There comes a time when the music in your car is much more than just the accompaniment to your commute: The road-trip.
The road-trip isn’t just another journey. It is the means to a highly anticipated end and an opportunity to perfect the ideal soundtrack.
The playlists archetypes below have stood the test of time and proven themselves beyond all doubt. All track suggestions are just that; suggestions.
‘To Boldly Go’:
Not all road trips revolve around carefree adventures. ‘To Boldly Go’ is designed to make you feel invincible and completely in control. No matter what is thrown at you during the course of your day, you’ll arrive with a fanfare.
Starting with Rush and taking in classic film themes from the Last of the Mohicans and Raiders of the Lost Ark, this playlist is Mr Miyagi to your Karate Kid.
Knights of Cydonia- Muse
Little Green Bag- George Baker
The Gael (Last of the Mohicans)- Trad. Celtic
Raiders’ March (Raiders of the Lost Ark)- John Williams
The release from working life for a holiday or the weekend deserves more than drive-time radio. Mark the occasion properly with an eclectic, punchy and powerful selection of mood music. ‘I’m Free’ should consist of songs that tap into the hopeful energy that sweet release brings.
Jailbreak (live)- Thin Lizzy
We’re Not Gonna Take It- Twisted Sister
Signed, Sealed, Delivered- Stevie Wonder
Atomic Dog- George Clinton
Friday I’m in Love- The Cure
This playlist is all about making you feel like you’re gliding through space and time as you travel on into the night. Best started as the sun is going down, these songs should have you eating up miles without even realising.
Night Moves- Bob Seger
The Boys of Summer- Don Henley
Lenny- Stevie Ray Vaughan
Purple Rain- Prince
All Night Long- Lionel Richie
‘Stand By to Party’:
Not every road trip is about eating up the miles on a cross-country adventure. Sometimes the journey is meant as an appetiser rather than the main course.
This playlist should be short and sharp, designed to squeeze your adrenalin glands and set your heart racing in anticipation of the evening ahead. Ideal for blasting out from the car stereo as if no one else was listening!
Ooh La La- Goldfrapp
Come into My Life- Rick James
Senorita- Justin Timberlake
Rock With You- Michael Jackson