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The road can get pretty sad at times, most especially when you find yourself staring at an endless expanse of road. To some people, however, the road is where they can recollect their thoughts. It is where they feel free, and where they sometimes create the best ideas they could think of. It’s why some musicians prefer life on the road than a stationary one.

Travelers, however, find music on the road a welcome companion. Here are a few tracks that are good company when you’re on a trip.

Carolina in My Mind – James Taylor
about a Place

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When this song’s blasting on the speakers, who doesn’t want to remember the sun or the things you love in that state? Carolina’s on the Southern part of the country and ‘Carolina in My Mind’ evokes perfect memories of the place. It’s great if you’re coming home from a long time away.

Africa – Toto
about a Place

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To forget this song would be a crime. Toto’s ‘Africa’ is a classic song whose lines remind people of the so-called Cradle of Civilization and its many wonders. It’s also a great song to listen to on the long drive home or even the short ones, when you’re coming home from work.

Proud Mary – CCR
about Ways of Travel

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Whatever version you listen, this song will always give you the feeling of going out on a long drive, traveling toward some destination still unknown to you. It’s a song about traveling on a steam boat, driven by those ‘big wheels’, but CCR’s version also makes you feel like you’re trucking.

Radical Face – Wandering
About Traveling

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Radical Face’s ‘Wandering’ isn’t a happy song. It’s a song about how you shouldn’t be content where you are right now; if you think you’re successful, you should find ways to create success down the road. It’s a sad thing to always keep aiming high, but it also depends on how you look at discontent.

One Day, Baby, We’ll Be Old – Asaf Avidan
about settling down

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It’s got a catchy beat and when you watch the videos of this song, you’ll be thinking of the good life—late nights, travel, and wherever you go is home as long as you’re with people who mean a lot to you. But somehow, the song reminds you that you can only travel for so long—one day you’ll settle down.

Summercat – Billie the Vision and the Dancers
about going away

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The strings and the tempo of the song are great to listen to, especially when you’re at the beach, on a boat, or on a vacation. But the lyrics betray longing. The scenes will also make you pine for a lot of things if you’re far away, like the good life, great friends, and just generally enjoying your time.

Best Day of My Life – American Authors
About a leisurely drive

If ever there was a song you should listen to on a Sunday drive to the beach with friends or loved ones, this was it. It’s catchy, it’s vibrant, and it talks about how a day in your life is so great, you don’t want it to end. The only bad takeaway of this song is what if it ends? For now, though, you shouldn’t worry about that.

With all that these songs have to offer, it makes you think you want to just go down the road and drive. Why not do just that?

As much as people have different places where they came from and different beliefs, the states of America each have unique opinions when it comes to music. Music is universal, but choice is still defined by people listening to the music. Differences are what make music irresistible, though; it keeps things fresh and interesting to chase after.

If you’re traveling, you can hear for yourself the subtle differences between states, such as can be read here.

Good Ol’ Rock and Roll

Rock and roll has already taken a lot of different faces—from rock that you can dance to, rock in its current state is something that directs a person’s angst and turns it into a song. The cities that listen to it are characteristic as heck too—Los Angeles, Minneapolis, NYC and New Orleans have their definite signature on this music, but they have contributed a lot to it too.

The Country’s Most Beloved Music

What else do people love to listen to than country? Country music is something that evokes feelings of Americana and also gets people on the road. Where they go to, however, that’s purely their own decision. However, Florida, Nevada, and Texas come up as the destinations to go to—and the prime sources for this music.

EDM—Music of the future

If you wondered how music would sound like in the future, this might be the closest it would sound like. If you also thought that EDM would most probably do well in a place where parties happen, you’d be right too. The list of cities that listen to EDM? San Francisco. New York. Miami. Chicago. It’s not very surprising to see these cities on the list.

Rap and RnB

When you listen to rap, you think about the urban cities; you listen to it and you hear a different kind of angst, completely different from rock. It’s no surprise that the cities New York, LA, and Miami lists rap among their music to listen to, but—surprisingly—Minneapolis and Seattle also gets into the act of listening to the fast syllables and booming bass lines of rock.

Rock, Punk Style

Punk and metal shares a different kind of bond in that both of them are loud, in-your-face, and they make people jump—although in different ways. Punk, for its part, finds a home among the West Coast and the home of rock—Nashville—as well as Orlando and, in addition, Rochester. If you’re into metal, however, Seattle (grunge), New York, and Milwaukee are great places.

Alternative/Indie Musicality

It’s been a long time since the breakout of alternative music, but Seattle loves its own. It’s the best place to be if you’re looking for alternative music and the indie scene is alive in this town, but this isn’t the only place to search indie music in. There’s also Austin and Las Vegas, as long as the rest of the West Coast.

Music, to be clear, is truly universal or even international. However, with America being as large of a place as it is, it’s no surprise that there is a lot of music in it.