Music to listen to with the top down
December 24, 2006 3:28 AM   Subscribe

Music in the style of "Little Lies" by Fleetwood Mac, and "Crockett's Theme" by Jan Hammer.

I'm looking for music for driving a fast convertible to. Ideally 80's style.

I already have a lot of Phil Collins, but want more in this sexy cool style of synthy goodness. What should I be looking for?
posted by anonaccount to Media & Arts (9 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Jean Michel Jarre?
posted by teleskiving at 6:07 AM on December 24, 2006

I suggest the playlist from Emotion 98.3 in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City:
1. DJ Fernando Intro
2. Africa - Toto
3. Crockett's Theme - Jan Hammer
4. Missing You - John Waite
5. (I Just) Died In Your Arms - Cutting Crew
6. Waiting For A Girl Like You - Foreigner
7. Broken Wings ­ Mr. Mister
8. DJ Fernando Half Time
9. More Than This - Roxy Music
10. Tempted - Squeeze
11. Keep On Loving You - Reo Speedwagon
12. Sister Christian - Night Ranger
13. Never Too Much - Luther Vandross
14. Wow - Kate Bush
15. DJ Fernando Outro
16. Knife After Dark
17. Petstuffers
posted by TrashyRambo at 6:11 AM on December 24, 2006

The Boys of Summer - Don Henley
Some Like It Hot - Power Station
Smuggler's Blues - Glenn Frey
Union of the Snake - Duran Duran
China Girl - David Bowie
High School Confidential - Rough Trade
Tainted Love - Soft Cell
Twilight Zone - Golden Earring
Sanctify Yourself - Simple Minds
True Faith - New Order
Promises, Promises - Naked Eyes
Black Cars - Gino Vannelli
Sin - Nine Inch Nails
Red Skies - The Fixx
One Thing Leads to Another - The Fixx

not '80s, but would still work:
Push It - Garbage
posted by Melinika at 7:21 AM on December 24, 2006

Sunset Grill - Don Henley

You say you have plenty of Phil Collins, but do you have mid-80s Genesis? If not, their eponymous and Invisible Touch albums might appeal to you.

Just out of curiosity, have you ever read or seen American Psycho? (I kid! I kid!)
posted by kimota at 8:04 AM on December 24, 2006

Response by poster: Yeah I have Genesis as well.................and yes.........big American Psycho fan :)

Great suggestions. Building a new playlist as we speak - shame its too cold to have the roof down :(
posted by anonaccount at 8:37 AM on December 24, 2006

Not 80's but you gotta have Radar Love on a road trip.

Some favorite 80's music that would be great for a road tirp:

1. Everybody Wants to Rule the World- Tears for Fears
2. Sledgehammer - Peter Gabriel
3. Big Time - Peter Gabriel
4. Free Fallin' - Tom Petty
5. Tall Cool One- Robert Plant
6. Addicted to Love _ Robert Palmer
7. Rock the Casbah - The Clash
8. Dancing with Myself - Billy Idol
9. Hot in the City - Billy Idol
10. Pretty in Pink - Psychedelic Furs
11. Stand - REM
12. Billie Jean - Michael Jackson
13. Sweet Child of Mine - Guns n' Roses

More good driving music, not all 80's

1. She Drives Me Crazy - Fine Young Cannibals
2. Evil Woman - ELO
3. Do Ya - ELO
4. Dance the Night Away - Van Halen
5. Midnight Rider - Allman Brothers
posted by LoriFLA at 10:02 AM on December 24, 2006

Take it Easy - Jackson Browne; also George Michael when he was Wham and still in.
posted by Neiltupper at 12:43 PM on December 24, 2006

Trust me on this one, anonaccount, if you want a song in the exact same mood as Crockett's Theme, a driving while meditating on life etc kinda song with a synthy, 80's vibe, you need to get "Big Log", off Robert Plant's first post Zepelin album. Fantastic song in its own right, but more than that, it specifically puts me in the exact same mood as Crockett's Theme.

P.S., while I'd second "Boys of Summer", I'd actually recommend a different Henley tune off the same album - "Sunset Grill."
posted by jonson at 12:11 AM on December 25, 2006

1980s Tangerine Dream, from Tangram up through about Le Parc, may be up your alley. It's instrumental and was used in a lot of movie and TV soundtracks during the '80s. (Not in Vice, but you can't have everything.)
posted by kindall at 7:43 AM on December 25, 2006

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