We really shouldn’t be surprised by this: The most popular road-trip song in the country is “On the Road Again,” by Willie Nelson.
Some 52.6 million Americans will hit the road this holiday season, and Pioneer Electronics USA surveyed almost 3,000 people to find the No. 1 road-trip song. We’re kinda wondering about the average age of the respondents, because not one of the top 10 is from this decade. Or the last, for that matter. The rest of the list:
- “Born to Be Wild,” by Steppenwolf
- “Take It Easy,” by The Eagles
- “I Get Around,” by The Beach Boys
- “Highway to Hell,” by AC/DC
- “Free Falling,” by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
- “Riders on the Storm,” by The Doors
- “I Wanna Rock and Roll All Night,” by Kiss
- “Wanted: Dead or Alive,” by Bon Jovi
- “Free Bird,” by Lynyrd Skynyrd
There are some interesting factoids from the survey. Although “On the Road Again” took to top spot overall, respondents from the northeast and men favored Steppenwolf’s most famous tune. The 18 to 34 set, and those who have never married, gave “Highway to Hell” top billing. People in that age bracket also tended to favor songs from the late 1980s and ’90s, including “Paradise City,” by Guns ‘N Roses and “California Love,” by 2Pac.