5 of the Best – Roads

Kerouac’s most famous (and probably best) book was about them, many of us spend our lives on them and they also rhyme with toads (to be honest I couldn’t think of anything else to say). Here’s 5otB to do with roads…

Gerry Rafferty – Baker Street: The only time I think a sax has been necessary in a song. This one about the very famous stretch in London where Sherlock used to run around with his magnifying glass is an absolutely classic song.

Baker Street

The Hollies – He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother: In the main part this song isn’t necessarily about any particular highway, however, the song would be nothing without the opening gambit “The road is long, with many a winding turn”. Very emotive song and also a classic.

Bob Dylan – Highway 61 Revisited: Yet another classic and the title track from what is maybe Dylan’s best album (it’s probably too hard to pick though). P.J. Harvey’s cover is very interesting also.

2-4-6-8 Motorway

Tom Robinson Band – 2-4-6-8 Motorway: I bloody love this song so much. Keep on truckin’. The riff is so simple it’s almost moronic, that however is a major factor in the song’s brilliance. A quick mention must go to its appearance on the hilarious ‘Margit’ episode of Only Fools and Horses.

Willie Nelson – On the Road Again: Fantastic song with a touching lyric about Nelson’s love of life on tour. You can’t help but tap your toes to this one.


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