Top 10 Road Trip Songs for Cruising Down the Highway

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Music for Cruising Down the Highway

Ford Mustang Road Trip
Ford Mustang Road Trip. Photo Courtesy of Ford Motor Company

Over the years, I’ve spent many days and nights out on the highway behind the wheel of my Mustang. While some may disagree, I think there’s nothing like a good ole' road trip to cure what ails you. Of course, what you listen to can mean the difference between good times and wishing you were back home. The following are my top ten favorite road trip songs. I could list many others, but these are my favorites.

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10. King of the Road – Roger Miller

King of the Road – Roger Miller
King of the Road – Roger Miller. Photo Courtesy of Roger Miller

"Trailers for sale or rent." I’m a man of means by no means, king of the road. This one moves me every time. The song has been covered by numerous artists over the years, including The Reverend Horton HeatJohnny PaycheckGeorge Jones, and Dean Martin, just to name a few.
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9. On the Road Again – Willie Nelson

On the Road Again – Willie Nelson
On the Road Again – Willie Nelson. Photo Courtesy of Willie Nelson

Come on now, no one does it quite like Willie. Some might say this song is the anthem for those out on the road. The song was originally released on Nelson's 1980 album Honeysuckle Rose, and is considered to be one of Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
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8. Panama – Van Halen

Panama – Van Halen
Panama – Van Halen. Photo Courtesy of Van Halen

Hot shoe, burning down the avenue! Alex, Eddie, Michael, and David know how to keep the moving parts clean. According to an interview with Howard Stern, David Lee Roth said the song is about a car, named "Panama Express", which he saw race in Las Vegas back in the day.
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7. Turn the Page – Bob Seger

Turn the Page – Bob Seger
Turn the Page – Bob Seger. Photo Courtesy of Bob Seger

Bob Seger, who once owned a 1969 Shelby GT350, knows what it’s like to be out on the road for extended periods of time. This song really brings it home.
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6. Radar Love - Golden Earring

Radar Love - Golden Earring
Radar Love - Golden Earring. Photo Courtesy of Polydor Records

Another favorite, this song, by the Dutch rock band Golden Earring, is a highway classic. "I've been drivin' all night, my hand's wet on the wheel!"
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5. Magic Carpet Ride – Steppenwolf

Magic Carpet Ride –Steppenwolf
Magic Carpet Ride –Steppenwolf. Photo Courtesy of Steppenwolf

Classic Rock at its best. Let the sound take you away. Every time I hear this song, I roll down the windows and let that open road feeling set me free.
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4. I Get Around – The Beach Boys

I Get Around – The Beach Boys
I Get Around – The Beach Boys. Photo Courtesy of The Beach Boys

Just on my way to find a new place where the kids are hip. And if it takes a few days, and a couple dollars in gas money, I'm game.
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3. Mustang Sally- Wilson Pickett

Mustang Sally- Wilson Pickett
Mustang Sally- Wilson Pickett. Photo Courtesy of Wilson Pickett

I once listened to almost every version of Mustang Sally on a Mustang Club of America road trip to Utah. I’m talking about 8 hours worth. Yes folks, that's what I call dedication! Many have covered Sir Mack Rice's tune, but Wilson is the man. Need I say more?
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2. I Can’t Drive 55 – Sammy Hagar

I Can’t Drive 55 – Sammy Hagar
I Can’t Drive 55 – Sammy Hagar. Photo Courtesy of Sammy Hagar

The Red Rocker is known for his love of muscle cars, the Mustang included. One thing’s for sure. I can’t drive 55 either.
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1. Hit the Road Jack – Ray Charles

Hit the Road Jack – Ray Charles
Hit the Road Jack – Ray Charles. Photo Courtesy of Ray Charles

"Hit the road Jack and don't you come back!" Ray Charles at his best. This song was number one on the Billboard Hot 100 charts, for two weeks, beginning on Monday, October 9, 1961. Years later, and it's still a highway hit.

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Lamas, Jonathan. "Top 10 Road Trip Songs for Cruising Down the Highway." ThoughtCo, Feb. 13, 2016, thoughtco.com/road-trip-songs-2465128. Lamas, Jonathan. (2016, February 13). Top 10 Road Trip Songs for Cruising Down the Highway. Retrieved from https://www.thoughtco.com/road-trip-songs-2465128 Lamas, Jonathan. "Top 10 Road Trip Songs for Cruising Down the Highway." ThoughtCo. https://www.thoughtco.com/road-trip-songs-2465128 (accessed November 22, 2017).