There’s nothing worse than having to pack bags and hit the road for a long commute – until you realize it’s Thanksgiving Eve – the busiest travel day the year. Fortunately, SOHH’s come to the rescue with the top five songs you gotta keep in steady rotation to get you over the next few hours! Peep ’em below!
1. Love Train – The O’Jays
While their music will never be considered hip-hop, The O’Jays have been sampled by some the biggest hip-hop icons in the game, including Dr. Dre, Drake, Nas, 2Pac, Wu-Tang Clan, Bone Thugs N’ Harmony, Eazy E, B.o.B, Rick Ross, 50 Cent, and countless others. Love Train is one the best train travel and Thanksgiving songs, as its beat, lyrics, and message convey the sense family and friends that comes with Thanksgiving, and how a train can connect everyone together.
2. C’mon N’ Ride It (The Train) – Quad City DJ’s
No train or Thanksgiving playlist should ever be complete without this classic hip-hop hit. While Amtrak was not responsible for the production this song, it is definitely the song we recommend listening to for getting pumped about your upcoming travel. Since this track might have you wanting to book a train ticket immediately, be aware when you want to travel. The busiest travel days during Thanksgiving week are the Tuesday and Wednesday before the holiday, and the Sunday after it. Additionally, morning trains typically have more availability than trains in the afternoon or evening. So if you’re going to ride the train, book your ticket in advance and get to the station early.
3. Can I Kick It ?– A Tribe Called Quest
Yes, Q-Tip and Phife Dawg, you can kick it on Amtrak. If there was ever a song to help you relax on a train, this is it. Those who are traveling by train this Thanksgiving can sit in comfort, instead in traffic. With large spacious seats (including ample legroom, outlets for charging, and no middle seat), free Wi-Fi, no “airplane mode”, and sight-seeing opportunities for some the best views the United States, play this song when you want to unwind, move around, and play. And if you have to work, this song will get you ready for when you’re done.
4. Miami – Will Smith
Going on vacation for Thanksgiving? Live by or traveling to a beach with a big city? Is it too cold by you and you wish you were in warm weather? A fan the potentially College Football Playf-bound Miami Hurricanes? If the answer is yes to any (or all) these questions, the Fresh Prince Bel Air’s rap will help you get ready for Thanksgiving…whether or not the heat is on in your city and you’ll be on the beach ‘till the break dawn.
5. Motownphilly – Boyz II Men
Did you know that Philadelphia 30th Street Station is Amtrak’s third most popular station in the United States (after New York Penn Station and Washington Union Station)? With nearly 4.5 million visitors per year, Thanksgiving week will be a busy time at the Station. In addition to those seeing friends and family or traveling home for Thanksgiving, the Flyers, Eagles, and 76ers will combine to have a home game every day Thanksgiving week (except Thursday). Even if you aren’t headed to, leaving, or thinking Philadelphia, Boyz II Men will having you reminiscing the high school memories and home cooking that you picture when you think traveling home during Thanksgiving week.
For more these travel tracks, check out Spotify’s Amtrak Guest Rewards Station playlist! CLICK HERE!