Maybe you think we totally blew it by nominating Tom Petty’s “Runnin’ Down a Dream” over “Free Fallin’”.

Maybe you’re obsessed with National Lampoon’s Vacation movies.

Or maybe you just like rocking out and pressing the pedal a little harder to Van Halen’s exquisite “Panama.”

There’s no way to be wrong here. Only chided for poor taste. (We kid. Only not really.)

What makes a song a good driving song? The music? The lyrics? Good memories of driving around while listening to it?

You get to decide.

Your write-in votes are encouraged. Vote for your favorite in the comments, or on the Summit Racing Equipment or OnAllCylinders Facebook page, or Summit Racing’s Instagram.

But the 2016 nominees for the Cammies category of “Best 1980s Driving Song” are:

Kickstart My Heart — Motley Crue


She Sells Sanctuary — The Cult

Panama — Van Halen

Runnin’ Down a Dream — Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

Holiday Road — Lindsey Buckingham

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Author: Matt Griswold

After a 10-year newspaper journalism career, Matt Griswold spent another decade writing about the automotive aftermarket and motorsports. He was part of the original OnAllCylinders editorial team when it launched in 2012.