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1440 {85} :: Favorite Road Trip Songs




Ya know, the whole story sounds romantic, right?


But this all happened after spending a whole week together, just he and I … We shared one room, the same bed, every meal, every conversation, every day all day skiing and boarding, 24 hours each day for seven days straight. 

{i loved it-shhh!}


And then top that off with an eight hour drive through a blizzard in a car with strangers, and another hotel room, another 24 hours…


You would have to think we were absolutely crazy to rent a car and head out with intentions of driving through the entire state of Utah to see some rocks and some more mountains after all that.


But we just wanted to .go.  To move about. To be free of confinement and plans and plane schedules.

So we jumped in the car with just the map that came with it and our smart phones for navigation, and set out for Route 15 South. We weren’t even sure which National Park we wanted to visit or if we would stop along the way or return to Salt Lake City for the night. We just decided as we went. 

And that, my friends, is the joy of a road trip.




And food.

We googled Man vs. Food to see if he had been to any cities that we would be near {and, um, just FYI, there are NO “cities” between Salt Lake City and Arizona on Route 15}. It’s one of those things we like to do… stalk the restaurants he’s visited and taste the plates he’s featured. {The reuben at Katz’s deli? HUGE.}


So with no Man vs Food restaurants within reasonable driving distance, we googled the next town on the map and found a list of restaurants and then jumped onto Yelp! to read what real people had to say about them. It was through that process that we found this little gem. 


Our phone’s GPS put us in the middle of the one intersection in that town, with NO restaurants at all in sight, so I phoned. A woman answered and told me they were  down a side street, across from the big church, and they didn’t open for another 2 hours, but to “Come on by! She’d love to serve you.”

And so we did. 

As we parked the car, a gentleman on a bicycle asked if he could help us. When we told him we were headed to Maria’s, he said, “Oh, she’s not open yet. But if you go in that door there, that’s the kitchen. She’ll be happy to see you.”

And so we did.

A young woman, who we would later learn was Maria’s daughter-in-law, and her little girl met us at the kitchen door, walked us through a spotless, and I mean spotless, professional kitchen into the main dining room and sat us by the chiminea, which was in the center. It was just he and I and Maria’s granddaughter.

And they served us delicious, authentic Mexican food. We had beef chimichangas and rice, and chips and salsa, of course. A meal fit for Man vs. Food if ever I knew one. 


And then it was time to go again.


After a few hours on the same highway, the mountains and the scenery start to look the same. Conversation was saturated. So we listened to the radio, skipping between different music stations and news. I really love talk radio, but this time, the music was perfect. 

There’s just something about driving aimlessly down a long highway you’ve never been on before with your most favorite person in the whole wide world, and music like Running on Empty or American Pie. Or Brown-Eyed Girl – a personal favorite ;).  The only thing missing was open windows and the wind blowing through my hair. {It was just a tad too cold for that.}

Music is always powerful. Some songs triggered memories which evoked new conversation, some were up-lifting, and some were just plain fun. So I’ve come up with my 50 Favorite Road Trip Songs.

You know, just in case you get stranded at an airport and decide to go on a spontaneous road trip.


Classic Road Trip

Running on Empty – Jackson Brown
Life Is A Highway – Rascal Flats
Born To Run – Bruce Springsteen
Cruisin – Smokey Robinson
Fast Car – Tracy Chapman
Ticket to Ride – Beatles
Proud Mary – Ike and Tina Turner
Day Tripper – Beatles
Take Me to The River – Al Green/Talking Heads
Born To Be Wild – Steppenwolf


Can’t Help But To Sing Along

Bohemian Rhapsody – Queen
(I Can Get No) Satisfaction – Rolling Stones
Drops of Jupiter – Train
Don’t Stop Believing – Journey
Dead or Alive – Bon Jovi
Take It Easy – Eagles
It’s The End of The World As We Know It – R.E.M.
Should I Stay or Should I Go – The Clash
Go Your Own Way – Fleetwood Mac
Paradise City – Guns and Roses
Before He Cheats – Carrie Underwood
Jungle Love – Steve Miller Band
Drift Away – Uncle Kracker
Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic – Police



Big Jet Plane – Angus & Julia Stone
Carolina In My Mind – James Taylor
American Pie – Don McLean
California Dreamin’ – The Mamas and The Papas
Brown Eyed Girl – Van Morrison
Scarborough Fair – Simon and Garfunkel
Hotel California – Eagles



Happy – Pharrel Williams
Here Comes the Sun – Beatles
Walking On Sunshine – Katrina and The Waves
Beautiful Day – U2
Sweet Child of Mine – Guns and Roses
I’ve Got a Feeling – Black Eyed Peas
Hey, Soul Sister – Train
More Than A Feeling – Boston
All Summer Long – Kid Rock
I Like How It Feels – Enrique Iglesias



Love Shack – B52’s
Sweet Home Alabama – Lynard Skynyrd
Little Red Corvette – Prince
Paradise By The Dashboard Light – Meatloaf
Hot In There – Nelly
Stuck In The Middle With You – Stealers Wheel
Rappers Delight – Sugar Hill Gang
Raise Your Glass – Pink
Life’s Been Good – Joe Walsh


Ok. I know. Music is personal. Subjective. And definitely linked to your age. Whatever.  Still, these are great songs that will liven up any road trip, and can at least serve as a starting point for you to create your own list. Hope you enjoy!  

And remember, whenever you can, go! I will. In fact, as you read this? We’re on our way again. Stay tuned. Or follow me on Instagram {pattyx24} to see where our road leads us… 😉


  • March 28, 2014 - 1:05 pm

    Rese - lovely images from your trip! You really put so much work into this post!! I love the music adds~

  • March 28, 2014 - 2:56 pm

    Kathy - Looks like a fun and memorable adventure!

  • March 28, 2014 - 4:39 pm

    rebecca - I’m loving your music choices, that must have been a lot of work. I would love just to stop and stare at those mountains and then photograph them in every kind if light. We don’t have mush in the way of mountains out where I am.

  • March 28, 2014 - 6:38 pm

    Molly - I LOVE so many of these songs. Thank you for sharing and reminding me of a few I had forgotten about


  • March 28, 2014 - 8:24 pm

    Marlene - Makes me want to get in our car and go.

  • March 30, 2014 - 5:06 am

    Diane - Talk about serendipity…we leave for our first road trip as a married couple this week! I looked at the list and between the two of us, we have most of those songs in our play lists but you gave me some to add. I enjoyed the commentary with the inspiring photos. So happy I stopped by.

  • March 30, 2014 - 10:07 am

    Kim - I love the song list. I started, not sure maybe finished a road trip post using songs that were playing on the radio as the caption to my photos as we went, maybe that was Facebook, but we had a blast listening for the right lines. I hope you don’t mind, but I’m putting a link to this on my Facebook road trip page:).

  • March 30, 2014 - 2:51 pm

    Kristy, Life-n-Reflection - I couldn’t agree more. Great playlist BTW

  • April 3, 2014 - 1:12 am

    Suzanne - Oh, I wish I could!
    I’m trying to talk my
    hubby into another bike
    trip next fall — maybe
    the San Juan Islands in
    Washington State : )

    Love your photos and
    the feeling that I was
    riding right along with
    the two of you, singing
    my heart out! My hubby
    and I LOVE music and–
    surprise–I am the one
    in this family who also
    loves talk radio!

    Wonder where you are
    off to, next? Wherever it
    is, I know you are making
    it an adventure!

    xo Suzanne

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