Cheesy Travel Songs We Love

November 14 2008 by Karla Henriquez
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travelsongs.jpgWhether you're driving across the plains or in the mountains, for two hours or for eighteen, music is an essential element of a road trip. It's a time to plug in the iPod and listen to all our favorite bands. However, let's not forget about the unique opportunity a road trip provides us to turn the stereo OFF and sing what can only be described as cheesy travel songs.

In my experience, singing Cheesy Travel Songs during a road trip is a great way to teach children some great American folk songs. Additionally, they serve one of two very important purposes: 1) to express common excitement and joy, or 2) to make the children in the car stop bickering or complaining.

What qualifies as a Cheesy Travel Song? I would say the common characteristics of most Cheesy Travel Songs are a simple, catchy melody and repetitive lyrics. This makes them easy to learn and easy to add on to when you need to make a song last a very, very long time.

Here are some of my favorite selections from this genre:

Over the River and Through the Woods
Home on the Range
Clementine
Jimmie Crack Corn
When I First Came to this Land
I've Been Workin' on the Railroad
Rock-a My Soul (He's got the whole world in his hands)
There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly
B-I-N-G-O
99 Bottles
The Yodeler
There's a Hole in the Bucket
Old McDonald had a Farm
The Princess Pat

Can you add to this list?

Categories : Packed & Ready

4 Comments

By Henry on November 15, 2008 10:08 AM

The Song that Never Ends!

By Jon on December 5, 2008 2:54 PM

She'll be coming round' the mountain
On top of Spaghetti

By Brent on December 16, 2008 6:53 AM

There's always "The Wheels On the Bus..."

By Margie on December 16, 2008 7:45 AM

Michael Row the boat Ashore
Buffalo Gals
Country Roads (practically a folk song!)


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