It is almost August and while our days here in South-Central Pennsylvania haven’t been overly hot, the telltale signs of summer are still here. Baseball diamonds are packed on the weekends with eager players vying for the next home rum, social media feeds are full of smiling families posing by ocean waves, chins are perpetually tacky with melted ice cream, and wineberry picking has reached its full and ripe red peak. It is prime time to pile into the car, pick a direction, and just drive with the intention of getting lost. In honor of my favorite season, one that I wish was endless, I decided to put together my own Ultimate Summer Roadtrip Playlist for when we’re on the road and I thought I’d share it with you.
Our family recently took a roadtrip from Pennsylvania to Jekyll Island, Georgia. Despite a long car ride (~12 hours) and hellish traffic from Richmond to Baltimore, the kids did well for sitting in one place for such a long stretch of time. At least in an airplane we can get up and walk around, stretch our legs, and have more freedom to wiggle around to get ants from our pants. The car is a more stationary situation, especially when snugly strapped into a carseat. What helped break up the ride? Besides snack-sized bags of goldfish crackers, a gallon-sized bag of Texas Trash, and VTech InnoTab (affiliate link), the Spotify playlists specifically geared to kids and roadtripping were beneficial. The kids enjoyed hearing fun new songs while passing scenery like this, straight from the Wizard of Oz.
Of course, I always encourage taking the time to visit state and national parks during your travels.
Music is one of those ingredients in life that is more than just a bonus, it’s an essential. I need music on while I’m cooking. I must have music playing when I’m cleaning. I find it nearly impossible to drive a vehicle without cranking out some tunes. I think I have a fairly eclectic taste in music and enjoy everything ranging from classical (I started studying classical piano at the age of 4), psychedelic, classic rock, metal, and everything on the fringes and in between. I don’t listen to Top 40 and I have no idea what bubblegum pop is currently getting airtime on the radio. If you’re looking for Pharrell, Katy Perry, or Skrillex, you won’t find it here.
This playlist features bands including the following: Pearls & Brass, Graveyard, 16 Horsepower, Dax Riggs, Judas Priest, The Band, Crosby Stills & Nash, Canned Heat, Wolf People, Dead Combo, Los Vigilantes, and more. I’ll continue adding songs to this playlist as I stumble across fitting songs on Spotify.
Don’t have Spotify yet? Why not? It’s free!
Spotify is a streaming service that boasts over 20 million songs that are free to access and listen to anytime day or night, on your desktop, laptop, or mobile device. Every day they add another 20,000 songs so if there is something obscure you’re looking for, chances are they’ll get it eventually. Sure, there is some competition on the market but I don’t plan on even trying any other services because the quality of service I’ve had with Spotify has been outstanding. I choose to pay a nominal fee of just a penny under $10/month so my music isn’t interrupted by commercials and I can listen to my music even when I’m offline through their handy download function. It’s worth it. I dig it. If you don’t have Spotify, download it for free and give it a try. (Disclaimer: Spotify doesn’t have a clue who I am and this is not a sponsored post)
Anyway. My Ultimate Summer Roadtrip Playlist samples are below. If you want to head right over to the playlist and , here you go: Ultimate Summer Roadtrip Playlist, but stay a little while and listen to some samples below!
What songs would you put on your own ultimate summer roadtrip playlist?
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