Music is always needed for road trips!
Music is always needed for road trips!

In 1999 I evacuated from the city of Savannah, Georgia to escape Hurricane Floyd, along with hundreds of thousands of other Low Country residents. I had nothing but the radio to soothe myself and the two young beasts (kids) in the back seat. Fly Away by Lenny Kravitz played at least a dozen times during that interminable drive, and it now tops my personal list of road trip songs.

Music is subjective, and everyone has favorite genres, artists and songs, but it’s easy to get a majority of people to agree that a majority of these songs belong on this list. Most of the songs on the list appear on other lists as well. They’re here because they relate to the theme of traveling, cars, roads and highways, and because, for the most part, they’ve stood the test of time. Load them up, roll down the windows and enjoy.

  • Born To Be Wild – Steppenwolf
  • Born To Run – Bruce Springsteen
  • California – Phantom Planet
  • Car Wheels on a Gravel Road – Lucinda Williams
  • Cars – Gary Numan
  • Copperhead Road – Steve Earle
  • Cruisin’ – Smokey Robinson
  • Danger Zone – Kenny Loggins
  • Drive My Car – The Beatles
  • Drivin’ My Life Away – Eddie Rabbitt
  • Electric Avenue – Eddy Grant
  • Everyday Is A Winding Road – Sheryl Crow
  • Fast Car – Tracy Chapman
  • Fly Away – Lenny Kravitz
  • Free Bird – Lynyrd Skynyrd
  • Free Ride – Edgar Winter Group
  • Fun, Fun, Fun – The Beach Boys
  • Greased Lightning – John Travolta
  • Here I Go Again – Whitesnake
  • Highway To Hell – AC/DC
  • Hit The Road Jack – Ray Charles
  • I Can’t Drive 55 – Sammy Hagar
  • I Get Around – The Beach Boys
  • I’ve Been Everywhere – Johnny Cash
  • King of the Road – Roger Miller
  • Life In The Fast Lane – The Eagles
  • Life Is A Highway –Tom Cochrane
  • Little Deuce Coupe – Beach Boys
  • Little Old Lady from Pasadena – Jan and Dean
  • Little Red Corvette – Prince
  • Low Rider – War
  • Magic Carpet Ride – Steppenwolf
  • Mustang Sally – Wilson Pickett
  • No Particular Place to Go – Chuck Berry
  • Nowhere Road – Steve Earle
  • On The Road Again – Willie Nelson
  • Pink Cadillac – Bruce Springsteen
  • Radar Love – Golden Earring
  • Ramblin’ Man – Allman Brothers
  • Roadhouse Blues – The Doors
  • Roam – B-52s
  • Route 66 – Nat King Cole
  • Running Down a Dream – Tom Petty
  • Running On Empty – Jackson Browne
  • Slow Ride – Foghat
  • Take It Easy – The Eagles
  • Take Me Home Country Roads – John Denver
  • The Long Way Around – The Dixie Chicks
  • Truckin’ – The Grateful Dead
  • Windfall – Son Volt

I’m including an extra song that should be played at night, preferably on a sultry, summer evening. Pastel suits are optional. Bonus if you have a convertible.

  • In The Air Tonight – Phil Collins

Disclaimer: CultureMob is not responsible for the torture you inflict on your fellow travelers with your themed playlists, or any consequences thereof.

Want to check out some other lists?

NPR: Road Trip: Songs to Drive By
VH1: Top Ten All Time Greatest Driving Songs
MSN: MSN Autos’ Top 10 Driving Songs
The Globe and Mail: The Best Driving Songs of All Time
The Boot: 10 Best Road Trip Songs

Culture The 50 Best Traveling Road Trip Songs Ever