If you’re a lorry driver as well as a fan of music, or talk shows, odds are you know your way around your vehicle’s radio, as well as what your favourite stations are to listen to. If you know what you want to listen to, but not where to find it: here is our guide to the top 10 UK radio stations for truckers.
Sit back and tune in!
Absolute offers a range of stations, all of which go from as far back as the 60s to present day. With dedicated stations for the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s listeners have plenty of selection to choose from. On each station you’ll find many of the #1 hits from that decade and very few repeats!
Maybe you don’t want music, instead you want the thrill of the game. Sure, you’re not watching the match but commentators can give just as thrilling an experience as what’s on the screen. The station not only offers commentary, but debates on sport 24 hours a day. Covering a wide range of sports, this is the best station for your footy, rugby or even cricket. The Breakfast Show with Alan Brizil is a fan favourite and a great way to start your morning drive.
BBC Radio 5 Live
This station covers all the latest news, sports and takes phone-in calls for discussions with listeners. Other than Talksport, it’s one of the best stations to keep up to date on all the latest sport. They also broadcast the Prime Minister’s Questions every Wednesday and provide an in-depth analysis. Some highlights for drivers include the entertaining phone-in calls if debates get out of hand. (For more of a focus on Sport, there’s also Radio 5 Live Sports Extra)
Kisstory plays a mix of old school and anthems, perfect if you’re a clubbing fan of the 80s, 90s or 00s! With artists like Craig David, Sean Paul and Tinie Tempah there’s a wide range of jams played, which is perfect for upbeat tracks to keep you motivated on the road. Enjoy some of your favourite throwback tracks & make some shapes in your cab! Big fish, little fish.........
If you’re into older music, or fancy something a bit more chill than nightclub raves Magic plays a lot of classic, more relaxed songs. Their playlist can go back to some classic power ballads and as recent as the top charts. You’ll find iconic singers like Tina Turner, Phil Collins, Adele and Gabrielle Aplin.
Previously XFM, Radio X is the best station for all of your alternative/indie rock needs. Over the years the station’s hosts have included: Ricky Gervais, Karl Pilkington, Stephen Merchant, Simon Pegg and Russell Brand. Some of the fan favourites played on the station include: Florence and The Machine, Arctic Monkeys, Bastille, Biffy Clyro and The Killers.
Heart is one of the most popular sations in the UK, with over 9.8 million listeners every week, offering music old and new. Loads of competitions like '3 play' chance to win £30k! With 22 radio stations available all across the country, it’s also one of the largest radio networks in Britain. In 2012 the station held a poll, asking their listeners what the best songs of all time are.
These were the top 10 results:
Adele – "Make You Feel My Love"
Take That – "Never Forget"
Michael Bublé – "Home"
George Michael – "Careless Whisper"
Maroon 5 – "Moves Like Jagger"
Robbie Williams – "Angels"
Adele – "Rolling in the Deep"
Whitney Houston – "I Have Nothing"
Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes – "(I've Had) The Time of My Life"
Take That – "Greatest Day"
Do you agree?
Fancy a change from the regular 10 song playlist of other stations?
BBC Radio 2 became the first 24 hour station in UK history in 1979. The station’s presenters have included: Terry Wogan, Paul O’Grady, Chris Evans and Graham Norton. The station has over 12 million weekly listeners with a music focus on soft rock which increased in popularity over the decades. BBC Radio 2 features such musicians as: Pink, James Blunt, Kelly Clarkson and Amy Winehouse.
Capital’s playlist rarely changes every week. The station plays all the top pop hits in the charts, as well as acting as host broadcaster of the Jingle Bell Ball every December. The station has 7.4 million listeners every week. If you want all the latest hits back to back while on the road, there’s no better station than Capital.
The breakfast show on LBC 4am till 7am is a great way to review the newspapers top stories.
The station LBC (Leading Britain’s Conversation) is a phone-in and talk station. Discussions include politics, news updates and ethical debates. In 2017 Nigel Farage joined the talkshow, appearing Monday-Thursday between 6PM and 7PM and Sunday from 10AM to 12PM. LBC also claims to be the first radio station in the world to offer full-length podcasts.
With these stations, you have hours and hours of endless entertainment on the road. Whether you want to jam along to some club classics, chill out with some indie rock, cheer as your favourite team scores a goal or get the cogs of your brain ticking with a debate these are some of the best stations for truckers.