Most Listened Songs While Stuck In Traffic Jam

A timelapse of heavy traffic congestion
A timelapse of heavy traffic congestion( Source : twitter )

Songs About Traffic Jams are 1. Highway to Hell by AC/DC 2. Life is a Highway by Rascal Flatts 3. Stuck in the Middle with You by Stealers Wheel and more.

Being stuck in traffic for hours when you're late for work is not a pleasant experience, gradually you'll lose yourself until you start listening to one of your favorite songs.

Some of the songs express the frustration of literally being stuck in the traffic while others use it as a metaphor to capture other aspects of everyday experience.

From old-fashioned blues with melodies to contemporary rocks with thumping upbeats, here are some songs to tune into while you're stuck in a traffic jam.

Songs About Traffic Jams

Song Names:Artist Names:
Highway to HellAC/DC
Life is a HighwayRascal Flatts
Stuck in the Middle with YouStealers Wheel
Take it EasyThe Eagles
Red LightsTiesto
Shut Up and DriveRihanna
Red Light Green LightDababy
Crosstown TrafficJimi Hendrix
Traffic In The SkyJack Johnson

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1. Highway to Hell by AC/DC

Release DateJuly 27, 1979
Spotify Plays1,215,476,623

Highway to Hell is the title track of AC/DC's sixth studio album Highway to Hell. The song was written by Angus and Malcolm Young and Bon Scott.

Prior to releasing the album, the group had an exhausting tour schedule. Thus, the lyrics reminisce about the onerous nature of constant tours and life on the road while keeping calm, which is excellent for somebody dealing with road rage.

The single peaked at #47 on Billboard Hot 100 and #30 on the German Singles chart, spending 45 weeks on the chart. 

Highway to Hell was a huge commercial success, as it received multi-platinum status in multiple countries including the UK,  Portugal, Italy, and Mexico while earning Gold certification from the RIAA.

The official music video for the single was uploaded on Youtube and features the band performing the song in the studio. It has since amassed 290 million views and 2.1 million likes.

2. Life Is A Highway By Rascal Flatts

Release DateJune 6, 2006
Spotify Plays534,505,776

Life is a Highway by Rascal Flatts is an iconic track in this traffic song list. It was a cover of Tom Cockrane's 1991 original song Life is a Highway.

This country rock track drew lots of media attention after it was featured as a soundtrack in the 2006 Disney Pixar film Cars.

The lyrics are a metaphor for taking risks and living life to the fullest despite the ups and downs. Thus, if you're stuck in traffic, remember what matters where it'll take you, not how long it'll take.

The original song by Tom Cochrane was a huge sensation, peaking at number six on US Billboard Hot 100. It recorded 3,400,468 unit sales in the US for which it received 6x Platinum certification from the RIAA.

3. Stuck in the Middle With You By Stealers Wheel

Release DateApril 27, 1973
Spotify Plays493,700,177

Stuck in the Middle with You By Stealers Wheel is a single from the Scottish rock band's self-titled album. It was written by Gerry Rafferty and Joe Egan.

The lyrics reflects the protagonist getting anxious after being stuck in a situation he doesn't want to be in. It ultimately conveys self-control prevails over anything, something you need to work on during prolonged traffic jams.

The song peaked at number six on Billboard Hot 100, while also charting at number eight on UK Single Chart, where it sold 600,00 copies in the country and is certified Platinum by the BPI.

The single has been covered by some notable figures in the industry including English singer Louise Redknapp, Lazio Bane, Jeff Healey, and Grace Potter for the soundtrack of Netflix's Grace and Frankie.

4. Take It Easy By The Eagles

Release DateMay 1, 1972
Spotify Plays488,074,164

Take It Easy by the Eagles is a great track to be included in the playlist of traffic light songs. It was written by Jackson Browne and Glenn Frey.

Initially released as a debut single by the Eagles, the song later featured as an opening track on Jackson's 1973 album For Everyman.

Deemed as a perfect song on the road, the lyrics convey an essential message to take things easy and not let the sound of the wheels get the best of you, driving you crazy.

Making its appearance on all of Eagle's live and compilation albums, the country rock song has become one of the band's signature songs.

Debuting the chart on May 3, 1972, the track peaked at number 12 on the Billboard Hot 100 on June 22. And has earned Platinum certification from the BPI for recording 600,000 sales in the UK.

5. Red Lights By Tiesto

Release DateDecember 13, 2013
Spotify Plays292,324,937

Red Lights is one of Dutch DJ Tiesto's songs. It is taken as lead single from his fifth studio album A Town Called Paradise.

