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APW’s Top 30 Roadtrip Songs of All Time

By on March 4, 2015
Photo courtesy of Daniel Weinand via Flickr

Photo courtesy of Daniel Weinand via Flickr

The open road is a beautiful thing. To some it is a safe haven, a sanctuary of locomotion that helps one find solace in traveling. To others, it is an adventure, a rolling showcase of new sights and undiscovered beauty. However one looks at the open road, “roadtrips” are whatever you need it to be, or, in some cases, whatever you need right now.

Of course, one of the most essential parts of a good road trip is music. Being behind the wheel for several miles and hours is bound to get boring, regardless if you are with driving companions or driving alone. Your car radio/stereo will probably the most essential tool you’ll have outside the car itself. Quite frankly, your roadtrip playlist can make or break this sacred rite that we so enjoy.

So what makes a great roadtrip playlist? The answer differs from person to person, so we decided to sit down and try to find some consensus on what great songs should always be in your iPod’s repertoire and we’ve narrowed the list down to 30. So plug in that earphone and listen to Auto Parts Warehouse Top 30 Roadtrip Songs of All Time:

30. Graceland – Paul Simon

29. Keep the Car Running – Arcade Fire

28. No Sleep ‘Til Brooklyn – The Beastie Boys

27. Truckin’ – The Grateful Dead

26. Holiday Road – Lyndsay Buckingham

25. Turn the Page – Bob Seger

24. Going Up the Country – Canned Heat

23. Highway to Hell – AC/DC

22. Born to Be Wild – Steppenwolf

21. Mustang Sally – Wilson Pickett

20. I Drove All Night – Cyndi Lauper

19. I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) – The Proclaimers

18. Shut Up and Drive – Rihanna

17. Runnin’ Down a Dream – Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

16. Interstate Love Song – Stone Temple Pilots

15. Hit the Road Jack – Ray Charles

14. Born to Run – Bruce Springsteen

13. Road to Nowhere – Talking Heads

12. Fast Car – Tracy Chapman

11. California – Phantom Planet

10. On the Road Again – Willie Nelson

9. The Distance – Cake

8. Where the Streets Have No Name – U2

7. Radar Love – Golden Earring

6. Life is a Highway – Tom Cochrane

5. I’ve Been Everywhere – Johnny Cash

4. Route 66 – Nat King Cole

3. Home – Edward Shape & The Magnetic Zeros

2. Running On Empty – Jackson Browne

1. Ramblin’ Man – The Allman Brother’s Band

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