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Greatest Roadtrip Songs

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The automobile and the motorcycle have inspired a seemingly endless stream of songs in popular music. The "roadtrip playlist" is one that's popular even among "non-playlisting" types. When a long car trip is planned, it makes sense to create a mix tape that can keep you entertained on the drive.

I've been driving a lot lately. From North Carolina to North Eastern Pennsylvania to Providence, RI, to Cape Cod and back again. The traveling got me thinking about creating my own "ultimate roadtrip playlist" and inspired this list. I had a only a few requirements for selecting each song.

1. They had to be excellent songs to keep interest up and help the time pass
2. They had to be about the road, the automobile or driving in general
3. Mellow songs were allowed, but not too many in a row to prevent sleeping at the wheel

That's it. It took me quite some time to come up with the final list, but was worth the effort. The end result is over four hours of music that will make the time go by much quicker. My personal tastes influenced the list, but these are all universally admired songs that break genre boundaries. Included are classic rock, blues, country, r&b, electronica, hip-hop and Americana. If your tastes are narrower, the list will still give you a head start on your own, just delete the songs you don't want, and add songs you feel I missed.

This playlist is also limited to songs available, so for example, you won't find the Beatles or Led Zeppelin (not yet anyway), but these can be added easily to your MP3 player, of burned to your CDs, depending on your car audio technology.

Drive Safe!

The Playlist:

1. King Of The Road - Roger Miller

2. 1952 Vincent Black Lightning - Richard Thompson

3. The Heart Of Saturday Night (LP Version) - Tom Waits

4. Highway 49 - Howlin' Wolf 

5. Going Mobile - The Who

6. Mustang Sally And GTO - John Lee Hooker

7. Route 66 - Sammy Davis Jr.

8. Stickshifts And Safetybelts - Cake 

9. Highway 61 Revisited - Bob Dylan

10. Rocket 88 - Jackie Brenston

11. Midnight Rider - The Allman Brothers Band

12. Crosstown Traffic - Jimi Hendrix Experience 

13. Roll On Down The Highway - Bachman-Turner Overdrive

14. Let It Roll - Little Feat

15. Maybelline - Chuck Berry

16. I'm In Love With My Car - Queen 

17. Road To Nowhere - Talking Heads

18. Steady Bounce - KRS-One

19. 409 - The Beach Boys

20. On The Road Again - Willie Nelson 

21. Hot Rod Lincoln - Commander Cody

22. Mustang Sally - Wilson Pickett

23. Up Around The Bend - Creedence Clearwater Revival

24. Car Wheels On A Gravel Road - Lucinda Williams 

25. Silver Thunderbird - Marc Cohn

26. Cruisin' - Smokey Robinson

27. Lost Highway - Hank Williams

28. Key To The Highway - The Band 

29. Getaway Car - Slaid Cleaves

30. Six Days On The Road - Steve Earle

31. White Line Fever - Merle Haggard

32. The Ride - David Allan Coe 

33. Truckin' - The Grateful Dead

34. Rockin' Down The Highway - The Doobie Brothers

35. Highway Star - Deep Purple

36. Dead Skunk (In The Middle Of The Road) - Loudon Wainwright III 

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