What all does one need to keep in mind before hitting the road for a road trip? The list is never-ending, and one is bound to miss out some of the travel essentials. Packing done, munchies done, shopping done, fuel checked. Oh wait, did you just forget to set a playlist which can complement your exciting journey? Either going out with your buddies or planning a trip with your better half, a good & a versatile playlist of songs is crucial to the time you spend travelling, as good music is often required to bridge those awkward silences. Here is a list of our favourite old English songs that we believe would be perfect for your road trip song playlist to kick off the nostalgia and to take you back to the times. If the weather lets you down, this playlist never will. and be your loyal travel companion through thick and thin.
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Here I Go Again- Whitesnake
This 80s song is the perfect blend of soul and beats. The song is a statement and one cannot help but nod their heads along the beats and sing along. “Here I Go Again” talks about the search for a destination and what better song than this throwback to accompany you through your journey.
Where The Streets have No Name- U2
Get lost humming to these tunes as you discover yourself. “Where the Streets Have No Name” is the opening track from U2’s 1987 album The Joshua Tree. The song is essentially about the notion that the identity of a person’s religion and income could be found out by the street on which they lived in Ireland. This is a song jam-packed with so much depth that it ironically lets out your soul, it makes you feel free from the clutches of societal notions and their imposed categories.
Hotel California (Spanish Version) – Gypsy Kings
The strings are the most engaging element of this song that just makes you want to hum along. This cover version of “Hotel California” is one that stays with you long after you are done with it. It is dramatic, it is fast-paced, and it is everything you seek for that adrenalin rush. The song makes one truly appreciate the existence of the magical 7 strings.
Paradise City- Gun N’ Roses
“Paradise City” is a song by the American rock band Guns N’ Roses, from their debut album, Appetite for Destruction (1987). Definitely an unforgettable number with its iconic lyrics, “Take me down to the Paradise City, where the grass is green, and the girls are pretty”, you got to love Guns N’ Roses. Paradise City has it all- the beats, the lyrics, the melody and the perfect blend of rock n’ roll. So, put in your earphones and jam along!
Dancing in the Dark- Bruce Springsteen
“Dancing in the Dark“ is a song written and performed by American rock singer Bruce Springsteen which spent four weeks at number two on the Billboard Hot 100. The beat is addictingly catchy and one cannot stop oneself from nodding along. It is cool, it is lively, and it is just plain fun. Trust us when we say, you will keep coming back to this number- if not for the music then for the joy it fills you up with.
Scar Tissue- Red Hot Chilli Peppers
“Scar Tissue” is considered to be the representative of the new and more melodic rock sound that Red Hot Chilli Peppers experimented with in their album Californication. Catchy. Cool. This song is effortless, and you can’t help but latch on to it as you explore new destinations. If you’re on a solo journey, this song will definitely give you ‘the feels’.
Hit The Road Jack- Ray Charles
“Hit the Road Jack” has won a totally well-deserved Grammy award for Best Rhythm and Blues Recording. The beat is infectious, and you cannot help but smile as you ask Jack to hit that road. Hit the road with this song and give your travels the perfect background music. The catchy tunes keep you glued and makes you appreciate that fresh air a little bit more.
Still- Dr. Dre ft. Snoop Dogg
A must in your list of English songs“Still D.R.E.” is a song by American rapper Dr. Dre featuring Snoop Dogg. Every 90s teenager had gone through the ‘gansta’ phase, and this is the perfect throwback song to the fun uncomplicated years. The perfect beat to jam along, imagine yourself in a music video and let us rap it!
The basic idea behind the song was AC/DC = Power, and true to its objective, the song leaves you thunderstruck with enough energy and uncontrolled want to conquer the world with this song. If you are a music lover, AC/DC should definitely be on your list. Thunderstruck is the perfect tune to hype up your spirits and make you want to jump along the beats. GO AC/DC!!
Gimme Shelter- Rolling Stones
Jagger from “Rolling Stones” called it “a kind of end-of-the-world song”. Based during the Vietnam War, the song represents the bleak worldview of the happenings during that time. You can feel the rage, yet one cannot get over the addictive tunes. Close your eyes, and sway along to the classic rock n’ roll jam. Perfect for that road trip, Rolling Stones never disappoint.
Born To Be Wild- Steppenwolf
One of the most popular travel songs on the list, Born To Be Wild can never go out of style. It is classic, it is soul-appealing. Popularly invoked to denote a biker appearance or attitude, this song is so much more. It calls out to your wandering spirit which wants nothing but to run wild.
This is a list of our ultimate throwback songs for the perfect road trip, but we would love to hear YOUR top 5 travel songs! Comment below or visit our facebook page. Share your travel song list and let everyone sing along!