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Road Trip Music

Published: 24 Aug 15, 02:48pm  |  Author: DG Music

Choosing the music for a road trip is almost as important as the journey itself. 
We put our favourites in a Spotify playlist. If you want to add to the list, tweet us your suggestions @dg_music!

Set the playlist running and read our complete track rundown below.

If you like bopping along to Vivaldi, or your 64gb iPod is entirely filled with reggae, you'll have your own style of doing things. We don't mind. We'd love to add them here!


Driving in the Lake District

We may not have a Route 66 but Britain's not short of great roads.


Jumpin' Jack Flash - The Rolling Stones. We could have made the whole list nothing but Rolling Stones songs, but this is our pick. Play it first to energise the trip.

Grounds for Divorce - Elbow. This grimy, riff-heavy anthem is perfect for singing along with. Don't leave home without it.

Fell in Love with a Girl - The White Stripes. It's energetic, fun and a little crazy. Just how a road trip should be.

Kashmir - Led Zeppelin. Best played at dusk, with a cool breeze drifting by. Robert Plant wrote the lyrics while driving through the desert in Morocco. 

Jumpin' Jack Flash

Radar Love - Golden Earring. Save this one for the return journey, and build your excitement towards reaching the loved ones who stayed behind.

Highway to Hell - AC/DC. All AC/DC songs are road-trip appropriate, but some are more equal than others. This wins in our books. 

Bat Out of Hell - Meat Loaf. Wagnerian in its scope, there's no better road trip cheese than Meat Loaf.

The Passenger - Iggy Pop. Dark, seductive and relentless, this poetic paen to wanderlust is Iggy's finest driving song. Unless you prefer 'Nightclubbing'.

One Piece at a Time Cadillac

Johnny Cash's Cadillac was not a reliable road trip machine.

Riders on the Storm - The Doors. The lyrics tell a spooky tale of picking up a dangerous hitch-hiker. The tune is beautifully suited to a nighttime stint behind the wheel.

Like a Rolling Stone - Bob Dylan. From that first snare hit, the endless organ riffs and caustic put-downs from Bob make this one of his best driving songs. 

Voodoo Child - Jimi Hendrix. Jimi Hendrix's positively violent guitar gymnastics are stunning on so many levels. Bonus points are not awarded for recreating the motorway arrest scene from Withnail and I. "What's going on? You don't have a license!" "No. I'm making time!"

Ziggy Stardust - David Bowie. We'd be happy to listen to the Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust all the way through, but we're picking single tracks here. So the title track it is. 

Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen. This operatic masterpiece is great to sing along to, and everyone should be involved in air-guitaring the rock section, Wayne's World style. Except the driver. Make sure they're more focused on the job in hand...

Sharp Dressed Man - ZZ Top. Almost any song by ZZ Top is road trip material. This is the pick of the litter.

Runnin' Down a Dream - Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. This song about being on the road perfectly matches the feeling of being there. It motors along at its own relaxed pace, but it's still bursting with energy.

ZZ Top - Eliminator


Heard it Through the Grapevine - Marvin Gaye. The catchy hooks, warmth and heart present in so many Motown songs makes them great choices for summer driving songs. With one choice, we'd pick Marvin's amazing hit.

Bohemian Like You - Dandy Warhols. "You've got a great car. Yeah what's wrong with it today?" Hopefully nothing. Even if you're broken down you can still sing along though.

Good Vibrations - The Beach Boys. The boys from the beach always had the ultimate summer sound, and this intricate, infectious pocket opera is one of their greatest achievements. 

Car Wash - Rose Royce. There's something special about washing a car in the sunshine on a warm day and this is a great tribute. Don't forget the dance moves. 

Low Rider - War. Like many songs about cars, it's not really clear if War's super-cool Low Rider is talking about automobiles or something else entirely.

Cars - Gary Numan. This was always going to be here. Don't act surprised.

The Low Rider gets a little higher.

Hip Hop

Jazz (We've Got) - A Tribe Called Quest. "Do it for the strong, we do it for the meek/Boom it in your boom it in your boom it in your Jeep/Or your Honda or your Beemer or your Legend or your Benz/The rave of the town to your foes and your friends."

'93 til Infinity - Souls of Mischief. Smooth and relaxed, Souls of Mischief are just chilling in the studio. They want you to chill, too.

Tinie Tempah - Pass Out

Pass Out - Tinie Tempah. This one is for cruising. "Yeah, yeah, we bring the stars out/We bring the women and the cars and the cards out/Let’s have a toast, a celebration, get a glass out/And we can do this until we pass out."

Can I Kick It? - A Tribe Called Quest. The warm sample from Lou Reed's classic Walk on the Wild Side helps make this track, but it's the beat and flow of the positive message on top that make it such a hit.

Relaxing at the end of the drive.

We want to add your songs to the list for next summer. Tweet us @dg_music!

Thanks to Lisa RunnelsDavid IliffJarek Tuszinski and John Phelan for their images.

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