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We Asked, You Answered: Which Dead Musician Would You Take On A Cross-Country Road Trip?

Updated September 25, 2018 5.4k votes 375 voters 2.4k views28 items

List RulesVote up the dead musicians you wish could accompany you on a cross-country road trip.

What makes a good road-trip buddy? If you've ever done a cross-country crawl, you know the crowd in the car can make or break the adventure. You probably want to pick people who are fun but match your energy level and vibe, who can help change a tire if needed, who have great playlists and great taste in road snacks. And are you the type of person who likes to be in control and always at the wheel? You need a road trip buddy who's totally chill kicking back and navigating, but who's not going to back-seat drive the whole way. 

But if you have a lineup of dead musicians (RIP) to potentially accompany you on your cross-country adventure, do any of these qualifications really matter? When we asked the question on Facebook, you answered with a wide variety of stellar sound-makers who have been sadly laid to rest. Some of these legendary musicians might have made the perfect road trip buddy if they were still around. Would they strum a guitar in the front seat? Bring sketch books and write new music out loud? Regale you ad nauseam about their wild backstage parties

Either way, it's fun to imagine which musical hero would make a great traveling companion, and here are the musicians that seem like they'd be a total blast to take along. Vote up the musicians whose company you'd love on your next cross-country trip; vote down those who might end up being a bit too much to handle.

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    Johnny Cash
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    Johnny Cash

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    Freddie Mercury
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    Freddie Mercury

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    David Bowie
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  • 4
    Tom Petty
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    Tom Petty

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    Thomas Earl Petty (October 20, 1950 – October 2, 2017) was an American singer-songwriter,... more on Wikipedia
  • 5
    Janis Joplin
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    Janis Joplin

    Band/Musician
    Janis Lyn Joplin (January 19, 1943 – October 4, 1970) was an American rock, soul, and blues... more on Wikipedia

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    Elvis Presley
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    Elvis Presley

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  • 7
    Jimi Hendrix
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    Jimi Hendrix

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  • 8
    Prince
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    Prince

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    Jim Morrison
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    Jim Morrison

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    James Douglas Morrison (December 8, 1943 – July 3, 1971) was an American singer, songwriter... more on Wikipedia
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    Stevie Ray Vaughan
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    Stevie Ray Vaughan

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    Stephen Ray Vaughan (October 3, 1954 – August 27, 1990) was an American musician, singer,... more on Wikipedia

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    John Denver
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    John Denver

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    Bob Marley
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    Bob Marley

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    Billie Holiday
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    Billie Holiday

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  • 14
    Kurt Cobain
    82
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    Kurt Cobain

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    Kurt Donald Cobain (February 20, 1967 – April 5, 1994) was an American singer, songwriter, and... more on Wikipedia

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  • 15
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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  • 16
    Jerry Garcia
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    Jerry Garcia

    Band/Musician
    Jerome John "Jerry" Garcia (August 1, 1942 – August 9, 1995) was an American singer-songwriter... more on Wikipedia
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    Ludwig van Beethoven
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  • 18
    Bon Scott
    Ronald Belford "Bon" Scott (9 July 1946 – 19 February 1980) was an Australian singer,... more on Wikipedia
  • 19
    Amy Winehouse
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    Amy Winehouse

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    Amy Jade Winehouse (14 September 1983 – 23 July 2011) was an English singer and songwriter.... more on Wikipedia

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  • 20
    Lemmy Kilmister
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  • 21
    Michael Jackson
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    Michael Jackson

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    Michael Joseph Jackson (August 29, 1958 – June 25, 2009) was an American singer, songwriter,... more on Wikipedia

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  • 22
    Tupac Shakur
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    Tupac Shakur

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  • 23
    Dimebag Darrell
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    Dimebag Darrell

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    Joe Strummer
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    Bradley Nowell
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    Bradley Nowell

    Band/Musician
    Bradley James Nowell (February 22, 1968 – May 25, 1996) was an American musician and the lead... more on Wikipedia