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Playlist: The Summer Road Trip

We're smack-dab in the middle of Summer, and to me, there are few more quintessential Summer vacations than a good old-fashioned road trip. Of course, any good road trip needs a great Playlist, and there is no shortage of songs that pay tribute to motorized wanderlust.

In fact, when I made my trip cross-country several years ago, I asked all of my friends to burn mix CDs so I would have plenty to listen to en route. Of course, that was before these newfangled iPod Playlists, but I've used those original CDs as inspiration for my summer road trip iMix. Clicking the link takes you to a URL that will ask you to launch iTunes, so just click "launch application" in the pop-up window. Since I'm now publishing the BuzzSugar Playlists on iTunes, you can even buy the iMix for your next road trip. Tell me what would be on your road-trip mix, and to see the list of songs on mine,

  1. “The Weight” by The Band
  2. "Ramblin' Man" by The Allman Brothers
  3. "Heavy Metal Drummer" by Wilco
  4. "Sister Christian" by Night Ranger
  5. “Honk if You’re Lonely” by The Silver Jews
  6. “Cecilia” by Simon and Garfunkel
  7. “Another Travelin’ Song” by Bright Eyes
  8. "Band on the Run" by Wings
  9. “Going Mobile” by The Who
  10. "Float On" by Modest Mouse
  11. "18 Wheels of Love" by the Drive-By Truckers
  12. "Women in Black" by The Roadside Graves


