15 songs that always come on in the taxi at the end of a night out

“Who’s gonna drive you home … ?”

IT’S FRIDAY NIGHT. Half 2 in the morning. The night is long over, you’ve just milled a curry chip into you and you need to get your best friend home before she falls asleep in the toilet of McDonald’s again.

As you sidle in to a taxi and try to remember where you live, the taxi driver turns the volume up in a clear signal to you that he or she is not interested in reciprocating your drunken small talk. (“You busy tonight?” It’s a Saturday night on Harcourt Street Sharon, what do you think?)

The long ride home begins, and a familar song comes on the radio. You get an overwhelming sense of déja vu – Groundhog Day, perhaps?

But no, it’s just the old reliable Love Zone or some other generic nighttime station slot taking you through the evening and back to your true love – your bed and a pint of Diaoralyte.

1. Des’ree – You Gotta Be

I’d go as far as saying this song only comes on after a certain hour in taxis.

2. The Cars – Drive

3. Gabrielle – Out Of Reach

4. … Or Gabrielle – Dreams

Honourable mention for Rise Again.

5. Adele’s cover of Make You Feel My Love

Actually anything by Adele, really. But this one tends to crop up more than usual.

6. Bryan Adams – Heaven

7. UB40 – Kingston Town

8. Bob Marley – Could You Be Loved

9. Take That – Greatest Day

10. Mike Oldfield – Moonlight Shadow

11. Joni Mitchell – Big Yellow Taxi


12. … Or The Counting Crows cover

13. Coldplay –  Magic

14. Berlin – Take My Breath Away

A great one for dramatically looking out the window to.

15. Nelly Furtado – I’m Like A Bird

You hear that big string intro, and you know what’s next.

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