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Sometimes I wonder how I survived childhood. I didn’t realize it at the time but I was a pretty annoying little kid, especially when it came to road trip music. We used to take road trips from Florida to West Virginia every year to visit my grandparents and other family. For a lot of those years (especially the early ones) I was obsessed with Cabbage Patch Kids. I’d received a Cabbage Patch Kid for Christmas when I was 4 and he came with a cassette tape. I knew every word of every song by heart within that first week. I was relentless. To be honest, if someone asked me to sing a song from that cassette tape right now I bet I could do it. It’s that ingrained in me.
There was one song in particular, about a boy named Otis Lee, that lived on repeat. It had classic lyrics like…
He’s got himself a bulldog / he’s got a load of friends / every day is so much fun he’s sorry when it ends / when you’ve got a problem he’s the one you go to see / always ready strong and steady / good ol’ Otis Lee
It was basically my anthem when I was in kindergarten. I aspired to be like Otis Lee because, #Goals. There was at least a dozen road trips (18-hour road trips) where that song was pretty much the only one heard. I’d forgotten about it until my 4-year old niece was up visiting and insisted we play Justin Bieber’s ‘Beauty and a Beat’ on repeat for an hour. I couldn’t be upset, I’d put my parents through worse.
These days I usually put Brandon in control of the music. He has much better taste in music than I do, for real. I begged him to prepare a road trip playlist for an overnight trip we have coming up this weekend. He refused and insisted we compromise our musical tastes. It resulted in a pretty eclectic playlist but if you’re open to a wide variety of music, you’ll love it!
- On the Road Again – Willie Nelson (starting road trips with this one is a family tradition dating back to the 80’s)
- Sabotage – The Beastie Boys
- Fearless – Pink Floyd
- Ballad of a Menace – C.P.O ft MC Ren
- The High Road – Broken Bells
- Runaway – Kanye West
- Born to be Wild – Steppenwolf
- Highway to Hell – AC/DC
- Mic Jack – Big Boi ft Adam Levine
- Shut Up and Drive – Rihanna
- I’ve Been Everywhere – Johnny Cash
- Passenger Seat – Death Cab for Cutie
- Little Red Corvette – Prince
- Interstate Love Song – Stone Temple Pilots
- Turn the Page – Bob Seger
- Ride Wit’ Me – Nelly
- No Cars Go – Arcade Fire
- Runnin’ Down a Dream – Tom Petty
Did I miss your road trip favorites? Tweet them to me @ashleyfromhp or leave them in the comments below.