All you technically need for your next road trip this summer is, of course, a vehicle and a full gas tank. But there are inarguably a few things that you must be prepared with in order to set forth on your next road trip. No cruising would be complete without some supremely unhealthy snacks, a trusty pair of shades, and a road trip play list. Can you imagine driving without a selection of tunes, with only silence or your friend’s snoring surrounding you? It just wouldn’t be the same!
The perfect road trip play list should be sing-along worthy, help to pass the time quickly, keep you alert without the use of Red Bull, and encompass the free and exciting feeling of being out on the open road. Because no road trip would be complete without it, here is a list of ten great albums for the road.
(1) Guy Forsyth, Steak, Texas Music Group, 2000
Austin-based artist Forsyth has been praised as one of the most intriguing figures in the blues world today. His album of “rockin’ American blues” includes songs such as “Cadillac,” which explores the idea that no woman can resist a big, shiny car.
(2) Outkast, Stankonia, La Face, 2000
There is a reason that Outkast is one of the most successful hip hop groups of all time, and that this album, their fourth, is the one that really rocketed them to commercial success. By the time you get to “B.O.B,” the eleventh and best track, you won’t be able to sit still in your seat and you’ll probably spill your Big Gulp in your lap.
(3) AC/DC, Highway to Hell, Epic Records, re-released in 2003 (original release date 1979)
Tracks like “Girls Got Rhythm” and “Shot Down in Flames” are ones you’ll know even if you’ve never listened to an AC/DC album before. Just don’t get a frog in your throat as you try to imitate Bon Scott’s unique screamy tenor voice.
(4) The Eagles, Eagles, Elektra/Wea, 1972
A little bit country, a little bit American rock, and a little bit bluegrass, The Eagles’ classic debut album is chock-full of peaceful, easy feeling songs that will take your mind off of the fact that there is not another rest stop for 64 miles.
(5) Daft Punk, Human After All, Virgin Records US, 2005
This French duo’s raucous electronic tracks are seriously infectious. To really pass the time in the car, listen to the ninth song “Technologic” and count the number of times it uses the word “it.” (Okay, I’ll tell you: It’s 350 times.)
(6) John Legend, Get Lifted, Sony, 2004
John Legend’s Get Lifted is distinctly more upbeat than his follow-up album Once Again. It has just the right combination of Legend’s smooth-like-butter voice and catchy beats. Plus, it features tracks with Kanye West, Snoop Dogg, The Stephens Family, and Miri Ben-Ari. Win.
(7) David Bowie, Best Of Bowie, Virgin Records US, 2002
How cool is Bowie? He’s so cool that in 1975, he was asked to perform on Soul Train. Yes, he’s that cool. This 2-CD set covers all of his best over four decades, from “China Girl” to “I’m Afraid of Americans.”
(8) Alanis Morissette, Jagged Little Pill, Maverick, 1995
Anyone who claims to not enjoy loudly belting out the lyrics to “You Oughta Know,” “Hand In My Pocket” and “All I Really Want” is a liar. Plain and simple. Yeah, I said it.
(9) Beck, Odelay, Geffen, 1996
Beck is undoubtedly one of the most creative musical artists of the 1990s. This album is an interesting and perhaps even slightly absurd mix of electronic bleeps, soulful blues, garage-style kitsch, punk guitar riffs, and smooth melodies. In short, it’s got a little something for everyone.
(10) DJ Tiësto, Summerbreeze, Nettwerk Records, 2000
Something about this remarkably accomplished DJ’s continuous in-the-mix album just pairs up beautifully with the highway and open windows. It’s less “bleep bloopy” than many other trance albums, and has a smooth sound that you can’t really help but bob your head to.