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July 31, 2010 11:39 AM   Subscribe

I'm looking for scenes in movies / TV shows where the characters are singing whilst driving.

Examples are Tom Cruise singing Free Falling in Jerry Maguire and Annette Benning singing Don't Rain on my Parade in American Beauty. No limits on situation, type of singing, genre, both TV and Movie are fine. Youtube links would be a bonus.
posted by jontyjago to Media & Arts (56 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite

The opening scene in Office Space.
posted by mireille at 11:45 AM on July 31, 2010

Way better link (and title) here.
posted by mireille at 11:46 AM on July 31, 2010

Dumb and Dumber - Mockingbird
posted by bwilms at 11:50 AM on July 31, 2010

Step Brothers - Sweet Child O' Mine
posted by muta at 11:50 AM on July 31, 2010

This is one of my favorite scenes ever, from the movie Wet Hot American Summer.
posted by a.steele at 11:51 AM on July 31, 2010

The Long, Long Trailer.
posted by brujita at 11:53 AM on July 31, 2010

The opening scene of Breaking Bad, season 3 episode 2 - Walt sings "Horse With No Name" by America while driving down the highway.
posted by smilingtiger at 11:59 AM on July 31, 2010

Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle (Hold On For One More Day).

The Blind Side (Bust a Move).
posted by anderjen at 12:03 PM on July 31, 2010 [1 favorite]

(to the tune of the Flintstones theme)

"Simpson! Homer Simpson!
He's the greatest guy in history!
From the town of Springfield
He's about to hit a chestnut tree!
posted by BitterOldPunk at 12:10 PM on July 31, 2010 [2 favorites]

White Chicks - A Thousand Miles
posted by bwilms at 12:15 PM on July 31, 2010

Bad White Chicks link - should be
posted by bwilms at 12:17 PM on July 31, 2010

There's several in Jackie Brown
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 12:20 PM on July 31, 2010 [1 favorite]

Annette Bening in American Beauty - "Don't Rain on My Psrade"
posted by Sweetie Darling at 12:53 PM on July 31, 2010

Ack, sorry, didn't rtfq.
posted by Sweetie Darling at 12:53 PM on July 31, 2010

I can't find a clip, but I always thought John Mahoney singing Steely Dan's "Rikki Don't Lose that Number" in Say Anything was hilarious.
posted by pickypicky at 12:54 PM on July 31, 2010 [1 favorite]

Pushing Daisies -- "Birdhouse in Your Soul" (singing starts at about 42s).
posted by atropos at 1:01 PM on July 31, 2010

Season Three of Breaking Bad has several episodes that show Walt singing along to the radio as he drives.
posted by mmascolino at 1:13 PM on July 31, 2010

National Lampoon's Vacation - Swing Low, Sweet Chariot

(and again, starting at 9:00) - Mockingbird
posted by Ouisch at 1:15 PM on July 31, 2010

Hair - Good Morning Starshine
posted by foobario at 1:17 PM on July 31, 2010

John Mahoney sings "Rikki Don't Lose That Number" (badly) in Say Anything.
posted by curse at 1:34 PM on July 31, 2010

Andy Williams singing "Almost There" to Sandra Dee in "I'd Rather Be Rich" (1964). Also starred Maurice Chevalier, Robert Goulet, Hermione Gingold and Rip Taylor.

Elvis Presley and Shelly Fabares singing Spring Fever in Girl Happy (1965). Cropped and wide screen versions.

Does it have to be a car? Here's Elvis again singin' and flyin' a copter. These are from Paradise, Hawaiin Style (1966).
posted by marsha56 at 1:53 PM on July 31, 2010

The first one that came to my mind was Bruce Willis singing Flowers on the Wall in Pulp Fiction. A brief moment of calm before all hell breaks loose. (Again.)
posted by phunniemee at 2:00 PM on July 31, 2010

I'm not finding it with a quick YouTube search, but Michael Sheen sings "What's New, Pussycat" while driving in The Damned United.
posted by Lyn Never at 2:04 PM on July 31, 2010

The opening scene of the horror movie Urban Legend has Natasha Gregson Wagner singing "Total Eclipse of the Heart" as an axe murderer lurks in the backseat. ("Turn around/Bright eyes"... kinda funny.)
posted by polyester.lumberjack at 2:09 PM on July 31, 2010

Also, not driving, but Julianne Moore and Tom Cruise are sitting in their cars singing to Aimee Mann's "Wise Up" in the movie Magnolia.
posted by polyester.lumberjack at 2:15 PM on July 31, 2010

"Christmas Vacation," they sing Deck the Halls....well, half of it.
posted by moviehawk at 2:30 PM on July 31, 2010

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang from the film of the same name (.... and Ace Ventura 2)
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 2:57 PM on July 31, 2010

there's Practical Magic. A couple times, first with Nicole Kidman and the cool sunset scene, and then the creepy guy.
posted by purpletangerine at 3:02 PM on July 31, 2010

Paul LeMat and Jason Robards in Melvin and Howard.

