There are songs etched permanently in my mind that conjur up images of places I’ve been. For example, listening to Sham the Sham and the Pharoah’s singing “Wooly Bully” while sitting in the back of a pickup truck driving through rice paddies on Bali. It’s not a song about traveling, but it is a travel song to me.
Sam the Sham and the Pharoahs
There are other songs that create visuals of places I’ve never seen like Roxy Music’s “and your destination, you don’t know it… Avalon.” So just for fun, I’ve compiled a list of some of my favorite songs – trying to keep with the “travel” theme! These are in no particular order and I got most of the links from YouTube. Some were contributed by friends. I hope you enjoy the list! – Travel Momma
1 Roam – The B52s
Roam if you want to, roam around the world.
2. Take Me Home, Country Roads – John Denver
And drivin down that road I get a feelin that I should have been home yesterday, yesterday!
3 Take Me Home, Country Road (take 2: Israel “Iz” Kamakawiwo’ole
Country Road take me home to the place I belong, West Makaha, Mount Makaha, country road take me home.
4 Born to Be Wild – Steppenwolf
Get your motor runnin’… Head out on the highway… looking for adventure, or whatever comes my way!
5 Leaving on a Jet Plane – Peter Paul & Mary (or other artists)
I’m leaving on a jet-plane, don’t know when I’ll be back again.
6 Singapore – Tom Waits
We sail tonight for Singapore, we’re all as mad as hatters here…
(animated you tube video – cool)
7 I’ve Been Everywhere- Johnny Cash
Crossed the desert’s bare, man.
I’ve breathed the mountain air, man.
Of travel I’ve had my share, man.
I’ve been everywhere.
8 Magic Carpet Ride- Steppenwolf
Why don’t you come with me little girl
On a magic carpet ride?
9 Over the Rainbow – Judy Garland
Someday I’ll wish upon a star
And wake up where the clouds are far
The Return of Roger Miller
10 King of the Road – Roger Miller
I’m a man of means by no means: King of the road.
11 You Aint Going No Where – Bob Dylan (need a link!)
Pick up your money
And pack up your tent
You ain’t goin’ nowhere.
12 Back in the USSR – Beatles
(Awesomely starts with airplane noise)
Flew in from Miami Beach, BOAC —
Didn’t get to bed last night.
On the way the paper bag was on my knee
Man, I had a dreadful flight!
13 Proud Mary – Ike and Tina Turner
I cleaned a lot of plates in Memphis.
And I pumped a lot of tane down in New Orleans.
Rolling down the river…
Tracy Chapman - Fast Car
14 Fast Car – Tracy Chapman
You got a fast car,
But is it fast enough so you can fly away?
Runnin Down A Dream
15 Runnin’ Down a Dream- Tom Petty
Workin’ on a mystery, goin’ wherever it leads,
Runnin’ down a dre
16 Life Is a Highway- Rascal Flatts (and that other dude)
Life is a highway
I wanna ride it all night long.
17 Riding With the King – B.B. King & Eric Clapton
He’s on a mission of mercy to the new frontier,
He’s gonna check us all on out of here.
Up to that mansion on a hill
Where you can get your prescription filled.
18 Route 66 (I like Asleep at the Wheel‘s version)
If you ever plan to motor west,
travel my way, take the highway that is best.
Get your kicks on Route sixty-six.
19 Should I Stay or Should I Go – The Clash
Well come on and let me know
Should I Stay or should I go?
20 Come Away with me – Norah Jones
Come away with me and we’ll kiss, On a mountaintop.
21 The Long and Winding Road – The Beatles
And still they lead me back,
To the long, winding road.
Greatest Hits Vol 2
22 When I Paint My Masterpiece -Bob Dylan, The Band (where’s the links Bob?)
Oh, the streets of Rome are filled with rubble.
Ancient footprints are everywhere.
You can almost think that you’re seein’ double
On a cold, dark night on the Spanish Stairs.
23 Like A Rolling Stone – Bob Dylan (need link)
How does it feel
To be without a home
Like a complete unknown
Like a rolling stone?
24 Road to Nowhere – Talking Heads
Well we know where we’re going
But we don’t know where we’ve been.
25 Highway to Hell- AC/DC
I’m on the highway to hell
No stop signs, speed limit
Nobody’s gonna slow me down!
26 We Gotta Get Out Of This Place – The Animals (this has to be one of the first music videos!)
We gotta get out of this place
If its the last thing we ever do.
27 Goin’ Down The Road Feeling Bad – Woody Guthrie
I’m a-blowin’ down this old dusty road, Lord, Lord,
An’ I ain’t a-gonna be treated this a-way.
28 Another Traveling Song – Bright Eyes
Well I’m changing all my strings.
I’m gonna write another traveling song.
Holiday in Spain - Counting Crows
29 Holiday in Spain – Counting Crows
I may take a holiday in Spain
Leave my wings behind me.
30 Every Day is a Winding Road – Sheryl Crow
Jump in, let’s go, Lay back, enjoy the show
Everybody gets high, everybody gets low,
These are the days when anything goes.
31 Thunder Road – Bruce Springsteen
Oh oh come take my hand
Riding out tonight to case the promised land.
32 Drive South – John Hiatt
Come on baby, drive south with the one you love.
33 On the Road Again – Willie Nelson
Like a band of gypsies we go down the highway.
34 City of New Orleans – Steve Goodman
Good night, America, how are you?
Don’t you know me I’m your native son.
