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Pioneer Electronics USA Releases ‘Top Ten Road Trip Songs’ List

Posted in Bizarre, Cars, driving, Lists, Music, Road Trips by Kurt Ernst | December 9th, 2010 | 11 Responses |

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

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11 Responses

  1. such tired, predictable choices. they’re not bad songs, but there’s zero thinking outside the box. and i agree that they interpreted the assignment very literally.

  2. Kurt Ernst says:

    motoringconbrio, I can probably get shot for saying this in Jacksonville, FL, but I don’t ever need to hear “Freebird” again. It was a great song, the first ten million times I heard it.

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  4. BigRuss says:

    last time i heard Freebird was when Skynyrd played my county fair… really could care less bout hearing the song again, its lost its charm…. now ima make a list thats better than Pioneers’s but probably not as good as Mr. Angry’s…..

    1. The Allman Brothers “Jessica”
    2. Airborne “Back On The Bottle”
    3. Bob Dylan “Like A Rolling Stone”
    4. Airborne(again?@!!#?!) “Too Much, Too Young, Too Fast”
    5. Colt Ford “Ride Through The Country”

  5. a says:

    is that the MX5 aka ridelust cross country road trip car of choice?

  6. inthebuff says:


    Freebird? Are you kidding me?
    Free Falling??? Wuck?
    On the Road Again?

    Could the list be any more cliched?

    Riders on the Storm and Take it Easy both are prescribed by doctors for patients who can’t take ambien.

    And what is the average age of those surveyed? 60? 65?

    You know I’m into my tunes and only one (the one you mentioned) would make any of my playlists and I play 30 different songs each week.

  7. Kurt Ernst says:

    As someone whose driven a first gen MX-5 from NJ to northern Michigan and a current gen MX-5 from NJ to Alabama, no. It was the coolest picture I could find that said “road trip”, though…

  8. BigRuss says:

    BTW… Airbourne is the modern alternative to AC/DC…. listen to some of their songs and you will see what im talkin bout… raw gritty Aussie rock


  9. crazy eddie says:

    two of my favorites are space trucking and moving on.come on-come on, lets go space trucking! and iam moving on baby moving on from town to town.hey thanks for tip on airbourne russ,iam gonna go scope it out.

  10. Kurt Ernst says:

    Ditto on the thanks BigRuss – I’ll definitely give Airbourne a listen

  11. BigRuss says:

    you guys are welcome… i put on some of their stuff on while im warming the bike up for a good long ride