25 Great Songs For Driving

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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.

11. Jimi Hendrix – “May This Be Love”
Time: Insomnia
Destination: Midnight Joy Ride

12. Iggy Pop – “The Passenger”
Time: When You Need A Slow Down
Destination: Route 20

13. The Staple Singers – “I’ll Take You There”
Time: February Parades
Destination: Frech Quater New Orleans, La.

14. Phoenix – “1901”
Time: 5:00 Traffic
Destination: J.F.K Airport

15. The Animals – “Bury My Body”
Time: A Saturday in June
Destination: Best Friends Wedding

16. Neil Young – Harvest Moon
Time: In Love
Destination: Honeymoon

17. Kings of Leon – “Back Down South”
Time: Mid-September
Destination: Family Reunion

18. The Faces – “Oh La La”
Time:Job Searching
Destination: Home For Summer: After College Graduation

19. Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues
Time: Post-Bad Breakup
Destination: Downtown Asheville, N.C.

20. The Proclaimers – “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)”
Time: Mid-Afternoon Summer
Destination: Film Screening of Forest Gump in Central Park

21. The Strokes – “Someday”
Time: High-Noon Morning After
Destination: Driving to College

22. Radiohead – High and Dry
Time: Surf’s Up
Destination: Atlantic Ocean

23. Van Morrison – “Into The Mystic”
Time: Early June
Destination: Strawberry Picking

24.The Black Keys – “Just Couldn’t Tie Me Down”
Time: Post 9:00 – 5:00
Destination: Dude Time

25. Otis Redding – (Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay
Time: In Need of Reflection
Destination: No Where In Particular