Friday, July 12, 2024

Playlist: Road Trip Essentials

It’s the season of travel, and many of us are hitting the pavement rather than the airways. Indeed, with the heat breaking records, there’s no better time to escape the subtropics. In the spirit of the four wheels, six cylinders and an escape from the humdrum, I racked my brain and scoured my record collection for the best songs to accompany any highway journey, whether cross-state or cross-country.

Some of the choices are obvious—no road-trip mix is complete without “On the Road Again” or “Drive My Car”—others less so. But all are classics in their own way, from essential ‘90s indie and alternative to folk and punk standard bearers from the ‘60s and ‘70s to contemporary Americana. Some of the songs are, of course, about cars and motorcycles themselves; others center on the freedom of the open road. All are curated for your next journey, wherever it may take you.

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John Thomason
John Thomason
As the A&E editor of, I offer reviews, previews, interviews, news reports and musings on all things arty and entertainment-y in Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties.

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