The Perfect Roadtrip Playlist
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Hello everyone! I’m Marie, one of the Radio Glendon managers. I recently visited Chicago with a few friends during reading week. We rented a car, got out our Google Maps, and sooner than you know, we were on the road! But what good is a road trip if you don’t have any road trip jams? Luckily for us, we all enjoyed very similar music tastes and I had already made us a playlist.
You’re probably wondering what we had on our list. For sure there was Chainsmokers, Rihanna, DJ Snake, Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande and more… I would run out of space if I wrote them all. But I’m not here to impose my musical likings on you because it doesn’t matter what music taste you have—anyone can make a road trip playlist, and here’s how:
Step 1: Go through all your songs. This is important because you want to pick songs that will keep you in the driving mood. Whether you’re the driver or the passenger, no one wants to be falling asleep because a slow and sappy song came on. Road trips are long and you have to stay awake so pick the songs that will keep you bumping your head or singing along.
Step 2: Mix it up. I have a bad habit of alphabetizing songs in my playlists or bunching together songs from the same artist. You don’t want to do this on your road trip playlist because you’ll get tired of it real fast. Keep it on shuffle or just don’t start from the top of your playlist every time. You don’t want to predict the song each time because it gets too routine, especially after several hours in a car.
Step 3: Choose a variety of genres. Keep in mind that you don’t want to just listen to a dance beat all the way to your destination. Throw in something different for a dynamic ride or take the opportunity to listen to those throwback songs; you’ll love singing along. You also don’t want to tire yourself out so keep some of the upbeat stuff for later.
Step 4: Make it a long playlist. This is one of those times that you should add more and keep adding because you want to make sure you enjoy a wide range of music over the several hours. Just add everything and a little bit more!
Step 5: Just like everything on a road trip, get ready to go with the flow. Sometimes you feel like listening to a certain song and it just puts you in the right mood. Whatever it is, sometimes you just gotta ditch the plan (or the playlist) and make your own fun!