If you’re heading home for the holidays there’s no better way to pass the trip than by having the 10 best going home songs to accompany you. Many musicians have written about the journey back home. The trip is not just a physical journey, which can often be arduous and feature physical obstacles and delays, but also psychological obstacles that many people face in the return to their home. In this instance home is symbolic of family, childhood and simpler times.
- "Homeward Bound" by Simon & Garfunkle (1966). This song was released on the album Sound of Silence. It was written by Paul Simon in the north of England in 1966. He’s reflecting on his long-time wish to return home to America. Homeward Bound was at number 5 for 12 weeks in 1966. The song is calm and reflective and really brings out an emotion. It’s got great rhythm, which helps when you’re traveling.
- "Driving Home for Christmas" by Chris Rea. This song was released as a single in 1988. Chris Rea’s really moving song has becomes a Christmas classic. This song will speak to anyone who has to travel a long distance to reach a loved one.
- "Take Me Home, Country Roads" by John Denver. This amazing song was on John Denver’s album ‘Poems, Prayers and Promises’ released in 1971. This song is a moving and poignant description of the journey home. If you prefer a female version of the song, try Olivia Newton-John’s 1973 cover of this beautiful song.
- "The House of the Rising Sun" by The Animals. A song about the difficulties of family and growing up, every American knows this song. It’s traditionally a American folk song, but it went down in history when it was recorded by the Animals in 1964 as a single. The iconic electric guitar arpeggio at the start of the song, and the driving pulsation of the organ at the end of the song make this song a definite must for home coming songs.
- "Going Up the Country" by Canned Heat. This song should be a choice for anyone who loves American blues. It is on the "Living the Blues" album released in 1968.
- "Papa Was a Rolling Stone" by Temptations. This single released by the Temptations in 1972 is a heavy funk song from the Motown era. It has a great base line running through it and a catchy chorus that will get even the toughest truck driver singing.
- "I’m Going Home", Rocky Horror Picture Show. This song is from the famous Rocky Horror Picture Show, which evokes strong emotions at the end of the movie. The slow but happy song about the joys of coming home is at the climax of a troublesome experience and presents a relief.
- "Home on the Range" by Neil Young. Although this song is the state song of Kansas, it is universally appreciated for its nostalgic reminiscence of traditional American life. One of the best versions is Neil Young’s version from the 1980 film "Where the Buffalo Roam."
- "8 Days on the Road" by Foghat. This classic rock song on the Foghat album ‘Rock ‘n Roll Outlaws’ released in 2005, is great pumping music with a story line to match.
- "Space Oddity" by David Bowie. The famous 1969 album by the same name is an all time classic song. It details the story of an astronaut heading away from home and his pain at leaving and not being able to return home. The epic conclusion will make you drive a little faster to get home as soon as you can.
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