Sell-out fact: Apparently no longer content to be a passenger, Iggy himself -- old, wrinkled but still shirtless -- once advertised car insurance in the United Kingdom.
8. M.I.A.: 'Paper Planes' (2008)
Before you start hurling heavy objects at your screen, hear us out.
Yes, this might be a feeble attempt to keep this list current, but M.I.A.'s melodic mash-up of The Clash's "Straight to Hell" and Wreckx-n-Effect's "Rumpshaker" is about travel.
Sure, M.I.A.'s incoherent polemics on global oppression create as many critics as fans, and all the edgy stuff about visas and hustling on "Paper Planes" is somewhat undone by the misfiring irony of the song's cartoon violence -- but there's no avoiding the fact it was a solid platinum hit.
Undiplomatic fact: M.I.A.'s strident support for Sri Lanka's Tiger Tamil fighters led to her being branded a "terrorist sympathizer" by the island's government.
7. The Go-Go's: 'Vacation' (1982)
This splash of California sunshine unabashedly wallows in the giddy romance of a holiday fling without coming to terms with the fact that -- this being the 1980s -- he was just some sleazeball waiter who probably beds a different girl group every week.
Go-Go's guitarist Jane Wiedlin gets extra travel points for her 1985 solo single "Rush Hour" and her cameo in "Bill and Ted's Big Adventure."
Surprising subcontinental fact: Lead singer Belinda Carlisle now has a home in Goa, India.
6. Simon and Garfunkel: 'Homeward Bound' (1966)
This great travel song celebrates the tedium of being stuck in a dead-end en route to somewhere slightly better, which as any passenger knows, is half the fun.
Another contender from S&G is "America," veering off the beaten track to name-check the workmanlike destinations of Pittsburgh, Saginaw and New Jersey. "Homeward Bound" is a candid admission that being on the road blows and you've had enough. Boo hoo hoo.
Dirty fact: "Homeward Bound" was reputedly penned by Paul Simon after he was stranded for the night at Widnes station in England. Widnes' only other significant export is pollution.
5. Hoodoo Gurus: '1,000 Miles Away' (1991)
Australia's occasionally be-paisleyed, troubadoring Gurus may have been using travel as a metaphor for the emotional distance that being away from home can inflict
But with references to "spending half my life in airports doing crosswords and attempting to sleep" and the soul-crushing burn that accompanies life "at the bottom the corporate tree," this paean to airport barstools and estimated times of arrival is the weary road warrior's most sympathetic anthem.
Nautical fact: The crew of the Australian Royal Navy frigate HMAS Canberra declared "1,000 Miles Away" its unofficial theme song during the ship's last voyage before being decommissioned in 2005.
4. Bob Dylan: 'Tangled Up in Blue' (1975)
In truth you could conjure up a whole album of restless whines from the king of modern folk rock.
Tunes like "Blowin' in the Wind" and "The Times They Are A-Changin'" inspired legions of disenfranchised youths to make tracks, even if no one really knew what Bob was on about.
There's more clarity to be had from "Rolling Stone," even if he resorts to harping on about "clowns and jugglers" yet again.
But nothing rivals the epic trans-U.S. poetry of "Tangled."
Acting fact I: Dylan won an Oscar in 2000 for "Things Have Changed," featured in the movie "Wonder Boys." Just as well, since his woeful attempts at acting would never make the grade.
3. Willie Nelson: 'On the Road Again' (1980)