If you are planning a road trip — say, for Labor Day weekend! — the right music can make the journey. For advice on what tunes to pack into your ride, we turned to the experts on the subject: professional musicians, who spend much of their time on the road. If these tunes —some mainstream, but many likely new to you — keep these road warriors going, you might want to get to downloading too!
1. Meat Loaf
2. Gang of Four's Andy Gill
3. Jazz musician Sean Sonderegger
"Listening to music when you're traveling turns your trip into a real-life movie montage, especially if you're visiting somewhere for the first time. For our trip that we're on right now, it's been Alabama Shakes Sound and Color — what a great album! And it gets even better when you can see new parts of the world while having it blast in your headphones."
5. Spin Doctors' Chris Barron
"Look," says Barron, "The Rolling Stones' Exile On Main Street is the quintessential road trip album. Ranging, rough and varied, it has a song for every velocity and altitude. A perfect skein for weaving memories, don't leave home without it."
6. Musician/songwriter Tom Brislin
“'The Boys of Summer' by Don Henley. It might seem like a too-obvious choice," says Brislin, who has toured with Yes, Meat Loaf, Debbie Harry, Renaissance, and produced solo album Hurry Up and Smell the Roses, "but I feel like there’s a certain melancholy in this song that mirrors the feelings of summer coming to a close. Plus, it’s got a driving flow that makes for a good road-trip soundtrack."
7. Lava Records C.E.O. and founder Jason Flom
8. Singer/songwriter Sylvia Tosun
"Peter Gabriel's Scratch My Back is my road trip album of choice. No drums, no guitars — just Gabriel's incredible voice with a backdrop of a lush and rhythmic orchestral sounds, sawing away, unmercifully, taking the listener on a deep wild journey of epic gorgeousness," says Tosun.
9. Musician Kasim Sulton
The other, says, Sulton is Rufus Wainwright's Want One. "When Elton John calls you the most significant songwriter of the 20th Century, you know you're worthy. Rufus has a melodic sense like no other and his quirky lyrics follow no set rules. As a songwriter, when I say to myself, 'I wish I had written that!' I"m forever in love with that artist."
10. Tamela Mann
"Recently, I road tested my One Way album. I love to listen to so many different artists and songs, so I wouldn't normally listen to my own album. But, this one is different. The diversity of the tracks made it a perfect playlist for the open road. The songs I turned up and put on repeat were 'Say Oh' and 'That's What He Did' because they're up-tempo and kicked the drive into high gear."
11. Grace McLean
Grace McLean just closed out Lincoln Center's historic American Songbook Series with a sold-out show in which The New York Times' tough critic, Stephen Holden, called her "phenomenal." As for her favorite road trip music, McClean says: "Paul Simon's Graceland is my essential road trip album, but only when I'm in the front seat! There's something about seeing the road be devoured that satisfies the desire to leave something behind and hurtle forward to something new, but not to be there just yet. Also, this month is the 30th anniversary of its release!"
12. Oh Land
"Simon and Garfunkel's Sounds of Silence from 1966: Particularly when touring North America, it fits. When you are driving through the redwoods of California or the snowy mountains of Vermont. theres something very outdoorsy about that album and there's a sense of time standing still in the music which is the feeling I often have when Im on the road. As if the whole world stops and you just live in the moment."
13. Gary Lucas
14. Sasha Dobson of Puss N' Boots with Norah Jones and Kat Popper
"Scott Walker's Scott 3 will take you places you've never been before. Amazing for opening up the mind and mending the heart. Truly magical musicianship and story telling," says Dobson. "Milt Jackson's Very Tall, for driving when you are tired. Great feel and listen for a true swing feel. Deep and joyful, and Notorious BIG's Ready To Die is great for getting through the day. Remembering what matters, dancing, being strong. I like the way this album reminds me what's important. His writing is always a sobering experience."
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