The Best Rock Travel Songs
Creedence Clearwater Revival plays Proud Mary live - Creedence Clearwater Revival CCR / Youtube
Travel is fun in general, but for some, it becomes a drab experience, especially with lengthy journeys spanning hours and days. One surefire way to boost morale is a well-thought travel playlist to keep that young blood pumping. Rock is one of the genres that’s perfect for this purpose, with its inherent energy and drive. Scroll down for some of the best tunes to listen to while going cross-country!
“Midnight Rider” – The Allman Brothers Band (1970)
The immaculate Allman Brothers penned a song with the outlaw theme in mind. Led by Greg Allman on vocals, “Midnight Rider” is an edgy track with a bandit on the run as its main character, Willie Nelson could learn a thing or two from this banger of a song.
“Proud Mary” – Creedence Clearwater Revival (1969)
CCR didn’t to go overboard for maximum enjoyment. “Proud Mary” is as American as you can get without being too sappy. The track touches the life and times of an average Joe, taking his personal experiences in the Army, New Orleans, and even classical music. When you hit the road, you’ll never go wrong with this CCR classic.
“Tangled Up In Blue” – Bob Dylan (1975)
Bob Dylan weaves a tale of travel in multiple aspects with “Tangled Up In Blue”. Places, time, and even perspective became points of shifting in the track, enjoying the liberation he got from this style of songwriting. Nothing like a song that’s dynamic pumping you for the journey.
“America” – Simon & Garfunkel (1968)
The iconic singer-songwriter duo preps you with a laid-back yet somehow eerie track that involves two young lovers in their search for the land of the Free, messing with your mind and emotions. “America” is filled with notes of positivity and despair, young ideals of romance and growth, into a conclusive self-discovery in the guise of music.
“Born To Be Wild” – Steppenwolf (1968)
Just as the titles says, this quintessential Steppenwolf hit uses the open road as its canvas, and bikers as the paintbrush. While its hard-rocking riff isn’t just limited to our two-wheeled friends, “Born To Be Wild” is a dedicated anthem to anyone who lives their lives on the road. Nothing like a breath of liberating music to fuel your journey.