Crosby, Still & Nash
35 Southern Cross – CS&N (Jimmy Buffet did it too)
When you see the Southern Cross for the first time
You understand now why you came this way.
36 Where the Streets Have No Name – U2
And when I go there, I’ll go there with you…
37 The Travel Song – Pilate
When I come home, please say that you’ll be there.
Crosby, Stills and Nash
38 Marrakesh Express – Crosby and Nash
Wouldn’t you know we’re riding on the Marrakesh Express,
they’re taking me to Marrakesh.
All on board the train!
39 Graceland – Paul Simon
Maybe I’ve a reason to believe
We all will be received
40 Fly Away – Lenny Kravitz
Let’s go and see the stars,
The Milky Way or even Mars.
41 Learning to Fly – Tom Petty
I’m learning to fly, but I ain’t got no wings,
Coming down is the hardest thing.
Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes
42 Home – Edward Sharp and the Magnetic Zeroes
Home is wherever I’m with you!
43 Beautiful – India.Arie
I wanna go to a place where I am suspended in ecstasy!
44 Wild World – Cat Stevens
Oh, baby, baby, it’s a wild world,
It’s hard to get by just upon a smile.
45 Wonderlust King – Gogol Bordello
I traveled the world
Looking for lovers of the ultimate beauty.
Old Crow Medicine Show
46 Wagon Wheel – Old Crow Medicine Show
Rock me, mama, like the wind and the rain
Rock me, mama, like a south-bound train
Hey, mama rock me.
47 Will.I.Am – The Traveling Song
See I been travelin, been travelin forever,
But now that I found a home it feels like I’m in heaven.
48 Lonesome Road – Frank Sinatra
Look down – look down
That lonesome road
Before you travel on.
49 Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) – Eurythmics
Travel the world and the seven seas,
Everybody’s looking for something.
50 Many Rivers – Jimmy Cliff
Many rivers to cross
But I can`t seem to find my way over.
Wandering I am lost as I travel along.
51 One Road to Freedom – Ben Harper (need link)
With so many roads to travel
There’s just one can set you free.
52 Rollin’ – Luscious Jackson (link?)
i travel light, i travel low
because i got no place to go.
53 Harem Holiday – Elvis Presley
Gonna travel, gonna travel wild and free.
I’m gonna pack my bags because this great big world is calling me.
54 The Wanderer – Dion
Oh yeah, I’m the type of guy that likes to roam around
I’m never in one place, I roam from town to town.
55 Airplane – Indigo Girls
Up in the airplane, nearer my God to thee
I start making a deal, inspired by gravity.
56 The Escapist – The Streets
I’m not full of fear cause I’m not really here.
57 I Travel – Simple Minds
I travel round, decadence and pleasure towns.
58 Radar Love – Golden Earring
I’ve been driving all night, my hands wet on the wheel!
58 The Happy Wanderer (an old scouting song)
Oh May I go a wanderin’
until the day I die.
Flight of the Conchords
59 Bowie – Flight of the Conchords
What’s a rock musician doing out in space man?
(The Bus Driver Song by FOTC was also suggested but there’s no good video of it)
JJ Cale - Call Me the Breeze
60 They Call Me the Breeze – JJ Cale
They call me the breeze, I keep blowing down the road.
Leon Russell and the Shelter People
61 Stranger in a Strange Land – Leon Russell
Stop racing toward oblivion.
61 Flying Song – Colin Hay
Spread your wings across the sky.
62 Flying – The Beatles
No words – part of the Magical Mystery Tour album.
and speaking of…
63 The Magical Mystery Tour – Beatles
Roll up, and that’s an invitation!
64 The Walking Song – Rufus Wainwright (a song by his late mother Kate McGarrigle)
Wouldn’t it be nice to walk together
Baring our souls while wearing out the leather
We could talk shop, harmonize a song
Wouldn’t it be nice to walk along
65 Around the World – Daft Punk
Not a lot of lyrics here
66 Drive – R.E.M.
What if I ride, what if you walk?
What if you rock around the clock?
67 All Down the Line – Rolling Stones
I need a shot of salvation baby, once in a while.
Hear that whistle blowing, hear it for a thousand miles.
68 Train Song – Vashti Bunyan (Fiest also covers this song)
Traveling north to find you… don’t even know what I’ll say when I find you.
69 Train Song – Tom Waits
I’ve come 10,000 miles away, and I ain’t got nothing to show.
70 Freedom of the Road – Martin Sexton
Now I’ve had enough of this freedom of the road.
71 Sweet Baby James – James Taylor
…with 10 miles behind me and 10,000 more to go…
72 Highway Song – James Taylor
If you love me when I’m here, you can miss me when I’m gone.
73 Travelin Man – Ricky Nelson
I’m a traveling man, and I’ve made a lot of stops…
74 Carefree Highway – Gordon Lightfoot
Carefree highway, got to see you my old friend.
75 Outer Limits – The Iguanas (Iggy Pop on drums)
There are no words…
Compiled by Deborah McLaren. Thanks to Rob Ramer, Andy Fisher, Katie Stearns, Winona LaDuke, Kent Scheer, Kimberly Nightengale, Debra Lach, Diane Hammons, Mark Sherman, Kelly Ramer, Georgia Duncan, Barbara McGrath, Gaye Brown, WanderWoman, Maximillian G. Olmsted and Matthew Chrastek for their suggestions. Of course – thanks to all the musicans – writers, singers & players – who make this list so fun! Happy Trails!