In the words of New Jersey rocker Jon Bon Jovi, "Map out your future, but do it in pencil. The road ahead is as long as you make it. Make it worth the trip." You see, the world is like a book. If you want to read its many chapters, you have to travel to its many destinations. And what better way than a road trip in the company of a song or three. After all, home is where the music is. I asked Luke Kenny, Nitin Rajan, and Nitin Malik about the top three songs in their car decks. From their responses, it's amply clear that good songs, no matter how old, never go out of style. Readers from the touch screen generation, if you are digging for gold, please scroll.
Actor, Director, Producer, Singer/Songwriter, Poet, and TV Host
Road trips are a funny thing. One never realises how much is in one's head when one is in a vehicle bumping along the winding roads of the mountains in the north or along coastal sojourns in the south. Through wooded forest trails in the east or concrete tincan traffic in the west. And it is in such times that thoughts and memories and even reveries trigger sounds and melodies in my brain that set me off. So here in no particular order are three of the many tunes that pop into my head from moment to moment at those bumpy times.
Runnin' Down A Dream – Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
A raw riff opens this song with a uptempo galloping beat that always puts me in a positive mood for accepting whatever I am to discover along the way.
The Long and Winding Road – The Beatles
A perfect blend of melody and melancholia as only the Fab Four could do it. Primarily written by Paul McCartney as one of the songs that made it to the post breakup album called Let It Be, the lyrics are pure poetic philosophy. And with a sublime orchestral backed arrangement, this ones a perfect song.
Speed Demon – Michael Jackson
A groove only Michael could produce. This one's a cool one when you see an open road for miles ahead and you push the throttle to a 120 and above. Tight jagged vocals give you that extra jerk in your body to sit up in your seat and focus on the road with both hands on the wheel. And just enough restraint to keep you from dancing while you drive.
Lead Vocalist at Primitiv, Product Head at Radio City Digital
Here are my top three favorite songs when it comes to road trips.
Crushing Day – Joe Satriani
While you probably can't match Satch on the fretboard, you definitely can live his adrenalin rush vicariously when you hit the gas while Crushing Day blazes thorugh your music system.
Danger Zone – Kenny Loggins
This song brings back memories of my childhood days... of watching Top Gun on VCR (Video Cassette Recorder for the benefit of the youngsters) and dreaming of taking off on a cruiser bike with Danger Zone spinning in my head. It's also one of the first songs I ever played after I bought my first car. Explains it all, doesn't it?
Might As Well Be On Mars – Alice Cooper
This one is an eternal favorite of mine, especially if out at night. A mellower track just right to cruise aimlessly with no destination in mind.
Lead Vocalist/Songwriter at Parikrama, Director at Survilla Academy of Music & Fine Arts
Kashmir – Led Zeppelin
The first song that comes to mind when driving to the hills is Kashmir by Led Zeppelin. Trust me, it has nothing to do with the name but the song itself.
The Rain Song – Led Zeppelin
When I'm feeling laid back and cruising happily down a nice road, it's always The Rain Song by Led Zeppelin. It adds a beautiful tranquility to my state of mind.
Highway To Hell – AC/DC
When we travel in a group of cars, somehow I always tend to put on any, I repeat any AC/DC track. And I just zoom ahead of the rest of the pack. It always gives me a mental nitro boost and I love it. For the sake of this playlist, let's just go with Highway To Hell.
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