We love the city with its lights and sounds and buzz. And yet we all need to escape every so often, right? If you’re planning a road trip soonish, some might say that curating a playlist especially for the occasion is about as important as packing a toothbrush.
Joaquim Fernandes, keyboardist of Laxmi Bomb, a Mumbai-based band that tours a lot says, “A good playlist is like that special seasoning in your dish… It just amplifies the experience of the journey.”
So get your music list ready already; and if you’re stuck for tunes, we’ve got your back. Crank up that stereo, roll down those windows and you’re good to go!
Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car, Billy Ocean
This song has all the elements of an 80’s hit: nighttime, a convertible, curly hair, streetlights, a saxophone player, and drive-in theatres. But it’s so catchy that people are still listening to it in 2016.
Shut Up and Drive, Rihanna
Rihanna’s said it, already! It’s a fun track for your road trip playlist not just because it’s about driving, but because it’s got all the up-tempo, fun elements that can get you grooving.
Sex on Fire, Kings of Leon
Perfect for all those ‘wind in your hair and sun on your face moments,’ this song from indie music darlings-turned-commercial heroes is perfect for a long drive into the sunset.
Sweet Home Alabama, Lynyrd Skynrd
This southern rock song is an absolute classic, and one you can’t resist singing along to. It has also rightfully become the anthem for home-bound folks hitting the road.
Stairway to Heaven, Led Zeppelin
Often labeled as one of the best rock ‘n’ roll songs ever made, this track is gripping, radical and unique all at once. With its insane guitar work and lyrics, this makes for a perfect road track for your road trip playlist. You’ll be inspired to play air guitar in the back seat.
I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles), The Proclaimers
You can’t help but hit the repeat button over and over again for this one. Channel your inner Ted and Marshall, and make your trip LEGEN… wait for it… DARY!
Roadrunners, Modern Lovers
Motorheads will like this song for the theme: it boasts of the thrill of being young, driving in a car and blasting loud music. Need we say more?
Cocaine, Eric Clapton
Bluesy music never fails to build a mood, whatever you’re doing. And this song by a God of Rock and Blues will not disappoint you.
Big Jet Plane, Angus and Julia Stone
So what if you’re not actually on a jet plane? This song is mellow enough to help you unwind and savour a long drive.
Born to Run, Bruce Springsteen
Head bang your way to your final destination with this epic-and-iconic Springsteen anthem on your road trip playlist.
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