Let’s go for a ride.
- GOMEZ — “See the World” — as described by chloe rickards
unto the ocean
- NJENA REDDD FOXXX — “Pepperpint Pimp” — as described by taylor litchfield
ruling empress of the game
- THE PROCLAIMERS — “500 Miles” — as described by heather connelly
ask Marshall Eriksen
- KHUSUGTUN — “Toroi Bandi” — as described by jackson wiley roach
- LIFE WITHOUT BUILDINGS — “The Leanover” — as described by katie nesser
- THE BEATLES — “Two of Us” — as described by Siena Streiber
i was seven
- MUMFORD & SONS — “Not With Haste” — as described by emma poplack
good night driving
- THE HONEY TREES — “Moon River” — as described by claire kim
- DJ Khaled — “I’m on One (feat. Drake, Rick Ross & Lil Wayne)” — as described by ned hardy
the haze of #summer2k11
- THE HEAD AND THE HEART — “Down In The Valley” — as described by elisabeth dee
- THE TEMPER TRAP — “sweet disposition” — as described by benina stern and nora tjossem
sing along now
- ANIMAL COLLECTIVE — “Fireworks” — as described by sophia laurenzi
- THE MAGNETIC FIELDS — “The Luckiest Guy on the Lower East Side” — as described by victor liu
belt it, baby
- BOBBY HEBB — “Sunny” — as described by bojan srb
that’s a small island
GOMEZ — “See the World” — as described by chloe rickards
Three appropriate times to play this song on a road trip:
– When you finally pull out of the driveway after everything is loaded and you’re certain you haven’t forgotten your toothbrush, or that cute sundress, or what have you.
– When you’re on a windy, hilly road in the country and there are no other cars to be seen and sunlight is filtering through the trees.
– When you’ve been driving towards the coast and you can start to see the ocean.
NJENA REDDD FOXXX — “Pepperpint Pimp” — as described by taylor litchfield
requirements to fully appreciate this song: bad ass bitches, a drop top, and a destination where you best been seen.
if that is too much to ask for, y’all must understand that Njena is a ruling empress of the game and her music deserves an audience that can handle her sass and style. she began her rap career on Zebra Katz “Ima Read,” which they recorded on a whim one night (um what, way to dominate from the start). she stays killin it on Peppermint Pimp and I might just be in love with her voice so blast this ish in you car (we can pretend its a drop top). bass high and drive fast please.
THE PROCLAIMERS — “500 Miles” — as described by heather connelly
If you understand, then there’s no need for description. If you don’t, then you should ask Marshall Eriksen. This is likely the space in which I should apologize, but I will do no such thing. You’re welcome.
KHUSUGTUN — “Toroi Bandi” — as described by jackson wiley roach
Polyphonic singing (AKA Overtone singing, AKA singing multiple freaking notes at once) is incredibly impressive, and a big part of Mongolian music. That otherworldly whistling is a human voice! This song (named after Toro Band, the “Robin Hood” of Mongolia) makes me want to thunder over endless plains on a bright black horse with a golden eagle on my arm (which I guess is the point). Blasting it in a car unfurling across this infinite country is (maybe) the next best thing.
LIFE WITHOUT BUILDINGS — “The Leanover” — as described by katie nesser
tbt to when i had a car and would drive the slowest route google maps gave me so i could listen to this album longer. tbt to me mumbling the near incomprehensible lyrics. tbt to a nice time.
THE BEATLES — “Two of Us” — as described by Siena Streiber
This song is the memory of eating sour skittles in the back of my mom’s black Lexus while stuck in rush hour traffic. I sat content in the back seat, covered in charcoal and oil paints after my Monday and Wednesday afternoon art classes. I was 7. It was a simpler time.
MUMFORD & SONS — “Not With Haste” — as described by emma poplack
My friends and I were always obsessed with finding a “good night driving” song. Music thrives at night. At night, on the back roads of a small town, it stands out from the dark shadows of roads and trees, like the flash of another car’s headlights zooming by. The moon peering out behind the misty, sheltering clouds; the soft, building power of Mumford & Sons melody; the endless, twisting road laid out in front of me like yellow bricks. Let the music keep playing, and I’ll never stop driving.
THE HONEY TREES — “Moon River” — as described by claire kim
Soon, the school year comes to a close – the ending of a chapter in each of our lives. We will, yet again, practice how to let go of some things, and start again.
Aren’t we the travelers, drifters in this beautifully unpredictable world?
There’s such a lot of world to see out there, my beloved friends, in all our times to come.
DJ Khaled — “I’m on One (feat. Drake, Rick Ross & Lil Wayne)” — as described by ned hardy
The driver’s license: America’s contemporary coming-of-age catalyst? I got mine (heh) five summers ago. I was 16, and it changed everything, or whatever! In my mind, #Summer2K11 feels like club soda and warm pools and French kisses, and that’s all soundtracked by whipping it around a sleepy East Coast town blasting “I’m on One” as the sun sets. A hazy beat, perfect verses from three rap heavyweights, and a hook about illicit substances? Add the requisite Lil Wayne lighter-flick/inhale-exhale, and you’ve made every high schooler’s dream come true. Goddamn if we didn’t feel like the shit yelling, “I walk around the cluuuuub… Fuck everybody!” Still do, tbh.
THE HEAD AND THE HEART — “Down In The Valley” — as described by elisabeth dee
This song is the soundtrack to my annual August pilgrimage through rural Idaho and Montana. It is windows down, smelling sunshine on wheat fields and pine forests, my silent inner prayer of “Lord have mercy on my rough and rowdy ways”, the roadside stand where I buy a bucket of huckleberries and snack my lips to stained violet. Whenever I grow particularly nostalgic for my summer roadtrip, I turn to The Head and The Heart.
THE TEMPER TRAP — “sweet disposition” — as described by benina stern and nora tjossem
Close Analysis of “Sweet Disposition”: A Dialogue
nora: something about the expansivity of repetitive synth
benina: i never learned the words to this song past “sweeeeeeeeet disssssspooooooossssiiiitiiiiioooon”
nora: (500) days of summer. that is all.
benina: this song synchs up to going *just* above the speed limit on a CA highway #LAkid
nora: this song makes even endless cornfields look inspirational #Iowakid
both: A MOMENT. OF LOVE. A DREAM. A LAUGH. A KISS. A CRY. OUR RIGHTS. OUR WROOOONGS.
ANIMAL COLLECTIVE — “Fireworks” — as described by editor sophia laurenzi
This one’s a crowd pleaser. Whoever you have in the passenger seat on this trip–whether it’s your boyfriend the music aficionado (snob), your core four girls whose music taste range only spans Taylor Swift to Sara Bareilles, or your mother who criticizes whatever “stoner” music you play–won’t be able to resist smiling and seeing the view from the window as a little sunnier. Even if the boyfriend, the friends, and the mom all end up in the car (God bless), they’re all happy to jam to this. They don’t need to know the song is your personal boost for the next 7 minutes, and the next, and the next.
THE MAGNETIC FIELDS — “The Luckiest Guy on the Lower East Side” — as described by editor victor liu
Maybe it’s because my singing voice sounds a lot like Dudley Klute’s, but this has been my go-to car jam since ’99. Belt those high notes and floor it.
BOBBY HEBB — “Sunny” — as described by incoming e.i.c. bojan srb
I imagine a sunrise drive around a green island. We get back to the start by the time the song has ended.