Perfect Road Trip Music
I’ve been so lucky that My Big Geek Adventure has taken me all over the UK (and further) and even luckier that I live in a country where pretty much everywhere is accessible by road. If you want to check out some geeky attraction on the other side of the country, you can just jump in your car and be there in the same day. All this travel though requires a kick ass soundtrack.
I don’t know about you but I tend to give my life a movie soundtrack as I go along. In my head, there is alway music. Walking up the street to Sainsburys for lunch is so much more exciting when you have a tune in your brain and a song in your heart (look at me being poetic). The same goes for a road trip. You can’t just listen to any old nonsense! Road trips should have a sense of occasion and so over the past couple of years I have narrowed down my key artists for keeping me company over the long miles.
Black Stone Cherry
This band is my road trip essential. In the same way that I wouldn’t leave home without my toothbrush, I would never embark on a long trip without some BSC loaded up and ready to play. If you are looking for vocals that sound like gravel and honey mixed together and rifts that make you feel like you are travelling along the Kentucky hills then this is the band for you. They sing about belonging and wanting and needing, all with a Southern Rock feel that makes you practically taste the fried chicken and sweet potato pie. I can’t go any distance without some Black Stone Cherry on my stereo.
Sometimes, on a road trip, you get to the point where it’s dark, you are still miles for your destination and your travelling buddy has nodded off in the passenger seat. Under the cover of darkness, with nothing in front of you but open space, you feel like a rebel, like anything is possible. To go with this invincible feeling you need music that puffs up your chest and makes you feel ready for anything. This is where Airbourne come in! If you are looking for music that has no other purpose than to make you feel glad to be alive then this is the band for you.
Once More with Feeling (Buffy Musical Episode)
This list was never NOT going to feature this album. It may not be quite in the same vein as the other artists but is there a better feeling than knowing a whole album, word for word, back to front? And then singing said album at the top of your voice while blasting along the motorway? I think not! It may stick out like a sore thumb on this list but this CD will always find it’s way into my stereo. Some may describe it as a guilty pleasure. I say ‘what’s to be guilty about?’ It’s AWESOME!
Classic Rock mix
On my iPhone I have a mix of tunes on the more rocky end of the spectrum – anything from ‘Carry on My Wayward Son’ by Kansas and ‘Simple Man’ by Lynyrd Skynyrd (both of which make me feel like I’m driving the Impala in Supernatural) to some 90s rock tunes to make me feel like a teenager again. I find that whether it’s some down and dirty blues rock or some 90s NuMetal singalongs, rock songs are the perfect accompaniment to any road trip.
What are your must have Road Trip Songs?