USA Road Trip No. 1 - San Francisco to New York

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Friday, 23 December 2011

Chorus: The Americana Road Trip Soundtrack - Top 100 Road Trip Songs

Every road trip has it's own soundtrack and on a rainy day, driving through the endless never-changing landscape of Texas, we tried to come up with our personal Top 10, then, quickly realising that a Top 10 is almost impossible, expanded the task to a Top 20, Top 50, till we finally settled on a Top 100 favourite songs.

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The Road Trip Playlist

Sergio Mendes - Cristal Illusions

MGMT – Time To Pretend

Ween – Japanese Cowboy & Buenos Tardes Amigos

Lou Reed – Satellite Of Love

Beach Boys – God Only Knows

Aaron Neville – Hercules

Ryan Adams – New York

Chris Isaac - Wicked Game

John Spencer Blues Explosion – Bell Bottoms

De La Soul – Ring Ring Ring

The Stone Roses – Waterfall

Paul Weller – Wild Wood

The Primitives – Through The Flowers

Beastie Boys – Intergalactic Planetary & Shake Your Rump

PJ Harvey – C’mon Billy & A Perfect Day Elise

O.D.B. – Raw

Nirvana – Smells Like Teen Spirit

Bomb The Bass – Beat D’is

Buffalo Springfield – Mr. Soul

Radiohead –Paranoid Android

Ennio Morricone – Once Upon A Time In The West

Redd Cross – Jimmy’s Fantasy

Pharrel & Snoop Dogg – Beautiful

Bobby Womack – 110th Street

John McCrae – Rock You Baby

Violent Femmes – Blister In The Sun

The Gun Club – Sex Beat

Pizzaman – Sex On The Streets

Roky Erickson– Burn The Flames

Pixies – Gigantic

Pulp – Common People

The Beatles – Tomorrow Never Knows

Nick Drake – River Man

Depeche Mode – Everything Counts In Large Ammounts

Camera Obscura – French Navy

Go Team – Bottle Rocket

Filthy Dukes – What Happens Next

LCD Sound System – North American Scum

The Cure – Killing An Arab

Bat For Lashes – Daniel

Archie Bronson Outfit – Dead Funny & Cherry Lips

Kraftwerk – Trans Europa Express

Girlschool – C’mon Let’s Go!

