Road trips are a quintessentially Canadian thing! Our country is so enormous, it presents the perfect opportunity to pile in car with the kids and head across province to visit Aunt Mabel in Timmins, or take in the serene beauty of the Cape Breton Highlands. To make a road trip successful, you need snacks, games and of course…music.

Here are the 5 greatest albums to listen to while hitting the road!

Rolling Stones – Exile on Main Street

Not only does this album have a cool back story, it produced some of the best Stones tracks we all know today. This album took a couple of years to record, as The band was living abroad for tax purposes. Introducing some heavy brass backers to songs like “Rocks Off” and “Happy” make this album one of the best to drive down the open road with your friends.

Beach Boys – Pet Sounds
Probably the greatest Beach Boys album of all time, you’ll be surprised at how many songs you might actually know. From top to bottom, this is one of the most sing-along-able albums you can find. Roll down the windows and crank “Sloop John B”

Queen – Live at Wembley ‘86
Just a fantastic live album. All of the Queen hits you would expect, with a the built in sounds of 100,000 people packed into Wembley stadium. A masterpiece.

Led Zeppelin – I

Ok, pretty much ANY Led Zeppelin album is a good road trip album, but nothing can beat their debut from 1969. With the commanding drum intro for “Goods Times Bad Times”, to the uber bass licks on “Dazed and Confused” and “How Many more times” we DARE you to play this album front to back, and not crank it past your max volume.

Chuck Berry -Anything by him.
The undisputed King of Rock’n’roll. Everything this man put out there was gold. There is nothing like heading down an open road blasting ‘Maybelline’ or ‘Johnny B. Good’ on a hot summer day, window down and breeze in your hair. Do yourself a favour and get this man’s entire discography.

Hopefully this list has inspired you!  Look at your calendar, plan a weekend away somewhere, and pack up the car with the kids. This country is full of wide open spaces, and hidden little gems – so get going!