Great road trip albums are never ones where you look at your CDs and say, “I think this will be a nice album for the road.”
Road trip albums are organic. Personally, it’s always been a matter of selecting an album to hear a song or two. Before you know it, the highway puts you into a state of flow and you realize you’ve gotten through the whole album without changing songs once.
Looking back, you realize it was a terrific experience. Therefore, a designated road trip album is born.
However, your experience may be different. Maybe you’re seeking out an album suggestion. Well, this list is for you. Five go-to pieces, and what you may expect on these albums. All of these have one thing in common, and that is I discovered their greatness on the road.
1.) Foo Fighters — One by One
One by One is the Foo Fighters’ fourth studio album, released in 2002.
I discovered this one on a road trip to Savannah. Song after song just flowed as the miles went by. Ever since, this album has been one that has stood as a go-to.
2.) Meat Puppets — Too High to Die
Released in 1994 on the heels of the Meat Puppets’ appearance on Nirvana’s MTV Unplugged appearance, this album features their hit, Backwater.
Backwater is complemented by 13 other very solid songs, as the Kirkwood brothers’ rhythm is on perfect display.
3.) Oasis — Stop the Clocks
Oasis released this album in 2006, once it’d been determined their record label, Sony, was not going to re-sign them.
Most of this material is from their first two albums, with some 2005 material mixed in. Notably absent from this compilation is their 1997 hit D’You Know What I Mean?
Stop the Clocks nicely blends more fast-paced songs with slower, acoustic songs.
4.) 311 — Greatest Hits 93-03
The consistently hardest of the five albums of the list, it was another album I came to appreciate by letting the music subconsciously play.
The album starts out with Down, their most popular song, then varies from hard, to slightly less hard, to some of the reggae sound they’re known for on some songs.
5.) Smashing Pumpkins — Siamese Dream
My first purchase of this album came on cassette–the original un-remastered album. Released in 1993, this is the oldest of the five albums.
With the cassette long gone, I rediscovered this album a few years back after hearing Soma on Sirius XM.
The album, like the others, ranges nicely between hard songs, like the ironically-named Quiet, to Spaceboy which is a nice change of pace from much of the rest of the album.