I'm with Jordan on this one. Especially his love for 'I think I'm Paranoid'. Garbage has become one of my favourite bands since I was introduced to thier music in GT1. Seen them about six times in concert since.
Wanted to add a few extra tidbits to my section. Although the Kid A modified bear tattoo on my shoulder may say otherwise, Swervedriver might as well be my favorite band ever. Hearing songs like "Mustang Ford," "Deep Seat," "Duel," and "The Hitcher" for the first time was a revelatory musical experience. That band epitomizes everything I look for in rock music, so it was a dream come true to see them perform their first two albums back-to-back (on back-to-back nights!) in New York and Philly last fall. Below is a clip of their performance of "Mustang Ford" from the Philly show; I think I'm the guy allllllll the way up front, just to the right of center banging his head like an idiot.
I also wanted to pay tribute to Sleater-Kinney (check the avatar). "Dig Me Out" blew me away the very first time I heard it; it's required listening for anyone who enjoys punk or anything relatively fast or loud. And I had to throw some game music in there, so there's a cover of "Sprinter" from Super Hang-On, one of my favorite game songs. Super Hang-On's soundtrack is surprisingly dramatic and suspenseful for such an old game, but this more modern cover takes "Sprinter" into new territory with crisp, twinkling synths and an absolutely electric riff that is just unforgettable.
There would be way too much for me to cram into a forum post, so I'll hit some highlights. Everything really depends on the mood I'm in. If I'm really engrossed in a particular game series, I tend to listen to the music from that. I've definitely had classic Need For Speed tunes blaring, jazzy tunes from Gran Turismo, and I've even had the orchestral amazingness that is Ace Combat's soundtrack (specifically 2, 4, and 5.)
As for other tunes that aren't compositions made specifically for games:
This one particular song stood out to me the most from GT5's soundtrack because it really felt like the quintessential cruising at night song. I can practically imagine driving a sports car in the darkest hours of the night through the city. Barely any traffic, and just pretty much down to a crawl, just taking in the scenery. On Wednesday nights, I come back into town from the north end from the volunteer thing I have a handful of miles down the interstate because there's a gas station that's pretty well-priced. I fuel my car, and start heading home via main street downtown. I've had that song play as I've driven down main street, and it brings a smile to my face because it recreates what I picture in my mind listening to that song. Sure I'm in a econobox hatchback and not a sports car, but it feels good regardless. Especially when I drive five miles per hour less than the speed limit (don't worry, it's three lanes and there's practically nobody on the road when I do this) and can easily coast through every intersection without coming up on a red light.
Sometimes I'm in the mood for chill hip-hop, other times I like rock and metal, jazz is certainly a favorite.
Then there's a handful of "speed ticket bait" songs. You know, the ones that you can get easily lost in, and when you look at your speedometer, you're going 80mph in a 65 zone. Thankfully I've never gotten a speeding ticket, but lord knows, these songs have made me go "whoa, slow it down" a couple of times:
If to be serious, that depends on how you prefer your joyrides. Energetic rides with flooring the gas go better with something fast-paced and preferably involving a guitar; relaxing rides go better with the likes of slower-paced jazz songs.
I'd also generally recommend Masahiro Andoh's works and soundtracks of NFS games from PS1 era.
When GT5 came out I was suffering from a back injury the game and my playlist keep me going. I even built a custom rig that I modified as I got healthier. I loved custom playlists. I put all my Tool albums on PS3 and would do the endurance races all the time. I'd have to boot it up but I believe I did about 20k miles. Now it's odd when I hear Tool doesn't sound the same!! Deftones was another one I would switch to. But Tool felt perfect for endurance races, long songs and up and down tempo.
Let's see James Corden do karaoke on a track. Can they keep singing while pulling multiple Gs through corners. That'd be a good show!!
People definitely have varied tastes. Lot of the stuff I never heard of in the article and had to go look up. Not really my stuff. But yea, GT2 (best GT) and 90's NFS soundtracks. 👍
I can't pick favorites, so I'll just throw up some random song and immediately think of something else and be conflicted. It should also be noted that I don't really listen to music while driving in game (or much in real life). Sound of the engine is music enough for me.
This is probably the one and only place I've heard this song. Maybe it's obscure so it's getting the embed treatment.