Golf Road Trip Playlists

by Fat Guy

Whether it's a legit road trip down a golf/barbeque/Bourbon trail, or killing those hours driving down I-95 to Pinehurst before the winter weather breaks in the Northeast, or just keeping your crew's post-round energy level up during that half-hour drive back to the golf condo on the other end of Myrtle Beach, a good iPod playlist or two can be a crucial part of any golf buddy trip that involves a little wheel time.  And while I've been known to throw in an occasional few tune suggestions to go with certain golf road trip themes, it was never much more than an afterthought.  So what started as a throwaway paragraph on my Route 66 Golf Road Trip page , with a few thoughts for some "great Americana road trip tunes" to include on a Route 66 playlist, eventually somehow took on a life of it's own.

Here's a breakdown of some of those playlists.  We'll start with a basic core playlist that will fit in with damn near any golf road trip in the good 'ol U.S. of A.  From there, we'll branch out into some more specific suggestions for road trips with particular themes or locations (like Route 66, Summer, Ireland, etc.).

A brief set of rules for any good road trip playlist, partially stolen from

1. No slow songs. Road trip music is about setting the pace. No one wants to hear a soft rock/jazz fusion ballad. The rhythm should build up momentum. [ Translation:  Good road trip tunes make you want to drop the hammer .]

2. Pick the subject matter carefully. Acceptable themes include: the hobo lifestyle, the tramp lifestyle, the vagabond lifestyle, and all of the various cities you’ve been to. Since this is a boy's weekend, drinking, women, and sex are also acceptable themes.

3. thinks any good road trip song has to have guitar in it, but Fat Guy disagrees.  It's true that Flock Of Seagulls will likely cause the DJ/playlist-maker to receive a DiNozzo back-of-the-head slap.  Themes and specific genres can work nicely, but only for about 45 minutes at a time.  I've found that golf buddy road trips often involve people of varied ages and musical tastes, and personally I can only take so many classic rock songs that I've literally heard thousands of times over a lifetime.  I'm more of the opinion that a broad mix of genres and styles will keep your foursome interested over the long haul.  Most guys can put up with one song they don't love, as long as there's hope that the next one will be good.  I like to throw in the occasional 'novelty' tune, like something from a funny moment in a guy movie, a fun tune that's wildly inappropriate for the age and tastes of your crew, or something that might get a good chuckle or two.

The Fat Guy Americana Golf Road Trip Core Playlist :

Tom Petty- Runnin' Down A Dream

Big & Rich- Comin' To Your City, Save A Horse (Ride A Cowboy)

Kid Rock- Cowboy, All Summer Long

Bob Seger- Betty Lou's Gettin' Out Tonight

John Cougar Mellencamp- Pink Houses, Jack & Diane, Play Guitar, Rumbleseat

Stevie Ray Vaughn- If The House Is A Rockin'

Johnny Cash- I've Been Everywhere

ZZ Top- I'm Bad I'm Nationwide , Tush, My Head's In Mississippi, La Grange, Balinese

George Thorogood- Who Do You Love?, Gear Jammer, Highway 49, You Can't Catch Me, Long Gone, Crawlin' King Snake, Born To Be Bad, Ride On Josephine, (Let's) Go Go Go

Chuck Berry- No Particular Place To Go, Johnny B. Goode, You Can't Catch Me, Memphis Tennesee, Go Go Go, Nadine, Maybelline

Jeff Healy- Hideaway , Roadhouse Blues, Hoochie Coochie Man

Rascal Flats- Life Is A Highway

Steppenwolf/The Cult- Born To Be Wild

The Coasters- Down In Mexico (from Tarantino's Death Trip )

Bruce Springsteen- Pink Cadillac, Born To Run

Kenny Loggins- I'm Alright (from Caddyshack , of course)

Chris Isaak- Baby Did A Bad, Bad Thing

The Clarks- Cigarette

Cry Of Love- Highway Jones

Guns & Roses - Welcome To The Jungle

Muddy Waters - Mannish Boy

Junkyard - Back On The Streets

The Lemonheads - Mrs. Robinson

Pearl Jam - Go

Allman Brothers - Ramblin' Man

Lynyrd Skynard - Sweet Home Alabama, I Know A Little

Marshall Tucker Band - Long Hard Ride, Runnin' Like The Wind

Grand Funk Railroad - We're An American Band

Bon Jovi - It's My Life, Blaze Of Glory, Wanted Dead Or Alive

Sheryl Crow - Everyday Is AWinding Road

Spiderbait - Black Betty ( from Without A Paddle)

Queen - Bohemian Rhapsody ( from Wayne's World)

Metallica - Fuel

The University of Penn's radio station WXPN in my transplanted hometown of Philadelphia is among the top college and publicly-funded radio stations in the country, and they recently did a week-long road trip celebration with a countdown of the 885 Best Road Trip Songs . Check it out here .

Fat Guy's Aging Former Hipster Road Trip Playlist :

Dub Pistols - Keep Movin'

Framing Henley - Lollipop (Heavy metal cover)

Fun Lovin' Criminals - Scooby Snacks

Gangstagrass - Long Hard Times To Come ( Theme song from FX show "Justified")

Scarface - Damn It Feels Good To Be A Gangsta ( from Office Space)

The Heavy - How You Like Me Now

Hollywood Undead - Comin' In Hot

Kings Of Leon - Sex On Fire

Nickelback - Burn It To The Ground

Overseer - Horndog

P.O.D.- Boom

LL Cool J - Mama Said Knock You Out

DJ Kool- Let Me Clear My Throat (Live)

Flo Rida - Right Round ( from The Hangover)

T.I. featuring Rihanna - Live Your Life ( from The Hangover)

Run DMC - Rock Box

The Xecutioners - It's Going Down

Route 66 Playlist:

Ireland Playlist:

Clannad- Harry's Game

The Dropkick Murphy's - I'm Shipping Up To Boston (from The Departed), Going Out In Style

The Pogues- Anything from Rum, Sodomy, and the Lash

Fight Like Apes - Lend Me Your Face

A Little Solidarity Goes A Long Way - And So I Watch You From Afar


The Doors- The Wasp (Texas Radio and the Big Beat)


ZZ Top - Viva Las Vegas

Elvis Pressley - A Little Less Conversation

Dean Martin - Ain't That A Kick In The Head

Richmond/Williamsburg VA:

Cowboy Junkies- Oregon Hill


DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince- Summertime

Alice Cooper- School's Out

Sigue Sigue Sputnik- Love Missle F-11 (from Ferris Bueller's Day Off )

Bob Marley- Could You Be Loved, Lively Up Yourself, No Woman Don't Cry, Get Up Stand Up, Buffalo Soldier

The Cars- Magic

The Flower Pot Men - Beat City (from Ferris Bueller's Day Off)

Van Halen- Ice Cream Man, Summer Nights

Junkyard- All The Time In The World

Jimmy Buffett- The Weather Is Here Wish You Were Beautiful, Margaritaville

Blotto- I Wanna Be A Lifeguard

The Beatles- Twist And Shout (from Ferris Bueller's Day Off )

G. Love & Special Sauce- Cold Beverage

Will Smith- Miami

New Radicals - You Get What You Give

Bar/Booze Trail :

George Thorogood - One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer