Road trip anthems for your playlist

May 1, 2012 at 9:32 a.m. ET

Headed out on a road trip? Don't even think about revving that engine until you create the ultimate road trip playlist that will keep you and your travel buddies rockin' all the way to your final destination.

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"Born to Run," by Bruce Springsteen

This song by the Boss was destined to be a road trip anthem. With lyrics like "We gotta get out while we're young 'cause tramps like us, baby we were born to run," this song will get you revved up for an out -of-town escape.

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"Walking on Sunshine," by Katrina and the Waves

If you're beach bound, this happy tune will have you thinking of sunshine long before you reach the shore. Everyone knows the chorus to this tune, so make sure everyone joins in!

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"On the Road Again," by Willie Nelson

For repeat road-trippers, Willie Nelson's classic "On the Road Again" is a must for your road trip playlist. A little mellow, a little wistful, this song is perfect as you're gearing up for or nearing the end of your trip.

"Life is a Highway," by Tom Cochrane

In 1992 this song became ingrained in our brains. Twenty years later, "Life is a Highway" is still one of the best songs to include on a road trip playlist.

"Every day is a Winding Road," by Sheryl Crow

We think Sheryl Crow must have been daydreaming of a road trip as she wrote the lyrics to this song. We also think "All I Wanna Do" should be included on your playlist... not because it has anything to do with road trips, but because it's so contagious it'll get all your passengers pumped up.

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"Runnin' Down a Dream," by Tom Petty

Been dreaming of a road trip? Turn up the volume, hit cruise control and sing along to this total road trip anthem.

"Blitzkrieg Bop," by The Ramones

You and your crew all revved up and ready to go? Pile in the back seat and let's go! Need we say more? Blitzkrieg Bop is the perfect high-energy song to kick off your road trip.

"Free Fallin'," by Tom Petty

We had to include this Tom Petty song purely for the scene in Jerry Maguire when Tom Cruise belts it out as he's driving, complete with steering-wheel pounding. Love it.

"Mustang Sally," by Wilson Pickett

This classic tune, originally recorded by Mack Rice in 1965, then covered by Wilson Pickett the following year, will get your gears groovin' on your road trip. If you've got a convertible, it's top-down time.

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