Playlist: Road Trip Classics

Having the right music playing blasting through the speakers is essential in a long drive. The best set of songs to listen to are tracks that aged well and turned into classics. Here are 15 tracks designed to entertain you for the road ahead.

Hotel California by The Eagles

“You can check out any time you like. But you can never leave.” At one point in a person’s life, they will come across this song. The guitar solo is iconic. The words are haunting. The sing along is inevitable.

Have You Ever Seen the Rain by Creedence Clearwater Revival

Even when the sun is up, the catchy chorus is inescapable. Life’s metaphorical rains are behind you once you embark on a road trip.

Sweet Child O’ Mine by Guns N’ Roses

A journey that lasts hours needs a companion to keep everyone awake. Guns N Roses will keep you in check – maybe even better than the bumps in the road intended to steer you away from danger.

Heroes by David Bowie

Even without traffic, passing time will be a challenge. You need an anthem that makes you feel legendary and heroic. David Bowie has the song for you.

Wild World by Cat Stevens

Not everything is as predictable and pleasant as your childhood vision was. The wild world can represent the adventure you’re about to begin. But the track gives you the chance to reflect back on the life you temporarily left behind.

Sweet Home Alabama by Lynyrd Skynyrd

99% of the time, Alabama won’t be the destination. But Alabama represents home. Any time you go back to your family and old time friends, the experience deserves a theme song.

Every Breath You Take by The Police

Before Diddy, there was Sting. There’s nothing wrong with hip-hop. But the original’s simplicity represents the advanced and urban life you just abandoned.

Crazy by Aerosmith

Our lives are far from Alicia Silverstone’s. But sometimes we can pretend it is. Or at least  go out, have fun and get a little crazy.

More Than Words by Extreme

Beginners who want to learn the guitar often study the chords of “More Than Words”. The melody is basic. But the sentimentality is extreme. That’s a nice touch to your playlist.

Eye in the Sky by Alan Parsons Project

“Eye in the Sky” is not top of mind. But every time you hear the sound, the song will be familiar. With your trip, that’s what you intend to achieve. A drive down memory lane to a path of creating new ones.

Baba O Riley by The Who

Whether you believe the song is about desolation or celebration, being in a teenage wasteland is a mindset worth having for a vacation.

Rocket Man by Elton John

I don’t want to be a rocket man. Nor do most people (I think). But we are free to be who we want to be… at least for the getaway!

Summer of ’69 by Bryan Adams

Reminiscing about the past is a great way to kill time. Although I wasn’t around back in 1969, I had my memories of 1999 and 2009. That’s enough to relate to Bryan Adams’ signature hit.

Don’t Stop Believin’ by Journey

Even though Glee isn’t responsible for Journey’s outstanding contribution to pop culture, the song owes the show a bit for reviving the track into our consciousness. Having an ambitious and motivating song helps the destination become dreamy and aspirational.

Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen

No other song can give you a better rollercoaster ride than “Bohemian Rhapsody”. When you listen to the track, I am certain boredom will become the least of your problems. The diverse energy it will infuse will recharge you for at least a number of hours.

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