Readers’ picks: Best transport songs of all time


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Back when a Grateful Dead available their imperishable ballad of a blacktop, Truckin' tangible a state of mind distant some-more than it did a tangible act of roving in a truck.Back when a Grateful Dead available their imperishable ballad of a blacktop, “Truckin’” tangible a state of mind distant some-more than it did a tangible act of roving in a truck.

Fueled by a CB radio terminology of a day -- 10-4, Good buddy, Breaker 1-9 -- C.W. McCall's paper to outrunning smokeys resonates with Convoy fans to this day.Fueled by a CB radio terminology of a day — “10-4,” “Good buddy,” “Breaker 1-9″ — C.W. McCall’s paper to outrunning smokeys resonates with “Convoy” fans to this day.

Was lead-footed rocker and Ferrari owners Sammy Hagar celebrating travel? Or merely severe a management of a paternalistic government? Either way, readers demanded we Can't Drive 55 make a list of tip transport tunes.Was lead-footed rocker and Ferrari owners Sammy Hagar celebrating travel? Or merely severe a management of a paternalistic government? Either way, readers demanded “I Can’t Drive 55″ make a list of tip transport tunes.

Aficionados of large rigs and energy flutes, ever-versatile Canned Heat memorably illuminated adult a throng during Woodstock in 1969 with Going Up a Country.Aficionados of large rigs and energy flutes, ever-versatile Canned Heat memorably illuminated adult a throng during Woodstock in 1969 with “Going Up a Country.”

Reader Eric summed adult a ardent support for Lindsay Buckingham's thesis from National Lampoon's Vacation movies: 'Holiday Road' by Lindsey Buckingham is #1. Well, #11 according to his associate readers, yet still flattering good.
Reader Eric summed adult a ardent support for Lindsay Buckingham’s thesis from National Lampoon’s “Vacation” movies: “‘Holiday Road’ by Lindsey Buckingham is #1.” Well, #11 according to his associate readers, yet still flattering good.

Readers suggested several versions of Kris Kristofferson's Me and Bobby McGee, yet many cited Janis Joplin's 1971 chronicle as a one they like best.Readers suggested several versions of Kris Kristofferson’s “Me and Bobby McGee,” yet many cited Janis Joplin’s 1971 chronicle as a one they like best.

Bob Seger initial available Turn a Page as a solo artist, yet a 1976 live chronicle with a Silver Bullet Band (Seger in front, graphic in 1977) is a classical stone radio staple. Bob Seger initial available “Turn a Page” as a solo artist, yet a 1976 live chronicle with a Silver Bullet Band (Seger in front, graphic in 1977) is a classical stone radio staple.

Out station in their field, a Allman Brothers Band's Ramblin' Man includes a line about being innate in a behind chair of Greyhound Bus and one of a many noted guitar solos in stone history.Out station in their field, a Allman Brothers Band’s “Ramblin’ Man” includes a line about being innate in a behind chair of Greyhound Bus and one of a many noted guitar solos in stone history.

Wanderlust and a near-empty gas tank (apparently) desirous Jackson Browne to write Running on Empty, one of a biggest transport songs ever ... even if we didn't creatively contend so. Wanderlust and a near-empty gas tank (apparently) desirous Jackson Browne to write “Running on Empty,” one of a biggest transport songs ever … even if we didn’t creatively contend so.

Ricky Nelson bending adult with a flattering Senorita in Mexico, a lovable small Eskimo in Alaska, a honeyed Fraulein in Berlin and a China doll down in aged Hong Kong. Or so he sang in Travelin' Man.Ricky Nelson bending adult with a “pretty Senorita” in Mexico, a “cute small Eskimo” in Alaska, a “sweet Fraulein” in Berlin and a “China doll down in aged Hong Kong.” Or so he sang in “Travelin’ Man.”

