Thursday, July 7, 2011

My summer road trip playlist

My list is mostly about a good driving beat and is just a sampling, because frankly, this list would only last about an hour, and that would be one lame road trip!

"One Big Holiday" by My Morning Jacket. This track if off of their 2003 disc It Still Moves and is the perfect opener with it's pulsing guitar

"Bloodbuzz Ohio" by The National from their 2010 disc High Violet, a favorite of the Media Corner crew

"My Girls" from Merriweather Post Pavilion by Animal Collective

"Paper Planes" from M.I.A's second major release Kala
"Milk" by Kings of Leon, a more mellow, but beaticious track from their best album Aha Shake Heartbreak

"I Wanna Be Adored" by the Stone Roses, the late '80s band with merit, from their eponymous debut

"Around the World" by Daft Punk from their album Homework. If we're talking about beats, we gotta have a little electronica on the list

"There Goes the Fear" by one of my favorite British bands, The Doves. In fact, just check out the entire Best of Doves CD

"Dog Days Are Over" by Florence + the Machine from their debut disc Lungs. This has been overplayed a bit, but it's nonetheless a great one for driving

"Boy With a Coin" from The Shepherd's Dog by Iron and Wine

"The Influence" by Jurassic 5 from their 2000 disc Quality Control. I love this old-school sounding hip-hop track

"Someone Great" by LCD Soundsystem. There are several songs on Sound of Silver that I could pick, but this one won

"Second Chance" from Gimme Some by Peter Bjorn and John; it has a catchy hook and, be warned: it will get stuck in your head

"Higher Ground," a rocking cover of the Stevie Wonder song by the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Find it on What Hits!?

"1901" by Phoenix (Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix) was in a car commercial after all

"Sweet Disposition" by The Temper Trap from the 500 Days of Summer Soundtrack

"Kanske är jag kär i dig" found on Night Falls of Koretdala by Jens Lekman, which ends most excellently and is already a favorite of mine

Got any tracks that are essential to your road trip playlist? Let's hear 'em!


  1. spice girls..........seriously if their music is good for anything anymore its for road trips and sing-a-longs in the car, with the windows rolled down. same goes for nsync, and backstreet boys.

  2. @Anonymous: I like the same type of music for road trips -- music I listened to growing up that is still fun to sing along to. 'N Sync and All-4-One are two of my favorites. When I drove up to northern Wisconsin last month I made pop, dance, and '90s playlists. Songs by Kylie Minogue, Robyn, Justin Timberlake, Christina Aguilera, Britney Spears, and the Spice Girls were also in heavy rotation.

  3. also... @Linda: I am obsessed with "Second Chance" from Peter Bjorn and John! Whenever I listen to Gimme Some I put that song on repeat.

  4. @Anonymous, @Danielle: road trips are definitely good for nostalgia and lots of those groups mentioned put out some good beats.

  5. @Jason: Yes, I went through a (very) minor hip hop phase. Love Jurassic 5.