There are lots of lists out there, detailing lovely travel tunes for every occasion.
We decided to round up our own! If you plan to hit the open road in the USA anytime soon, consider adding these melodies to your playlist (if they’re not already in your music library).
10. Leaving on a Jet Plane
Details: Originally penned by John Denver in 1966 – most famously performed by Peter, Paul and Mary.
Why it’s great: Great lyrics and a smooth melody. What more could you ask for?
9. Born to Be Wild
Details: Written by Mars Bonfire in 1967 – first recorded by Steppenwolf.
Why it’s great: This song is fun and upbeat, with solid Rock n’ Roll roots. Also, c’mon. Weren’t we all born to be wild?
8. Sweet Home Alabama
Details: The 1974 hit was first recorded in Doraville, Georgia by Lynyrd Skynyrd.
Why it’s great: The tune was written as a then controversial response to a couple Neil Young songs, but it’s light and free pulse transcends traveling generations.
7. Proud Mary
Details: Drafted in 1969 my musician and songwriter, John Fogerty; re-arranged and re-popularized by Ike and Tina Turner in 1970
Why it’s great: If you left you job in the city and hit the road, chances are you’ll like this song.
2. I Left My Heart in San Francisco
Details: Often dubbed as Tony Bennett’s signature song
Why it’s great: San Francisco is great, yes, but this song speaks to every traveler who’s genuinely fallen in love with a city.
5. (Get Your Kicks on) Route 66
Details: First recorded by Nat King Cole in 1946 – subsequently covered by multiple artists, including: Chuck Berry (1961), The Rolling Stones (1964) and John Mayer (2006)
Why it’s great: Even though US Route 66 was decommissioned in the 1980′s, it’s legacy lives on through this classic tune.
4. Midnight Train to Georgia
Details: Released in 1973 by Gladys Knight & the Pips
Why it’s great: For all those who’ve had and chased those big city dreams, the nostalgic tone of this song will leave you longing to take the last train home, especially if your home is in Georgia.
3. Hotel California
Details: Released by The Eagles in 1977
Why it’s great: Noted as a song that shaped rock n’ roll, it’s slow and mellow progression will make the ride to any destination more enjoyable.
2. I’ve Been Everywhere
Details: Originally written by Geoff Mack in 1959 – popularized by Lucky Star in 1962
Why it’s great: With versions catered to Australia, North America, New Zealand, Great Britain and Ireland, English speaking countries everywhere can be inspired to go… everywhere.
1. Life is a Highway
Details: Written and recorded by Tom Cochrane in 1991 – famously covered by The Rascal Flatts
Why it’s great: As any true traveler knows, life is a highway. For some, a highway is life.
What are your favorites? Please share! (Happy Travels)