An paper to American sight enlightenment created by Steve Goodman in 1971, City of New Orleans has been available by many artists, yet Arlo Guthrie (pictured) had a signature strike with it in 1972. An paper to American sight enlightenment created by Steve Goodman in 1971, “City of New Orleans” has been available by many artists, yet Arlo Guthrie (pictured) had a signature strike with it in 1972.

Golden Earring (pictured in 2014) is still on a highway personification that not so lost song. Reader whymilikethis wrote: 'Radar Love' -- we get speeding tickets listening to that one. My favorite drivin' tune.Golden Earring (pictured in 2014) is still on a highway personification that not so lost song. Reader whymilikethis wrote: “‘Radar Love’ — we get speeding tickets listening to that one. My favorite drivin’ tune.”

Canadian Hank Snow had a 1962 strike with I've Been Everywhere (written by Australian Geoff Mack in 1959), yet Johnny Cash's 1996 chronicle is a one many cited by CNN readers. By a time he available it, Cash (with Emmylou Harris and Jun Carter) had been flattering many everywhere himself.Canadian Hank Snow had a 1962 strike with “I’ve Been Everywhere” (written by Australian Geoff Mack in 1959), yet Johnny Cash’s 1996 chronicle is a one many cited by CNN readers. By a time he available it, Cash (with Emmylou Harris and Jun Carter) had been flattering many everywhere himself.

The places named by Bobby Troup and sung by Nat King Cole in (Get Your Kicks on) Route 66 are sensitive even to those who haven't done a journey. The places named by Bobby Troup and sung by Nat King Cole in “(Get Your Kicks on) Route 66″ are sensitive even to those who haven’t done a journey.

No strain left off a bizarre list desirous as many cheer as Tom Cochrane's Life is a Highway. We merit to have a passports shredded for withdrawal this one off a list.No strain left off a bizarre list desirous as many cheer as Tom Cochrane’s “Life is a Highway.” We merit to have a passports shredded for withdrawal this one off a list.


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(CNN) — Once in while, a CNN Travel braintrust blows it — make that all a time if we occur to be @cnnalwaysblowsit47.

Such was a box final year when we published a updated list of a greatest transport songs ever recorded.

Sure, we enclosed a few irrefutable classics about life on a transport trail.

Even @cnnisamoron231 couldn’t fury opposite a inclusion of Willie Nelson’s all-time sing-a-long “On a Road Again.”

But we have to admit, once in a while, @iloathecnn and @cnntroll99 have current points to make.

How accurately did we skip such apparent wanderlust ditties as a Allman Brothers Bands’ “Ramblin’ Man” and Kris Kristofferson’s “Me and Bobby McGee”?

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These and some-more than 150 other low-pitched oversights (as suggested by readers) injured what we naively insincere was a list certain to get readers humming tunes and drumming their toes — not job for a jobs and overhanging their atmosphere guitars like Game of Thrones truncheons.

Good thing defenders of never-faltering good ambience and egghead omniscience (thank you, @cnnyoushouldbeashamed) are around a make certain no misstep goes un-roasted.

Below are a best transport songs a readers couldn’t trust we missed a initial time around — frankly, conjunction can we.

Click here for a original list of best transport songs ever — which, to be fair, does embody Simon and Garfunkel and a Hoodoo Gurus. We didn’t skip all a biggies.

Grateful Dead: Together, some-more or reduction in line.

15. “Truckin’” (Grateful Dead, 1970)

Back when a San Francisco herbadours available their imperishable ballad of a blacktop, “Truckin’” tangible a state of mind distant some-more than it did a tangible act of roving in a truck.

Perhaps that’s since a Grateful Dead’s terminally loose supporters didn’t worry wailing in a comments territory about prolonged bizarre trips and mellowing slow.

Most simply left a singular word of wisdom: “Truckin’.”

14. “Convoy (C.W. McCall, 1975)

It’s tough to suppose now, yet for a flutter in time, no one in a universe was as hip as America’s red-blooded and red-eyed long-haul truckers.

