questionschallenge: favorite road trip songs/music…


my favorite topic
anything by the Beach Boys
I love lively music
But then yesterday when the man on the bus was talking loudly on the phone I found myself listening to:
Bruce Springsteen's Radio Nowhere
Keith Urban I Could Fly
The Lost Trailer's The One and Only
Keith Urban - Once in a Lifetime
Kenny Chesney Key Lime Pie
Lady Antebellum - Love Don't Live Here
(he was talking a long time)

My Driving Play List has a lot of songs in it
Like: Celtic Thunder Cover I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)
Proud Mary
Dead Man's Curve
One Good Year - Russell Crowe's Band
and lots of Kenny Chesney oh yea and a few Trace Adkins - oh wait you probably don't want her singing ba donk a donk


@hobbit: I forgot all about the Beach Boys. I knew all of the Beach Boys songs (and Alice's Restaurant) from trips when I was a kid. Good call!

I was playing a bit of Celtic Thunder (haven't heard of them before). She hurried into the room with thumbs up. Any favorites of theirs?


John Butler Trio (Three)
Red Hot Chili Peppers (Californication)
B.B. King (Anything)
Chuck Berry (Chuck Berry Is On Top)
Toots & The Maytals (Reggae Got Soul)
Creedence Clearwater Revival (Willy & The Poor Boys)
Beatles (White Album)
Funkadelic (One Nation Under A Groove)
Weather Report (Heavy Weather)
Little Richard (Here's Little Richard)
Rolling Stones (Let It Bleed)

I'll probably be posting stuff to this thread all day. :)


@glindagw: I like all of Show, Take Me Home and most of It's Entertainment. Sway is my favorite it is on the CD for It's Entertainment. Miniwooter might like different things though, the shows appeal to people differently.


We've been enjoying They Might Be Giants: Here come the Science CD lately.

Also, throw a few audiobooks into the mix! or you might even be able to grab a couple from your local library. Nothing makes the miles fly by like a good book!


@tygerdave: I just finished a book from audible, I got a free book for subscribing to Grammar Girl so I downloaded A River In the Sky . The reader was highly entertaining. You really have to find a good reader though.


@hobbit: looked it up - Barbara Rosenblat is one of my favorite readers too. To me she IS Anna Pigeon, anytime I read one of Nevada Barr's books instead of listen, I hear her voice in my head.

edit: @glindagw A good Nevada Barr book might do just the trick - esp. if you're going to National Parks. hmmmmm There generally are some action sequences, injuries, and references to some adult topics so maybe not. You might like to have one along though :-)


Individual Songs:

King of the Road – Roger Miller
Ramblin' Man – The Allman Brothers
Soul Man – Sam & Dave
On the Road Again – Willie Nelson
Slow Ride – Fog Hat
Life is a Highway – Tom Cochrane
Car Wheels – Lucinda Williams
Fly Away – Lenny Kravitz
Get Away – Train (mellow)
Can't Get You Off My Mind – Lenny Kravitz (mellow)
Into The Mystic – Van Morrison (mellow)


The Best of the Monkees
Steve Miller Band – Greatest Hits
Marshall Crenshaw
The Very Best of Sheryl Crow
Beck – Sea Change (very mellow & relaxing)

I like a lot of different types of music, so I tried to limit my suggestions to things that appeal to many different people. Wasn't sure if you like to drive to Fast music or mellow & relaxing - I just like to drive to something I can sing along with. :D


Someone recently suggested this site to me,, and I've been finding a lot of music on it that I really like. They have the music tagged by mood/activity. There is a "Driving Route 66" mix that might have something you would enjoy!


Kind of partial to Mark Knopfler myself. I love "Sailing to Philadelphia"

I also recommend "Raising Sand" with Alison Krauss and Robert Plant


ahhhhh i heart music, it looks like my suggestions may be a but different but you'll have enough time on the road to at least give it a try!

this is what my dad and i listened to when we drove home from fort campbell (kentucky to northern california on route 66 as much as we could)

steve miller band - greatest hits 1974-1978
the doors - the best of the doors
journey - greatest hits
def leppard - rock of ages
sublime - greatest hits
motown classics: gold
curtis mayfield: the very best of curtis mayfield

thats pretty much what made up our soundtrack for the road, with some spaces being filled with silly local radio!


I don't think any road trip would be complete without a stop in Athens. Georgia, that is. B-52's, REM, etc. Just stick to pre-1990 stuff.

Second, you mention Johnny Cash. Did you know that he made a kids' album? It's good!

Third, there's a whole Kindie Rock thing going on. Not that Raffi crap, but real music that happens to be kid-friendly,9171,1987606,00.html @tygerdave mentions They Might Be Giants, who are sometimes included in this group just to give you an idea (also see,29307,1987577,00.html)

Hope you and @miniwooter have a great trip!


