Three songs for a road trip mix tape and I don’t manage to squeeze in Radiohead or The Crystal Method. But songs for a long drive are different from the soundtrack of the daily commute. These are only three of the lovelies I’d insist on having with me. If you ask me tomorrow, I’d probably choose three others.
I could write a Masters thesis about the perfect way Liz captures the absurdity and raw pain of breakup in this song. More than anything, though, this song is perfect for wailing at the top of your lungs while driving down a two-lane highway, your destination still hours (or days) away.
This song pounds hard during the car chase scene in The Bourne Identity and blares louder than the numerous gunshots in the club scene in Collateral. This is a freeway driving song. Multiple lanes required. Traffic minimal. Sunshine, preferred.
A song that was popular enough that everyone in the car over the age of 30 has heard it and probably knows the words. It’s another song that just begs to be sung out loud, hopefully with the windows down and a light rain hitting your cheeks. This song was an anthem of mine during a great emotional transition, and rarely do I hear the words without taking a second to feel gratitude, if for nothing more than arriving safely to my destination.