There’s just nothing like a great road trip with friends to lift up your spirits. It’s healthy to be on the road with a song once in a while; it gives perspective and a time to think about things and why you’re doing them. Aside from that, it’s also a chance to kick back and relax, think about nothing else but the open road and getting to your destination.

What’s a fun way to get to your destination? There’s nothing like taking the open road with a song on your side. Here’s something to keep you company on the road trip.

Born to Run – Bruce Springsteen

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For all its anthemic sound, Springsteen’s ‘Born to Run’ is anything but a romantic song. Just hearing the lyrics makes you think about teenage angst and everything wrong about early rebellion. Instead, however, you are taken to a place where you can be free, run away from your problems, and just go on the open road.

Little Red Corvette – Prince

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With his sexy voice, Prince can command a whole throng of women to follow what he wants. Every song that he writes, the cars are his women; the miles are how long he can last. It’s got that certain kind of sexiness that’s the signature of Prince’s songs, even if it’s about a car moving down the road.

Here I Go Again – Whitesnake

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The haunting beginning of the video for Whitesnake’s ‘Here I Go Again’ tells of the story behind this song. Dumped by the girl of your dreams? Coming from a terribly bad breakup? The road is your friend, and that’s where you need to go. It gradually descends into the meatier parts where you declare your independence.

Sweet Home Alabama – Lynyrd Skynyrd

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Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Sweet Home Alabama” is a song that shouldn’t be missing on your playlist if you plan to go on a long drive. Aside from the fact that it’s a song about the long drive home, it’s also one of the best songs to rock on to during a travel to your favorite hometown.

Hotel California – Eagles

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No one knows what was going on when the Eagles came together and created this song. However, it’s a great song to play on the long drive home, or on the open road. Imagine driving along a long highway and the guitar solo comes on—it’s hard to resist breaking out your air guitar.

Dream On – Aerosmith

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To be fair, there are a lot of Aerosmith songs that would be great to rock along to on a long drive. However, “Dream On” gets set apart from the rest because of its powerful vocals. When you’ve got nothing else to do, who wouldn’t get the urge to whip out their inner Steven Tyler when they’re driving on the highway?

That’s the rest of the field, but there are still a lot of songs that you can rock to on the road. These are just guidelines; the choice of the song still falls on you, of course.