When hitting the road is the only thing you can think to do, take these songs with you.
We all have times when “anywhere else” is the best place to be. Whether it’s work, family or just the general malaise life can sometimes bring, the time-honored tradition of just getting away is omnipresent in country music. Here are the best songs about leaving for the heck of it.
12. “Fast Cars And Freedom” – Rascal Flatts
“Fast Cars And Freedom” is more about reminiscing on a time when getting away was possible. Settling down affords less escape, but love is an escape all on its own. As they say, we’ll always have Paris.
11. “County Line” – Sugarland
Even when the place you’re running away to is on the other side of town, it can feel like a world away. You don’t always have to go to Mexico to get away – cherry wine and Spanish moss sounds awful nice to us.
10. “Lot of Leavin’ Left to Do” – Dierks Bentley
Touring artists like Dierks Bentley are always getting away one way or another, but some enjoy it more than others. Many songs have been written about the bummer that is months of touring, but Dierks’ perspective is refreshing and makes us want to hit the road with him.
9. “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere” – Alan Jackson feat. Jimmy Buffett
Like Sugarland, Alan and Jimmy don’t need to go far just to escape their present state of mind. Brain-numbing jobs and jerk bosses sometimes call for playing hooky to visit the islands via a tropical drink or four.
8. “Mud On The Tires” – Brad Paisley
There really is nothing like a new car – it’s the closest most of us will get to being astronauts. Sometimes the little things in life are the ones that bring us the most joy, like muddin’ in a new Chevy late at night.
7. “Wide Open Spaces” – Dixie Chicks
Everyone reaches a point in life where they just have to leave and go somewhere they’ve never been. Whether you’ve just graduated college or divorced and needing to strike out, we’ve all been here. You had us at “a place out west.”
6. “New Strings” – Miranda Lambert
Small towns, bad boyfriends, and the dream of something more – all very good reason to throw your meager belongings in the backseat and head out for Music City.
5. “Suds In The Bucket” – Sara Evans
We never said running away was just for restless adults. Sure, the girl in “Suds” may have just made a huge mistake, and sure, the girls at the beauty shop will never shut up about it. But hey, it was love!
4. “Who Wouldn’t Wanna Be Me” – Keith Urban
America has been obsessed with cross-country roadtrips for a while now, and for good reason. Few things are more exhilarating or freeing than a long stretch of highway with the top down.
3. “One Way Ticket” – LeAnn Rimes
This gloriously 90s production value aside, “One Way Ticket” is a fantastic song about forcing yourself to start anew, even when it’s terrifying. And after multiple divorces and suing her father for unpaid royalties, Rimes knows a thing or two about starting over.
2. “What About Now” – Lonestar
There really is no time like the present. If you’re dead set on running away, why in the world would you put it off and give yourself the chance to back out?
1.”Heads Carolina, Tails California” – Jo Dee Messina
Every new place is an adventure with limitless possibilities. It doesn’t matter if you’re on the sandy beaches of SoCal or in the rugged mountains outside Durham; when you’re ready to leave and you don’t care where you go, you can’t possibly make the wrong choice.