The automobile and the motorcycle have inspired a seemingly endless stream of songs in popular music. The "roadtrip playlist" is one that's popular even among "non-playlisting" types. When a long car trip is planned, it makes sense to create a mix tape that can keep you entertained on the drive.
I've been driving a lot lately. From North Carolina to North Eastern Pennsylvania to Providence, RI, to Cape Cod and back again. The traveling got me thinking about creating my own "ultimate roadtrip playlist" and inspired this list. I had a only a few requirements for selecting each song.
1. They had to be excellent songs to keep interest up and help the time pass
2. They had to be about the road, the automobile or driving in general
3. Mellow songs were allowed, but not too many in a row to prevent sleeping at the wheel
That's it. It took me quite some time to come up with the final list, but was worth the effort. The end result is over four hours of music that will make the time go by much quicker. My personal tastes influenced the list, but these are all universally admired songs that break genre boundaries. Included are classic rock, blues, country, r&b, electronica, hip-hop and Americana. If your tastes are narrower, the list will still give you a head start on your own, just delete the songs you don't want, and add songs you feel I missed.
This playlist is also limited to songs available, so for example, you won't find the Beatles or Led Zeppelin (not yet anyway), but these can be added easily to your MP3 player, of burned to your CDs, depending on your car audio technology.