Fueled by a CB radio terminology of a day — “That’s a large 10-4,” “Good buddy,” “Breaker 1-9,” “Put a produce down,” they’re all here! — C.W. McCall’s paper to outrunning smokies and teaming adult with 11 long-haired friends of Jesus in a chartreuse Microbus resonates to this day.

Deanna J. Dragonus wasn’t a usually reader to disapprove us for neglecting roving professionals, yet she did it with a no-nonsense coolness of a lorry stop waitress when she wrote: “Apparently, CNN didn’t worry to ask a people that transport for a vital for submit differently there would be strain (sic) such as C.W. McCall’s ‘Convoy.’”

Reader Popeboof chimed in from down a counter: “Hell ya Convoy!!!!”

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Sammy Hagar: Let's wish that's not a patrolman in a behind perspective mirror.

13. “I Can’t Drive 55″ (Sammy Hagar, 1984)

From Long Island to Los Angeles, howls of indignation echoed opposite a nation when a U.S. supervision intended a national sovereign speed extent of 55 molasses-like miles per hour on a nation’s interstates.*

No one howled utterly like lead-footed California rocker and Ferrari owners Sammy Hagar.

His populist plea to a management of a paternalistic executive supervision stays an all-time classic.

Reader Marisofhm summed adult a feelings of many by dubbing a bizarre story a “lame list” yet a inclusion of a Red Rocker’s high-octane hit.

*The U.S. supervision upheld a National Maximum Speed Law in 1974, creation 55 mph a tip speed on all widespread roads. In 1995, sovereign speed extent controls were strictly private with a thoroughfare of a National Highway Designation Act, mostly withdrawal a matter of speed boundary adult to particular states.

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12. “Going Up a Country” (Canned Heat, 1968)

MoDef wanted to know: “What about a Canned Heat??????”

That wasn’t a usually call for this chooglin’ blues-rock series that deploys a energy flute, promises a outing that “might even leave a U.S.A.” and memorably illuminated adult a throng during Woodstock in 1969.

That’s a travel-song resume for a ages.

11. “Holiday Road” (Lindsay Buckingham, 1983)

Widespread support for a thesis from National Lampoon’s “Vacation” cinema took us by surprise.

We’re large Lindsay Buckingham fans, yet we’d deemed this one a small too lightweight for a bizarre list.

Along with a series of others, reader Eric sexually disagreed: “‘Holiday Road’ by Lindsey Buckingham is #1.”

But pspdude summed adult a Buckingham Bridgade’s beef best: “The highway anthem of all time, ‘Holiday Road’ by Lindsay Buckingham. CNN, what were we meditative to leave (this) out?”

Janis with strain impresario Clive Davis, not Bobby McGee.

10. “Me and Bobby McGee” (Janis Joplin, 1971)

Reader pepina questioned a transport bona fides when lambasting a deficiency of this undisputed transport masterpiece from a bizarre article: “Guess a author has never been ‘busted prosaic in Baton Rouge … watchful for a train.’”

That’s loyal enough, pepina, yet several members of a CNN Travel staff have been destitute prosaic in such places as Bangkok, Melbourne and Blythe, California.

Enough, it goes yet saying, to acknowledge we should have famous to embody this one in a bizarre story.

Readers suggested several versions of Kris Kristofferson’s drifter myth creatively available by Roger Miller in 1969.

Wes Scott called a Grateful Dead’s take a “best chronicle of that strain we EVER heard, and we LOVE Janis!”

But many cited Janis Joplin’s 1971 chronicle as a one they like best.

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9. “Turn a Page” (Bob Seger, 1973)

Perhaps representing a roots rocker’s mature and passive fan base, reader Mark was among many who lobbied in warm conform for a inclusion of this world-weary debate sight ballad.

“Ease adult people everyone’s list is different,” wrote Mark. “‘Turn a Page’ by Bob Seger would’ve been on my list yet I’m not gonna whack (writer Barry Neild) since it’s not on his.”