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cheebs cheebs 9 years
1.going mobile-the who 2.sweet home alabama-lynyrd skynyrd 3.ramblin man-allman brothers 4.road trippin-red hot chili peppers 5.fortunate son-creedence clearwater revival 6.jane says-janes addiction 7.bohemian rhapsody-queen 8.satisfaction-rolling stones 9.escape (the pina colada song)-rupert holmes 10.lucy in the sky with diamonds-the beatles 11.hyacinth house-the doors 12.peaches-presidents 13.all along the watchtower-jimi handrix 14.what i got-sublime 15.midnight rider-allman brothers
Fifaxita Fifaxita 9 years
1.Footloose - Kenny Loggins 2.Lynyrd Skynyrd - Sweet Home Alabama 3.John Travolta - Greased Lightnin' 4.Irene Cara - What a Feeling 5.Shakira - Hips Dont Lie 6.Yves Larok - Rise Up 7.Toni Basil - Hey Mickey 8.Frankie Valli- Cant Take My Eyes of You 9.Apollo 440 - Stop the Rock 10.Kaoma - Lambada
Adrianne Adrianne 9 years
Jason Mraz's "Life of Rand McNally" ought to fill your ears with excitement on a road trip! :D
martinique1 martinique1 9 years
"Open Road Song" - Eve 6 "Shut Me Up" - Mindless Self Indulgence "You Shook Me All Night Long" - ACDC "She's My Man" - Scissor Sisters "Sweet Honey" - Slightly Stoopid Well, basically anything I can sing along to so I don't get too bored driving.
absolut_lauren absolut_lauren 9 years
My playlist for summer road trips always has to have 'Maggie May' by Rod Stewart. Such a great song to belt out to.
HeatherStJoeMI HeatherStJoeMI 9 years
Everyday America- Sugarland Blessed- Martina McBride Rythm is Gonna' Get Ya'- Gloria Estefan Hey There Delilah- Can't remember who makes it. New Shoes- Paolo Nutini Rascal Flatts- Me and My Gang Pickin Wildflowers- Keith Anderson Six Pack Summer- Phil Vassar
ohbaby7 ohbaby7 9 years
1. Steady As She Goes- The Raconteurs 2. Bom Bom Bom- Living Things 3. Middle Of Nowhere- Hot Hot Heat 4. Angel- Flipsyde 5. Taper Jean Girl- Kings of Leon 6. Young Folks -Peter Bjorn 7. always love- nada surf 8. Lifesize- A Fine Frenzy 9. Stay Away- Rooney 10. Love Song- Sara Bareilles 11.Time Won't Let me go- The Bravery 12. We Are All on Drugs- Weezer
Keri1 Keri1 10 years
Would it be possible to have someone do a Canada Day playlist for us Canadians that love your Playlist of the weeks?
Keri1 Keri1 10 years
Summer Holiday - Cliff Richard Stay - Dave Matthews Band Hollaback Girl - Gwen Stefani Patio Lanterns - Kim Mitchel Working for the weekend - Loverboy Soak Up The Sun - Sheryl Crow Something Like That - Tim McGraw What I Got - Sublime School's Out - Alice Cooper
dmartinxoxo dmartinxoxo 10 years
you need at least one Red Hot Chili Peppers song! It is so easy to get lost in Stadium Arcadium while driving. I should know, because my group accidentally missed a turn and we ended up in Tahoe instead of the East Bay. Hahaha. That was one of the best days of my life :).
infraredflower infraredflower 10 years
More Than a Feeling - Boston Turn to Stone - Electric Light Orchestra Amsterdam - Guster Army Of Me - Björk Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic - The Police No Sleep Till Brooklyn - The Beastie Boys The Ballad Of John And Yoko - The Beatles Semi-Charmed Life - Third Eye Blind Debaser - Pixies Bend And Break - Keane Wonderwall - Oasis Blood Makes Noise - Suzanne Vega I'm Waiting for the Day - The Beach Boys Rock The Casbah - The Clash Tiny Cities Mades Of Ashes - Modest Mouse Killer Queen - Queen Take Me Out - Franz Ferdinand Heaven - DJ Sammy :)
HistoryGeek913 HistoryGeek913 10 years
Love it - I'm always looking for new songs!
sweetheart_450 sweetheart_450 10 years
My list (sorry it's so long): 1. Free - Alright Now 2. Doobie Brothers - Free Ride 3. Gino Vannelli - Wild Horses 4. Jessica Andrews - Good Time 5. John Mayer - Why Georgia 6. KD Lang - Anywhere But Here 7. Finch - Stay With Me 8. Marcel - Tennessee 9. Moby - Porcelain 10. Tom Cochrane - Life Is A Highway 11. Toto - Africa 12. Vanity Fare - Hitchin' A Ride 13. The Vines - Ride 14. Doves - Caught By The River 15. Doves - Catch The Sun 16. Martina Sorbara - Bonnie And Clyde II 17. Hanson - Penny And Me 18. Nikka Costa - Everybody Got Their Something 19. Damian Marley - Could You Be Loved
Casimira Casimira 10 years
The ultimate cliched roadtrip song is Life is a Highway by Tom Cochrane. It was really popular when I was on an extended road trip once and by then end of it I wanted to throw up every time I heard it, but now I look back fondly on the trip whenever I hear the song. :) The three songs I put on every road trip CD I make (to be fair, I have an mp3 changer in my car, so I can put 100+ songs on a CD and don't have to be too choosy) are: Dreamline--Rush Outerspace--Evan and Jaron Mr. Brightside--The Killers They're all songs that force me to put on the cruise control if I'm on the open road when they come on because I will peg 100 mph if I don't! I get into the music and then look down and I'm going waaaaaay too fast.
jaclynloro jaclynloro 10 years
I would add Everyday is a Winding Road by Sheryl Crowe on there. It's a very windows down stick your hand out the window and make waves song.
nyaradzom2001 nyaradzom2001 10 years
World Hold On-Bob Sinclair Bive a li'l love-Bob Sinclair Rain Down Love-Freemasons Tokyo Drift-Triyaki Boyz Girfriend Remix- Avril Lavigne feat Lil Mama Round Round-Sugababes My my my-Armand Van Helden Magic Carpet Ride-Mighty Dub Katz Umbrella-Rihanna My Love-Ciara Ordinary Day-Dolores O'Riordan Oh My Gosh-Basement Jaxx Romeo-Basement Jaxx 4 my people-Missy Elliott(Basement Jazz Remix) Say it Right-Nelly Furtado Last Night-P Diddy I love to sing along to songs so this would be great for me.
City-Love City-Love 10 years
1. "Message in a Bottle" - John Mayer 2. "A Mile Away" - J Minus 3. "Hummingbird" - John Mayer 4. "Lover Lay Down" - Dave Matthews Band 5. "The River" - Good Charlotte 6. "Easy Silence" - Dixie Chicks 7. "Breathless" - Corinne Bailey Rae 8. "Take Me Home Tonight" - Lovesick Radio 9. "I Got Trouble" - Christina Aguilera 10."Mr. Jones" - Counting Crows 11."One and Only" - Timbland ft. Fall Out Boy 12."My Love" - Justin Timberlake
mh84 mh84 10 years
I Love to make playlists when i go on a roadtrip!
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