The best way to drive across America is rocking. I always have a wide variety of music with me at all times. But when I have a long drive ahead, I make sure the albums below are synced to my iPod. These albums contain classic rock, alternative and hard rock. From “Highway to Hell” by ACDC to “Yellow” by Coldplay, it’s the right blend of music to get me through the drive.
Sync them to a playlist named “Road Trip” and press shuffle.
10 Best Road Trip Albums
AC/DC “Highway to Hell”
“I’m on a highway to hell” every time I listen to this album. “Highway to Hell” is the perfect song to start off your road trip. The guitar and drum intro is classic rock at its best, and it makes me feel like a great adventure is near. Some other great songs on this album are “Girls Got Rhythm,” “Shot Down In Flames” and “Touch Too Much.”
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers “Greatest Hits”
I find it impossible to pick out a few of Tom Petty’s albums. This greatest hits has it all. From my favorite Tom Petty song, “Free Fallin’,” to another great song, “Refugee,” you really can’t go wrong when picking a song. After listening to fast paced rock, it’s nice to slow it down and relax with Tom Petty’s voice.
Coldplay “A Rush of Blood to the Head”
“Amsterdam” has my favorite Coldplay piano part. Other popular songs in this album are “Clocks,” “The Scientist” and “A Rush of Blood to the Head.” They all push you to look deep inside the song and think. Songs like this are great to listen to while driving, especially if you’re traveling with a group.
The Clarks “Let it Go”
This is the all time feel good album. The best way to listen to this album is to let it play from start to finish with no breaks. The time will fly by as you sing along to every song on the album, especially my two favorites: “Born Too Late” and Better Off Without You.” It’s a album you won’t get tired of repeating.
Considered to be the greatest pop debut of the decade, “Parachutes” has the unique melodies and mesmerizing guitar hooks you must listen to while on the road. This album makes me relaxed and happy, and helps me forget I have over 400 miles to my destination. My favorite songs are “Don’t Panic,” “Trouble,” “Sparks” and “Trouble.”
Motley Crue “Dr. Feelgood (Bonus Track Version)”
Don’t relax to much though. Just when you’re starting to fall asleep at the wheel, “Dr. Feelgood” will kickstart your heart and keep you awake the rest of the way. With the mind-blowing guitar and drum solos, you’ll never fell more alive. My favorite songs are “Kickstart My Heart,” “Slice of Your Pie” and “Dr. Feelgood.”
Green Day “21 Guns – EP”
This album features three versions of the song, “21 Guns” by Green Day. Each version brings a little different sound to a great song. The one featuring The Cast of “American Idiot” is smoothing, yet ruff. The others are the original song and the live Japan version. Spread them throughout your road trip mix.
“Huey Lewis & The News: Greatest Hits”
Yes it’s true, this album is a must when on a road trip. If you’re saying you don’t like Huey Lewis & The News, you might be surprised. Some of the songs you love but don’t know the artist might just be these guys. Songs like “The Power of Love,” “Cruisin’,” “The Heart of Rock & Roll” and “Stuck With You” are all by Huey Lewis & The News with “Cruisin'” featuring Gwyneth Paltrow.
Coldplay “Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends”
Let’s get back to Coldplay with this great album. Featuring the popular song “Viva la Vida,” this album belongs in everyones iPod. I enjoy most of the songs on the album, especially “Lost!,” and “Lost?” and “Vida la Vida.” These songs along with “Strawberry Swing,” “Yes” and “42” come together to make a great road trip companion.
Steve Miller Band “Greatest Hits 1974-78”
This is one of the greatest bands of all time, and there greatest hits of 1974 to 1987 proves it. It doesn’t get much better then blasting “Fly Like An Eagle,” “Rock’n Me” and “The Joker” while driving down the road.