Several other Seger songs garnered mentions from readers, including “Roll Me Away,” “Travelin’ Man” and “Against a Wind.”

The Allman Brothers Band: Let's get prepared to ramble.

8. “Ramblin’ Man” (The Allman Brothers Band, 1973)

Reader Kokapelye was driven to mixed exclamation points (actually a flattering common reaction) by a repudiation of this Southern stone debate de force: “What?! No Allman Brothers!! One of my highway tapes is roughly all Allmans.”

We’ll determine that any strain that includes a line about being innate in a behind chair of Greyhound Bus, as good as one of a many noted guitar solos in stone story (by Dickey Betts), deserved a place a bizarre list.

We’ll also determine that anyone who has a cassette actor in their automobile is substantially pushing something approach cooler than we are.

7. “Running on Empty” (Jackson Browne, 1977)

Micah Burns wrote: “‘Radar Love’ and ‘Runnin’ On Empty’ … are improved than half a songs on this list.”

Micah should be happy — both picks were echoed mostly adequate by others to make a readers’ tip picks list.

Driver of a enchanting cassette-rockin’ automobile Kokapelye chimed in with an engaging if indeterminate claim: “Ooh yeah! ‘Runnin’ on Empty!’ we indeed get improved mileage from a bottom of my tank by humming that song!”

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6. “Travelin’ Man” (Ricky Nelson, 1961)

Thomas McCraw wrote: “I am in my 50′s and usually commend about 6 of these songs … Where did they come adult with this list of problematic songs? Surprised they did not have ‘Traveling Man’ by Ricky Nelson.”

Smitty echoed a sentiment: “What no discuss of Ricky Nelson’s ‘Traveling Man’?”

It’s true, of course, that there are during slightest 5 or 10 benighted strain fans underneath a age of 35 don’t know who Ricky Nelson is.

Perhaps his high ranking here will assistance redress a discouraging low-pitched emptiness of today’s youth.

5. “City of New Orleans” (Arlo Guthrie, 1972)

Reader Neibo Eneri wrote: “I can’t trust we left out ‘City of New Orleans’ by Arlo Guthrie.”

Only a handful of songs were some-more renouned among readers than this paper to American sight enlightenment creatively penned and available by folk troubadour Steve Goodman in 1971.

“City of New Orelans” has been achieved by a series of artists, including Johnny Cash, John Denver and Willie Nelson, yet Arlo Guthrie had a signature strike with it in 1972.

Noting a song’s countless iterations, SteveK77536 wrote: “Not bad, we wish Goodman got some income for all that.”

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Golden Earring in 2014: Turns out that song's not so lost after all.

4. “Radar Love” (Golden Earring, 1973)

Reader pitch d opined fiercely: “What, no ‘Radar Love’ ?????? injured list my friend.”

Is that the Chuck D?

We doubt it, yet many honour anyway, both from CNN and a series of readers whose highway trips apparently aren’t a same yet this ESP plunder call psalm from a pushing Dutchmen of Golden Earring.

Reader whymilikethis reported a disconcerting tie with a song: “‘Radar Love’ — we get speeding tickets listening to that one. My favorite drivin’ tune.”

3. “I’ve Been Everywhere” (Johnny Cash, 1996)

After scanning a list, Ron Bolin wanted to know: “Where is Hank Snow’s ‘I’ve Been Everywhere’?”

Idbrandel piped in: “Ron Bolin’s opinion for ‘I’ve Been Everywhere’ is a good call, yet some-more people substantially know Johnny Cash’s version.”

Jeff said: “LAME list. Forgot Johnny Cash — ‘I’ve Been Everywhere.’”

We’re not certain that blank one strain renders an whole list LAME, yet we get your point, Jeff.

Ron Bolin and Idbrandel are also any right, yet not utterly complete.

Canadian nation warbler Hank Snow took this rhythmic highway riff to series one on a U.S. nation draft in 1962.