This may be a bit on the cliche side, but my family always listened to musicals, so my recommendations would side towards:
Les Miserables
Phantom of the Opera (Broadway, or the new film soundtrack is good too)
Once on this Island (lesser known, but awesome music)
Jekyll & Hyde
Scarlet Pimpernel
Lion King (amazing Broadway, by the way)
Little Women (Great story for those not familiar with the classic, and the music is fabulous)

Also, we like to pull of the international styles of music too, so try some J-pop if you're into it... Utada Hikaru and BoA are pretty good there.

I don't know if that's really up your alley or not, but worth a try.


From the interesting things you might not of heard of file:

Juana Molina

(also the Radio Lab Podcast is amazing)


You can also download The Moth Podcasts ( ). These are great to listen to on car trips. I really enjoyed Teri Garr's story.
And there's always NPR's "Wait, wait...Don't tell me!"

I also introduced my kids to Bill Cosby's stand up. "Frankenstein" and "Noah" are some of their favorites.


@lavikinga: Double woot for Bill Cosby!

Another good, cleaner comedian is Brian Regan - that's good for trips too. I just accidentally left my CDs while traveling internationally and haven't replaced them yet... :P


So many comments to make about great suggestions...30 min to get ready for the ballgame. I'm excited about this thread. Thank you for all of your responses so far. More later but I didn't want anyone to think that I asked a question and disappeared.


@lavikinga: Love the moth, some are explicit but at least iTunes tells you which ones are.


I'd have a hard time arguing if you picked any of these bands' albums, but I'd specifically recommend:

Bloc Party - Silent Alarm
The Format - Interventions and Lullabies, Dog Problems
Fun. - Aim and Ignite (gotta love "All the Pretty Girls")
Goldfrapp - Head First (check out "I Wanna Life")
Hooverphonic - The Magnificent Tree, Presents Jackie Cane
Incubus - Morning View
Jack's Mannequin (especially if driving through Cali) - Everything in Transit, The Glass Passenger
The Killers - Hot Fuss, Sam's Town
Kings of Leon - Only by the Night
Muse - Absolution, Black Holes and Revelations
Phoenix - Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix, Alphabetical
Pinback - Summer in Abaddon, Autumn of the Seraphs
Shiny Toy Guns - We Are Pilots, Season of Poison (although I skip "Poison" when driving)
Shout Out Louds - How Howl Gaff Gaff, Our Ill Wills, Work
Steel Train - Trampoline

If you want to chill...
The Album Leaf - In A Safe Place, Into the Blue Again, A Chorus of Storytellers (especially "There Is A Wind")


@mrbrightside: (I hope it's okay I gave general suggestions since the OP's timeframe seems to have expired)


@mrbrightside: Sorry, I didn't mean to give the impression that I had run out of time. I didn't have time to respond yesterday and wanted to let everyone know that I was still around & reading the responses.

You've mentioned some bands that I like and some that I've never heard of. Thank you!


How has no one mentioned the album FOR road trips?!

Modest Mouse's "This Is a Long Drive for Someone with Nothing to Think About"


@mrbrightside...great recommendations. interventions is one of my favorite discs. and jack's mannequin is one of the best.

i'd throw in some:
al green:greatest hits
dire straits
the kooks (any of it)
the kissaway trail (sleep mountain or self-titled)
fleet foxes-the sun ep
wakey! wakey!-almost everything i wish i'd say the last time i saw you
wheat-per second, per second
vampire weekend-contra

if you like r&b..check out the foreign exchange and zo!

okay i'm done, i could go on forever.


I like anything by Incubus and Dave Matthews Band for driving tunes. Also miniwooter might like Steeleye Span (old english folk songs done to rock music, great stuff but keep in mind folk songs contain a lot of 'adult' themes). Another electic group is Dead Can Dance, they can cover the gamut from a 14th century italian salterello to blues to 'i don't know how to categorize this but it's awesome). If you both like celtic music, try Cherish the Ladies (The girls wont leave the boys alone is a great cd). And I also highly recommend Ravel for classical, his orchestrations are great but his piano works are just amazing. Enjoy the trip!


@glindagw: I am glad you asked this question - have been starting to gather what I need for the trip out to Burning Man, 5 or 6 days one way on the road. There are some great suggestions here and new stuff for me to try out too.


Thank you very much for the suggestions! I was able to pick most of them up at the library (8 weeks w/ pre-renewal, great price). I had hoped to be able to participate, ask some questions, etc. I should have anticipated how crazy this week would get.

Miniwooter & I are off for our five week road trip. If you're someone that I know well from deals please feel free to PM me & I'll forward our blog address. Have a good summer without us!


I cannot believe no one said...


Awesome road trip song.