If you are anything like me, you are always up for a road trip. No matter how many hours you might be driving along some hum drum road with little to no scenery, nothing matters but what tunes are playing. Having a daughter who attended college in Mississippi and houses spread apart from Florida, South Carolina, and West Virginia meant many long road trips for the Pittman family. We always made the best of it by singing, hours upon end, to an awesome road trip playlist or to Sirius XM. Ask my children how much they loathe traveling on Sundays: they heard every 1970’s countdown that 70’s on 7 has to offer.
Here is my road trip playlist for you to enjoy.
#1 Foo Fighter’s “Best of You” – Flashback: met him (Dave Grohl) at the Hollywood Bowl.
#2 Metallica’s “Whiskey in a Jar” – This remake of such a classic folk song made me an instant Metallica fan. In fact, it is so great that my blog is named after another one of their legendary songs.
#3 ELO’s “Sweet Talkin’ Woman” – I have been a huge fan of ELO since the 70’s (do not do the math) and this is one that my daughters and I would listen to time after time on road trips with Peyton and I singing Jeff Lynne’s part and Taylor chiming in with the “Run, run”. Great memories with this one!
#4 Old Dominion’s “Snapback” – Don’t you just love the catchy beat of this song? Every year a single country song becomes my favorite of the year and this one is definitely my 2016 pick.
#5 Maren Morris’s “My Church” – So glad to add a new female country singer to my repetoire. Maren is just starting and the world is going to love her!
#6 Betoko’s “Raining Again” – I first heard this song at a UNESCO village in Bulgaria and I had to ask the barista who it was. Fun, dancy, and a great feel good song.
#7 T Pain featuring Akon “Bartender” – There are a couple of songs that immediately put a smile on my face and make me want to sing, dance, and forget all the cares in the world. This is one of them.
#8 Dierks Bentley’s “Drunk on a Plane”, “Bourbon in Kentucky” or “Tip it on Back” – Dierks Bentley is the hottest man on the planet and his melodic voice had me at hello. These are just a few of my faves.
#9 Neon Tree’s “Everybody Talks” – Need a good wake up song? These singsongy lyrics will have you joining in immediately! Solid album cover, too.
#10 Bob Sinclair’s “World, Hold On” – My first trip to Greece took me to fantastic nightclubs each night in Mykonos. It was my favorite part of the trip, something totally different than my normal life. Bob Sinclair’s freaking awesome song was the soundtrack to my adventures in Greece and it became a Pittman family staple.
#11 Wild Cherry’s “Play That Funky Music” – There is probably no other 1970’s song that has retained its “playability” like this one. No matter where or when you hear it, everybody around will be bobbing their heads and singing along.
#12 Katy Perry’s “I Kissed a Girl” – This was such a game changer for pop lyrics and the hook of the song grabbed its listeners and made Katy Perry an overnight success. No matter how many good songs she has had since, they cannot top this one.
#13 Modest Mouse’s “Float On” – Although the OC familiarized us with this song, the Modest Mouse version is definitely the best. This song was out before iTunes on Music Jukebox and is still awesome to hear any day, any time.
#14 Jason Aldean’s “Dirt Road Anthem” – A true country music them song, done only the way Jason can. This song can make country music fans out of non believers.
#15 Atlanta Rhythm Section’s “So Into You” – I’ve always been a fan of ARS and I saw them in concert recently. They sounded just as good as they did some 40 years ago.
#16 Garth Brook’s “Friends in Low Places” – The classic and quintessential country music anthem.
#17 Keane’s “Somewhere Only We Know” – Be ready for an emotional breakthrough with Keane’s lovely voice and the song’s beautiful melody.
#18 The Weeknd’s “Can’t Feel My Face” – This sexy song will have you dancing in your seat and all the drivers around you wondering WTF?
#19 Elvis Presley’s “American Trilogy” – We are Elvis lovers and this mash-up of patriotic songs, will get your adrenaline pumping and as Peyton says, “bring tears to your eyes and steal your soul for 17 seconds until the Elvis brings it home”. Make sure to wait for the high note at the end.
#20 Britney Spear’s “Womanizer” – Nobody sucks you into an ignorant pop song quite like Britney. Always a fan of both her music and videos.
#21 Empire of the Sun’s “Walking on a Dream” – This song was cool 8 years ago and still makes me dance in my seat.
#22 Randy Houser’s “We Went” – My country music anthem of 2015, makes me wanna fist pump and raise some hell! Your road trip playlist definitely needs this song. Play it loud!
#23 Phantom Planet’s “California” – My family was OC addicts and the theme song from this 4 season drama always brings back happy memories. Never was there a theme song quite so fitting for a TV show.
#24 Tom Cochrane’s “Life is a Highway” – If you can listen to this song without belting it out like an idiot, congrats.
#25 Thomas Rhett’s “Make Me Wanna” – This is my #1 feel good song. Thomas Rhett and his lovely wife have made country music fans fall in love with them and this would be my favorite happy song ever.
