So the challenge is simple, draw up your perfect playlist for a long journey, how hard can that be. Actually when you stop and think about it; it turns out to be extremely hard. Get it right and the results can be intoxicating. An open country road the sun shining and the music system caressing your eardrums with the song you want and the hairs on your neck can stand up, a tear maybe wells in your eyes, dare I say it but a moment of pure contentedness can wash over you, a worthy goal by anyone’s measure. So I reiterate, it can be extremely hard to draw up that list.
So many factors can impinge upon the choices, let me highlight some that spring to mind:
- A) Is it a “going to somewhere…” journey where everyone is excited about the possibilities the day holds for them or is it the returning home journey where everyone is tired and the possibilities of the day have all been experienced.
- B) How is your base emotional state? Your taste for tunes will be different if your wound up from a stressful event than if your relaxed or in holiday mode.
- C) What is the weather like? The sun will always raise a smile far quicker than a grey day of drizzle and wind (unless it’s at the end of a 6 month drought I suppose!)
- D) Prevailing traffic conditions. If you are stuck in a 5 mile tailback on the motorway you will want different tunes to when driving along a coastal road or through the mountains.
- E) The characters of the passengers in the car will have a huge impact on the list. Imagine a typical family of four, when asked who is their top artist and you get the following responses; Dad says Mozart, Mum opts for Johnny Cash, the teenage boy says Rammstein and the daughter goes into melt down mode because 1 Direction is the only band in the universe making music! The list just became even more difficult…
- F) Even the time of day has an impact as we listen to different music in the day time to early evening and again for late night listening.
So, long story short I had to come up with a list.
My list is mainly for when energy is high; excitement abounds, early in the day. They are all newish songs, good for a sing along and nice keep you awake beats. If your car happens to have a shuffle button on the console then this list will work in just about any circumstance.
*quick fanfare* and here we go:-
La La La – Naughty Boy
Love Me Again – John Newman
Paradise – Coldplay
Good Feeling – Flo Rida
Need You – Duke Demont
Changed the way you kiss me – Example
Crazy – Gnarls Barkley
On the floor – Jennifer Lopez and Pitbull
Turn me on – David Guetta
Too close – Alex Clare
Don’t you worry child – Swedish House Mafia
Party rock anthem – LMFAO
There is a serious message behind the idea of a great driving soundtrack. THINK! Research suggests that almost 20% of accidents on major roads are sleep or tiredness related. Long journeys on motorways can lead to a lack of concentration and, as well as other preventative measures, listening to songs you love can be a great way to stay alert and focused on the road.