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10 Labor Day Road Trip Songs: From Paul Simon To The Beach Boys To The Beatles

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Photo: Capitol Records

Photo: Capitol Records

It’s the ironically named Labor Day weekend where, if we’re lucky, we have three days off. As you hit the highway for the ‘end of summer’ long weekend, you’ll need a playlist for a holiday whose legacy has become unfashionable. Get those CD burners ready… Check out 10 Labor Day road trip tracks.

1. Kodachrome – Paul Simon – With a timeless opening line that serves as an anthem for people just out of high school or many years down the road, this song makes you remember the great nights of the soon ending summer and leaves you longing for one last hurrah.  Click here for the song.

2. Runnin Down A Dream – Tom Petty – A great road trip song in all ways, kicking off with a hard hitting guitar riff that makes you wanna grab the wheel, and speed off down the highway.  Click here for the song.

3. Little Red Corvette – Prince – Close your eyes and envision yourself cruising down the road in your little red corvette, only to open them and narrowly avoid rear ending someone in your beat up old 99 black Camry. This song remains a great road trip song regardless of what you’re driving.

4. Two Of Us – The Beatles – “You and I have memories, longer than the road that stretches out ahead.” This pretty much sums it up, a beautiful song for you and a very close friend, whether it be a significant other or just an old pal, you’re sure to have some Tommy Boy like tears after singing along to this one on your way home.  Click here for the song.

5. Born To Run – Bruce Springsteen – Again the Boss is an artist tailor made for road trips, and although he is already represented it would be a sin to not also include “Born to Run.” It’s got a great build up and legendary lyrics for you and your fellow tramps to sing along to.  Click here for the song.

6. I’ll Take You There – Staple Singers – I would gladly go anywhere these sultry soul women would take me, and no road trip can survive on classic rock alone. Do yourself a favor and grab this gospel gem before you hit the road.  Click here for the song.

7. Running on Empty – Jackson Browne – Depending on your age and place in life this song can produce radically different feelings from you, but nothing will change the fact that this is a great song to play on the road to wherever you’re going to.  Click here for the song.

8. Mustang Sally – Wilson Pickett – If you aren’t driving a mustang nor are named Sally then feel free to drive as fast as you want. Otherwise you better slow your mustang down according to this fantastic blues/R&B tune from 1967.  Click here for the song.

9. Sister Golden Hair – America – Sunshine 70’s pop at its finest, this is sure to fill the car with warmth and joy as you head on your way.  Click here for the song.

10. Little Deuce Coupe – Beach Boys – If you enjoy riding in a car and listening to songs about cars then this one is right up your alley. An insanely upbeat pop number that will almost certainly force you to bop up and down on your drive.  Click here for the song.

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