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    Thu, 04 Nov 2010 08:41:46

    In Honor of "Due Date" - The Top Ten Road Tripping Songs! -

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    This Friday, Warner Bros. Pictures gives birth to what is sure to be one of the funniest movies of the year: Due Date. The premise? A high-strung father-to-be (the always brilliant Robert Downey, Jr.) has to embark on an unholy road trip with a wannabe actor (the hilarious and offbeat Zach Galifianakis of The Hangover fame) in order to make it to the birth of his child.

    We here at ARTISTdirect.com can't wait to take a very small road trip to the theatres to see it on Friday November 5th (Tomorrow!), so we figured we'd give you our Top Ten Road Trip Songs for your drive-time commute. Grab your water bottle and those Trader Joe's trail mix packs that have all the weird things in them- you know, the kind you only get on a road trip- and let's jam one out!

    ARTISTdirect.com's To Ten Road Tripping Songs in Honor of "Due Date"

    "Take It Easy"- The Eagles

    The Eagles are a band that always sounds great on the open road. That’s why I picked this one! Everything about this classic track evokes leaving your worries behind and just driving away through the great American landscape. Just relax, and drive like hell for that border.

    "Born To Be Wild"- Steppenwolf

    Here is another classic rock track (many of which you will find on this list, and many of which you will find appropriate for cranking in the car when you can’t drive 55) that just sounds better with some wind in your hair. "Get your motor runnin'/ Head out on the highway/ looking for adventure/ And whatever comes our way." Perfect fare for your excursion. This would actually be even better for if you were road-tripping on a motorcycle. However, that might get tough with more than two people.

    "Road Trippin'"- Red Hot Chili Peppers

    I actually can't remember why I chose this song for the playlist. Weird.

    "Free Ride"- Edgar Winter Group

    C’mon and take a free ride, everyone. This is a rollicking track to sing along to with the top or window down, and is especially fantastic for belting out "car"-aoke style in your hooptie. See what I did there?

    "Highway to Hell"- AC/DC

    ACDC are (is?) the type of band where you know exactly how all their songs sound, but you still can't get enough of them. They are legends. The driving beat on a classic rock stomper like this will keep you awake for the long haul on the highway- regardless of whether you’re driving towards hell or not.

    Oh! Now I remember why I picked "Road Trippin'" by Red Hot Chili Peppers for this list! It’s because Anthony Keidis and Flea were in the 1994 comedy, The Chase, about a man on the run from the cops who high-tails it to Mexico. Who played the man, you ask? Charlie Sheen. Sounds like he might actually be recreating this movie quite soon by the sound of the news…

    I was actually kidding about The Chase being the reason for picking this song. The RHCP track is very literally about taking a road trip. Now, where were we?

    "Free Bird"- Lynyrd Skynyrd

    Ah yes, the Southern gentlemen (in the loosest sense of the term) and their freewheeling, infectiously rambling staple makes the perfect addition to our list. If you ever want to annoy people any time you're at a music venue, tell the band/ artist/ performer to play "Free Bird." It's best if you're at a jazz club or classical orchestra performance, something like that. "Hey man- play Free Bird!" They get really peeved. Another reason why this is a useful road trip song- it's so long, that by the time it's over, you're at your destination!

    "Livin' On A Prayer"- Bon Jovi

    This song is one of those classic, yet cheesy Eighties bar songs that gets everyone singing along no matter where you are. It’s perfect for that point in the drive where you’ve talked about everything you can talk about with your car mates, and need something to wake you up. Science has proven that singing "Livin' On A Prayer" in your car at the top of your lungs is equivalent to two cups of regular coffee. And by "science," I mean "me making things up."

    "I've Been Everywhere"- Johnny Cash

    The man in black is always appropriate for the open highway. This song will make you want to get up and go, and will make you feel better about how far you have to travel to get to where you're going. At least you don’t have to go to all the cities Mr. Cash mentions in one fell swoop!

    "10 West"- Mad Caddies

    This is a pretty esoteric song, from a fun pirate-punk band from Santa Barbara, CA called The Mad Caddies. It’s got a reggae vibe, and here the Caddies sing about the road being their home, and heading out on the 10 West- a freeway that spans all the way from California to Northern Africa, I believe.

    "Paradise City"- Guns N' Roses

    This one is perfect for the end of your journey (or the beginning). It reminds you of the Paradise City where you'll eventually end up on the end of your road. Or, if you have to go to Yuma, AZ to visit that weird family friend you’d rather not, you can imagine you’ve got a paradise city to go to afterwards.

    Be sure to watch the road and rock your ride as you're cranking these tunes, and make a date to check out the hilarious film, Due Date- at a theatre near you. Or, far from you if you want to try out this soundtrack!

    —Mark Phillips

    Will you be seeing Due Date on November 5, 2010?

    Check out what Zach Galifianakis and Due Date director are listening to here in this playlist feature here!

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    Tags: Steppenwolf, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Edgar Winter, AC/DC, Bon Jovi, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Johnny Cash, Guns N' Roses, Mad Caddies, Slash, Axl Rose, Zach Galifianakis, Todd Phillips

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