OK, this was originally going to be a Top 10 list, but that proved too hard. So here they are, my Top 15 Travel Songs. And yes, this is my personal, totally subjective list. Some of these songs I have been traveling with for a VERY long time (like ‘Mama hated Diesels’, my ‘special mention’ song below)! Others are more recent additions (‘The Long Way Round’, by the Dixie Chicks). Some songs are all about traveling. Some are songs that I have used to keep me fired up and wide awake on long road trips on multiple continents. Together they make up my core travel playlist.

Feel free to add comments with your personal favorite travel songs so I can expand my repertoire! I’m sure my future travel companions will appreciate it! 🙂

15 – Running on Empty, Jackson Browne

"http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oJYRtOPUonA"

14 – Born to Run, Bruce Springsteen

"http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hKhwqhbF3tc"

13 – On the Road Again, Willie Nelson

"http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1TD_pSeNelU"

12 – Born to be Wild, Steppenwolf

"http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=03FzVEUxEPU&feature=fvsr"

11 – Midnight Train to Georgia, Gladys Knight

"http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v78-ftcqpNw"

10 – Rambling Man, The Allman Brothers

"http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0WGVW7byRCA"

9 – Me and Bobby McGee, Janis Joplin

"http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xYFhWV8–io"

8 – City of New Orleans, Arlo Guthrie

"http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OfxoM6trtZE"

7 – The Long Way Round, The Dixie Chicks

"http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UtqwL-ZPhAA"

6 – Take it Easy, The Eagles

"http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5zuhxfrXocw"

5 – Come Away with Me, Norah Jones

"http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QKEuOO0lQPc"

4 – I Would Walk 500 Miles, The Proclaimers

"http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZeuNxMY_5Uo"

3 – Africa, Toto

"http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=azVqekQBK8g"

2 – Voyager, Les Nubians

"http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_9KV7TeyrfU"

1 – Like a Bat out of Hell, Meatloaf

"http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C4MFxcFofkY"

And a special mention goes to Mama Hated Diesels, Commander Cody. When I worked in my early twenties as a driver / leader, running camping trips in Europe, this was our theme song as we drove our bright yellow, open-top double-decker buses on French and Italian country roads. And later, when my daughter was little, she and I would sing this song together on road trips.

"http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JCYicpSyDB0"

One thought on “Top 15 Travel Songs

  1. Great list! I would have to add “Ol’ 55” the great Tom Waits road song. Excellent for driving. I love the Eagles version of this too.

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