When you’re itching to escape the monotonies of urban life, nothing symbolizes freedom better than a vast open highway unfolding in front of you – hell, yeah, it’s time to take a road trip! But hey, don’t forget the most important ingredient of a successful road trip – mind-blowing music! Here is a collection of 10 classic rock songs to kick-start your journey and get your motors running!
Highway to Hell – AC/DC
If you’ve ever hit the highway with a guitar and a set of drums in tow, or even if you haven’t, ‘Highway to Hell’ is the perfect kick-starter for any road trip. With its raspy vocals and its riveting twin-guitar spell, the song will make you feel like a rockstar touring the road.
P.S: A part of the song’s lyrics go “No stop signs, speed limit…Nobody’s gonna slow me down…Like a wheel, gonna spin it…Nobody’s gonna mess me ‘round…I’m on the highway to hell…” Nuff’ said! Sing this line on a long, deserted patch, when you’re ready to hit full gear!
Born to be Wild – Steppenwolf
If the title of the song does not already say it all, wait till you hear the lyrics! “Get your motor running” – oh yeah. “Head out on the highway” – absolutely! “Looking for adventure” – why not?! “In whatever comes our way” – sounds good! So yeah, you get the gist, don’t you? Waste no time – add this number to your playlist, now!
Take it Easy – the Eagles
“Well, I’m a runnin’ down the road, tryin’ to loosen my load…got a world of trouble on my mind. Lookin’ for a lover who won’t blow my cover…she’s so hard to find…” Just when all your first-world problems of complications in love, and life in general, seem to be getting the better of you, blow away all your worries as you romance the roads and hum this legendary Eagles number, which went on to become one of the most popular songs in the history of rock ‘n’ roll! Talking about the Eagles, you might want to add ‘Hotel California’ to the list too (thank us later!).
Fast Car – Tracy Chapman
“You got a fast car, Is it fast enough so we can fly away” There is something so intoxicating about this song, that it transports you to a different world altogether. As the talented Tracy Chapman sings about speeding away in a car to escape a life trapped in urban poverty, you’ll find yourself getting hopelessly addicted to the tune of this beautiful hit from the late 80s.
Blaze of Glory – Jon Bon Jovi
Okay, so this song might have nothing to do with cars or road trips, but you still need to have it on your playlist for one reason – the song’s mind-blowing guitar riffs!! Let the song stir the rockstar inside you as you visualize the bare-chested, long-haired Bon Jovi crooning “I’m goin’ down in a blaze of glory…Take me now but know the truth…I’m goin’ down in a blaze of glory, Lord I never drew first But I drew first blood..I’m no one’s son…Call me young gun…” on the top of a cliff!
Wish you were here – Pink Floyd
No Pink Floyd song needs any justification for being in your playlist, ever. C’mon, after all it’s Pink Floyd – one of THE most amazing bands of all time! This particular number is for those times when you’re idly cruising down the highway, and you’re feeling a tad philosophical thinking about someone special in your life; someone who chose an unfavourable path – just like Syd Barret, a former Pink Floyd member – the song refers to him and his drug induced breakdown. Besides, with simple lyrics and a catchy tune, this song is great to hum along!
P.S: While you’re at it, kindly add “Comfortably Numb”, “Hey You”, Coming Back to Life”, and “Brick in the wall” to the list.
I want to break free – Queen
Leave all your worries and troubles behind as you crank up the gear and head-bang to this hot number by the band Queen. Break free from the stress of daily life as you set out on that much-needed road trip! In the meanwhile, sing along with the legendary Freddie Mercury as he croons “I want to break free…I want to break free…I want to break freeee…” Hell, yeah!
Sweet Child O’ Mine – Gun N’ Roses
The opening guitar tune says it all. By no means must you miss out on having this number on your list. You just can’t. Rock this song as you drive. Head-bang, if you have to. Think of your wife, your girlfriend, or that pretty girl you have an irresistible crush on. Blush, if you must, and sing along “She’s got a smile that it…seems to me..Reminds me of childhood memories…Where everything was as fresh as the bright blue sky…” By the end of the song, you’ll know why Guns N’ Roses are so epic.
Money for Nothing – Dire Straits
You’ll have to be a bit careful with this number, ‘coz you might just want to stop doing whatever you’re doing (i.e, driving), and start air-guitaring! Sung by British rock band Dire Straits, the song is notable for its ground-breaking music, quirky lyrics, and of course, Mark Knopfler’s extraordinary guitar skills.
Stairway to Heaven – Led Zeppelin
There are good road trip songs, great road trip songs, and then there is ‘Stairway to Heaven’ by Led Zeppelin. Known to be one of the best rock songs ever made in the history of rock music, the lyrics and the tune of this song will leave you stumped. The song is slow at the start, but slowly builds and grows into something epic, unfurling before you like an open highway.
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