A Little Travellin’ Music, Please

My sister and her girlfriend are moving across the country to join a commune (as you do). They’re leaving at the beginning of January and driving (!!) from Massachusetts to northern California. In order to minimize the amount of posessions they’re going to have to schlep with them, they’ve asked to not get Christmas presents this year and instead have requested cds. I’m going to burn them a boxed set of cool travelling tunes.

So what I want from you, dear internets, is a list of your five (or 10) favourite driving songs. The ones that keep you up as you’re driving across the prairies. The ones that chill you out when you’re stuck in rush hour traffic in an unfamiliar city. The ones that make you roll down your window and let the wind blow….oh, wait. There’s one song.

Here’s a few I’ve picked, just to get things started:

1. Thunder Road – Bruce Springsteen
2. Song 2 – Blur
3. Running Down A Dream – Tom Petty
4. I Drove All Night – Roy Orbison
5. One Step Beyond – Madness
6. Hit The Road, Jack – Ray Charles
7. Whole Lotta Rosie – AC/DC
8. California Dreamin’ – The Mamas and The Papas
9. Are You Gonna Be My Girl? – Jet
10. Peaches – Presidents Of The United States Of America


16 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Oh, The Joys
    Dec 14, 2006 @ 09:47:00

    #1!!! Just put the whole album on!


  2. Anonymous
    Dec 14, 2006 @ 10:21:00

    Stop – Jane’s AddictionCars – Gary NumanWhat Goes On – Velvet UndergroundInterstate Love Song – Stone Temple Pilots


  3. kilowatthour
    Dec 14, 2006 @ 13:17:00

    some obvious ones: truckin’ – the grateful deadon the road again – willie nelsonand not so obvious:oregon hill – cowboy junkiesbad, bad leroy brown – jim crocestuck inside of mobile with the memphis blues – bob dylani’ll think of more later.


  4. Andrea
    Dec 14, 2006 @ 13:32:00

    A St. Louis band called Radio Iodine has a song ‘Never Meant To’ that I will never ever be able to listen to and remain sitting still. Don’t know if their CD is still available everywhere, or if it’s downloadable from the i-net, but it’s worth tracking it down. Trust me.


  5. Anonymous
    Dec 14, 2006 @ 16:27:00

    Whatever happened to my rock-n-roll – Black Rebel Motorcycle Club (BRMC)


  6. Lara
    Dec 14, 2006 @ 16:47:00

    i vote for “life is a highway” by rascal flatts (the original by tom cochrane is okay, too, but i like the remake better). also, pretty much all of volume 1 of “chronicle” by creedence clearwater revival.


  7. Kelsey
    Dec 14, 2006 @ 18:19:00

    Here’s a few:More Than a Feelin’- BostonRunaway Train- Soul AsylumSweet Child O’ Mine- Guns and RosesBorn to Run- Bruce SpringsteenThat’s all I can think of for now… Fun idea 🙂


  8. EC
    Dec 14, 2006 @ 21:55:00

    When I drive through NYC during rush hour I always put on Billy Joel’s greatest hits – it is very relaxing and everyone knows the words to sing too. NY State of Mind is on there so that makes it extra special ;)Also – Leonard Skynard Free Bird always is a pick me up when driving. Um, a commune?? Do people really still have those??


  9. Sharon
    Dec 14, 2006 @ 22:35:00

    Radar Love- Golden Earring.Shambala- Three Dog NightHeavy Metal- Sammy HagarThe whole 18 minutes of In-A-Gadda- Da-Vida – Iron ButterflyDon’t Stop Me Now- Queen”O Fortuna” from Carmina BuranaIf You Want Me To Stay- Sly and the Family StoneGod, now I SO want to go on a road trip. Except maybe without the commune at the end.


  10. Mrs. Chicky
    Dec 14, 2006 @ 22:54:00

    Hmmm… moving to a commune? Okay.American Girl – Tom PettyTruckin’ – Grateful Dead or Uncle John’s Band (good for sing-a-longs)Hit the Road Jack – Ray CharlesCC Rider – any artist who covered thisSend me on my way – Rusted RootBouncin’ Round the Room – PhishEvery State Line – Ani DiFrancoTrippin’ Billies – Dave Matthews BandDixie Chicky – Little FeatI’ve got more but it’s late and I’m tired. But my inner DJ thanks you for the opportunity to do this.


  11. Mrs. Chicky
    Dec 14, 2006 @ 22:55:00

    Wow, it is late. I actually wrote “Dixie Chicky” instead of “Dixie Chicken”.Heh.


  12. Sharon
    Dec 14, 2006 @ 23:10:00

    My boyfriend has INSISTED that I post his list as well. Edie- The CultAnother One Bites the Dust- QueenDirty Mind- Jeff BeckHelter Skelter- The BeatlesPromised Land- ElvisSteve McQueen- Sheryl CrowMe & Bobby McGee- Janis JoplinF the CC- Steve EarlePink Houses- John MellencampDracula from Houston- Butthole Surfers


  13. bean & sprout's rep.
    Dec 15, 2006 @ 16:53:00

    i’m gonna be (500 miles) – the proclaimers


  14. graymama
    Dec 15, 2006 @ 18:57:00

    Martini Time-The Reverend Horton HeatThunder Kiss ’65-White ZombieWhat I Got-SublimeThe Distance-CakeGravel-Ani DifrancoMustang Sally-Wilson PickettCoconut-Harry NilssonOh Carolina-ShaggyMove With Me-Neneh cherryHead On-The Pixies


  15. smileymamaT
    Dec 16, 2006 @ 21:54:00

    I have to put in a vote for Back in Black- AC/DC, and anything from the Ladies of the 80’s…-T


  16. (dis)enchanted
    Dec 19, 2006 @ 08:43:00

    and a nice little inclusion from the land of oz – Driving Wheels – Jimmy Barnes. old time classic here.. but a must for any road trip (what an awesome idea for a gift)


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