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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.

Source: DesreeVEVO/YouTube

2. The Cars – Drive

Source: The Cars/YouTube

3. Gabrielle – Out Of Reach

Source: GabrielleVEVO/YouTube

4. … Or Gabrielle – Dreams

Honourable mention for Rise Again.

Source: GabrielleVEVO/YouTube

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.

Source: XL Recordings/YouTube

6. Bryan Adams – Heaven

Source: BryanAdamsVEVO/YouTube

7. UB40 – Kingston Town

Source: UB40VEVO/YouTube

8. Bob Marley – Could You Be Loved

Source: Anis Ben Khiroun/YouTube

9. Take That – Greatest Day

Source: Polydor/YouTube

10. Mike Oldfield – Moonlight Shadow

Source: MikeOldfieldVEVO/YouTube

11. Joni Mitchell – Big Yellow Taxi


Source: RetroTop10/YouTube

12. … Or The Counting Crows cover

Source: CountingCrowsVEVO/YouTube

13. Coldplay –  Magic

Source: Coldplay Official/YouTube

14. Berlin – Take My Breath Away

A great one for dramatically looking out the window to.

Source: BerlinVEVO/YouTube

15. Nelly Furtado – I’m Like A Bird

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

Source: NellyFurtadoVEVO/YouTube

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