Road Trips are a summer staple, and American tradition, and the reason (we're certain) that 8-tracks were installed in cars. We've compiled the best road trip songs about road trips for your last-minute, late-summer journey.
(Get Your Kicks on) Route 66 (1946) – The Cole Trio
Recorded by Nat King Cole’s early group, the Cole Trio, “Route 66” is as American as Apple Pie. It also highlights the beginning of the era of the automobile in the United States. The construction of enormous highways coincided perfectly with the rise of Big Auto out of Detroit.
I've Been Everywhere (1959) – written by Geoff Mack, made famous in the States by Johnny Cash
This song was actually written and performed first by Australian Geoff Mack, but Cash adopted and adapted the tune to mesh perfectly with his down-home vision of Americana. It is now a staple of hotel commercials.
Being a popular musical act is tough. They not only have to manage the expectations of their fans, who want them to keep producing great material, they have to manage the expectations of their labels, who want them to keep producing great material. Over time, many artists suffer from changing winds in musical taste, and the type of music that made them popular in one decade doesn't get much traction in another, leading many fans to ask of new songs, "What is this crap?" Or else the artist or band tries to experiment, leading many fans to ask of new songs, "What is this crap?"
What I'm basically saying is that fans tend to have a strong preference for the music that made them initially like the artist; it's a kind of nostalgia effect, I suppose. So some artists who've been around for a long time, and are no longer bound to recording contracts, have decided to base their current success on exactly what their fans are expecting: the golden oldies that made them popular. They continue touring but stop recording for the most part, or else have very long gaps of time between albums which suggest recording isn't a priority for them. Here are a few examples that've done just that:
The Rolling Stones
The Rolling Stones are among the better bands on this list, since they've actually had a new studio album in the last 10 years, that being A Bigger Bang (2005). They've had several compilation and live albums since then, some with a few new songs, but that's about it. Since 1989, the Stones have definitely slowed down their release schedule, with three studio albums during that time period. The Stones have given no indication that they're done recording, so hopefully we'll see a new album soon.
Tomorrow marks the beginning of another NCAA Basketball Tournament, and we are definitely amped up for the coming games. The beginning of the tournament also got us thinking about some of the most popular basketball-related themes. Where basketball is concerned, there really are only a few big ones, but they're all memorable and instantly recognizable.
"I Believe I Can Fly"
There are a lot of songs that are created and then later appropriated for movies. "I Believe I Can Fly" by R. Kelly was not one of those songs. Written for the 1996 live action/Looney Tunes mash-up "Space Jam," the song help propel the movie into the box-office stratosphere. It also earned a life of its own outside the movie, and in addition won two Grammy Awards for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance and Best Rhythm & Blues Song.
Even if you didn't watch the awards ceremony this past Sunday, you may have heard about Lady Gaga's performance of a medley of songs from "The Sound of Music," including "The Hills Are Alive," "My Favorite Things," "Edelweiss," and "Climb Ev'ry Mountain." If you haven't, the video is below. The performance particularly moved Julie Andrews, who played the role of Maria in the 1965 film.
It's a simple fact of life. Someday one of either two things will happen to your favorite artists: 1) They will kick the bucket or 2) They will decide that enough is enough and retire from the music business. It happens to every musician, but for some of them that time is coming sooner rather than later. So here are four artists you may want to think about seeing before it's too late, in no particular order.
Normally when someone retires it's because they're entering the final chapter of their life, and they want to live their final years without the stress of work, maybe do some traveling, and spend time with family. That does not appear to be the motivation for Motley Crue's retirement at the end of this year. After all, none of them are particularly old. Mick Mars is the oldest member of the band at 65, but the other three members are in their 50s.