Today was my last day of work for the next two and half months. It’s summer vacation time and you know what that means. It’s road trip season! As I pack my bags for the World Steam Expo this weekend my mind turns to the music I will need to get me through the drive. When I was a little girl every family road trip started with my dad singing Willie Nelson’s On The Road Again, a tradition that I carry on to this day.
The perfect song for a road trip is not an easy thing to find. It should be upbeat enough to keep you alert and enthusiastic at the wheel but also thoughtful enough to give your mind something to occupy itself. One artist who I particularly enjoy for road trips is Tom Petty. His music has the Americana feel that makes setting on the highway exciting and also manages to have a beat that almost exactly matches the rhythm of the stripes in the middle of the highway. You can really hear it in Running Down a Dream.Warning: this is a horrible video.
Of course a song gets bonus points if it actually contains lyrics about driving but what about those of us who prefer riding shotgun? Another great song for driving and a favorite of Aloysius Fox is Iggy Pop’s The Passenger. This song also has that steady, driving, beat that is so important for a road trip song.
These are just a few of the songs that are on my road trip playlist. Now it’s your turn folks. What are your favorite songs for a road trip? What artist to you queue up when you start the engine? Tell us your favorite so we can put them together into the ultimate driving playlist to be revealed in Episode 24 of The Charlie Tonic Hour.