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Miles Of Music: The Top 10 Road Songs

By tinahamilton

Like singers and songwriters, cars have a story to tell. Whether it’s the story of finding freedom for the first time behind the wheel, or a crazy road trip across the country, people forge memories with their cars.

Because of the memories both cars and music inspire, there is no greater marriage than the one between the music and auto industry. Whether it’s a song about a car, a song about a road trip, or a song that reminds someone of memory in their car, music and cars will forever be associated.

Whether you’re a teen saving for your first car, or an adult looking to remodel a classic car with help from TitleMax, start planning your road trip by adding these road-worthy songs to your playlist:

1. “Drive” by The Cars

The third single from the band’s Heartbeat City album, this song was one of their biggest hits. Full of electronic synth, this song embodies the heart and soul of the eighties. A melancholy ballad that reflects the obvious lyrical heartache, this song is perfect a night drive.

2. “Boys of Summer” by Don Henley

Road trips go hand in hand with summer, and this song is full of a summer love heartache most people have experienced at one time or another. Full of classic melodies and emotional lyrics, this song deserves a prime seat in every road trip playlist.

3. “Beat City” by The Flowerpot Men

Completely underrated and forgotten, every [url]Ferris Bueller[/url]fan knows this song deserves to be listened to while cruising the road at a top speed. Just like Ferris, Cameron, and Sloan, this song makes every person feel as if they ditched their responsibilities in favor of an unforgettable day of hooky.

4. “409” by The Beach Boys

Most any Beach Boys song deserves a space on the road trip mix, but their classic tune “409” represents the feeling every first time driver felt when cruising the streets with their friends for the first time.

5. “Drive My Car” by The Beatles

Heavy on the bass and filled with metaphorical undertones, “Drive My Car” symbolizes just how powerful and attractive cars are.

6. “Nightcall” by Kavinsky

Thanks to Drive, Kavinksy’s song allows each person behind the wheel imagine they are dangerously navigating the highway in a getaway car.

7. “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down” by The Band

Though the song reflects American Civil War themes, the song cannot be ignored as a classic road tune. Sad and haunting, Levon Helm’s lilting voice is fit for a pensive night drive through empty streets.

8. “Mustang Sally” by Wilson Pickett

Raw with Pickett’s gravelly voice, “Mustang Sally’s” easy sound is the pinnacle for easy street coasting.

9. “Route 66” by The Rolling Stones

Though Nat King Cole originally recorded this song, there is something about Mick Jagger’s voice that makes their cover the best for motoring down California through the old Route 66.

10. “American Pie” by Don Mclean

This poetic song, full of vague metaphors and cryptic lyrics, is speculative and provocative, which is what most road trips end up being as well.

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