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?