There, I said it.
Lately, my travel playlist has become more and more dominated by bubblegum pop. You probably all know the Archies’ biggest hit, “Sugar, Sugar,” and you may know that the “band” itself wasn't so much an actual band as a loose assortment of Los Angeles session players and singers, recording songs written by professional hitmakers. But what the Archies lacked in artistic merit and street cred, they more than made up for in infectiously, deliciously catchy musical confections like "Sugar, Sugar," "This Is Love," and "Jingle Jangle." Is it weird that the Archies, along with other bubblegum pop acts from the ‘60s to the present day, get me psyched to hit the road? Maybe. But I bet I'm not the only one...
CLASSIC TRAVEL SONGS
Everybody knows the tried-and-true travel songs. In rough chronological order, we could cite just a few obvious examples:
“No Particular Place to Go,” by Chuck Berry
“Come Fly With Me,” by Frank Sinatra
“Drive My Car,” by the Beatles
“Born to Be Wild,” by Steppenwolf
“On the Road Again,” by Willie Nelson
“Fast Car,” by Tracy Chapman
“Everyday Is a Winding Road,” by Sheryl Crow
“Empire State of Mind,” by Jay Z & Alicia Keyes
“Keep the Car Running,” by Arcade Fire
“Home,” by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
Sure, there's nothing wrong with these and other classics that send travelers off with a spring in their step and a song in their heart.
WEIRDEST TRAVEL SONGS
But last weekend, I paid my first-ever visit to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, in Cleveland, and found that, despite being exposed to some of the finest music of the rock era for two straight days, it was pesky ‘70s ear worms like “Sugar, Sugar,” the Partridge Family’s “I Think I Love You,” and the Bay City Rollers’ “Saturday Night” that dominated my weekend travel playlist.
Rather than hide my love of sweet, trashy bubblegum pop from my friends, family, and you, Budget Travel readers, I have decided to, as David Crosby sings, “let my freak flag fly.” No apologies. And it got me thinking: I’ll bet everybody has a secret stash of weirdly inspirational (or inspiringly weird) songs they love.
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