The proper soundtrack has the power to take any road trip from ordinary to extraordinary. Songs that get you in the mood to cruise and offer a connection to the open road are ideal. Whatever your travel reason may be, there’s nothing like the perfect songs to enhance your journey.
“Fast Car” by Tracy Chapman
Myth buster: This song isn’t actually about a fast car; it’s about a dead-end relationship, and a dead-end situation. The lyrics inspire making a significant change in your life. “You gotta make a decision, leave tonight or live and die this way” are powerful lyrics that encourage an escape on the open road, and moving on to bigger and better things. Thanks for the extra push, Tracy!
“Tiny Dancer” by Elton John
If this scene in “Almost Famous” doesn’t make you want to jump on a tour bus and drive across the country, nothing will. When “Tiny Dancer” plays on their tour bus, the tension among the band subsides, and camaraderie returns. For the moment, they are reminded of what a miraculous affect music can have on people and they regain the passion for being performers. The going may get rough, but there’s always a silver lining. And how fun is Tiny Dancer to sing along with?! Don’t leave this one off of the playlist.
“Home” by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
Every road trip playlist needs an upbeat, “his and hers” love song and “Home” is the perfect choice. This song will remind you “Home is wherever I’m with you.” Home, then, isn’t an actual place, but rather a state of mind. Who needs a settling point when you’ve got each other?
“Cats In The Cradle” by Ugly Kid Joe
Ugly Kid Joe provides the perfect sing-along tune with “Cats In The Cradle.” Though there’s a sad life lesson it the undertone, it’s still a feel good tune of which everyone seems to know at least a couple lines from.
“Tonight I Have To Leave It” by Shout Out Louds
At the end of your first listen, you will be shouting “Tonight I have to leave it”– “it” being your current surroundings. The song is about wanting something real in life, and that might be exactly what you are looking for while on the road. Include this in your playlist to remind you exactly why yourself set out in the first place.
“Ticket To Ride” by The Beatles
You can’t have a good road trip soundtrack without at least one Beatles hit. “Ticket To Ride” describes a girl who is unhappy with her life and relationship with the narrator, so she literally rides out of his life and starts anew. It is rumored that the “ticket” is a ticket from British Railways and “ride” symbolized the town of Ryde on the Isle of Wight.
“Road to Nowhere” by Talking Heads
A road trip doesn’t necessarily need a destination, just the desire to get up and go. In many cases, having a “Road to Nowhere” is exactly what you need. Allow the Talking Heads to accompany you on your journey…wherever it takes you.
“Like A Rolling Stone” by Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan is the kind of singer that will make you sit back, relax and enjoy the musical journey. This song emphasizes feeling lost and struck by reality. “How does it feel, to be on your own, with no direction home?” Well, Bob, it feels pretty darn good.
“The Passenger” by Iggy Pop
Sometimes it’s nice to let someone else take the driver’s seat for a bit and simply relax in the passenger’s seat. This punk classic will shed some light on how to get the full experience out of your road trip. “I am the passenger and I ride and I ride.”
“You Make My Dreams Come True” by Hall and Oates
The best part of a long car ride is the extended amount of time to jam out. Whether you’re alone or with a group of friends, this classic will have you singing at the top of your lungs—”You-hoo, you, you-hoo, hoo, you, hoo.” And how about John Oates’ mustache? Perfection.
Whether you know where you’re going, or you’re just going until you feel like stopping, these songs will serve as a proper soundtrack. Be sure to take safety precautions while out on the open road. Should you find yourself in an accident and in need of a lawyer’s assistance, give Accident Lawyer Henderson a call.