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18 Songs for a Midnight Road Trip

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After a long day of work most people like to relax for the evening.  Your
hobby of choice could be watching television, reading a book, spending time
on the Internet, or listening to music.  A good mix of relaxing music can be
healthy before a good night’s sleep, especially easy listening tunes that paint
a clear picture of life.  This genre of music is also great when you find
yourself on a late night road trip.  I have developed a list of tunes that are
perfect for night traveling.  These songs were selected from a wide range of
musical decades.  Be sure to share these singles with your children of all
ages.

18. Youth Group - Forever Young (2006)

Youth Group is an Australian rock band, formed in Sydney during the late
1990s.  The group has released four albums in Australia, with the three most
recent records gaining worldwide sales.  The bands single Forever Young,
which was a cover of an original song by Alphaville, was used in the
television show The O.C.  It was also heavily featured in promos for the
Australian TV station Channel Ten.  The song peaked at #1 in Australia.
During 2006, Youth Group supported Coldplay in their sold-out tour of
Australia.  In 2008, they supported the Kings Of Leon and Interpol.  The
band toured the U.S. twice in 2009 and they are currently on hiatus.

17. The Troggs - Love Is All Around (1967)

The Troggs are an English rock band from the 1960s that had a number of
hits in Britain and the U.S, including their most famous song Wild Thing.
Love is All Around is a tune composed by Reg Presley and performed by
The Troggs.  The single was first released in the UK in October of 1967,
peaking at #5 in the charts.  In 1968 it reached #7 in the U.S.  Wet Wet
Wet's version of Love Is All Around was released on May 9, 1994.  It topped
the UK singles chart, where it remained for fifteen consecutive weeks.      

16. Tom Petty - Wildflowers (1994)

Wildflowers is the second solo album by American musician Tom Petty.  It
was released in November of 1994.  Interestingly, most of the songs on the
album have not been featured on any of the band's many Greatest Hits
albums.  The single Wildflowers is the title track on the CD.    

15. Linda Ronstadt - Long Long Time (1970)

Linda Ronstadt is an American singer and entertainer.  She has won
numerous Grammy Awards and is one of the most commercially successful
female singers in U.S. history.  In the late 1960s Ronstadt was known as the
First Lady of Rock and was the highest paid woman in music.  She has
charted thirty-eight Billboard Hot 100 singles, twenty-one of which have
reached the top 40, ten reached the top 10, three peaked at #2, and here
only #1 hit in the U.S. was You're No Good in 1975. 

Ronstadt's second solo album, Silk Purse, was released in March 1970.  It
features the single Long Long Time, which would become a Top 40 hit.  The
song also gave Linda her first Grammy nomination for Best Contemporary
Vocal Performance.     

14. The Cranberries - Dreaming My Dreams (1994)

No Need to Argue is an album by The Cranberries that was released in
1994.  It was the band's most successful album to date, and has sold around
17 million copies worldwide.  The record contains the band's most successful
single to date, Zombie.  No Need to Argue reached #1 in Australia, Austria,
and Germany, peaking at #2 in the UK, the Netherlands, and Switzerland.
Dreaming My Dreams is the 10th track on the album.  It is a beautiful and
meaningful song.   

13. Donovan - Colours (1965)

Colours is a song written and recorded by Scottish singer-songwriter
Donovan.  The Colours single was released in the United Kingdom on May
28, 1965.  The song reached #4 in the UK and #61 in the U.S.  The tune has
been used repeatedly in advertising and movie spots. 

12. Bruce Springsteen - I’m on Fire

I'm on Fire is a song written and performed by American rock star Bruce
Springsteen.  In 1985 it became the fourth single released from his massively
successful album Born in the U.S.A.  The song is a moody number that
merges a soft rockabilly beat with lyrics built around sexual tension.  I’m on
Fire peaked at #6 in the United States, #5 in the UK, and reached the #1
spot in the Netherlands.  The music video for the song was shot in March
1985 in Los Angeles.  It is not a performance clip, but rather portrays a
dramatic storyline that alluded to the song's emotion. 

11. Roy Orbison - Crying (1961)

Crying is a rock ballad written and performed by Roy Orbison.  The song
was released as a 45rpm single in July 1961 and went to #2 on the U.S. pop
music chart.  Crying contains a vivid combination of hurtful romantic lyrics
combined with operatic vocals.  In 1987, Orbison rerecorded the song as a
duet with k.d. lang as part of the soundtrack for the motion picture, Hiding
Out.  Their collaboration won the Grammy Award for Best Country
Collaboration with Vocals.  Over the years, Crying has been used regularly
in advertising and film.       

10. Kate Wolf - Across the Great Divide (1980)

Kate Wolf was an American folk singer and songwriter.  Her career was
relatively short, but she had a significant impact on the folk music scene.
Many musicians continue to cover her songs today.  Kate Wolf’s most
notable singles include Here in California, Love Still Remains, Unfinished
Life, and Across the Great Divide.  Across the Great Divide is a wonderful
song full of lyrical meaning.  I have included a video of Nanci Griffith and
Emmylou Harris perform the song as a tribute to Kate Wolf, who died at the
age 44, after a long battle with leukemia.

