Summer is here! Yes, today is officially the first day of summer. That means it’s the season for swimming, lounging… and road trippin’. To help you compile your ultimate road trip playlist, here are a few suggestions for tunes that’ll make you want to hit the highway and go!
“Light Enough to Travel” by The Be Good Tanyas
When this song starts playing, you can’t help but roll the window down, let your hair blow in your face. It just sounds so good, feels so good. “Keep it light enough to travel” might be my official mantra of the season.
“Ramblin’ Man” by The Allman Brothers
A classic song of moving on and cutting ties. I guess when you’re “born in the backseat of a Greyhound bus,” then ramblin’ really is in your blood. So next time someone gets upset with you for leaving town, you can use that birth story as an excuse. And thank the Allman Brothers.
“America” by Simon & Garfunkel
This song tells such a sharp story of the cross-country road trip. It’s all in the details (Mrs. Wagner pies, bowtie camera, lots of cigarettes), and in the conversation between two lovers en route to New York. I hear this song in my head every time I cross the New Jersey turnpike, and I’ll say, amidst the smoke stacks and the traffic and the lights, it inspires a certain sense of patriotism. Oh, the American road trip experience.
“Road to Nowhere” by Talking Heads
“Well we know where we’re going but we don’t know where we’ve been.” All together now, let’s sing it out! Who knew that heading down the road to nowhere could be so fun? Buckle up. The journey is the destination.
“Drive My Car” by The Beatles
Raise your hand if you want to ride shotgun! Hand over the keys to your road trip companion while you play this tune. “Baby you can drive my car, and maybe I’ll love you.” Well, in that case…
Do you have any summer road trips planned? Make sure you can listen to your playlist harmoniously with a car audio cable that connects your iPod to the auxiliary input in your car’s stereo. You might also want a Bluetooth car speaker kit to allow for hands-free calling or a GPS device to help you navigate. Now hit the road!