Now that road tripping season is almost upon us, we started thinking about what songs were best suited to hitting the road with the wind in our hair. 


It was just feeling like we’d never be able to drive around with the windows down unless we had the heat on, too, and then viola. It was like spring came out of nowhere. So now that road tripping season is almost upon us, we started thinking about what songs were best suited to hitting the road with the wind in our hair.

Jeff Brown, news editor
1 “Black or White” by Michael Jackson
2 “Bad to the Bone,” by George Thorogood and the Delaware Destroyers
3 “The Year 1812, Festival Overture in E flat major,” by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky; the cannons at the end are the best part
4 “Walk This Way,” by Aerosmith/Run DMC
5 “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida,” by Iron Butterfly (Yes, I’m showing my age)

Brian Citino, staff writer
1 “Amongst the Waves” by Pearl Jam
2 “Pantala Naga Pampa/Rapunzel” by Dave Matthews Band
3 “Starlight” by Muse
4 “The Pot” by Tool
5 “Read My Mind” by The Killers

Doug Denison, staff writer
1 “Crazy Train” by Ozzy Osbourne
2 “Immigrant Song” by Led Zeppelin
3 “One Nation Under a Groove” by Parliament Funkadelic
4 “Born Under a Bad Sign” by Jimi Hendrix
5 “Wonderful World” by Sam Cooke

Jayne Gest, staff writer
1 “Song of the South” by Alabama
2 “Sunday Bloody Sunday” by U2
3 “Jesse’s Girl” by Rick Springfield
4 “What a Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong
5 “Wouldn’t it Be Nice” by The Beach Boys

Sarika Jagtiani, staff writer
1 “Move on Up” by Curtis Mayfield
2 “Fat Bottomed Girls” by Queen
3 “Take 5” by Dave Brubeck — Preferably played at night.
4 “North” by Phoenix — This instrumental piece sounds like a long drive on an open highway should.
5 “Thunder Road” by Bruce Springsteen — The lyrics actually tell you to roll down your window. You don’t question The Boss.

Maureen Raitz, editor
1 The entire soundtrack from “The Big Chill”
2 “Doo Wop (That Thing)” by Lauryn Hill
3 “Welcome to the Jungle” by Guns N’ Roses
4 “Down With Disease” by Phish
5 “Gravel Pit” by Wu-Tang Clan