Fact: you cannot begin an epic road trip without an epic playlist, but no two people can ever agree on what constitutes an epic playlist. My musical tastes run to extremes, so there’s no telling what’s going to come up at random. It could be Vivaldi, it could be Nine Inch Nails. It may be some obscure Delta blues musician, or it may even be Rammstein (and trust me on this, “Du Hast” doesn’t mean what you think it does). In any case, there are two absolutes with me and road trip music: sooner or later, we’ll be listening to Reverend Horton Heat (“Holy Roller”, most likely), and with the exception of “Highway to Hell”, none of the other songs on the Pioneer list would make one of my playlists.
Like Autopia, I wonder about the demographics (and musical tastes) of the group surveyed by Pioneer. Just because a song references traveling doesn’t mean it’s a good road trip song; try listening to “Take It Easy” while driving across Nebraska at night without going to sleep. Go ahead, I dare you. Tom Petty may be great for background music, and he puts on a decent live show, but can someone explain to me how “Free Falling” makes a road trip play list?
Without further ado, here’s the top ten road trip songs, according to Pioneer Electronics:
1. “On the Road Again”, Willie Nelson
2. “Born to be Wild”, Steppenwolf
3. “Take It Easy”, The Eagles
4. “I Get Around”, The Beach Boys
5. “Highway To Hell”, AC/DC
6. “Free Falling”, Tom Petty
7. “Riders on the Storm”, The Doors
8. “I Wanna Rock and Roll All Night”, Kiss
9. “Wanted: Dead or Alive”, Bon Jovi
10. “Free Bird”, Lynyrd Skynyrd