On the road again! Best travel songs

By Sergio González | 11:55


If we are going to talk about the most inspiring travel songs first of all we should know whether we mean the coolest tracks to play while on the road or the music that is able to make us dream over and over about that place we can’t get out of our head. Perhaps they’re just the same.

What do we want from the tunes that will be driving with us in a road trip? Music selection for a road trip must meet several requirements if we don’t want our traveling partners to start complaining.  For sure it should fit our mood and, when ‘heading out on the highway looking for adventure and whatever comes our way’ (Born to Be Wild, Steppenwolf), we surely feel chill and free, driven by the emotion of a journey that begins. Rolling Stones Magazine recommends ‘Immigrant Song’ by Led Zeppelin as a starter, but why not try Baba O’Riley by The Who? It has a cool beginning (better when you pump the volume up) which will soon put you on the right track. But obviously you can always choose to ‘hit the road and don’t come back no more’ as Jack did, an American classic courtesy of Mr. Ray Charles. Nat King Cole’s Get your Kicks on Route 66 is also perfect for romantic and nostalgic drivers.

We also want our road trip music to help time fly and to do that we have two different ways. You can choose to take it easy ‘cuddlin’ more and drivin’ slow, with no particular place to go’ (Chuck Berry, Riding Along in my Automobile) or ‘you can go our own way’ by the hand of Fleetwood Mac but the best idea is to always pick songs you can sing along to, and easy enough as to let you feel that Christina that-don’t-impress-me-much Aguilera  would turn for you at NBC’s show The Voice.

No road trip could ever dare to be complete without Bon Jovi buzzing through the speakers so the first track on your emergency list when you mood is decaying should be ‘Livin’ on a prayer’. Just wait for your partners to listen to the first notes and notice the smile as they find out they’re about to trash their throats singing the refrain, ‘we’ll give it a shot’. They also love it when you let them know that ‘we are the champions, my friend’; you’ll never fail with Queen.

As much as pavement asks for rock it demands a girly touch too. It’s time to go on a spree with the Russian girls of Sebrero cos’ ‘I’m feeling so good and wanna dance all night, mama lover shake up’. They want to party so hard they can’t wait to arrive to the club. Her moves around the wheel went viral last 2012 and Youtube turn out with responses like this from Harvard Baseball Team. Girly touch for a road trip but bro-style.

If Hollywood has taught us something it’s that great adventures always finishes with amazingly happy endings so the odds are that at the end of your road trip, you’ll find the one. Maybe you’ve given away your number too many times and your ‘call-mes’ were never answered but don’t forget to ‘be the man who would walk 500 miles and 500 more just to be the man to fall at your door’ (The Procalimers).

 We hope you enjoyed this list of some of our favorite and inspiring travel songs! Are there any you would add to the list? 


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