The road trip. Some love it, some hate it. One thing is for sure though, if there’s a bad music selection, everyone hates it. In light of the Grammy’s airing last Sunday, it’s only appropriate to discuss albums to road trip to.
There are many more that I would recommend, but for now let’s keep it at ten.
For the record, I didn’t choose this because of the most recent Grammy debacle. I chose it because Beck has always been one of my favourites and this album blew me away. It’s got the typical chilled out feel his albums have that immediately make you feel like hitting the road. If you haven’t heard this one, get on it and listen to the popular song Blue Moon if you haven’t heard it.
Gregory Alan Isakov
Now this is a guy not a lot of people are aware of. This South African born musician spent his life traveling and his music reflects that. Obviously this makes for some solid road trip music! On top of this, the music he creates can only be described as beautiful. If you’re new to him, listen to the songs Amsterdam and Living Proof as a starter.
The Naked & Famous
Passive Me, Aggressive You
This is a more upbeat album for those afternoons you are just really excited and feel like being inspired. The song Young Blood on this album is perfect for road trips as it’s about being young, learning and being free. This is an album you could play in the car, let run through and no one will complain.
Drinking from the Sun
This awesome Aussie trio is essential for all you hip-hop lovers out there. It’s perfect for a day you’re feeling riled up on the road trip. Some songs are aggressive, but who doesn’t like a bit of that? Highly recommend checking them out. Start with listening to the song Shredding the Balloon, seriously epic.
Days are Gone
I’ve recently fallen in love with this album, if you’re on an all girls road trip it’s perfect. They sing songs that many women in their mid-twenties can relate to (sorry guys). Many of you have likely heard the songs Don’t Save Me and The Wire but there are plenty other great classics on the album.
If you want some electronic music to jam to, this duo will do the trick. You can zone out to the music on this album and it allows your daydreams to roam free. Perfect for a day you’re getting close to a new destination since it’ll get you ready to go. If you haven’t listened to them check out the song Above the Middle.
Solid Gold Hits
If you’re feeling tired one morning, throw this on and it’ll all go away. Even if people don’t know the Beastie Boys well, they at least know a few songs, and they are more than likely on this album. It’s perfect for people to sing to and really, for lack of a better word, just gets people stoked.
This album is new to me, but it all started when I feel in love with the song Bridges. Her voice reminds me a lot of Lorde, which may partly be because this duo is also from New Zealand. The music though, is much different. With more of an upbeat feeling to the album, it’s perfect for a road trip. Also give the song Mother & Father a try.
Death Cab for Cutie
Now here I am going all the way back to my high school days, and it’s worth it. Death Cab for Cutie is one of those bands that will always calm your mood, perfect for a long day on the road. If you haven’t heard this one, check out the songs Marching Bands of Manhattan and Crooked Teeth.
After the Disco
This album is pretty epic. When I first discovered it I had it on repeat for months and always pictured myself road tripping to it. With more of an indie up-beat feel, it’s perfect for a day where you might be getting tired of being on the road. It’ll perk you right up. Check out the song After the Disco, you’ll likely recognize that track.