The Best Music Playlist for Road Tripping

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The Best Music Playlist for Road Tripping

By: Paul Temcio

When Jenny and I went on our road trip to the South, we had a lot of time in the car to listen to music. I am big into Reggae but Jenny doesn’t like it. She likes a lot of pop songs that I can do without. She listens to Alt Nation most of the time on Sirius, whereas I find 1st Wave is my “go-to”. We both like Lithium and XMU. Here are the songs from Sirius stations and our personal playlists that we agreed on listening to when we were driving. Check out the songs and artists and see if you think this is a cool playlist for a road trip.

* Each artist song is linked to the youtube video and is accompanied by a link to listen and/or purchase on iTunes.

  1. Shallou – TruthOn iTunes
  2. Toro y Moi – You and I –  On iTunes
  3. Tears for Fears – Mad World – On iTunes
  4. Wy – What Would I Ever Do – On iTunes
  5. The Revolutionists – Wish I Knew You – On iTunes
  6. The Church – Reptile – On iTunes
  7. Death Cab for Cutie – Black Sun – On iTunes
  8. Jimmy Eat World – Sweetness – On iTunes
  9. Baio – Philosophy – On iTunes
  10. Nada Surf – Where Is My Mind (pixies cover) – On iTunes
  11. Autograf – Episode – On iTunes
  12. Soundgarden – Spoonman – On iTunes
  13. Rage Against the Machine – Killing in the Name – On iTunes
  14. Collective Soul – Better Now – On iTunes
  15. Alice in Chains – Rooster  – On iTunes
  16. James – Laid – On iTunes
  17. Foo Fighters – I’ll Stick Around – On iTunes
  18. REM – Sitting Still – On iTunes
  19. Group Love – Good Morning – On iTunes
  20. Vampire Weekend – A-Punk – On iTunes
  21. Misso – Bottom of the Deep Blue – On iTunes
  22. fleet foxes – If You Need To, Keep Time On Me – On iTunes
  23. The Samples – When It’s Raining – On iTunes
  24. Darius – S/Ash – On iTunes
  25. Real Estate – Darling – On iTunes

What are your favorite road tripping songs?


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28 thoughts on “The Best Music Playlist for Road Tripping

  1. We don’t have a specific play list but do like certain types of music depending on the location. We don’t even know how to drive through the South with out the radio on a country station! 😉

  2. I have to say that I have not heard of many of the songs on your playlist. I can, however, totally relate to going on a road trip with someone and struggling to find music that you both enjoy!

  3. I’m familiar with the bands from 12 to 15, but most of them are new to me; if the others have a similar sound I might be able to like them but I’m afraid when it comes to music, for me, the world ended in the ’90’s 😀

  4. Music can be so interesting because of personal tastes. And road trips can be challenging for that reason. My partner’s musical tastes are much stronger than mine. We have plenty of overlap, so we do okay. It’s just a matter of having enough of it on hand to last the entire trip (I don’t have Sirius in my car! 🙂 ). Thanks for sharing!

  5. When I saw the title of this post, I was kind of like Ugh. Music is definitely a matter of personal taste. But when I saw your list, I was pleasantly surprised at how many songs and artists on there I actually enjoy! I like that mix of 90s with the alternative music of today.

  6. Glad you found a playlist that works for you. If I’m not listening to the news or the 80s channel, I listen to what I have on Amazon. But it’s not necessarily a ‘playlist’ for travel.

  7. I am not a road trip type of person, but I love listening to new songs because they boost my mood! Thank you for the recommendations!

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