10 Best 1980s Rock and Pop Albums to Take on a Road Trip

Have you got your motor running? Are you ready to get out on the highway searching for adventure? If so you just might want to check out my picks for the 10 best 1980s rock albums to take along for the ride. I choose them all for their head banging, butt shaking beats and “scream the words with the top down” lyrics.

1. In the Mood for Something Rude (1982) by Foghat

I cannot tell you how many times music from this album rocked my car stereo speakers back in high school. It was one of my “round up the girls, it’s time to party” essentials. I mean really, who can sit still when tunes like “Ain’t Living Long like This”, “I Just do What I Want” and “There Ain’t No Man That Can’t Be Caught” are blaring into the night air?

2. British Steel (1980) by Judas Priest

Wow, if I had a nickel for every road trip I took that involved listening to this album I would be “living after Midnight” in a palatial mansion on some tropical isle. My ultimate favorite road trip songs from this album are “Breaking the Law”, “You Don’t Have to be Old to be Wise”, “Metal Gods”, “Living after Midnight” and “United.”

3. Bark at the Moon (1983) by Ozzy Osbourne

Okay, I admit it. I love Ozzy Osbourne’s music and always will. I have all his albums so it is hard to pick just one. The man just rocks and if my sweetie and I are going on a long road trip, the Oz is definitely coming with us.

4. Master of Puppets (1986) by Metallica

Number four was a tossup between the albums “Master of Puppets” and “Ride the Lightening”. Both are equally as worthy for the designation of “rocking road trip music.” My favorite songs on this album are the title song and “Battery.”

5. Like a Virgin (1984) by Madonna

Sorry fellas, I hear you groaning but no self respecting 80s chick can compile a list of the best rocking road trip tunes without including an album from the “Material Girl” herself. I have almost all her albums from the 1980s and I love them all.

6. Hi Fidelity (1980) REO Speedwagon

Yes, more chick music. No road trip with the girls would be complete without this album. “Tough Guys”, “Out of Season”, and “Keep on Loving You” are three of my most favorite road trip worthy tunes on this one.

7. Crazy Nights (1987) by KISS

Yes, back in the 70s and 80s I was a card carrying member of the KISS Army. The band has produced a number of road worthy albums over the years. My favorites from this album are “Good Girl Gone Bad”, “When Your Walls Come Down” and “Bang, Bang You.”

8. Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves (1981) by Cher

What better Cher songs for a road trip than the title song, “The Long and Winding Road”, and “Dark Lady.” I do have to say that I adore all of Cher’s music just as much as Ozzy, Madonna and the rest.

9. Open Up and Say Ahh! (1988) by Poison

My best picks for road worthy tunes from this album are “Nothin’ but a Good Time”, “Fallen Angel” and “Every Rose has its Thorn.”

10. Hysteria (1987) by Def Leppard

Def Leppard is one of my other all time favorite bands so picking just one album for a road trip would be tough. I think I’d have to go with this one though because every song on the album just rocks. If I could only take a few road trip worthy songs off the album with me I’d have to pick “Armageddon It”, “Pour Some Sugar on Me” and “Rocket.”

Foghat, “In the Mood for Something Rude” Foghat
Judas Priest, “Judas Priest Discography” Judas Priest
Ozzy Osbourne, “Bark at the Moon” Ozzy Osbourne
Metallica, “Albums” Metallica
Madonna, “Like a Virgin” Madonna
REO Speedwagon, “Discography” REO Speedwagon
KISS, “Discography” KISS
Cher, “You Haven’t Seen the Last of Me Official Web Site” Cher
Poison, “Home” Poison
Def Leppard, “Studio Albums” Def Leppard