Ride With Me: Top Ten Guilty Pleasure Road Trip Songs

January 27th, 2013 3:00pm EST

Top Gear Top Gear is returning to History Channel on Tuesday, January 29 with an episode where the hosts attempt to drive the cars they owned in college through Mexico to find out which one is the ultimate college car. Road trips are an essential part of youth culture, and one of the most important facets of these journeys is the music selection. So, here are ten sing along songs from the 90's and early 2000's that are sure to get everyone in the car screaming along:
10. "Ride Wit Me" Nelly

The perfect way to begin any road trip, really. "Hey, must be the money" is bound to facilitate shouts from everyone in the car, and this song lends itself to repeated listenings very well.

9. "You Get What You Give" New Radicals

This song is almost impossible to sing and yet it is so catchy that it just begs to be sung. Extra props for the goofy 90's rap verse at the end of the song.

8. "Return of the Mack" Mack Morrison

This song has the ability to instantly transport it's listener back to the summer of 1996, when times were good. Clinton was president, Doc Martens were cool, and Nickelodean represented the greatest in television programming.

7. "I Touch Myself" The Divinyls

This is the definition of a guilty pleasure song. No one wants to admit that they like it, and no one really has any shame in singing it once they see others doing the same.
6. "Summer Girls" LFO

Calling this song hip hop is a travesty to the genre, and yet it represents the finest in boy bands attempting the embrace it, and succeeding in a weird sort of way. No one would say that the rhymes here flow well, but they definitely have the capicity to bring a smile to the listeners face. Most notable lyric: "Billy Shakespeare wrote a whole bunch of sonnets."5. "One Week" The Barenaked Ladies

The Barenaked Ladies have certainly had their fare share of hits throughout the years, but none quite like this one. Featuring verses delivered at a break neck pace, and a chorus that's bound to drill it's way into anyone's head upon immediately hearing it. You might listen to this song once, but it's going to play on repeat in your mind for the next few days.4. "Mo Money Mo Problems" The Notorious B.I.G., Mase, and Puff Daddy

This is the catchiest song to ever feature a verse from a dead guy. Biggie died before this song was released, and his verse was probably never destined for a song like this in the first place. But whatever, the results are fantastic, and his verse puts the ones by Mase and Daddy to shame.
3. "Gettin' Jiggy With It" Will Smith

Will Smith released many stupid, catchy, and profanity free rap songs back in the day, but this is without a doubt the finest of all of his releases. It also features plenty of Will's signature "Uhs" which happen to begin almost everyone of his hit tracks. Also, does Will ever rap over anything but disco songs from the 70's?2. "A Thousand Miles" Vanessa Carlton

It's hard to hate this song, despite the fact that it seems like it would be easy to. The stupidly catchy piano riff penetrates the brain immediately, and then the cheesy string section sucks you in. It's impossible to not sing along with this one.1. "Someday" Sugar Ray

The ultimate good time fun in the sun song. Sugar Ray never had a hit past 1999, and it's kind of easy to see why. Their sound is so 90's that you can almost taste the Sunny D dripping out of your speakers. This song has the instant ability to transport it's listener to happiness, and that's why it's number one on this list.

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