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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 376 voters 2.5k 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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  • Freddie Mercury2
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  • David Bowie3
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  • Tom Petty4
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    Tom Petty

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  • Janis Joplin5
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  • Elvis Presley6
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    Elvis Presley

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  • Jimi Hendrix7
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  • Prince8
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    Prince

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  • Jim Morrison9
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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
  • Stevie Ray Vaughan10
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  • John Denver11
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    John Denver

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  • Bob Marley12
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    Bob Marley

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  • Billie Holiday13
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    Billie Holiday

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    Eleanora Fagan (April 7, 1915 – July 17, 1959), better known as Billie Holiday, was an...  more

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  • Kurt Cobain14
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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

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  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart15
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  • Jerry Garcia16
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    Jerry Garcia

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    Jerome John "Jerry" Garcia (August 1, 1942 – August 9, 1995) was an American singer-songwriter...  more

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  • Ludwig van Beethoven17
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  • Bon Scott18
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  • Amy Winehouse19
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    Amy Winehouse

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  • Lemmy Kilmister20
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  • Michael Jackson21
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    Michael Jackson

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  • Tupac Shakur22
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  • Dimebag Darrell23
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  • Bradley Nowell25
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    Bradley James Nowell (February 22, 1968 – May 25, 1996) was an American musician and the lead...  more

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