You're ready for an epic road trip to Missouri. You've prepared for every eventuality by packing your camera, swimsuit, snow boots (yes, we know in Missouri you can sunbathe and shovel snow on the same day), travel snacks and the other essentials to make your getaway complete.
You may be overlooking one minor detail. It's time to load your favorite mobile device with songs that get you in the mood for Missouri. Not sure where to start?
Here are 10 great tunes (plus a few bonus tracks) with Missouri ties. Some you'll have heard of, some you won't. Add them to your playlist because when it comes to music, Missouri is no one-hit wonder.
Missouri Road Trip Playlist:
"All I Wanna Do," by Sheryl Crow, a native of Kennett, Mo.
"Johnny B. Goode," by Chuck Berry, a rock legend from St. Louis.
"Missouri Moon," by Rhonda Vincent, "The Queen of Bluegrass," who lives in Kirksville.
"Missing Missouri," by Sara Evans, a country star from New Franklin.
"Kansas City," by Wilbert Harrison, it's the city's official song.
"Take My Breath Away," by Berlin, written by Glendale High School (Springfield, Mo.) graduate Tom Whitlock.
"Shoeless Joe from Hannibal, Mo.," lyrics by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross, from the musical "Damn Yankees."
"Country Grammar," by Nelly, from St. Louis.
"Sni-A-Bar Stomp," by The Hipnecks, from Columbia.
"Elvira," by the Oak Ridge Boys, who have a theatre and play several dates in Branson.
Bonus track: "Sanford and Son theme," composed by Quincy Jones for a TV show starring St. Louis comedian Redd Foxx.
"Maple Leaf Rag," composed by Scott Joplin, who lived in Sedalia and St. Louis.
So there you have it, a top 10 musical experience - plus two special bonus tracks - with Missouri connections. There are plenty of other songs to consider, but the selections above are the cornerstone of your Missouri vacation playlist.