10 Best Road Trip Songs May 19, 2017 by James (Awesome Escape Blogger)
There are a couple of things that need doing before you can head out on the highway and start an epic road trip. You need to ensure that your car is in perfect working order. You need to inform your car insurance provider that you're hitting the road. You need to pack all the essentials—and you need to create an epic playlist of road trip songs. Here is our countdown of ten songs that best capture the feel of the road:
10. On the Road Again by Willie Nelson
Willie Nelson is an authority when it comes to life on the road. On the Road Again is one of those classic road trip songs and even those of us who can't stand country still find ourselves singing along as soon as Willie starts belting out the lyrics: 'On the road again/ I can't wait to get on the road again.' This is always the first song on our road trip playlists.
9. Road Tripping by Red Hot Chili Peppers
While this isn’t the best-known Peppers song, it’s a song about an epic road trip and one of the few acoustic songs without drums the band ever recorded. It's precisely the minimalist approach (directed by legendary producer Rick Rubin) that gives this song its contemplative air. It's a song that makes you think about what you hope to discover on the road and what lies beyond the next curve in the highway.
8. Here I Go Again by Whitesnake.
'Here I go again on my own/Down the only road I've ever known.' Yes, it's 80's hair metal and arguably only a good road trip song if you're hitting the road alone after a painful breakup, but it does inspire you to put the pedal to the metal. Everyone can sing along to the amazing chorus.
7. Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen
This song is all about escaping life in a small town by losing yourself with fast, classic cars on empty highways. When the Boss sings ‘chrome wheeled, fuel injected, and steppin' out over the line' you know that life on the road can be sexy and wild! No matter what you’re driving, you know that you were born to run.
6. Radar Love by Golden Earing
This is the song that you listen to in the early hours of the morning after driving at night, especially if you're on your way to be reunited with the one that you love. The drum beat and killer base will give you the energy to keep driving.
5. The Passenger by Iggy Pop
This song embodies the nomadic spirit of the punk outcast: the perfect song for driving through cities, especially at night. It also has the best ‘La, la, la’ chorus of any song ever recorded.
4. Like a Rolling Stone by Bob Dylan
Arguably the only man who has toured more than Willie Nelson, Dylan started his Never Ending Tour in 1988 and hasn't stopped yet. In the song, Dylan describes a formerly wealthy woman who now must fend for herself on the streets, but he also expresses compassion and admiration for the freedom that comes from wandering on your own. The song has a legendary combination of organ chords and electric guitar licks. How does it feel to be out on the open road, just like a rolling stone?
3. The Road to Nowhere by Talking Heads
If there is a song that has the power to make you feel better about getting lost, it's this one. David Byrne's quirky singing style and Heads oddball take on the classic 'train beat' and will fill you with joy while you contemplate the meaning of going through life feeling lost.
2. No Cars Go by Arcade Fire
A great song if you find yourself alone on a wide open road. This is the reason you decided to hit the road in the first place, isn't it? You want to get away from it all. You want to be where no cars go.
1. Born to be Wild by Steppenwolf
'Head out on the highway/ looking for adventure.' Those lyrics say it all, don't they? It was also the theme song of Easy Rider, which many regards as the best road movie ever made. There’s a reason this song is a classic, and it should be on every good road trip playlist.
You've checked your car, finished packing and you've also let your car insurance provider know that you're hitting the road. All that is left to do now is to download these epic tunes and head out on the highway.