Rainbow – Kill The King

Deep Purple – Highway Star

Van Halen – Jump

Manfred Man’s Earth Band – California

Beck – Lonesome Tears

Barry Manilow – Mandy

Seasick Steve – Doghouse Blues

The Birds – 8 Miles High

The Fall – How I Wrote Elastic Man

Smashing Pumpkins – 1979

Prince – When Doves Cry

Supertramp – Breakfast In America

Tom Petty – Learning To Fly

Arlo Guthrie – Coming Into Los Angeles

Jefferson Airplane – I Saw You

Ideal – Eiszeit

ELO – Turn To Stone

The Cramps – Bikini Girls With Machine Guns & Kizmiaz

The Stray Cats – Rumble In Brighton


Frenzy – Clockwork Toy

Supergrass – Sun Hits The Sky

Falco – Junge Roemer

Waterboys – The Whole Of The Moon

Donna Summer – I Feel Love

Cake – I Will Survive

Adam Green – Jessica Simpson

AC/DC – Girls Got Rhythm

Boney M – Daddy Cool

Chris Isaac – Wicked Game

CSS – Let’s Make Love & Listen To Death From Above

The Pogues – A Pair Of Brown Eyes

The Beautiful South – A Little Time

Yo La Tengo – Autumn Sweater

REM & Patti Smith – Ebow The Letter

Led Zeppelin – The Song Remains The Same

Abba – Dancing Queen

Blondie – Presence Dear

Supermax – Love Machine

Kate Bush – Cloud Busting

Massive Attack – Unfinished Sympathy

Outkast – Shake It

Dead Kennedys – Holiday In Cambodia

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Red Right Hand

Oasis – Live Forever

Smog – Hit The Ground Running & Dress Sexy At My Funeral

The Breeders – Driving On 9

Dexy’s Midnight Runners – Tell Me When My Light Turns Green

The Smiths – There Is A Light That Never Goes Out

Gene Vincent & The Blue Cats – Cat Man

The Housmartins – Happy Hour & Caravan Of Love

Happy Mondays – Loose Fit & Kinky Afro

Sonic Youth – Incinerate

The Flaming Lips & Sparklehorse – Go

Copter – Testify

Neil Diamond – The Grass Won’t Pay No Mind

Minnie Ripperton – Les Fleurs

Arctic Monkeys – You Look Good On The Dancefloor

Blur – The Universal

Soft Cell – Tainted Love / Where Did Our Love Go?

Elastica – Line Up

Sparks – Number One Song In Heaven

Electric Prunes – Too Much To Dream Last Night

The Byrds – Eight Miles High

American Analog Set - The Oly One

Jacuzzi Boys - Island Ave

Refused - New Noise

British Sea Power - Waving Flags

William Shatner - Rocket Man

Noah and the Whale – Blue Skies (Death to the Throne Remix)

Ideal - Berlin

The Bedroom Philosopher – I'm So Post Modern

Dinosaur Jr – I Want You To Know & Freak Scene

The Wannadies – You And Me Song

Dead Moon – Dead Moon Night

2raumwohnung – Wir Trafen Uns In Einem Garten

Elastica – 2:1

Peter and the Test Tube Babies – The Jinx

Leila K – Got To Get

Arms - Shitty Little Disco

Shiny Gnomes - Lazing at Desert Inn

Cocorosie – Japan

The International Noise Conspiracy - Capitalism Stole My Virg

Thee Headcoatees – My Boyfriend's Learning Karate

Owen Gray – Apollo 12

Nouvelle Vague – Friday Night Saturday Morning

Fad Gadget- Collapsing New People

Radiohead – Cinnamon Girl

dEUS – Suds & Soda

Hasil Adkins – The Wild Man

The Legendary Shack Shakers – Shake Your Hips

Angriff aufs Schlaraffenland – Die Radierer

OMC - On The Run

Cake - Long Line Of Cars & I Will Survive

At The Drive-In – Invalid Litter Dept.

Batmobile – Ballroom Blitz

Guana Batz - Rock and Roll (Led Zep Cover)

Violent Femmes – Crazy

Judge Dread – The Belle Of Snodland Town

Beirut – Elephant Gun

Whale - Hobo Humpin Slobo Babe

The Whitest Boy Alive - Island

The Dells - Stay In My Corner

Lonnie Smith - Son Of Ice Bag

Jurassic 5 - In The Flesh

Neil Young - Cortez The Killer

Jimmy McGriff - Chriss Cross

Dave and Ansel Collins - Double Barrel


We also listen to tons of Reggae, Dub, 60s Soul and Rockabilly. But that's another list. Like this one:


The "Robert Crumb's Heroes of Blues, Jazz & Country List"

Memphis Jug Band - On The Road Again

Blind Willie McTell - Dark Night Blues

Cannon's Jug Stompers - Minglewood Blues

Skip James - Hard Time Killin' Floor Blues

Jaybird Coleman - I'm Gonna Cross The
River Jordan

Charley Patton - High Water Everywhere

Frank Stokes - I Got Mine

"Dock" Boggs - Sugar Baby

Shelor Family - Big Bend Gal

Hayes Shepherd - The Peddler And His Wife

Crockett's Country Mountaineers - Little Rabbit

Burnett & Rutherford - All Night Long Blues

East Texas Serenaders - Mineola Rag

Weems String Band - Greenback Dollar

Bennie Moten's Kansas City Orchestra - Kater Street Rag

"King" Oliver's Creole Jazz Band - Sobbin' Blues

Parham-Picket Apollo Syncopaters - Mojo Strut

Frankie Franko & His Louisianians - Somebody Stole My Gal

Clarence Williams' Blue Five - Wild Cat Blues

"Jelly Roll" Morton's Red Hot Peppers - Kansas City Stomps

Jimmy Noone - King Joe

..and of course this one ; ]