If you spend a lot of time in your cabin, you need to find a fun way to kill the time without becoming distracted. With the radio and access to Bluetooth, you have a huge selection of music to listen to. More often than not, you’ll find yourself tapping along to the music or even singing. Though you might never admit it, you’ve probably sang along to some songs that you’d never admit to your fellow drivers.
That’s alright, that’s okay, we can list them any-way!
Walking on Sunshine – Katrina and the Waves: Absolute classic, this is one you’ll hear on the average karaoke night. You might be driving through the pouring rain, but when this song plays and you sing along – you can imagine the feeling of walking on a sunny beach on holiday.
Barbie Girl – Aqua: For obvious reasons, this is most likely the song you’d never admit singing along to. On top of being one of the cheesiest hits in the 90s, Barbie Girl is a song based on everybody’s favourite doll. When released in May 1997, Barbie Girl topped the charts for 3 weeks in the UK and Australia. Still, even as a truck driver you can be a Barbie Girl in a crazy world.
Any WHAM song: Too tough to narrow down, some of George Michael’s greatest hits were during his time as part of the Brit pop-duo. They made dozens of hits and between 1982 and 1986, the band sold over 30 million records. Whether it’s Careless Whisper, I’m Your Man or even Last Christmas – when you’re in your truck and no one’s watching, it’s impossible not to sing along.
Gold – Spandau Ballet: Reaching #2 when it was released, Gold is a song about having faith in yourself. Despite being incredibly unsubtle about its moral message, it continues to be a classic that you cannot help but sing the words to.
My Heart Will Go On – Celine Dion: From Titanic’s soundtrack, My Heart Will Go On was almost as big of a hit as the movie itself which smashed box office records and became the highest grossing film in history. The song became #1 in a wide number of countries all across the globe. Kate Winslet, who played Titanic’s lead said the song makes her “feel like throwing up”. That won’t matter if you hear this song on the radio, because odds are you won’t be able to avoid humming, or even singing along.
I Will Always Love You – Whitney Huston: Originally written by Dolly Parton, Whitney Huston covered the song as part of The Bodyguard’s soundtrack back in 1992. Many consider it to be the best cover of the song, as Whitney delivers an inspirational power ballad. In ’94, the song earned record of the year and best vocal performance for Huston. Even a trucker can’t resist singing to the song’s final moments.
Total Eclipse of the Heart – Bonnie Tyler: Truck drivers face a Total Eclipse of the Heart everyday, maybe Bonnie Tyler wrote the song for truckers going through some heartbreak. Still, it’s one of the biggest power ballads of all time. The Welsh singer’s UK top charter also earned her a Grammy nomination when it released in 1983. Any driver finds it a challenge to avoid singing “Turn around” and everything that follows when the song plays.
Any One Direction song: If you’ve got a kid, you probably heard 1D over and over a few years back. Until the band decided to part ways, they were one of the most successful bands to emerge from the X Factor under Simon Cowell’s record label, despite finishing third place on their respective year on the show in 2010. Maybe you play it cool as a rough trucker, but deep down you adore some of 1D’s hits and can’t help but sing along on the road when they play on the radio.
Everybody in Love – JLS: Another X Factor boyband, while they might have made it as big as One Direction did, they are most certainly as cheesy. Everybody in Love was one of the biggest hits in the summer 2010, during its debut. The song channels R&B classics, and really, who drives a truck and can’t resist a bit of R&B?
Bleeding Love – Leona Lewis: Another X-Factor winner, selling over 1 million copies in the UK, Bleeding Love was an adored track in 2007 and shot Leona Lewis to stardom – so much that she became a worldwide star. In the US, her song reached the Top 10 billboard. Like a force of nature, when you hear this song in your cabin, you can’t help but sing – though you try to deny it.
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