But a Man in Black’s 1996 version, constructed by Rick Rubin, is a one many mostly listened now and a one many mostly cited by CNN readers.

However, a strain was created by Australian musician Geoff Mack in 1959.

The bizarre lyrics enclosed a outline of Aussie towns such as “Strathpine, Proserpine, Ulladulla, Darwin, Gin Gin, Deniliquin, Muckadilla, Wallumbilla, Boggabilla, Kumbarilla.”

The lyrics were after blending to name check American towns.

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By a time of this 1951 performance, Nat King Cole had put copiousness of miles on

2. “(Get Your Kicks On) Route 66″ (Nat King Cole, 1946)

Reader Littleredtop scarcely blew a conduct gasket when he came opposite a bizarre list of biggest transport songs ever: “(Writer) Barry Neild* contingency possibly be twelve years aged or a many feeble sensitive strain censor ever. He has totally ignored a biggest transport strain of all time — Nat King Cole’s delivery of ‘Route 66.’ This isn’t only my opinion as hundreds of millions of people all opposite a creation will agree.”

Many (though not utterly hundreds of millions) did indeed agree.

SDM113: “Was repelled that conjunction ‘Kokomo’ nor ‘Route 66′ done this list.”

Guest: “2 words, my friends. ‘Route 66.’ Get your kicks.”

Kokapelye: “Other than Nat King Cole’s original, Asleep during a Wheel has achieved a good cover.”

STSEndeavour: “‘Route 66′ by Depeche Mode (or anybody for that matter).”

*Little Barry Neild indeed turns 11 this year. He’s recently been introduced to a Rolling Stones and is now in a routine of recuperating his self-esteem.

1. “Life is a Highway” (Tom Cochrane, 1991)

No strain left off a bizarre list desirous as many cheer as this rousing run by destinations from Mozambique to Memphis.

Greg Breault wrote: “list is shabby yet ‘Life Is A Highway.’”

Brad Johnson: “Life is a highway needs to be on here!”

Nikki Nik: “You left out ‘Life is a Highway’ by Rascal Flatts.”

Stephen Haladay: “Tom Cochrane: ‘Life is a Highway.’ Come on CNN!”

Quite right on all depends — we merit to have a passports confiscated by sullen limit guards for withdrawal this one off a list.

Also, we like Rascal Flatts’ twanged-up chronicle roughly as many as a original.

What we’re not certain about is a sniff of anti-Canadian view that colored some responses.

Alex1234 wrote: “What about ‘Life is a Highway’ by Tom Cochrane. Oh. He’s Canadian.”

Stumping for a Cochrane, Marty wrote: “Already unfit since of Canadian citizenship. Hey, no one pronounced life was fair!”

Hey, we’ve got zero opposite Canadian anything — some of a best editors are Canadian — as a links next attest:

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The fact is, we could build a whole tip 10 list of biggest transport songs ever only with songs by Canadian artists.

In further to “Life is a Highway” and “I’ve Been Everywhere” there’s BTO’s “Roll On Down a Highway,” Gordon Lightfoot’s “Carefree Highway,” Rush’s “Fly By Night,” and … um … afterwards there’s … uh … assistance us out here, people!

Honorable Mention (songs that perceived mixed nominations from readers): “Country Roads” (John Denver), “Highway Song” (Blackfoot), “Highway Star” (Deep Purple), “Hot Rod Lincoln” (Commander Cody), “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)” (The Proclaimers), “Jet Airliner” (Paul Pena/Steve Miller Band), “King of a Road” (Roger Miller), “Magic Carpet Ride” (Steppenwolf), “Midnight Train to Georgia” (Gladys Knight a Pips), “Roll On Down a Highway” (Bachman-Turner Overdrive), “Southern Cross” (Crosby, Stills and Nash), “Take It Easy” (Eagles).

Still some good transport songs we’ve missed? Drop a pretension (critique of a low-pitched knowledge, transport knowledge and aptness for journalistic avocation optional) in a comments.


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