Approaching a 13-hour road trip this week, I knew that I had to design an amazing playlist to help the drive go by quicker. Of course – we also did things like: listen to podcasts and an audio book. But – honestly – we did spend a lot of the trip listening to music.
Building a long playlist is – more than anything – dependent on being very familiar with what types of music you enjoy. Because once you’re on the road – unless you have a very good road trip companion (which I did) you don’t have a lot of freedom to add or remove things from your playlist. Sure, you can always skip – but that can get old if you’ve misjudged what music you’ll enjoy.
Because I know that I really enjoy Alternative, Indie, and Classic Rock, those genres were heavily represented in the playlist. As well as crossovers from other genres, and just other songs that I like for one reason or another. I also included some songs that were recommended to me, as I love new songs – and pulled some songs that just have to be included in a road trip playlist.
So without further ado, here are some of the highlights of the playlist that I built:
- The Beatles (Ticket to Ride, Help, Here Comes the Sun)
- Fleetwood Mac (Go Your Own Way, The Chain, Landslide)
- The Rolling Stones (Start Me Up, Sympathy for the Devil, Beast of Burden)
- Blink 182 (All the Small Things, What’s my Age Again?, First Date)
- Eagles (Hotel California, Take it Easy, Life in the Fast Lane)
- Train (Drops of Jupiter, Play That Song, Marry Me)
- Panic! at the Disco (LA Devotee, Let’s Kill Tonight, Collar Full)
- Ed Sheeran (Galway Girl, Don’t, Runaway)
- Olly Murs (Wan’na Be Like You (with Robbie Williams), Dance With Me Tonight, Troublemaker)
- Maroon 5 (This Love, Love Somebody, She Will Be Loved)
- Coldplay (Clocks, Adventure of a Lifetime, Yellow, Up & Up)
- Hozier (Sedated, Arsonist’s Lullaby, Angel of Small Death in the Codeine Scene)
- Florence + the Machine (Dog Days are Over, Delilah, Shake it Out)
- Arctic Monkeys (One for the Road, Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High, Fluorescent Adolescent)
- The 1975 (Love Me, Chocolate, Settle Down)
- Red Hot Chili Peppers (Road Trippin’, Californication, Can’t Stop)
- Rooney (Simply Because, Stay Away, Shaken)
- Arcade Fire (Normal Person, Keep the Car Runnin’, The Suburbs)
- Oasis (Champagne Supernova, Don’t Look Back in Anger, Wonderwall)
- U2 (Vertigo, Sunday Bloody Sunday, Beautiful)
- Noisettes (Never Forget You, Don’t Upset the Rythym, Wild Young Hearts)
- Of Monsters and Men (Little Talks, King and Lionheart, Crystals)
- Mumford & Sons (Believe, Little Lion Man)
- Bombay Bicycle Club (Shuffle, Luna, Take the Right One, Lights Out Words Gone)
- Phoenix (Laso, 1901, Lisztomania)
These 25 artists are just a taste of the playlist that we listened to on our 13-hour trip (made even longer by an unintended 6-hour pitstop in Wisconsin). There are over a hundred and fifty songs on the actual playlist – which you can find on Spotify and listen to as much as you want if you want to change up what you listen to for a while!
As always I would love comments, and more suggestions for music to listen to while I’m traveling is always welcome! (Special thanks to my amazing friend Jackie, who has much better taste in music than me and helped build a truly great playlist for our trip).