#26 Kenny & Dolly’s “Islands in the Stream” – No explanation needed. You be Kenny and I”ll be Dolly or you can just sit this one out.
#27 Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin'” – This song reminds me of young high school love and going to epic rock concerts back when you did not have to sell your spleen to afford them. Glee and Broadway’s “Rock of Ages” really introduced this song to the world and millennials fell in love with it.
#28 Franz Ferdinand’s “Take Me Out” – What can I say, I am a sucker for alternative bands and music.
#29 Motley Crue’s “Looks That Kill” – Flashback to my youth, walking on the wild side, driving around in an MG convertible, scantily clad, and dancing around like I was Tawny Kitaen of Whitesnake or some other MTV video girl.
#30 Otis Redding’s “Sitting on the Dock of the Bay” – One of the most classic 1960’s songs that has stood the test of time.
#31 Depeche Mode’s “Policy of Truth” or “Route 66” – Depending on which you choose, either one of the sexiest songs ever or the epitome of a driving and road trip song.
#32 John Denver’s “Country Roads” – I believe that everyone on the face of this earth knows this song, referring to my home state of West Virginia. I have heard this song sung in 11 countries and on every cruise I’ve been on. The coolest spot was Starbucks in Barcelona where everyone in line was singing American lyrics yet did not speak the English language. Blown away!
#33 The Smith’s “How Soon Is Now?” – Favorite band and singer (Morrissey) from back in the day.
#34 Mika’s “Grace Kelly” – Happy song. Hits fabulous notes. Cool lyrics.
#35 B.o.B (featuring Bruno Mars) “Nothin’ on You” – Again, another one of my happy songs. Need a pick me up? Add this to your epic road trip playlist.
#36 Hall & Oates “You Make My Dreams Come True” – A huge Hall & Oates fan since 6th grade, this song is one of my favorites and so easy to sing along to. What is your favorite H&O song?
#37 The Bee-Gee’s “Nights on Broadway” – Sigh, well, Barry Gibb is my hero but since I did not want this entire playlist to be made up of only Bee-Gee’s songs, I narrowed it down to one of my faves. You can also enjoy this song while remembering the “Barry Gibb Talk Show” skit on SNL with Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon, “talking about chest hair, talking about crazy gold medallions”.
#38 Fun featuring Janelle Monae’s “We Are Young” – A great rock anthem for millenials, and oldies who just love good music.
#39 Daddy Yankee & Prince Royce’s “Ven Conmigo” – I first heard this song during my Zumba days and it was my favorite workout song. Sometimes I listen to it 10-12 times in a row because I cannot stop dancing. I love the fast/slow/fast sultriness of this tune.
#40 The Band Perry’s “Done” – Might wanna stop your car, get out, and thrash around a bit to this one. Warning: it invokes a lot of energy!
#41 Zac Brown Band’s “Chicken Fried” or “Loving You Easy” – I love how Zac Brown always has such a catchy phrase and though often simple lyrics, they make an instant fan out of listeners and the songs never seem to get old. Plus he is pretty cute, too.
#42 Public Image LTD.’s “Seattle” – A favorite from my young and carefree days. Thumping beats, check! Catchy lyrics, check ! Cool factor from days gone by, check!
#43 N-Trance’s “Stayin’ Alive” – This fun & funky dance track was released long ago, mixing all of my favorite Bee-Gee’s lyrics and beats. In fact, it was so long ago that I used to wait patiently by my tape recorder (sorry if you are too young to know what that is but pretend at least) so I could hear the song on the weekly music countdown and push record for my cassette tape. Yep, thank goodness technology is finally out of the stone age.
#44 Queen’s “Killer Queen” (or well, any Queen song is fabulous so your pick) – Because Freddie Mercury is a rock god, period.
#45 Hermes House Band “Those Were the Days” – This cool European dance band released many American top singles with a fresh dance beat and fist pumping ballads. It holds a special memory for my daughter Peyton and I from our cruise to Alaska.
#46 Sublime’s “Santeria” – Everyone knows this song. Just pretend you do not know what the lyrics are really about.
#47 Barenaked Ladies’s “It’s All Been Done” – Maybe one of the only good songs to come out of the 1990’s, this one is a survivor and singing has never felt so good.
#48 Kiss’s “Hard Luck Woman” – I was a proud tattoo wearing member of the Kiss Army. Were you and what was your all time favorite Kiss song? If you say “Rock & Roll All Nite” we cannot be friends.
#49 Eddie Rabbitt’s “Driving My Life Away” – Eddie was such a talented guy and his songs were so darned catchy. This one makes me feel happy and want to take more road trips, rain or shine.
#50 DNCE “Cake by the Ocean” – The best dancy song of 2016. Thanks Joe Jonas for making a comeback.
There you have it. Wherever I May Roam’s epic road trip playlist. What would you add to this list?
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