Road trips are a quintessential part of any Canadian summer. Whether you’re headed out to the beach for the weekend or spending time camping in our national parks, these trips help break up the monotony of the week-to-week grind. The only downside? Getting there!
Our friends at q produced a road-trip playlist for one of their listeners so they could drive with the perfect soundtrack. Staff gave their best suggestions, ranging from Jean Leloup's heart-plucking "Balade à Toronto" to Carly Rae Jepsen's fun, upbeat "Run Away With Me," and looped in some of the best audience responses.
Recently, we turned the conversation to you to ask what the perfect summer road-trip song is. We received a number of amazing suggestions, so we've collected the 10 most popular ones and listed them below. Happy driving!
Tom Cochrane, 'Life is a Highway'
This song was by far one of the most popular choices suggested.
In 2016, the Manitoba government named a highway after Tom Cochrane. If it's good enough for the province, it's good enough for us!
Ed Sheeran, ‘Castle on the Hill'
While most of the suggestions were established classics, Ed Sheeran’s "Castle on the Hill" emerged as a contemporary hit with an old-school vibe. The singer’s storytelling will make you nostalgic for your own childhood friends.
Al Simmons, ‘The Truck I Bought from Moe’
Road trips are often a family affair, which means picking the best songs for your little ones to bop to in the back seat. Jackie Reiners suggested this song from children's performer Al Simmons.
Willie Nelson, 'On the Road Again'
Willie Nelson visited q in 2017 to talk about life on the road, an experience that he is intimately familiar with and deeply loves. As he sings in "On the Road Again": “I just can't wait to get on the road again.”
Channel that energy into your upcoming road trip!
Bryan Adams, ‘Summer of '69’
This song was another popular choice among our listeners. Consistently a fan favourite, it was also featured on our list of your 20 favourite Canadian songs last year.
Learn the story behind "Summer of ‘69" and more by revisiting this past piece on everything you need to know about Bryan Adams.
‘The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly’ theme song
One of our listeners admitted this might be a niche choice, but we’re not opposed to movie soundtracks — have you seen our latest article on the Mission Impossible theme song?
As commenter Joyce Perih says: “Full blast and screaming down a level Prairie highway! Preferably at an ungodly hour through some small town!”
Nelly Furtado, 'Powerless'
Listener Alfonsina Escobar suggested this empowering song from Nelly Furtado. The song addresses the discrimination that the singer faced in the music industry regarding her ancestry.
Eurythmics, ‘Sweet Dreams’
While you might typically be tuning in to your favourite CBC Radio show, road trips can often lead to radio static. One listener had this signature song by Eurythmics on repeat to fill in those gaps.
From commenter Barbara Mathers: “It filled the hours of driving through mountains where there was no radio signal.”
The Tragically Hip, ‘Bobcaygeon’
Written about the town of Bobcaygeon in the Kawartha Lakes region of Ontario, this Hip song is the perfect, tender track for a nighttime drive. What could be more beautiful than listening to Gord Downie sing about the stars as the night sky unfolds on your drive?
The Guess Who, ‘Runnin’ Back to Saskatoon’
Music often allows us to connect with a place even when we haven’t travelled there. This was the case for listener Christopher Burton, who suggested this song from The Guess Who — even though he's never been to Saskatoon.
No matter where you’re headed this weekend, we hope put on one of these jams for your long drive!
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