10.) Purple Lamborghini (Rick Ross and Skrillex)
On a lengthy roadie, this song has one purpose and one purpose only: to keep you awake. Take one listen and you’ll see what I mean.
9.) Highway to Hell (AC/DC)
This is the perfect song to blast as you pull out of your driveway and wave goodbye to your mother. She’ll probably be a little teary-eyed cause her “little baby” is growing up. In this situation, nothing says “I’m mature” like cranking AC/DC on max volume.
8.) Learning to Fly (Tom Petty)
It doesn’t get more American than Tom Petty shredding his acoustic guitar and singing about the passage of time. Great song to listen to as you drive through the night and indulge in some self-reflection.
7.) Everyday is A Winding Road (Sheryl Crow)
We need some female presence on this list and who better to provide it than the great Sheryl Crow. Make no mistake, Sheryl’s above average looks definitely contributed to her selection, but this song could also not be more appropriate for this list. The line “I’ve been living off coffee and nicotine” will surely resonate with you as you get closer and closer to your destination.
6.) Jumpin’ Jack Flash (Rolling Stones)
Keith Richards’ legendary guitar rift will have you feeling like a king as you barrel down the highway. Your friends might be asleep in the back seat but that doesn’t mean you can scream along with Mick Jagger about how you were born in a crossfire hurricane.
5.) Sweet Emotion (Aerosmith)
This song’s hypnotic opening bass riff will put you in the zone. I’m talking hands at 10 and 2, eyes glued to the road, and a steady stream of caffeine coursing through your veins. Straight truckin’ baby.
4.) Ride Wit Me (Nelly)
The sun is shining, the windows are down, and Nelly is rapping about blowin’ L’s in the back of his benz-y. What could be better? I’ll tell you what, the last 4 minutes of this next song….
3.) Free Bird (Lynyrd Skynyrd)
Sure the first half of this track is nice and relaxing, but everyone knows the real reason why “Free Bird” is hailed as “the most requested song in Rock history.” That reason is Allen Collins and Gary Rossington’s earth-shattering, hell-raising, ear-splitting guitar solo. If that 4 minutes of pure fire doesn’t get your blood pumping, you need to check your pulse and learn how to respect good music you ungrateful fool.
2.) Beautiful Day (U2)
U2’s 2000 hit will undoubtedly raise your spirits when you find yourself crushing coffee/ inhaling gas station food during your crawl through the soul-crushing wasteland that is the American midwest. Trust me, you’ll need an uplifting track like this when you’re forced to look at farmland for 10-12 straight hours.
1.) Life Is A Highway (Tom Cochrane)
The title of this track says it all. Tom Cochrane’s poetic lyrics will make you feel like this road trip is the life-altering epiphany you’ve been waiting for.