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songs The Best Songs About Road Trips  

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Musicians have written plenty of road trip songs, which only makes sense since touring as a singer or band is basically one perpetual road trip. From ballads about the freedom of the open road to pining tunes about missing friends, musicians have covered a lot of emotional ground in their road trip music. Musicians have managed to capture the feeling of the open road in these songs about road trips, so whether you’re driving across the country or just driving to work, let this list be your road trip playlist.

Long haul road trips are strange odysseys stuck in a small space while exploring the big, open wide world. Kind of like life. Bob Dylan’s “Tangled Up in Blue” is a long track that unfurls before you like the open road, a poetic ode to the journey of life and love. Led Zeppelin's “Going to California” is said to be a tribute to Joni Mitchell, who was based in California’s Marin County music scene when the song was written.

Which of these songs make you long for the open road? Vote up your favorites four-wheel traveling songs below. If any songs about road trips aren't accounted for, then hit the gas and add them to the list!

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On the Road Again Willie Nelson

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Route 66 Chuck Berry

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I Drove All Night Cyndi Lauper

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Life Is a Highway Rascal Flatts

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I've Been Everywhere Johnny Cash

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Two of Us The Beatles

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Ramblin' Man The Allman Brothers Band

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Truckin' The Grateful Dead

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Take It Easy Eagles

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I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles) The Proclaimers

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Born to Run Bruce Springsteen, Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band

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The Passenger Iggy Pop

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Going to California Led Zeppelin

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Holiday Road Lindsey Buckingham

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Running on Empty Jackson Browne

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Road Trippin Red Hot Chili Peppers

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Going Up the Country Canned Heat

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Radar Love Golden Earring

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Wagon Wheel Old Crow Medicine Show

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Interstate Love Song Stone Temple Pilots

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Let's Go to Vegas Faith Hill

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Days Go By Keith Urban

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I Play the Road Zac Brown Band

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Ride Like The Wind Christopher Cross

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Caravan Van Morrison

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Tangled Up in Blue Bob Dylan

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Send Me On My Way Rusted Root

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Get Out the Map Indigo Girls

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Drive South John Hiatt

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Graceland Paul Simon

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r-gold added Take Me There Jackie Evancho - "With the road wide open, and the daybreak near..."

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Land Locked Blues Bright Eyes with Emmylou Harris

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Interstate 8 Modest Mouse

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The Way Fastball

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California Phantom Planet

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Runnin' Away Sly & the Family Stone

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Going Back to Cali The Notorious B.I.G.

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Can't Getcha Outta My Mind Deep Dark Robot

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101 Albert Hammond Jr.