(Jason Robards looking weirdly John Entwistlesque)
posted by Crane Shot at 3:10 PM on July 31, 2010

There's a very brief scene in The Big Lebowski that features Bunny driving whilst singing "Viva Las Vegas."
posted by puritycontrol at 3:36 PM on July 31, 2010

In s04e03 of Dexter there's a plotline where Dexter isn't allowed to drive because of a concussion and he is tortured by Rita singing Karma Chameleon to the baby while they give him a ride. (There's also a hilarious callback later in that episode where she says "Are you ready to go? I've got the best of Bananarama!" and he glumly mutters, "It's a cruel summer.")
posted by Rhomboid at 4:11 PM on July 31, 2010

Evolution - Play That Funky Music
posted by teraflop at 4:56 PM on July 31, 2010

Meg Ryan in Sleepless in Seattle:
Harses Harses Harses Harses
posted by chihiro at 5:29 PM on July 31, 2010

Road Trip. Can't find a link, though.
posted by sacrifix at 6:20 PM on July 31, 2010

The Sure Thing has many scenes with a couple singing show tunes (to the horror of the main character).
posted by Margalo Epps at 7:59 PM on July 31, 2010

Didn't anyone say The Twilight Zone yet? Because, damn, The Twilight Zone.

Wanna see something *really* scary?
posted by Brody's chum at 8:01 PM on July 31, 2010

Silence of the Lambs - the Congresswoman's daughter is driving home singing "American Girl" by Tom Petty & Heartbreakers.

I can't hear that song and not think of that scene.
posted by beccaj at 8:03 PM on July 31, 2010

Family Guy "The Rose" One of the prettiest versions, too.

I also cannot hear that Petty song without thinking of Silence of the Lambs. Even more: I have to beat on the steering wheel at the exact same place and echo the line she echoes, "Make it last all night." I am compelled to.
posted by umberto at 8:21 PM on July 31, 2010

Kevin Spacey sings "American Woman" in American Beauty, if I remember correctly.
posted by soonertbone at 8:25 PM on July 31, 2010

Scary Movie 2
posted by various at 8:32 PM on July 31, 2010

Men in Black - Tommy Lee Jones sings Elvis' "Promised Land" while driving on the ceiling of the Brooklyn Battery tunnel

Click - a guy pulls up next to Adam Sandler belting out Loverboy's "Working for the Weekend"

Chappelle Show (Vimeo) - Mos Def raps "Close Edge" in Dave Chappelle's car

Hot Tub Time Machine - Lou leaves his hastily garaged car running while singing "Home Sweet Home"
posted by prinado at 9:26 PM on July 31, 2010

Just remembered another. Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Season 3, episode 8, Lovers Walk. The episode closes with Spike roaring off into the sunset (or maybe just the bright sun?) singing "My Way" at the top of his lungs. Truly hilarious.
posted by Margalo Epps at 9:32 PM on July 31, 2010

The Heartbreak Kid
posted by kevinht at 10:12 PM on July 31, 2010

Pushing Daisies - Birdhouse in Your Soul (They Might Be Giants)
posted by His thoughts were red thoughts at 11:30 PM on July 31, 2010

The opening credits of That 70s Show, which changed from the first season, when the gang sang along with Alex Chilton's In the Street, to the second and subsequent seasons, when they refilmed it using a Cheap Trick version of the song.

I'd be amazed if TV Tropes hasn't thoroughly parsed the driving-and-singing cliche, but I didn't see anything.
posted by carmicha at 5:30 AM on August 1, 2010

Summer Holiday!

Terrible movie, terrible artist but hey... singing while driving a London double-decker bus? Peerless.
posted by Decani at 8:28 AM on August 1, 2010

In Bandits, Cate Blanchett is driving, crying & singing along to Total Eclipse of the Heart. It's awesome, but I can't find a link for it.
posted by witchstone at 1:56 PM on August 1, 2010

The Greatest Video Ever
posted by Biru at 7:08 AM on August 29, 2010

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