Thursday, December 14, 2006

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:

Oh, The Joys said...

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

Anonymous said...

Stop - Jane's Addiction
Cars - Gary Numan
What Goes On - Velvet Underground
Interstate Love Song - Stone Temple Pilots

kilowatthour said...

some obvious ones:

truckin' - the grateful dead
on the road again - willie nelson

and not so obvious:

oregon hill - cowboy junkies
bad, bad leroy brown - jim croce
stuck inside of mobile with the memphis blues - bob dylan

i'll think of more later.

Andrea said...

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.

Anonymous said...

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

Lara said...

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.

Kelsey said...

Here's a few:

More Than a Feelin'- Boston
Runaway Train- Soul Asylum
Sweet Child O' Mine- Guns and Roses
Born to Run- Bruce Springsteen

That's all I can think of for now...

Fun idea :)

EC said...

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??

Sharon said...

Radar Love- Golden Earring.
Shambala- Three Dog Night
Heavy Metal- Sammy Hagar
The whole 18 minutes of In-A-Gadda- Da-Vida - Iron Butterfly
Don't Stop Me Now- Queen
"O Fortuna" from Carmina Burana
If You Want Me To Stay- Sly and the Family Stone

God, now I SO want to go on a road trip. Except maybe without the commune at the end.

Mrs. Chicky said...

Hmmm... moving to a commune? Okay.

American Girl - Tom Petty
Truckin' - Grateful Dead or
Uncle John's Band (good for sing-a-longs)
Hit the Road Jack - Ray Charles
CC Rider - any artist who covered this
Send me on my way - Rusted Root
Bouncin' Round the Room - Phish
Every State Line - Ani DiFranco
Trippin' Billies - Dave Matthews Band
Dixie Chicky - Little Feat

I've got more but it's late and I'm tired. But my inner DJ thanks you for the opportunity to do this.

Mrs. Chicky said...

Wow, it is late. I actually wrote "Dixie Chicky" instead of "Dixie Chicken".

Heh.

Sharon said...

My boyfriend has INSISTED that I post his list as well.

Edie- The Cult
Another One Bites the Dust- Queen
Dirty Mind- Jeff Beck
Helter Skelter- The Beatles
Promised Land- Elvis
Steve McQueen- Sheryl Crow
Me & Bobby McGee- Janis Joplin
F the CC- Steve Earle
Pink Houses- John Mellencamp
Dracula from Houston- Butthole Surfers

bean & sprout's rep. said...

i'm gonna be (500 miles) - the proclaimers

graymama said...

Martini Time-The Reverend Horton Heat
Thunder Kiss '65-White Zombie
What I Got-Sublime
The Distance-Cake
Gravel-Ani Difranco
Mustang Sally-Wilson Pickett
Coconut-Harry Nilsson
Oh Carolina-Shaggy
Move With Me-Neneh cherry
Head On-The Pixies

smileymamaT said...

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

(dis)enchanted said...

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)