Newshub's best summer road trip songs

Who's down for a road trip?
Who's down for a road trip? Photo credit: Getty

It's the summer holidays and time for the classic Kiwi road trip - and nothing says road trip like some good music.

Ever since they put stereos in cars, people have been listening to music while they drive. Whether you want to put your foot down through some tight corners or chill out on the way back from the beach, there's the right song for you.

And so, as the sun beats down from the sky and the tarmac stretches out in front of you, it's time to turn the volume up.

Here's Newshub's round-up of the best driving songs. Gather your friends and hit the road.

Kyuss - 'Gardenia'

Kick off your journey with some heavy music. Kyuss was an American rock band and one of the progenitors of desert rock. Their music captures the sound of driving through an empty desert.

As soon as that riff comes through the speakers, this song plays like a large engine turning over.

It's the perfect song for driving in a hot Kiwi summer with brown paddocks and blue sky around you.

Deftones - 'Be Quiet and Drive (Far Away)'

The second single from the Deftones' second album, Around the Fur, this is a strong contender for one of the best driving song ever.

This is for when you want to jump in your car and drive - anywhere.

There's no plan, and no destination. As long as it's far away.

Them Crooked Vultures - 'Dead End Friends'

Rock supergroup Them Crooked Vultures combined John Paul Jones, Dave Grohl, and Josh Homme in the same band - and they came up with this, one of the best driving songs ever.

'Dead End Friends' sounds like what it's like to be young and up to no good, with a pulsing beat and some frenetic guitar work.

"I follow the road, blind.

Until the road is dead end.

Night's in my veins, it's calling me,

Racing along these arteries."

Talking Heads - 'The Big Country'

This song always brings up the feeling of when you're driving through the country and come to those quiet Kiwi towns with their small antique and second-hand stores.

There are the little farming schools, quiet shops and a half-empty country pub.

Sure, the air is clean and the housing is affordable - but would you want to live there?

Iggy Pop - 'Passenger'

A classic pick, Iggy describes the haunting feeling of driving through the city late at night in the backseat of a car.

Auckland sprawls around you, the city lights twinkle, and the roads are empty. Wind down the window and watch the world pass by.

"I am a passenger

And I ride and I ride

I ride through the city's backside

I see the stars come out of the sky."

Red Hot Chili Peppers - 'Road Trippin''

A classic song for a road trip, the Red Hot Chili Peppers capture the feeling of car-pooling with your friends on the way to the surf.

The final track of their Californication album, this song brings out the group's softer side.

"Road trippin' with my two favourite allies, fully loaded we got snacks and supplies."

Pack a towel and get lost on the way to a West Coast beach.


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