Holiday Road

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"Holiday Road"
Holliday Road - Lindsay Buckingham.png
European picture sleeve
Single by Lindsey Buckingham
from the album National Lampoon's Vacation Original Motion Picture Sound Track
B-side"The Trip (Theme from Vacation)"
ReleasedJune 24, 1983
LabelWarner Bros.
Songwriter(s)Lindsey Buckingham
Producer(s)Lindsey Buckingham, Richard Dashut
Lindsey Buckingham singles chronology
"It Was I"
"Holiday Road"
"Go Insane"
Audio sample
"Holiday Road"

"Holiday Road" is a 1983 single written, composed, and recorded by American guitarist/singer Lindsey Buckingham. The song was written for the 1983 film National Lampoon's Vacation. "Holiday Road" was also used in the sequels National Lampoon's European Vacation (1985), Vegas Vacation (1997) and Vacation (2015). While the song peaked at only No. 82 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart during its original release, it has since become one of Buckingham's best known songs.[1]

Buckingham released a live version of the song on his 2008 album Live at the Bass Performance Hall.

In July 2015, a remastered edition of "Holiday Road" was re-released, both on the Vacation soundtrack album and as a digital download along with "Dancin' Across the USA" from the original National Lampoon's Vacation soundtrack.

Cover versions and usage[edit]

The song has been covered by pop punk bands Limp, the Aquabats, Whippersnapper, Matt Pond PA, and Dirt Bike Annie. The indie rock band the Walkmen performed a version of the song in November 2010 for The A.V. Club's Holiday Undercover series.[2] In 2015, country group the Zac Brown Band covered the song for the soundtrack to the sequel Vacation.

In 2013, "Holiday Road" was adopted as the unofficial playoff victory song of the 2013 Chicago Blackhawks,[3] who went on to win the Stanley Cup on June 24, the 30th anniversary of the song's release.

In 2014, the song was used as the music on television advertising for Teletext Holidays, a British travel agency.[4] The song appears under the closing credits of National Lampoon: Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead, a 2015 American documentary film directed by Douglas Tirola about the magazine and its related franchises and influence. A version of the song with rewritten lyrics was used in Honda television commercials in 2017.[5]

A parody of the song, "History Road", is used as a segment intro on the comedy podcast Dynamic Banter, hosted by Mike Falzone and Steve Zaragoza. The parody was made by and features the voice of their friend Owen Carter.[6]


  • Lindsey Buckingham – guitar, bass guitar, keyboards, percussion, drum programming, vocals


Chart performance for "Holiday Road"
Chart (1983) Peak
US Billboard Hot 100[7] 82


  1. ^ Trust, Gary. "Mac Attack: Five Fleetwood Mac Solo Hits". Billboard. Retrieved February 21, 2017.
  2. ^ "The Walkmen cover "Holiday Road"". The A.V. Club. Retrieved 6 April 2013.
  3. ^ Baffoe, Tim (24 June 2013). "A Guide To Celebrating A Blackhawks Win Tonight". CBS Chicago. Retrieved 25 June 2013.
  4. ^ "Our TV Ad". Teletext Holidays. Archived from the original on 2011-09-01.
  5. ^ "Happy Honda Days TV Commercial, 'Holiday Road Trip'". Retrieved 2017-11-20.
  6. ^ "Dynamic Banter Episode 35". Retrieved 2018-06-17.
  7. ^ "Lindsey Buckingham Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved November 30, 2021.

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