Soundtrack of a Road Trip
Get your motor runnin’
What would be your, must have, road trip anthems?
Just before you jump in your trusty wagon, ready to take on whatever looms up along the highways and byways ahead, I’m sure you would have selected those perfect tunes to keep the wheels turning.
Quite often we listen to music that is characteristic of the country/region we are driving through, just to make it a bit of fun.
You know, a selection of Dean Martin while touring the Italian Lakes,
Serge Gainsbourg, Charles Aznavour - or French café music whilst meandering through Provence villages.
Spanish guitars across La Mancha.
Hotel California by the Eagles & Elvis down The Strip in Vegas.
We have even been known to don the dulcet tones of Tony Christie’s, ‘Is This The Way To Amarillo’, you guessed it…..Texas.
Here are some of our favourites
Promised Land – Chuck Berry
You can't beat a bit of Rock 'n' Roll
Up Around the Bend – Creedence Clearwater Revival
Gary fears for his life here as my air guitar routine to this can be a little frantic!
Town Called Malice – The Jam
Lust for Life – Iggy Pop
King of the Road – Roger Miller
I’m Gonna be (500 Miles) – The Proclaimers
Ring of Fire – Johnny Cash
Actually Gary will normally start with this before devouring a whole Johnny Cash album.
Route 66 – Depeche Mode
This is definitely Gary's choice.
Sweet Home Alabama - Lynyrd Skynyrd
Jack & Diane - John Cougar Mellencamp
The Road To Hell - Chris Rea
One of Gary's favourites again - I'm sure it's because Chris Rea is a petrol head.
Everybody Wants To Rule The World - Tears For Fears
Another of Gary's - it's a track from one of his first CD's. It also helps that the video featured a wonderful Austin Healey.
And those to be avoided
There are a couple of tunes, mainly Gary's choice, that we avoid - They get the pulses racing in the wrong way and they can transform a relaxing road trip into a bit of a roller-coaster ride.
Firestarter - The Prodigy
Have a listen see what you think?
Ride Of The Valkyries - Richard Wagner
Sometimes Gary goes cultured - but this is a step too far...
So what's on your playlist? Do you have a soundtrack for a trip? and what do you avoid when you are in road trip mode?