Bigtime agree.I don't know about anybody else, but sometimes I like some instrumental background music when I'm cruising around, either on long stretches or on lonely backroads through hills and mountains. It also makes for some good background ambience when I'm really focusing on a task at work or at home. I tend towards longer, unbroken recordings or loops so the ambience isn't broken by words or breaks in the song.
In my case I need to be careful around hooky melodies and lots of singing: BIG problem with long-term earworms. I can walk through a store and hear a piece of some hit from the ‘80s and it will stick in my head for (no joke) seven weeks without a break.
So I go to things like oldschool Dutch hardstyle techno or extreme metal or old Berlin-school electronic “kosmische” stuff (older Tangerine Dream)... Good for trancing out OR riding, for me at least.
The Bollywood stuff mentioned here (Sholay) works for me since I don’t know the language, so the earworm thing isn’t a problem...and I dig the movies anyway...
But circular beats & riffs (heavy space-rock, 70s krautrock nerd stuff) all works here.