Your not alone, my husband swears by compression or bicycle shorts when riding. He also likes a brand called "bike" that are a compression type. Good prices at Freshpair.com
He's never tried the actual padded type but the compression helps a bunch.
I get kidded for wearing yoga pants to ride in. They are made from basically the same stuff as English breaches but without the sticky butt and tight ankles (or the $$
price tag). Whatever makes you comfortable for the longest period of time I figure