By Zack Nechvatal

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 2002 Mitsubishi Lancer. (Chick magnet!)

As you hit the highway for summer’s unofficial end, you’ll need a soundtrack. Get those motors revving with this Labor Day playlist featuring ten classic songs for road on the long drive ahead.

You could be sitting shotgun in a convertible, a Harley, or inside a big red RV. Regardless of your vehicle, these songs remain road trip staples.


The Boss is an artist tailor-made for road trips, and frankly, it would be a sin to not also include “Born to Run.” It’s got a great build-up and legendary lyrics about Springsteen’s “engines” and “velvet rims” for you and your fellow tramps to belt out.



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.



We would gladly go anywhere these sultry soul women would take us – and besides, no road trip can survive on classic rock alone. Do yourself a favor and grab this soulful gem before you hit the road.



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.



If you’re not driving a mustang or are named Sally, then feel free to drive as fast as you want. Otherwise, you better slow your Mustang down, according to this bluesy 1967 hit.



Sunshine ’70s pop at its finest, this is sure to fill the car with warmth and joy as you head on your way.



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.


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