When we think of the classic rock persuasion we are prone to remember the epic bands through the early 60’s and late 90’s. Such as AC/DC, The Rolling Stones, White snake, Poison, Queen, etc, all affording us melodies to sway our lighters to while also giving us memorable anthems to head rock our hair with.
When road tripping you need some tunes to match kicking your travels into high gear! Weather your adventuring with your sweetie or crossing all 50 states here is a list of some of the best classic rock hits to keep your travel spirits elevated.
01) “More Than A Feeling” – Boston
The band Boston, did in reality form in no other place than Boston. Tom Scholz wrote the classic hit in the basement of his house where it took five years to produce.
02) “Dream On” – Aerosmith
This was the first single ever released by Aerosmith and was the song that saved them from being dropped by their label company. The lead singer, Steven Tyler actually says in his book Does the noise in my head bother you that “Dream On” is about “hungering to be someone.”
03) “Don’t Stop Believin” – Journey
Probably, the number one song in the world that every person can hum along too. Journey’s keyboard player got the idea to write the song when he moved to hollywood to pursue his dreams, his father told him, “Son, don’t stop believin.”
04) “Back In Black” – AC/DC
The “Back In Black” album was released five months after the death of lead singer Bon Scott. This album did in fact prove to the world that AC/DC could continue successfully without their lost member.
05) “Juke Box Hero” – Foreigner
“Juke Box Hero” was inspired by a fan that stood in the rain alone for five hours to be able to have the opportunity to meet the members of Foreigner. The band was so impressed they took the fan backstage with them and saw how amazed he was by everything, that they ended up basing a song off of what they imagined was going through that fans mind. I’d give anything to be that fan!
06) “No One Like You” – Scorpions
Known as the Scorpions breakout song in America, “No One Like You” hit number one on the mainstream rock charts. The german band was a tremendous hit among english speaking countries and continued there success based on “american thinking.”
07) “Ain’t Talkin’ Bout Love” – Van Halen
The hard guitar tune gets more radio play now than it did when it originally came out. While driving in the car you can’t help but feel like a rockstar alongside the guitar solo in the middle of the song. Trust me you will!
08) “Livin’ On A Prayer” – Bon Jovi
Jon Bon Jovi wanted to leave “Living On A Prayer” off the album “Slippery When Wet” because he believed that it wasn’t good enough. But a meeting with a group of teenagers is what at the last minute changed his mind.
09) “Pour Some Sugar On Me” – Def Leppard
The album that “Pour Some Sugar On Me” was featured on was delayed because the band drummer Rick Allen lost his arm in a car accident and after months of physical therapy learned to play with one arm only.
10) “Eye Of The Tiger” – Survivor
Better known as the theme song for Rocky III, Sylvester Stallone ended up loving the song so much that he asked for louder instruments to be used for the tune in the movie and an additional verse added.
11) “Hold The Line” – Toto
“Hold the line” is literally used as an expression meaning to maintain your current position. Which the lead singer, Joseph Williams, used as a way to tell the girl he was with to be patient with him and stay in the relationship.
12) “Hungry Like The Wolf” – Duran Duran
According to lead singer Simon Le Bon, the lyrics were inspired by the fairytale “little red riding hood” which features the big bad wolf.
13) “Paradise” – Meatloaf
The songs from the album “Bat Out Of Hell” are not based off experiences or events but rather images and obsessions of lead singer Marvin Lee Aday.
14) “Free Fallin” – Tom Petty
The first verse of “Free Fallin” was made jokingly while the band’s pianist played three simple cords that resounded with the band’s lead singer Tom Petty coming up with random lyrics that strung together. The song was continually created from those first 10 words that were blurted out during the band’s practice.
15) “Sweet Child O’ Mine” – Guns N’ Roses
Axl Rose wrote “Sweet Child O’ Mine” for his girlfriend who he ended it with a month after the songs release. The song did not make the US # 1 until a year after the album “Appetite For Destruction” came out.
16) “Carry On Wayward Son” – Kansas
Lead singer, Kerry Livgren, made the tune a last minute addition to the album, the artist at the time was searching for religious inspiration and lyrics of the song as insights of his experience.
17) “We Will Rock You” – Queen
Brian May, Queen’s lead guitarist said the idea for the song came to him in a dream. He wanted to create a song that his audience members could participate in. Now it is known to be one of the universal songs for interaction with a crowd, especially during football games!
18) “Stairway To Heaven” – Led Zepplin
“Stairway To Heaven” is simply about a woman getting everything she ever wanted without giving anything back and for that reason she is cursed to always live a loveless life.
19) “Sweet Home Alabama” – Lynyrd Skynyrd
Originally from Jacksonville, Florida Lynyrd Skynyrd and his band wrote “Sweet Home Alabama” based off their impressions driving through Alabama. Although the band does not claim any part of the state as home for them.
20) “Born To Be Wild” – Steppenwolf
Steppenwolf wrote “Born To Be Wild” originally as a fold ballad. After working on the songs tempo and playing with the pitch the artist created a rock hit from the mix.
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