The Ultimate Smooth Drive Home Playlist

The nights are drawing in and the drive home can seem never ending, so we've teamed up with Smooth Radio to bring you the ultimate Smooth Drive home playlist!

Oct 02, 2015

We all do things when no one is watching.  Or at least when we think no one is watching!  And at Sandicliffe singing at the top of our lungs to a bit of Whitney on the drive home is one of them. One of the highlights of the working day is a sing-song on the drive home (second to arriving at work, obviously!)  Turning the radio up, letting loose and belting out some feel good tunes relieves the stress of rush hour and makes the journey a whole lot more enjoyable!

We’ve teamed up with Emma Caldwell over at Smooth East Midlands to ask for her opinion on the best tracks to relax you after a hard day’s work on the #SmoothDriveHome.

Emma Caldwell’s #SmoothDriveHome Top Ten

Finishing work for the day and heading home is always a great feeling – and having an amazing playlist to get you into a relaxing zone is a must. Of course – there are the dreaded roadworks or rush hour traffic to contend with sometimes so that calls for SUPER relaxing songs! Here are some of the best – Emma x” 

1. Tracy Chapman – Fast Car

‘Fast Car’ is consistently featured in ‘greatest songs ever written’ lists and I wholeheartedly agree. It’s a great wind down song on your way home after work. I couldn’t do a Smooth Drive Home playlist without including her!

Did you know?
Tracey won a Grammy Award with ‘Fast Car’ in 1989 for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.


2. Dolly Parton – Jolene

ANY Dolly Parton song puts a smile on my face! She seems to have a knack of just making you feel good – even singing about Jolene stealing her man!!

Did you know?
That ‘Jolene’ was inspired by one of Dolly’s youngest fans, a 10 year old girl of the same name.


3. Michael Jackson – Man In The Mirror

Michael Jackson’s ‘Bad’ album was (and is) one of my favourite albums ever, there’s not a bad song on it but ‘Man in the Mirror’ has to be up there as one of the best.

Did you know?
Man in the Mirror was the fourth of five US hits for Michael from his album ‘Bad’.


4. Foreigner – I Want To Know What Love Is

The enjoyment of a power ballad is instantly improved with some in-car air grabbing! We all know we do it – no need for embarrassment here! Foreigner is perfect for this!

Did you know?
The New Jersey Choir sang the backing vocals and released their own version of the song which peaked at #37 in the charts.


5. Whitney Houston – Saving All My Love For You

Sometimes you just need to turn the radio up really loud and sing your heart out! Whitney is the lady who is guaranteed to make me do this. I love looking to the car next to me in a traffic jam and realising we’re both warbling to the same song!

Did you know?
Whitney won a Grammy Award in 1986 with this song for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.


6. Lionel Richie – Stuck On You


Having seen him performing earlier this year in Nottingham – Lionel gets my vote for not only having amazing songs, but a stunning voice AND he seems lovely too! A winning combination in my book.

Did you know?
Starting with his Commodores hit 'Three Times A Lady' in 1978 and ending in 1985 with his solo single 'Say You, Say Me', Richie wrote songs that were #1 hits in eight consecutive years breaking a record!


7. Otis Redding – (Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay

Otis Redding’s voice is a guaranteed calmer…if you’ve had one of ‘those’ days, this is the song to turn you from stressed worker to calm home body ready for a chilled out evening.

Did you know?
Music licensing company BMI named this as the sixth-most performed song of the 20th century, with around 6 million performances.


8. George Michael – Careless Whisper

This was George's first solo single and what a solo single it was! It’s the perfect fake romantic song – it sounds super romantic but it’s actually not at all! ‘I'm never gonna dance again, guilty feet have got no rhythm’ – still it’s definitely good enough to make my list!

Did you know?
George Michael was just 17 when he wrote this song. He was taking the bus to his job as an usher at a cinema.


9. Adele – Make You Feel My Love

Listening to Adele songs makes me think I can sing (just like the lady herself!) - turns out I can’t but they say singing to yourself after a long day at work is the perfect de-stresser so who am I to argue with that!?

Did you know?
Adele recorded the theme tune for the 23rd James Bond movie, Skyfall. It won Best Original Song at the 85th Academy Awards, the first Bond theme to win an Oscar.


10.  Simply Red – Stars

I couldn’t do this list without adding a Simply Red track – I admit it – I have a crush on Mick Hucknall! It’s the voice! I’m a sucker for a man who can sing!

Did you know?
The Stars album and particularly this song marked a comeback by Simply Red, who had been in decline after hitting it big in 1985.


Remember to tune in to the #SmoothDriveHome with Emma Caldwell every day from 4-7pm on Smooth East Midlands 106.6FM & online. Where you can listen to some of the smooth tunes mentioned plus many more classics! Also follow Smooth East Midlands on Twitter for latest music updates and flashbacks to hits from days gone by!

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