johnny Winter

Cross Roads .. Eric Clapton

Anything by CSN&Y



I realize these probably aren't the top 5 driving songs of "all - time" but if I were heading out on a road trip this summer these are 5 songs that I would like to hear along the way:

1. Fans - Kings of Leon

Perfect tune to kick off a good road trip.

2. Runnin' Down a Dream - Tom Petty

Just a great driving song.

3. Hotel Yorba - White Stripes

Throw this on once you hit the dirt road on the way to the cottage.

4. Hard Road - Sam Roberts

First time I heard this song I was 19 years old making the drive to Montreal from Halifax with a van full of buddies. No one said a word until it was over then the first roadpop was cracked.

5. The Past - Matt Mays

This one's for the way home.



Runnin' Down a Dream - Tom Petty

Time to Pretend - MGMT

Beautiful Day - U2

Blow at High Dough - Tragically Hip

Synchronicity II - Police

Little Foothills Heaven - Corb Lund (only for driving in Alberta)

Intervention - Arcade Fire

The Uprising - Muse


Grunter Grimm

Steve Miller Band Greatest Hits 1974 - 1978

The whole album for a long drive.

Best sing - along from this album: Take the Money and Run

Autobahn - Kraftwerk



1. Born to Run - - Bruce Springsteen

2. London Calling - - Clash

3. Celebration Day - - Led Zeppelin

4. Running Back to Saskatoon (Live from Winnipeg) - - Guess Who

5. Bobcaygeon - - Tragically Hip



A family favourite is an old CBC radio recording of Billy Bishop Goes to war. A great combination of music and humour by Eric Peterson and John Grey that makes the miles fly by....



Cleaning Windows - Van Morrison

Running Back to Saskatoon - The Guess Who

Magic Bus - The Who

10 th Avenue Freeze Out - The Boss

Jack and Dianne - John Cougar



MileStones - Miles Davis. Album, Kind of Blue - Miles Davis


Bill MacLean

China Grove - Doobie Brothers

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