“Ah keep your eyes on the road, Your hands upon the wheel.”
Road trips are incomplete without a good playlist. For me, music is the necessity for travel and life. If you have your earphone plugged in while traveling, it does cut a lot of crap and makes life easy. Travel has always inspired musicians to write some of the finest songs. Beatles traveled to Rishikesh for Transcendental Meditation, which later became one of their most productive trips. Jim Morrison traveled to desert along with rest of the Doors for inspiration.
In this chapter of being local we list some of the best Journey Songs, no matter how or with whom you travel, these songs will always fit in.
Song : Roadhouse Blues
Artist : The Doors
Album : Morrison Hotel
Year : 1970
For me Roadhouse Blues will always be a travel anthem.No one can sing it the way Jim has, and the song will give an adrenaline and a sudden urge to travel. The music, mastered by Ray Manzarek has a perfect tempo. The last line of the song: “The future’s uncertain, and the end is always near” is an inspiration to travel. Do what you want to do, today, no one can guarantee tomorrow.
Song : Riders on the Storm
Artist : The Doors
Album : LA Woman
Year : 1971
Who is not familiar with “Riders on the Storm“? The popular Doors track with a thunderous intro is a riders delight. The best song to enjoy during monsoon while riding, it will blow your mind. One of the most popular Doors song, Riders on the Storm still remain Bikers favorite around the globe. Another version of the song featuring Snoop Dogg is quite popular too.
Song : Leaving on a Jet Plane
Artist : John Denver
Album : Rhymes and Reasons
Year : 1969
Babe, I hate to go. The best song about parting and long distance relationships. If you are leaving your loved ones, this song throughout the journey will make you remember all the lovely moments you have spent. The song will literally give you goosebumps, sometimes, you may end up crying. The song also featured in the 1998 hit film, Armageddon.
Song: Going to California
Artist: Led Zeppelin
Album: Led Zeppelin IV
From the legendary Led Zeppelin, this song is all about finding love. The lyrics are amazing and the song features in the list of Top 20 Led Zeppelin’s all-time greatest. The combination of Robert Plant on Vocals and Jimmy Page on Acoustic Guitar is one of the best combinations in the musical world. The lyrics “To find a queen without a king, they say she plays guitar and cries and sings” are magnetic enough to draw you out in search of someone.
Song: Me and You and a Dog named Boo
Album: Introducing Lobo
This song launched one of the most sought after the singer of his time. The debut song for Lobo, the song is a perfect road trip song and can be played over and over. With the country soul attached to it, hear this song mixed with the sound of waves on a beach. You will be in love!
Song: Turn The Page
Artist : Bob Seger & Metallica
Album: Quebec Magnetic (Metallica)
Year : 1973 (Bob Seger) 2012 (Metallica)
“When you’re ridin’ 16 hours and there’s nothin’ much to do”
There are very few songs which will touch a soul the way this song does. Originally by Bob Seger, the song got popularity with the Metallica version. Originally written by Bob Seger, the song is about the life of a musician on the road. The lyrics are some of the finest you could hear. “On a long and lonesome highway east of Omaha, You can listen to the engines moanin’ out it’s one old song.”
These are few songs close to my heart and are always an accomplice to me during any travel. Please use the comment box below to mention your favorites.
Till next time.
Author: Sachin Verma
The blog was originally posted on Tripoto