There’s nothing quite like a road trip accompanied by your favorite tunes. Whether you’re belting out the bridge, jamming out to a killer instrumental section, or reflecting on some thoughtful lyrics, the best songs are the ones that stay with you long after the drive is done. But sometimes your road trip playlist needs a refresh, so we dug into the archives while exploring some newer selections. The resulting playlist is an unexpected mix of trucking classics and modern hits that will keep you musically sated for those long hours on the open road.
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“Can’t You See” (1973) The Marshall Tucker Band
I gonna buy me a ticket now, as far as I can
Ain’t a-never comin’ back/Ride me a Southbound
All the way to Georgia now
Till the train run out of track
Roll the windows down and cruise to this 70’s Southern rock classic.
“On The Road Again” (1967) Canned Heat
But I ain’t going down
That long old lonesome road All by myself
I can’t carry you, baby
Gonna carry somebody else
This blues-rock ditty feels like the quintessential driving song.
“Roadhouse Blues” (1970) The Doors
Oh keep your eyes on the road, your hands upon the wheel
Keep your eyes on the road, your hands upon the wheel
Yeah, we’re going to the Roadhouse
Gonna have a real A good time
Let it roll all night long with this blues-y number from The Doors.
“Country Roads, Take Me Home” (2019) Home Free (originally recorded by John Denver)
Country roads, take me home
To the place I belong
West Virginia, mountain mamma
Take me home, country roads
American a cappella group Home Free recently covered this John Denver classic.
“18 Wheeler” (2001) Pink
You can run over me with your eighteen-wheeler but
You can’t keep me down, down, down, down
(Can’t keep me down)
This early 00’s anthem is a non-traditional pick, but we think you’ll want to add to your favorites list.
“Brothers of the Highway” (2016) Tony Justice and Aaron Tippin
Brothers of the highway, children of the wind,
That Detroit diesel pirate ship goes rollin out again,
Sailin’ for that settin’ sun, freedoms your best friend,
Brothers of the highway, children of the wind.
Truck driver and country singer Tony Justice teamed up with country artist Aaron Tippin to pay homage to this George Strait classic.
“Addicted to the Diesel” (2013) Jayne Denham
Got adrenaline pumping to a rumbling sound
I’m leaning on the hammer, picking up speed
I’m a highway junky, there’s a gypsy in me
This country-rock anthem by Australian artist Jayne Denham is perfect for jamming out behind the wheel.
“Crosstown Traffic” (1968) Jimi Hendrix
You’re just like crosstown traffic
So hard to get through to you Crosstown traffic
I don’t need to run over you/Crosstown traffic
All you do is slow me down
Hendrix handles all instrumentals on this soulful track about a troubled love.
“Passenger” (1977) Iggy Pop
Get into the car
We’ll be the passenger
We’ll ride through the city tonight
Iggy Pop’s catchy hit embodies the spirit of the road and features the late David Bowie on chorus vocals.
“Asphalt Cowboy” (2005) Jason Aldean (originally recorded by Blake Shelton)
Climbing back behind the wheel of
50 feet of chrome and steel and a load
They need in Chicago
Through the middle of the night unknown
I’m on a ride that won’t let me go
A big rig anthem like no other, this remake captures those traveling vibes.