Road Songs,  Vacation

Best Songs For Road Trips

Magnify the excitement of a car journey with a powerful soundtrack. Customize your own playlist, start your engine and hit the play button. Here are a few masterpieces best suited for driving.

  1. “Born to Run” by Bruce Springsteen

“Someday girl, I don’t know when/We’re gonna get to that place where we really wanna go”. This album has since been regarded as one of the greatest works in popular music since its release in 1975. Today, over four decades later, this rebellious anthem is still incredibly potent. Springsteen’s poetry is a powerful fusion of resistance, sex, and determination.

  1. “Here I Go Again” by Whitesnake

“I’ve made up your mind. I ain’t wasting no more time”. If you have been dumped lately, you will immediately relate to this power ballad. There are few remedies for a broken heart as effective as a fast ride (preferably in a Jaguar). So crank up the volume and sing along to this 1982 hit.

  1. “Where the Streets Have No Name” by U2

This opening track from The Joshua Tree, is a perfect road anthem! So hit top gear and sing those power lines. “I want to run/I want to hide/I want to tear down the walls that hold me inside.” The track presents Bono’s vision of a free Ireland, of elimination of class boundaries. With churning guitars and propulsive bassline, it is a timeless masterpiece.

  1. “Keep the Car Running” by Arcade Fire

“Don’t know why, but I know I can’t stay”.This song was featured on Neon Bible, Arcade Fire’s super Noire, magnificent album. Building on the singer’s childhood fears, the song expands them into global anxiety and the anticipation of something better down the road. Its excitement is highly contagious, so be careful not to break the speed limit!

  1. “Sweet Home Alabama” by Lynyrd Skynyrd

Released in 1974, this hit is a timeless classic and a catchy road anthem. To some, it is a wild attack at liberals outraged at Richard Nixon’s Watergate failure. To others, the band was urging northerners not to blame all southerners for the racial atrocities. Whatever it meant back then, it is still a powerful tune for a lively ride.

  1. “The Road To Hell” by Chris Rea

Save this gem for your next experience with traffic congestion, especially on a rainy day. The UK hit was inspired by the frustrations of peak-hour traffic. Rea wrote the song after coming into money when he realized that a lifestyle alternating between isolation and herd is hell. It conveyed his epiphany, the sense that he needed to get off that road: “This ain’t no upwardly mobile freeway/Oh no, this is the road to hell”.

  1. “Truckin’” by Grateful Dead

The U.S. Library of Congress recognizes this catchy, bluesy theme from the 1970slikes a national treasure. In the lyrics, road misfortunes are a metaphor symbolizing constant changes in life. After all, what is life – and a good trip – if you cannot exclaim in amazement, “What a long, strange trip it’s been”?

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