The United States, my home country and a spectacular place for travel and adventure. Roughly the size of Europe, this country has things that can appeal to any traveler; beautiful beaches, bustling cities, glorious mountains, scorching deserts, dense forests, and much more. However, Europe has one thing that America doesn’t, and that is an expansive rail network. This leaves two primary means to get around the country; either fly or take to the road.
I was inspired to write this post because I’m about to do the latter. I recently accepted a new job and will be leaving my home state of Michigan to head out west to Arizona. My employer had told me that they would fly me in and out as we conduct and finish projects. However, I opted to drive there instead. Now why would I choose to drive myself when I have someone willing to pay for my flight? The answer is simple really, I associate a road trip with one thing… freedom.
On the open (or sometimes traffic-congested!) road, I’m able to go and stop wherever I want. Take in the sights and experience the amazing things that the country has to offer. Rather than skip over them by flying on an airplane. To me, there’s just something special about hopping in my car, rolling down the windows, cranking up the tunes, and enjoying the journey. It’s something that I’ve down several times already, and I’m looking forward to doing it yet again.
Out of the things that I just mentioned, I find cranking up the tunes to be a critical component to a successful road trip. Music is a great companion on the open road, especially if you’re going solo. And my genre of choice is classic rock! And to prepare for my trip, I’ve compiled a list of some of my favorite songs. If you’re a rocker like me, then these songs are sure to get you singing along, drumming on the steering wheel, and banging your head as you enjoy the freedom of the open road. For this list, I’ve chosen 30 songs from 30 different artists and put together what I feel is the ultimate classic rock road trip playlist! Enjoy!
1. Led Zeppelin – Rock and Roll
2. Def Leppard – Rock of Ages
3. W.A.S.P. – I Wanna Be Somebody
4. Scorpions – No One Like You
5. Motley Crue – Same Old Situation
6. Quiet Riot – The Wild and the Young
7. Judas Priest – Heading Out to the Highway
8. Stryper – To Hell With The Devil
9. Boston – Don’t Look Back
10.Black Sabbath – Paranoid
11.Metallica – One
12.Guns n’ Roses – You Could Be Mine
13.Blue Oyster Cult – Burnin’ For You
14.Kansas – Carry On Wayward Son
15.Bon Jovi – Livin’ on a Prayer (You’re halfway there!)
16.Van Halen – Eruption/You Really Got Me
17.Kenny Loggins – Danger Zone
18.Whitesnake – Here I Go Again
19.Bad Company – Rock & Roll Fantasy
20.Twisted Sister – The Kids Are Back
21.Journey – Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)
22.AC/DC – Shoot To Thrill
23.Kiss – Heaven’s on Fire
24.Poison – Nothin’ But A Good Time
25.Skid Row – Youth Gone Wild
26.Sammy Hagar – There’s Only One Way to Rock
27.David Lee Roth – Yankee Rose
28.Aerosmith – Love In An Elevator
29.Cinderella – Shake Me
30.Warrant – Cherry Pie
Well, there you have it, the ultimate classic rock road trip playlist! Get the whole playlist now on Spotify! And remember to buckle up, drive safe, crank the tunes, and enjoy the freedom of the open road!