Boise and Idaho in general is beautiful country and a treat to drive through. Since Boise often gets the short stick when it comes to artists coming through town, road trips are an essential part of a diehard music fans lifestyle. It doesn’t hurt that many of these destinations, Seattle, Portland, Billings and Salt Lake City are also scenic and exceptional drives.
Even if you are just planning on checking out all the scenic beauty Boise and Idaho offer, you’ll want some classic road songs on hand to keep the spirit of discovery alive.
With that in mind it seemed like a fun idea to put together a list of the best driving tunes that everyone should keep in the car for such occasions. While there are limitless songs out there which are phenomenal for traveling, to keep to the spirit of the concept, only music that directly relates to driving and being on the road were considered for this list.
- “Radar Love” – Golden Earring: Arguably the best driving song ever. The first car was built in anticipation of this song. You can read a full article on this song, here.
- “Slow Ride” – Foghat: Their song “Drivin’ Wheel” is a great addition as well
- “On The Road Again” – Willie Nelson: The classic road song. However, if you’re a metal-head who can’t stand the twang, substitute “Heading Out To The Highway” by Judas Priest.
- “Roll On Down the Highway” – Bachman Turner Overdrive: A true feel-good road anthem.
- “Rockin’ Down The Highway” – The Doobie Brothers: A perfect back-to-back companion with theBTOclassic. Such a sweet opening riff.
- “I Can’t Drive 55” – Sammy Hagar: It’s hard to keep it at the limit on those open roads. Hagar’s “Let Sally Drive” is a worthy addition too.
- “Turn the Page” – Bob Seger: Whether you stick with the original or the Metallica cover, you can’t go wrong.
- Highway Star – Deep Purple: A blood-pumper of a driving anthem.
- Highway to Hell – AC/DC: Do you know anyone that doesn’t love this classic?
- “Runnin’ Down a Dream” – Tom Petty: Petty’s “Free Fallin’” ends up on many similar lists, but this is the song to have on the road.
- “Free Ride” – Edgar Winter Band: Pure classic 70s road rock.
- “Born To Be Wild” –Steppenwolf: Another universal road anthem that fans of all music genres can embrace from their wild side.
- “Life Is A Highway” – Tom Cochrane: More modern music lovers may be more familiar with Rascal Flatts’cover of this one, but you can’t go wrong with either.
- “Runnin’ On Empty” – Jackson Browne: Just a brilliant melody that never loses its appeal.
- “Days Go By” and “Who Wouldn’t Wanna Be Me” – Keith Urban: Urban is country music’s rockstar and both these songs are epic driving tunes.
- “Ramblin’ Man” – Allman Brothers: An early classic.
- “I’ve Been Everywhere” – Johnny Cash: No road driving list is complete without some of the man in black.
- “Highway Song” – Blackfoot: A moody Southern track for those long open stretches.
- “Lost Highway” – Bon Jovi: A few years back the band wrote what they called their “country” record. This track is the title cut, and a nice addition to this list.
- “Life in The Fast Lane” and “Take It Easy” – Eagles: A double-shot to close it all out. Both songs are great with the windows open and the wind in your hair (if you still have hair, of course).
It’s been written before that such a list seldom contains newer songs. While that is a fair argument, the truth is, what makes these songs so special is their lasting endurance and the impact they have made on pop culture. Most of the songs on this list can be enjoyed by everyone as they cross the limits of genre boundaries.
Which songs do you think need to be added to this list?