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25 essential songs for driving across Canada

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Is there a particular song that comes to mind when you hit the open road, roll the car windows down, and begin that long familiar journey down the highway to, well, nowhere?

A playlist, whether it’s orchestrated in the days before a trip, or accumulated over a number of road trips past, is an essential part of any good drive—no matter how long it is or who you have by your side.

Whether it’s the artists or the subject matter, these 25 songs are the perfect roadside companion for travelling Canada’s picturesque landscape—the Rocky Mountains of the West, the vast, open fields of the Prairies, or Ontario’s endless lakes—by car.

  1. The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald – Gordon Lightfoot
  2. A Case of You – Joni Mitchell
  3. Helpless – Neil Young
  4. Bobcaygeon – The Tragically Hip
  5. Life is a Highway – Tom Cochrane
  6. Trans Canada – The Constantines
  7. English Bay – Blue Rodeo
  8. Comin’ Home – City and Colour
  9. Oh, Canada – Kathleen Edwards
  10. Runnin’ Back to Saskatoon – The Guess Who
  11. Lakeside Park – Rush
  12. Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere – Neil Young
  13. Escarpment Blues – Sarah Harmer
  14. Miles from Our Home – Cowboy Junkies
  15. Spoonful of Sugar – Matt Mays
  16. Hard Road – Sam Roberts
  17. ‪Moody Manitoba Morning – Rick Neufeld
  18. One Great City – Weakerthans
  19. ‪The Old Black Rum – Great Big Sea
  20. Road Regrets – Dan Mangan
  21. The Rest of my Life – Sloan
  22. Oh Alberta – Elliott Brood
  23. Sudbury Saturday Night – Stompin’ Tom Connors
  24. Rollin, Rollin, Rollin – Joel Plaskett
  25. My Girl – Yukon Blonde

What tunes do you throw on when you hit the open road?