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The ultimate Route 66 music playlist July 3, 2011

Posted by Ron Warnick in Music.

Over the years, I’ve amassed on my iPod more than 200 songs for road trips. These are songs are mostly about driving, along with tunes about the towns and places along the Mother Road.

This list, along with an excellent one compiled by the Federal Highway Administration, should give you music download ideas for your next Route 66 journey. If you got other good tunes to recommend, submit a comment.

The list goes in no particular order. The links go to YouTube videos where you can hear (and often see) the song performed in its entirety. Any song with an asterisk has been directly inspired by Route 66 or one of its landmarks.

Happy song-hunting.

UPDATE: I’ve provided download links to as many songs as I could. The downloads come from Amazon.com, which are compatible with iPods and other MP3 players. Most downloads are 99 cents each; a few that are more expensive or cheaper.


1. RT - July 3, 2011

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nwYXjsXjFug&feature=related click the link – this is a newer one on Tucumcari, titled: “Tucumcari Tonight” by the Colon Sphincter Band (I know – but that’s their name!) and it’s the 1st track on the “Songs of Tucumcari” CD. We listen to it everytime we’re heading home.

Those are all GREAT songs on the list though…

2. Mark G - July 4, 2011

This is a great playlist. . . but Prince’s “Little Red Corvette” isn’t really about travel or driving. :)

Ron - July 4, 2011

Neither is “Terraplane Blues.” ;)

3. phil - July 5, 2011

First of all, sorry for my english.

What do you think of this one : Highway to Hell, AC/DC (a classic one)
I also love “Lost Highway”(already in your playlist) but the cover of H.Williamns’s song made by Coldplay

4. Josh - July 5, 2011

For the hard rockers: White Zombie’s Thunderkiss ’65 and the first one on my playlist: Jude Cole’s Start The Car

5. Rich - July 18, 2011

There’s a song that I just learned about called “Bye Bye Route 66″ by Devonsquare. It’s about how the towns along Route 66 have disappeared because of US 40

6. Joe parisi - May 18, 2013

How about
Johnny Cash – I’ve Been Everywhere
The Tragically Hip – At The Hundredth Meridian

7. Joe parisi - May 18, 2013

Sorry, I missed that you already had the J Cash!

8. Jeanie - November 25, 2013

Tucumcari by Jimmy Rogers?

9. musicasercarl - March 10, 2014

Hey. I´ve done a spotify playlist with songs aboute this road with more than 200 songs. Including lives in the famous whysky a go-go. I hope you enjoy


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11. Mike - July 2, 2014

My window faces the south,,,,commander cody. Trucker’s Cafe…Ian and Sylvia. Mama Hated Diesels…Commander Cody. Big Wheel Keep on Turnin,..Merle Haggard

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