On my journey from Houston to Chicago this past weekend, lugging all of our worldly possessions out of the South, I was excited to listen to a couple of audiobooks. But by hour two, with my eyes getting heavy, I knew I was going to need something more engaging, so I switched over to Spotify.
Over the next 18 hours, I had a lot of time to experiment and now I present to you: 10 must have songs for any road trip playlist (in no particular order)
1. “Ten Twenty Ten” – The Generationals
Get your trip started off right with a toe-tapping shuffle, the La Grange of the modern day.
2. Graceland” – Paul Simon
Nothing better for road trip music than a song about a road trip, right?
3. “Bang Bang Bang” – Mark Ronson & The Business Intl
4. “Blue Nile” – Mulatu Astatke and The Heliocentrics
5. “Mountain Sound” – Of Monsters And Men
6. “Ragged Wood” – Fleet Foxes
7. “Award Tour” – A Tribe Called Quest
Early 90’s/Golden Age hip-hop was meant for cruising
8. “Taking The Farm” – The War On Drugs
This one was written for the road.
9. “Fire” – The Jimi Hendrix Experience
Had to throw in one classic jam.
10. “Homecoming” – Kanye West
For when you see that first glimpse of your destination, whether you’re going to Chicago or not (though it’s a requirement if you’re going to Chi-town).
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Spotify has this great feature, “collaborative playlists”, where anyone can add songs to a playlist. Enjoy what we’ve started and add your own by clicking below. Or, add your favorite road trip songs in the comments. Happy travels!
- The Road To Bonnaroo: 10 Songs To Start Your Road Trip [Playlist] (wxrt.cbslocal.com)
- Summer 2013 Road Trip Playlist (eimports.wordpress.com)
- 20 Great Road Trip Songs (theroadtripchecklist.com)