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The News Wheel Editors: Our Favorite Road Trip Music, Part 2

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Here at The News Wheel, we’re serious about our road trip music. In Part 1 of this article, five of our writers weighed in with what they like to listen to on long drives. Now, check out these picks from four more staff members.

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Kyle Johnson

Kyle Johnson

Typically, I prefer to listen to podcasts whenever I’m out driving. On longer trips, I like to pepper in some music to help keep myself alert, and it’s usually hip-hop. My go-tos are Aesop Rock, Run the Jewels, Public Enemy, Kendrick Lamar, Death Grips, Wu Tang Clan, MF Doom, Czarface, and Dr. Octagon. Beyond that, I’ll usually find an excuse to put on some Prince, Bowie, and Elvis Costello.

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Morgan Pritchett

Morgan Pritchett

Having traveled solo cross country a few times, a collection of large playlists is a must (along with having podcasts lined up). I always make sure to have a playlist that will match a potential mood, whether it’s a chilled out The 1975 playlist for hectic city traffic or a pumped-up classic rock playlist (Fleetwood Mac, The Who, Elton John, The Doobie Brothers, etc) for the long, flat roads of Nebraska or Utah. If I’m not sure what mood I’m in, I’ll likely go with a nostalgic 90s pop playlist featuring The Spice Girls, NSYNC, Hanson, and the like.

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Whitney Burch

Whitney Russell

Winter road trips usually call for warm-weather music like Rodrigo y Gabriela, salsa music, or bossa nova (cue my Spanish heritage). If it’s a holiday road trip, I usually bring along Sufjan Stevens’ “Songs for Christmas.” Summer journeys go well with Iron and Wine, Death Cab for Cutie, and Appalachian/folk-influenced bands like The Goat Rodeo Sessions and John Paul White. Sometimes it just depends on my mood, though. If I’m in a “need to stay awake” phase of a road trip, The Killers, Mumford and Sons (their old, more acoustic stuff), The Civil Wars, and Florence and the Machine usually work. If there’s a detour or other delay on the trip, Novo Amor, Milo Greene, The 1975, and pretty much anything by Sufjan Stevens provides an ambient escape to distract me from driving frustration.

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Aaron Widmar

Aaron Widmar

My road trip music ranges from indie electronic to alt-pop to folk. The contents of my road trip playlists aren’t what make them special to me, though — it’s because of why I make them. When my wife and I went on our first date in college, I made her a road trip mix CD to listen to in the car. Since then, I’ve continued the tradition: Every time we go on vacation, I make her a new road trip mix burned on a compact disc like old times. At this point, I’ve made nearly 40 mixes, and we still have each one.

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