Summer Driving Playlist
Whether you like to listen to your music with the windows rolled down or keep them shut and sing along at the top of your lungs, these old and new favorites are what’s been playing in my car recently.
Warrior- Mark Foster, A-Trak, Kimbra
I stumbled upon this track the other day while browsing Spotify, and was instantly hooked. Foster the People’s debut album was my soundtrack last summer, so I was glad to have a new summer jam.
Hold On- Alabama Shakes
This song sparked the beginning of my folk phase this year. My friend emailed me the video of a live performance of this song, and I could not believe the sound coming from this unassuming but brilliant southern rock band.
Fluorescent Adolescent- Arctic Monkeys
The Arctic Monkeys were one of the first “indie” bands I discovered. They always make me smile and remind me of the best parts of high school.
Three Little Birds- Bob Marley and the Wailers
For as long as I can remember (literally, my parents played me Bob Marley tapes at night when I was an infant) this has been one of my all-time favorite songs. The song pretty much speaks for itself, so all I can say is that this song makes me happy.
Second Hand News- Fleetwood Mac
Rumors is possibly one of the most perfect albums ever created. Choosing a favorite song from Rumors would be like choosing a favorite pair of shoes from my closet (aka impossible) but I love the harmonies and simplicity of this one.
11th Dimension- Julian Casablancas
As you’ll see later in the this playlist, I have a massive obsession with the Strokes, and a massive crush on Julian. I was pleasantly surprised with his solo album, especially this track.
Someday, Someway- Marshall Crenshaw
I have a weakness for four-chord pop songs, but this is probably number one on my list of favorites (a playlist for another time). I’m always surprised at the lack of people my age who have never heard of Marshall Crenshaw, but I think this is what pop music is supposed to sound like.
Your Easy Lovin’ Ain’t Pleasin’ Nothin’- Mayer Hawthorne
The first time I ever heard Mayer Hawthorne was live. I went to a concert at Swarthmore college to hear St. Vincent, not knowing that he was the second act. However, from the first note that came out of his mouth, I was hooked. This song always puts a smile on my face, and I find it extremely hard to listen to without dancing a bit in my seat while driving.
Sorry Sorry- Rooney
Another high school throwback, I will admit that I first heard Rooney on my all-time favorite TV show, the OC. Their songs are simple and fun, and remind me to stay young.
Under Cover of Darkness- The Strokes
No playlist of mine would be complete without a few Strokes tracks. Although I wasn’t in love with Angles overall, I like the way the album felt both vintage and fresh.
Gratisfaction- The Strokes
Another great Strokes tune. Not as heavy and serious as some of their earlier stuff, but has an 80s feel, in the best way possible.
What Ever Happened?- The Strokes
The first time I heard Room on Fire, I felt like Julian had written it specifically for me. Never before had an album captured my feelings so precisely, and years later these songs carry the same relevance.
Free Fallin’- Tom Petty
Ok this is a bit of a cliche, but I couldn’t make a driving playlist without including this song. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, YouTube the clip of Tom Cruise singing along to it in Jerry Maguire. Right now. And to answer your question, yes, of course I have recreated the scene in my own car. You know you’ve always wanted to.
Money- The Drums
This year I was lucky enough not only to see The Drums in person, but to book them at my college for a private show. Their cool California vibe makes them perfect for a summer drive to the beach.
This Head I Hold- Electric Guest
I discovered this song on a playlist by the women who does the music for a bunch of popular TV shows (Grey’s Anatomy, Gossip Girl, Mad Men anyone?). The song is super funky and always has me drumming on my steering wheel.
You’re Mine- Devin
Ending with another jem I stumbled upon while casually browsing Spotify one day. This guy has great energy and can really rock.