The Top 10 Road Trip Songs of All Time

Road Trip Songs - Route 66

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Logistics is serious business and at Air & Surface Logistics, we take it very seriously.?? It involves deadlines, commitments and lots of open highway.?? Speaking of open highway however, even the most serious amongst us needs to have a bit of fun now and then.?? With Memorial Day weekend and the start of summer just around the corner, what better time to compile our list of the 10 best road trip songs of all time?

Do we pick classic rock, country & western, alternative, oldies??? So many choices for such a short list. The selection process wasn’t easy. We’re sure that some of you will disagree with our picks.?? Some will disagree strongly.

Have a better list? That’s what the comments section is for.

So join us, if you will.?? Drop the top on your convertible, put on your favorite pair of ultra cool shades and come cruising with us as we try to pick the top 10 road trip songs of all time

  1. Hotel California (live) -?? The Eagles
    Have you ever been driving through the desert late at night and wondered what that one, lone light is off in the distance? Don’t stop.?? Keep driving.
  2. Peter Gunn Theme – Blues Brothers Version
    “It’s 106 miles to Chicago, we got a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it’s dark and we’re wearing sunglasses.”
    “Hit it!”
  3. Runnin’ Down A Dream – Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
    This one is hard to drive to without tapping your fingers on the steering wheel.?? Classic rock from a classic rocker who is still going strong after 40 years on the charts.
  4. Turn The Page – Bob Seger
    Not a toe-tapper, but it sets the mood. The sax riff really brings home the loneliness of life on the road for everybody who thought they wanted to be a rock star.?? Always a great listen.
  5. Wanted: Dead or Alive – Bon Jovi
    A veritable rock anthem and another one about the solitude of life on the road as a rock star.?? Even if you’re not a rocker, it’s hard not to sing along.
  6. Truckin’ – The Grateful Dead
    Jerry Garcia may have moved on to greener pastures, but he and the band left behind this 70’s era gem.?? What a long, strange trip it’s been.
  7. On The Road Again – Willie Nelson
    Whether you love country music or not, it’s hard not to like America’s #1 cowboy-hippie, turned tax dodger.?? A classic voice for a classic road tune.
  8. Take It Easy – The Eagles
    The only group with two songs in our top ten list. Who hasn’t wanted to be standing on a corner in Winslow, Arizona at some point, looking for that proverbial flatbed Ford?
  9. King of The Road – Roger Miller
    Not hip, not cool, a cheesy 60’s video, and some prefer the more recent Randy Travis version, but this song has to make any Top 10 list.?? It begs you to slow down a bit, snap your fingers and enjoy the beauty of America as it rolls by.
  10. Viva Las Vegas – Elvis Presley
    While not truly a “road song”, no road trip is complete without The King.?? Especially if your trip involves a stop in Sin City.?? Pass me another one of those fried peanut butter and banana sandwiches.

Honorable Mention:?? Born to Run – Bruce Springsteen; Running on Empty – Jackson Browne; I Can’t Drive 55 – Sammy Hagar; Pink Cadillac – Bruce Springsteen; Highway to Hell – AC/DC; I’ve Been Everywhere – Johnny Cash; Radar Love – Golden Earring; Route 66 – Depeche Mode; Driving My Life Away – Eddie Rabbit; The Lion, The Beat, The Beast – Grace Potter & The Nocturnals; Born to Be Wild – Steppenwolf; Pink Houses – John Mellencamp

Update: 5/20/13


Ken Cotcamp
1.?? On the Road Again-Willie
2.?? East Bound and Down-Jerry Reed
3.?? Country Roads-John Denver
4.?? Eighteen Wheels and A Dozen Roses-Kathy Mattea
5.?? Cannonball Run-Ray Stevens
6.?? Running on Empty-Jackson Browne
7.?? Highwayman-Highwaymen (Willie, Kris, Waylon)
8.?? The Load Out-Jackson Browne
9.?? Convoy-C.W. McCall
10.?? I’ve Been Everywhere-Johnny Cash



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