Music to drive by: songs and bands for road trips


We asked a few people from our RoadLoans staff about what their favorite bands and songs are for road trips, and they’ve got some pretty sophisticated answers.

That’s tough. If I had to pick one song, I’d pick two. “Falling Objects” and “Bleed Out” by The Influence. Also rocking out to Pearl Jam and Joan Jett. Then, “At Last” by Etta James to calm down after we’ve arrived.

– Mark Macesich, Senior Writer/Editor

“Banditos” by The Refreshments. It’s the perfect song to start an adventure. For me, road trips are about being fearless; about the unknown. I start every road trip with this song. Every road trip since about 1996, really.

– Andrew Lewis, Senior Web Designer

“Chalkdust Torture” by Phish; the version from A Live One. Great uptempo rocker that lets the band open up like a west Texas road and jam. Lots of energy to keep me going through the long miles on a road trip.

– Andy Odom, SEO Analyst

When I hit the open road, I like to crank up a little “Stairway to Heaven” by Led Zeppelin. There’s no better way to spend 7 minutes and 58 seconds in your car.

– Ryan Williams, Director of Online Marketing

“Let’s Go” by The Cars. Great beat, awesome ‘80s keyboard, lyrics that literally say “Let’s go.” Those things, and, it’s The Cars.

– James Mayfield, Senior Communications Manager

“Hotel California” by The Eagles. Reminds me of taking road trips with my father to Chicago to maintain my parents’ first home. We always listened to the Hell Freezes Over acoustic version. Seven and a half minutes of road tripping greatness.

– Paul Moran, Web Designer

My favorite road trip song is “Boys of Summer” by Don Henley. It just makes think of driving in a convertible to somewhere wonderful in the summer. I love the beach and so this always makes me feel “beachy.”

– Laurie Kight, Vice President of Communications

“Could You Be Loved” by Bob Marley. I am trying to think of a good reason other than it being my favorite song to sing along to and that it always puts a smile on my face. Nope, that’s the reason.

– Jessica Brandon, Special Projects Coordinator

“Sweet Home Alabama” by Lynyrd Skynyrd, because I can put it on repeat and never get tired of it; because I know every word; and because I can belt it out at the top of my lungs and my dog doesn’t appear to be too traumatized when I do.

– Linda Steil, Senior Copywriter

Bangles. “Eternal Flame”. Hands down.

– Adam Krawiec, Web Designer

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