Here is a random fact about me that I realize I have never mentioned before so for all you wonderful people out there who read my blog every week, I love road trips! One of the best things about living about 350 miles away from my hometown is that when I want to make a trip back home, I don’t have to fly. I can drive, which to me, is my favorite part about traveling. I love driving because I get to play my music. I have several custom road trip playlists in my iPhone that I love to jam to and yes, I play my music loud and proud baby!
So when I was contacted by TURO, a person-to-person car rental company who asked me what I like to bring with me on my road trips, my number one answer was “why music of course!” So, what are my music essentials when taking a road trip? As it so happens, I am planning to take a road trip this summer to help my niece celebrate her 16th birthday (she just turned 16 but we are doing something in the warmer months) and my 39th birthday.
I also have a car that doesn’t have all the new do-dads on it so when I drive into another state, my iTrip doesn’t work right. I have to keep searching for a station so that I can keep listening to my phone and that is dangerous while driving so I make CD’s. Yes, they still exist. On your phone you can have as many songs as you want on your playlist but on a CD, you can only fill up about 80 minutes worth so I divide my playlist up into categories.
Pop it Lock it songs:
These are the songs that put me in a great mood, if not a dance mood and this is a huge variety. This playlist has Holla Back Girl, by Gwen Stefani; Born To Be My Baby, by Bon Jovi; American Woman, by Lenny Kravitz; Paradise City, by Guns & Roses; The Real Slim Shady, by Eminem; Sweet Home Alabama, by Lynard Skynard; Sugar, by Maroon Five; I’m Gonna Be (500 miles), by The Proclaimers; and Miss You Much, by Janet Jackson just to name a few.
You can never say no to Johnny Depp!
Bring it On songs:
These are some of my favorite hard rock/alternative songs like Not Gonna Die, by Skillet; War Over Me, by Papa Roach; War of Change, by Thousand Foot Crutch; My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark, by Fall Out Boy; Across the Line, by Linkin’ Park; Footsteps, by Pop Evil; Hold Me Now, by Red; Addicted, by Saving Abel; and Until the Day I Die, by Story of the Year. Actually, I have so many songs on this playlist that I have to break them up into two or three CD’s. Haha!
Down Home songs:
This playlist is a list of songs that I absolutely have to have on my road trip to Baltimore because these are the songs that remind me of home. There is so much nostalgia built up in these songs that my brain over flows with the good memories that only these songs invoke. Songs like Cradle of Love, by Billy Idol; She Talks to Angels, by The Black Crowes; Whatta Man, by Salt n Pepa; Blaze of Glory, by Bon Jovi (honestly, did you really think I wouldn’t have Bon Jovi on this playlist?); Total Eclipse of the Heart, by Bonnie Tyler; Motownphilly, by Boyz II Men (huge song when I was in high school); High Enough, by Damn Yankees; Pour Some Sugar On Me, by Def Leppard; Personal Jesus, by Depeche Mode; I Touch Myself, by Divinyls; Ordianary World, by Duran Duran; Epic, by Faith No More, and Like a Prayer, by Madonna. Again, lots of songs that I have to divvy up. LOL!
Man, this brings back memories!
So there are just a few of my playlists but the ones I consider essential when taking my road trip to Baltimore. The best part is I will bring Conner with me this time and we are going to be rockin’ out with all the best music! He loves all of these songs. What are your favorite tunes to listen to when you travel?
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