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Road Trip Songs


My good pal is headed to TX.  I will miss her so, but I envy the time she gets to spend in the car.  Then I remember that she will have 3 young boys and a mini-zoo traveling with her, and I’m not envious any more.

Usually when I travel I stumble on some great station that carries me 100 miles or so with tunes that take me back.  One trip I made from VA to TN happened to be days after the death of the King of Pop.  It was MJ for 8 hours–a fitting tribute.

Here are some songs I could play on my ipod with ease, but it just feels like God loves me more when I hear them randomly on the radio.  I love to belt these tunes out in the car and remember being 17 again:

Stone in Love – Journey  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kFqXFE8OSG4

I can so remember singing this song from the lifeguard stand.  I was a vigilant keeper of the safety in my day.  Clearly.

Panama – Van Halen  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w-NshzYK9y0

Van Halen taught me so much about music and the importance of having fun while doing what you love.   I remember being at the Convenient and this one guy pumping gas and singing this song to me through the window.

I Wanna Dance With Somebody – Whitney Houston  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nsHcZiTSaBI

When I hear this one, I am transported back to the 1985 winter swim team bus where I let a sophomore borrow my walk man and brand new cassette.  His mind was blown.  You’re welcome.  Seniors rule.

Faith – George Michael  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lu3VTngm1F0

I actually thought this one was about faith…when you skip the verses and just sing the chorus, it’s practically a hymn.

Do You Really Want to Hurt Me – Boy George  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c9MdW8RISCI

Remember when Boy George was a kooky as a famous person got?  And he was the only one doing/wearing strange things?  And he was pretty quiet?  >>>That.

Misled – Kool & The Gang  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UEME182Q3G4

Kool & The Gang was my first concert without parents.  While everyone else was singing Celebration I prided myself on being more angsty and singing of my tragic pain.

What songs from back in the day do you love belting in the car?

What memories do these or other songs bring back for you?