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"Heading Out to the Highway"
Heading Out To The Highway.jpg
Single by Judas Priest
from the album Point of Entry
ReleasedMay 1981 (US) [1]
Genre Heavy metal [2]
Label Columbia
Songwriter(s) Rob Halford
K. K. Downing
Glenn Tipton
Producer(s) Tom Allom
Judas Priest singles chronology
"Don't Go"
"Heading Out to the Highway"
"Hot Rockin'"
Music video
"Heading Out to the Highway" on YouTube

"Heading Out to the Highway" is a song by English heavy metal band Judas Priest from their 1981 album Point of Entry. It was released as a single later that year, and was the band's first single to reach the US Mainstream Rock chart, peaking at No. 10.


On the lyrics, singer Rob Halford said,

That's freedom. You've got the wheel and you're not going to let anybody else take your life away from you. You're out there into the great, vast landscape of life, and life is a highway. That's just a correlation between the two sets of things. I think everybody feels like that when they get into a car, especially when they make a journey. It's like you're in some kind of control because you're "in the driver's seat," which is also another expression of being assertive. So, it's just a fun song of freedom and determination. [3]


Although being featured for VH-1's Top 40 Driving Songs, a live version was included on The Best of Judas Priest: Living After Midnight[ citation needed], which was not endorsed by the band. Other live versions appear on the live albums Priest...Live!, Live in London, the DVD Live at US Festival and the second disc of the 30th Anniversary Edition of the album Turbo. The song was covered by American alternative metal band Stone Sour on their covers EP Meanwhile in Burbank..., and White Wizzard on the limited edition of Over the Top.

It is playable on the music video game Rock Revolution.


In the United States, the song peaked at number 10 on the Billboard Top Tracks chart. [4]

PopMatters said, "More cynical minds would call this " Living After Midnight Part Two", but it’s actually the superior song, rigidity replaced by a much more relaxed groove, its ebullience a clear reflection of the band’s Ibiza surroundings, where the album was written and recorded. Perfectly suited for summertime listening, it’s nothing but fresh air and optimism, driven by a great opening riff." [5]


Judas Priest


Chart (1981) Peak
US Mainstream Rock ( Billboard) [6] 10


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  2. ^ Grow, Kory (25 September 2018). "Ex–Judas Priest Guitarist K.K. Downing on Helping to Define Heavy Metal". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 8 August 2019.
  3. ^ Prato, Greg (5 November 2020). "Rob Halford of Judas Priest: Songwriter Interviews". Songfacts. Retrieved 22 January 2023.
  4. ^ "Judas Priest | Awards". AllMusic. Archived from the original on 13 January 2018. Retrieved 19 May 2014.
  5. ^ Adrien Begrand. "THE 15 BEST JUDAS PRIEST SONGS". PopMatters.
  6. ^ "Judas Priest Chart History (Mainstream Rock)". Billboard. Retrieved 20 September 2022.