What makes this song so addicting is the incorporation of new acoustic elements into the music, as it departs from Tiesto's previous trademark trance-influenced sound.

Lyrically, the song encourages its audience to let loose of their inhibitions and break free, take risks, and "run them red lights". But don't take it literally, unless you wanna get a ticket later on.

The dace-pop song peaked on the Scotland singles charts, hit the singer's first top-ten in the UK's single chart, and also peaked at number 56 on Billboard Hot 100.

The music video accompanying the song was uploaded to Tiesto'f official YouTube channel and has gained 188,947,106 views and 953,000 likes currently.

6. Shut Up And Drive By Rihanna

Release DateJune 12, 2007
Spotify Plays222.694,492

Shut Up and Drive by Rihanna is the second single from the Barbarian singer's 2007 studio album. Good Girl Gone Bad was released via Def Jam Recordings.

The lyrics are described by many as "goofy and fluffy" in which the author resembles the vehicles as a metaphor to express her sensual desires.

The new wave song peaked at number 15 on Billboard Hot 100 and hit the top spot on US Dance Club Songs. It also featured in the top 5 in the UK and Australia Singles chart.

Having sold 2 million copies solely in the US, it was certified double Platinum by RIAA on June 30, 2015, and has also received multiple Platinum statuses in the UK, Australia, Brazil, and Denmark.

The track has been featured in the driving scenes of numerous films right from its release including Beethoven's Big Break, Wild Child, College Road Trip, Weck-It Ralph, and more.

7. Red Light Green Light By Dababy

Release DateJune 25, 2021
Spotify Plays154,074,199

Red Light Green Light song is a single from the American rapper DaBaby. It was written by Jonathan Kirk and David Doman and released via Interscope.

In the song, the singer casually raps about trivial topics on fast cars, dishonest rappers, and his sexual encounters offering its listeners a chill vibe.

Featuring beats layered with clarinet instruments and snares, the rapper's experimental sound follows different flows and rhythms, which has received widespread praise from critics.

The hip-hop single charted at number 50 on both US Billboard Hot 100 and Canadian Hot 100 during its peak.

The song accompanied a music video, directed by Dababy himself, which pays homage to the 1990s films Boyz n the Hood and The Nutty Professor.

8. Crosstown Traffic By Jimi Hendrix

Release DateNovember 18, 1968
Spotify Plays63,169584

Crosstown Traffic by Jimi Hendrix is a song about traffic. Here, Hendrix likens being unable to get through gridlock to an unwanted lover.

It is the second single from the singer's 1968 studio album Electric Ladyland, written by Jimi himself and was released through Reprise Records.

Lyrically, the song features many similarities with the classic Blue songs filled with sexual references in creative metaphors.

Categorized as psychedelic funk music, it was the first time Hendrix used multiple instruments, handling vocals along with lead guitar, kazoo, as well as piano.

The track charted at number 37 on the UK Singles Chart and number 52 on the US Hot 100 by Billboard, who described the song as a "pulsating swinger" which will leave a strong mark on the chart.

9. Traffic In The Sky By Jack Johnson


Traffic In The Sky by Jack Johnson features the music of traffic in a mellow tune. It is perfect for when you're stuck in traffic and just want to chill.

It is the third track from Johnson's 2003 studio album On And On. The song is freely accessible on all of music platforms including Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music, and more.

This funky rock ballad features a perfect upbeat with a tempo of 130 BPM, highly suitable for comforting you until eventually turns green.

According to the author, Traffic In The Sky is a piece of analysis of society's fixation on constantly moving forward and finding the best thing, usually in a complex way.

The song accompanied by a music video was recently uploaded to Jackson's YouTube channel, which features an animated video of every creature being airborne.

10.Traffic By Stereophonics

Release DateOctober 27, 1997
Spotify Plays8,450,346

Traffic By Stereophonics is one of many red light songs. It is the fifth single from the Welsh rock band's debut album Word Gets Around.

It was released in 1997 via the label V2. As for the lyrics, it's fairly simple and penned by Kelly Jones while the music was composed by Kelly alongside Richard Jones and Stuart Cable.

The lyrics were influenced when the band was stuck in traffic on a motorway, looking at other drivers and making all kinds of assumptions about their life. So, next time you're bored in traffic you might wanna give this a try.

The song charted at number 20 on the UK singles chart and number 21 on the Iceland charts.

The official music video features the protagonist on a payphone watching people getting on with their lives and also features the band's performance side-by-side. It has accumulated 1,539,276 views and 5.5k likes currently.

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