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The News Wheel Editors: Our Favorite Road Trip Music, Part 1

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Whether you’re embarking a holiday trek or fantasizing about an upcoming summer vacation, picking the right music for your road trip is a must. Not sure what to play? Here are some suggestions from staffers here at The News Wheel. (Click here for Part 2.)

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John BadenJohn Baden

I like to make my lengthy road trips as epic as possible. If I am not listening to musical soundtracks to the likes of Les Miserables or The Greatest Showman, I am cranking up the rich, booming sound of motion picture scores from Hans Zimmer, John Williams, and James Newton Howard.

Articles by John Baden

Rebecca Bernard

Rebecca Bernard

Recently I’ve started listening to audiobooks on Audible as I drive, but if things get too boring I usually turn on some Broadway or Disney tunes so I can sing along and stay alert. Last year I drove to Nashville on holiday break and I felt like I needed to apologize to the state of Kentucky. It’s a beautiful drive when the sun is up, but I was so tired that I was screaming/singing Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 the whole way.

Articles by Rebecca Bernard

Zachary Berry Zachary Berry

Generally, I like to listen to classical music or NPR during my morning commute. However, that’s not always the ideal music for multi-hour road trips. Instead, I’ll switch over to something with a little more energy, like The Rolling Stones or Queen, to keep me active and awake during longer drives. Unless my road trip happens to take place during the holidays. In that case, it’s Christmas music nonstop!

Articles by Zachary Berry

William Capella

Ninja Sex Party’s Cool Patrol is my go-to album. “Danny Don’t You Know” is probably my favorite song on the album along with “Cool Patrol,” but “Release the Kraken” is definitely up there.


Caleb Cook

On long road trips, I love to lose myself in sprawling, immersive albums like Wilco’s Being There, Sun Kil Moon’s Ghosts of the Great Highway, The War on Drugs’ Lost in the Dream, Vigilantes of Love’s To the Roof of the Sky, Lucinda Williams’ Car Wheels on a Gravel Road, Kamasi Washington’s The Epic, or Radiohead’s OK Computer. If I need a pick-me-up, I’ll switch to the roaring guitars of Swervedriver’s Mezcal Head or Hum’s Downward Is Heavenward. And no trip is complete without a few hours’ worth of tunes by Willie Nelson, Tom Petty, and OutKast.

Articles by Caleb Cook

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