5 Trip-Defining Songs to Play on Your Upcoming Road Trip

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Some of us can measure our happiest moments by the length of our favourite songs. Music is the backdrop of our lives, setting in stone memories that will be forever rekindled at the drop of the first few notes. Music also binds us to one another, threading together a single shared experience that you and your friends can relive simply by pressing play. Driving in the car with your mates over long distances is the perfect setting for creating memories surrounded by music. If you want to create some awesome moments and get into the groove of driving, here are five classic trip-defining songs to play on your upcoming road trip:

#1: “Born to Be Wild” by Steppenwolf

The first few notes evoke images of speeding down desert highways, escaping the law, and being wild. When you roll the windows down and blast this classic Steppenwolf song, you’ll redefine what the open road means to you. We guarantee you’ll never feel more wild in your life.

#2: “Life is a Highway” by Tom Cochrane

After all, isn’t life a highway you’ll be driving all night long? This classic Canadian driving anthem is all about exploring the world outside your door and being brave to discover what’s just beyond the horizon. If that’s not a trip-defining song, what is?

#3: “Hit the Road Jack” by Ray Charles

Just by reading the song’s title, you’re probably already humming away at Ray Charles’ famous rhythm and blues song about being kicked out of his house. Once you press play, you’ll be turning your dash board into a drum set while belting away at those famous lines.

#4: “Free Bird” by Lynard Skynard

Although this rock ballad is slow to start, the anticipation you feel as Lynard Skynard takes you into their life-giving guitar solo will make you and your friends holler a strange melody of mouth instruments. The song is all about saying goodbye and leaving your loved ones. While it does leave a sad note in the air, the last half of the song completely wipes out any bad vibes.

#5: “Take Me Home, Country Roads” by John Denver

John Denver’s beautiful and catchy song epitomizes the folk sound of the 70s. The lyrics take you all across the countryside as Denver describes the beauty of the land. It may sound sappy, but the chorus is undeniably catchy and instantly lifts you up and makes you want to shout out the lyrics at the top of your lungs. It is the feel good song of this list.

Side B

  • “Low Rider” by War
  • “Highway to Hell” by AC/DC
  • “L.A. Woman” by The Doors
  • “Gin and Juice” by Snoop Dogg
  • “Keep the Car Running” by Arcade Fire

By the time you return home, you may never want to listen to these songs ever again, but we promise that the next time you hear the first three seconds of your road trip playlist, you’ll be instantly transported to a different time and a different place where there was nothing ahead of you but the road and nothing around you but your friendships.

And like any decent road trip, your car has likely seen the worst of it. If your poor baby needs a little TLC both inside and out, book your service with Mister Wash today.

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