9. Simon & Garfunkel - Kathy’s Song (1966)

Simon & Garfunkel are an American singer-songwriter duo consisting of Paul
Simon and Art Garfunkel.  The pair rose to fame in 1965, backed by the hit
single The Sounds of Silence.  They were among the most popular recording
artists of the 1960s.  In 1981, Simon & Garfunkel performed a free Concert
in Central Park, which attracted about 500,000 people.  Kathy’s Song was
the 4th track on the bands 1966 release Sounds of Silence.  The song was
inspired by Kathy Chitty, who was the girlfriend and muse of Paul Simon for
a short time in the middle of the 1960s. 

8. Lady Antebellum - Need You Now (2009)

Lady Antebellum is an American country music group formed in Nashville,
Tennessee in 2006.  In 2008, the group's self-titled debut album was certified
platinum in the U.S.  On January 26, 2010, the bands second studio album
titled Need You Now was released in the U.S.  The record sold 500,000
copies in its first week of release.   The first single off of the album was also
titled Need You Now.  The song received a significant amount radio airplay
in 2009 and spent five weeks atop the U.S. Country Music Chart.  Need You
Now was also a big hit in Canada and the single is set to be released in the
UK on April 26, 2010 and in Germany on April 23, 2010.      

7. Stevie Wonder - My Cherie Amour (1969)

My Cherie Amour is a 1969 soul classic by Motown singer-songwriter Stevie
Wonder.  The song became a #4 hit on both the Billboard pop and R&B
singles charts.  My Cherie Amour was covered by fellow Motown act The
Jackson 5, as well as by vocalists Andy Williams.  The singles familiar
baseline has been used on numerous projects.  Its lyrics are an
autobiographical account by Wonder about a woman he was fascinated with
while in school at the Michigan School for the Blind in Lansing, Michigan.           

6. James Taylor - Fire and Rain (1970)

Fire and Rain is a folk rock song written and performed by James Taylor.
The song was featured on Taylor’s second album, Sweet Baby James.
The single brought widespread attention for James Taylor.  Fire and Rain
peaked at #3 on the U.S. singles chart.  The song held the 227th position on
Rolling Stone's list of the 500 greatest songs of all time.       

5. Elton John - Tiny Dancer (1971)

Tiny Dancer is a 1971 song by Elton John with lyrics by Bernie Taupin.  The
single appears on John's fourth album, Madman Across the Water.  Tiny
Dancer was written about Taupin's then-girlfriend Maxine Feibelman, a
dancer who had accompanied Elton and Taupin on their first tour of America
in 1970.  She had been a "seamstress for the band” and would later become
Taupin's wife.  Tiny Dancer was initially a non-starter as a single, reaching
only #41 on the U.S. pop chart and not even being released in the UK.
However, the song slowly became one of John's most popular tunes.  Tiny
Dancer has appeared in many films, most notably the 2000 release Almost
Famous. 

4. Al Green - Let's Stay Together (1972)

Let's Stay Together is a song by Al Green that was featured on his 1972
album of the same name.  In 1971 the song reached #1 on the U.S. singles
chart, and remained on the chart for 16 weeks.  It peaked at #4 in the
Netherlands, #6 in the UK, #15 in Ireland, #18 in Germany, and #19 in
Australia.  The single was ranked as the 60th greatest song of all time by
Rolling Stone magazine.         

3. Jackson Browne - The Load-Out - Stay (1977)

The Load-Out is a song by Jackson Browne that was included on his 1977
album Running on Empty.  The tune is a tribute to all roadies and fans.  In
concert and on radio, towards the end of the song it segues into a fitting
interpretation of Maurice Williams' 1960 hit Stay, sung by Browne, Rosemary
Butler and David Lindley.  Many radio stations have played The Load-Out
and Stay together as a medley, although the mixture wasn't released as a
single.  It is a great combination and Jackson Browne is a wonderful live
performer.        

2. Kid Rock & Sheryl Crow - Picture (2001)

Picture is a song that was written and recorded by Kid Rock for his album
Cocky.  In 2003, an acoustic country version of the song was released.  It
included a duet performance with Sheryl Crow.  Picture was the first country
song for both Rock and Crow and was nominated for the Vocal Event of the
Year at the 2003 Country Music Awards.  Picture peaked at #4 on the U.S.
singles chart and remains Kidd Rock’s second most successful release after
the 2008 song All Summer Long.           

1. The Everly Brothers - All I Have to do is Dream (1958)

All I Have to do Is Dream is a popular song made famous by the Everly
Brothers.  The lyrics were written by the legendary husband and wife
songwriting team Felice and Boudleaux Bryant.  The song reached #1 on the
U.S. singles chart in 1958.  It is ranked as #141 on Rolling Stone magazine’s
list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.  Recently, the song was used in
the trailer of the 2010 film Nightmare on Elm Street.  The use of the song is
ironic, because Freddy is able to kill the protagonists by entering their
dreams.  All I Have to do is Dream remains one of the most covered songs
in history. 

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