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Rock Out on the Road with The Rolling Stones


Exhibitionism: The Rolling Stones Exhibit is open now at The Musicians Hall of Fame

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We know you feel it. That first hint of the coming summer months. Just in case the warm evenings and rising humidity didn’t clue you in, we’re here to let you know — summer is here, y’all!

And what says summer more than a tried-and-true road trip? Everyone knows that the playlist sets the tone for the whole adventure. That’s why your parents made you listen to their favorite slow jams the whole way to those family reunions when you were a kid. They wanted you to know exactly how awkward the entire trip was bound to be.

If you want to start your venture off right, you’ve gotta have the best tunes. That’s where the Rolling Stones come in. The band has been making music for decades, so they have a killer song for every occasion!

Here’s our favorite summer road trip playlist, courtesy of the band who takes their show on the road on the reg. The Rolling Stones are perfect road trip companions, and unlike your shotgun rider, they will not request a pit stop every hour.

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“Start Me Up”

Whether you’re headed to the beach or the mountains, every road trip starts somewhere. Crank this one up and kick it off right!

“Honky Tonk Women”

And since you’re rolling out of Nashville, why not belt out this anthem as you cruise past the actual Honky Tonks?

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Save this one for driving through Atlanta, maybe. Get your traffic frustrations out with this tension-fueled rock anthem, it’s the perfect match for that pound of beef jerky you just bought at the Quick Stop.

“Gimme Shelter”

When you finally get on the open road, this is the mellow(er) jam to get you set on cruise control. Get a little existential and sing along…

Oh, a storm is threat’ning my very life today
If I don’t get some shelter, oh yeah, I’m gonna fade away…

“Paint It Black”

The sun is setting, you’ve been glued to your leather seats for the past seven and a half hours and all you’ve eaten is gas station 2-for-1 pork rinds. You need to WAKE UP. This song might start like a lullaby, but just when your eyelids get heavy, that killer beat and unforgettable riff kick in and you’re rocking out again.

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Once you’ve played all these incredible songs, you’ll remember why The Rolling Stones are so amazing. When you do, make plans to see Exhibitionism: The Rolling Stones Exhibit. You’ll get the full Stones experience with countless items from the band’s archives. And you don’t even have to drive across the country to get there.

Exhibitionism: The Rolling Stones exhibit is at Musicians Hall of Fame until the end of June


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Julie Holt
Julie Holt
Julie Holt is a freelance writer and magazine editor in Nashville. When she's not writing or reading, she spends her time yelling at her three children, drinking coffee, hiking and avoiding laundry.
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