PLAYLIST: 100 Songs For Bumpy Station Wagon Rides

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If you were paying attention to our Facebook page and twitter feed this weekend, you know I drove 2,000 miles to Ohio. If it wasn’t for my iPhone and Bluetooth, I probably would’ve gone nuts. I figured I’d share my Spotify playlist of 100 killer driving songs, so you can keep yourself sane on your road trips this summer.

This list isn’t a hundred songs like “Mustang Sally” or “Born to be Wild.” It’s a hundred KILLER tunes from the birth of rock and roll to the present, some of which you may have heard, some not. Here’s a look at a few standouts:

David Lindley – Mercury Blues


You might recognize this song from the cover that Alan Jackson played a few years back, but the original from David Lindley’s 1981 “El Rayo-X” l is a rocker. You’ll be scanning Craigslist for ’49 Mercurys for the rest of the day.

One More Part – Hot Rod Lincoln


I saw the band Hot Rod Lincoln in a crappy little bar in Worcester, Massachusetts almost 20 years ago. This song was written for the band by Brian Setzer from the Stray Cats, and it’s terrific.

Slow Turning – John Hiatt



This is the first John Hiatt song I ever heard. I always loved it for the line “I’m in my car/I got the radio down/and I’m yellin’ at the kids in the back/’cause they’re bangin’ like Charlie Watts.”

Route 66 – Dr. Feelgood


There are a zillion covers of Route 66 I could’ve picked, but this kick-ass rocker from world-class bar band Dr. Feelgood just makes me grin like an idiot.

Let’s Kill Saturday Night – Robbie Fulks


Robbie Fulks is America’s most underappreciated songwriter. Why “Let’s Kill Saturday Night” wasn’t a chart-topping country song for some band is a question I’ll have forever.

“I got the Mustang loaded/I got a wrong to right/I got a little red bullet /Let’s kill Saturday night.” If you’ve ever dreamt about leaving your crappy little town under cover of darkness, this is the song for you.

Murder City Nights – Radio Birdman


Radio Birdman should’ve been as big as AC/DC. They were playing the clubs of Australia at the very same time as Bonn Scott’s AC/DC was, and when you listen to their songs today, you realize just how far ahead of their time they were.

Jaguar – The Who


A largely forgotten song from the Who off the slow-selling concept record Who Sell Out. The opening line to the song “Grace…space…pace” was the hook Sir William Lyons hung Jaguar’s reputation on when the brand was new.


Craig Fitzgerald

Craig Fitzgerald

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