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25 Great Songs For Driving

April 28, 2012  |  8:40am
25 Great Songs For Driving

The mantra of the road has always been simple. “Nothing behind me, everything ahead of me, as is ever so on the road,” Kerouac offered. Dylan advised, “Just take everything down to Highway 61.” Iggy Pop materialized as the quintessential copilot, “we’ll be the passenger, we’ll ride through the city tonight over the city’s rip in the sky and everything looks good tonight.”

It allures the erratic, the emotive, the tranquil, the vagabond. It has no particular audience. It is the tramp’s map, a diagram for everyone. We’ve crafted the soundtrack for your journeys by car, wherever you’re headed—for the airport, for opportunities, or simply for the love of the road. Let us know your own favorite driving songs in the comments section below.

1.The Beach Boys – “Wouldn’t It Be Nice”
Time: Morning Coffee
Destination: Suburbs of Palo Alto, Calif.

2. M83 – “We Own The Sky”
Time: Dawn
Destination: Bonnaroo Music Festival

3. Stevie Wonder – My Cherie Amour”
Time: Date Night
Destination: Dinner, Theater & Late Evening Stroll

4. Gorillaz – “Broken”
Time: First Blanket of Snow
Destination: Winter Park, Colo.

5. Sam Cooke – “A Change Is Gonna Come”
Time: A Funeral
Destination: Walden, Mass.

6. Bon Iver – “Blindsided”
Time: Rainstorm
Destination: Home for Christmas

7. The Young Rascals – “Groovin”
Time: Sunday Afternoon
Destination: Barton Springs, Austin, Texas

8. Bob Dylan – “Like A Rolling Stone”
Time: Age 0 – 100+
Destination: Anywhere But Home

9. The Band – “The Weight”
Time: 8 A.M. Monday Morning
Destination: Your Office: Where You Tell Your Boss, “I Quit.”

10. Devendra Banhart – “Foolin’”
Time: Summer Dog Days
Destination: O’ Steen Beach, Destin, Fla.

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