By the time this posts, I'll have been driving for *checks watch* four hours already.
...And after four hours on the road, I'll still have another eight hours of drive time before I reach my destination.
You know what I'm going to need for this trip, right?
Well... Besides a large pile of snacks and ridiculous amounts of coffee, I mean.
It's time to put together the all-important road trip playlist!
And since I'm driving, I get to choose the music. House rules... To quote Dean Winchester, "Driver picks the music, shotgun shuts his cakehole."
In honor of Dean, the first song on the playlist will be Survivor—Eye of the Tiger. Is there a better song to get you pumped up about... well... anything? And besides. I really just wanted an excuse to post this outtake from season four. It's kind of priceless.
This next one is a song that I've played as the first song of every solo road trip I've taken in the last year. If you recognize the song (and know the movie it's from), you'll understand why it's a perfect road trip song. It's Gogol Bordello—Through the Roof 'N' Underground. And when you're hitting the road half-awake and not-quite-caffeinated at three in the morning, it's exactly what you need to hear.... Or maybe I'm just weird. That's possible, too.
On the country end of the spectrum we have a little Brantley Gilbert with the song Hell on Wheels. Guaranteed to earn you funny looks when you start rocking out at a red light. With bonus Popcorn Sutton photos... because it is a song about runnin' shine after all. It's only right. ;)
And last but certainly not least—another band that's a road trip favorite of mine—LUCERO! And, okay, Lucero is kind of a favorite of mine all the time and not just on road trips. Love those guys. I can think of almost half a dozen road trips I've taken just to see them in concert, so a long drive without Lucero just seems wrong at this point. Here's Lucero's song California as the soundtrack to another crazy trip, illustrated entirely in photographic stills. It's amazing. Just see for yourself.
San Francisco from DEREK WOODS on Vimeo.
What about you guys? What songs are must-haves for your road trip playlists?