Tours and concerts are the life of a musician; if you want to share your love of music with the world, you need to adapt to constantly being on the road.
The journey to your next concert location can be a long and grueling one if you’re not prepared, and music is one of the best remedies to counter the dull moments.
The best way to ensure you have an unlimited supply of tunes is to download an app like SiriusXM or PlayOn. Not only will you have access to a good selection of music, you’ll also be able to engage with other forms of entertainment like movies or news; you could also use coupons if you feel like saving your money for a rainy day.
So, here is a list of the best songs to listen to on the road while you’re touring
1. “Load Out” – Jackson Browne
Part of the album Running on Empty, this musical masterpiece is an anthem for the ages. It perfectly describes the highs and lows of life on the road, as well as the appreciation and aggravation of the singer, Jackson Browne. If you are in doubt about your music career, this song is sure to raise your spirits and strengthen your resolve, making you ready for your next big hit.
2. “Highway to Hell” – AC/DC
A classic rock song to get the adrenaline pumping; this little number was the last song Bon Scott, former lead singer of AC/DC recorded. No matter how many new tunes come into the spotlight, this one will forever be a crowd favorite, especially when you need a boost of energy on a long journey.
3. “Born to Be Wild” – Steppenwolf
Born to be Wild is a perfect motivator when you are doing something for the first time. If it’s your first road trip, then this song is a must-have for your playlist. The lyrics and accompanying music give you enough courage to embark on a journey filled with unexpected encounters.
4. “Born to Run” – Bruce Springsteen
Long tours and endless roads can be quite tiresome. However, when you have Bruce Springsteen’s Born to Run on your playlist, there is nothing that can bring you down. The moving melody and the singer’s rough vocals will make the journey lively until you reach your next destination.
5. “Sweet Home Alabama” – Lynyrd Skynyrd
Sweet Home Alabama is a song loved by every generation. It is full of contradictions and has nothing to do with Alabama, but it doesn’t matter when it can make you want to move to the rhythmic beat.
6. “Where The Streets Have No Name” – U2
It may be a little spiritual, but Where the Streets Have No Name has never failed to pump up the crowd. It’s one of the best songs to listen to on the road when you need a little energy boost to keep your blood pumping.
7. “Ramblin’ Man” – The Allman Brothers Band
This particular tune is more country than rock and was the first and only one of the songs from the band to have made the top 10 in Billboard 100 charts.
The lyrics and the music touch your soul as they tell you of the life of an artist, so it’s a fantastic song to add to your playlist when you’re on the road heading to your next concert.
8. “Life Is A Highway” – Tom Cochrane
Life is a Highway was number six on the Billboard Charts in 1992 in the US and is still one of the top songs to listen to on the road. It is one of the classics that never fails to move your soul; you may or may not know the lyrics, but when has that stopped anyone from enjoying the melody of this soulful song?
9. “Sweet Child O’ Mine” – Guns N’ Roses
Guns N’ Roses’ Sweet Child O’ Mine is an ideal song to add to the mix when on the road; a little Rock N’ Roll to get the blood pumping. This particular number has fabulous guitar riffs that are enough to light your musical spirit on fire.
10. “Don’t Stop Believin’” – Journey
This song first came to light in 1981, but it is still just as much, if not more, popular today. Don’t Stop Believin’ is a crowd favorite, a sacred song written by Journey.
It builds up to the chorus in the end, which is when you realize why it’s legendary. It is the perfect pick-me-up when you feel unsure of yourself and your choice to be on the road away from home.
These classic tunes are all-time crowd favorites. With catchy music and heart-thrumming lyrics, they not only raise your spirits when you’re on the road away from family but are the perfect motivator to get back on stage and take the show by storm.
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