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July 14, 2008 No road trip is complete without a great car. And while classic wheels aren't great for your carbon footprint — not to mention your travel budget — here are five songs that go well with a ride in an old-fashioned luxury gas-guzzler.
August 5, 2008 The history of road trip mixtapes is cluttered with tense and muscular songs that act as aural caffeine, especially at night. But nighttime offers its own set of stimuli if we're paying attention. Here are five songs to accompany the throbbing glow of lights in a distant town and tiny futures coming into focus.
August 13, 2008 Not every road trip is a symbol of celebration and freedom; sometimes you're just wallowing in grief, or perhaps fleeing the soul-shrapnelizing ruin you've created back home. Regardless of your misery's root cause, there's no better place to mourn ostentatiously than alone in a car late at night, when no one's around to witness your pitiful, spluttering sobs.
August 20, 2008 The songs on this list were made before iTunes was a glimmer in Steve Jobs' eye, so it stands to reason that they sound better bumping out of car speakers. Give these a spin and then track down the CDs, because they deserve to be heard the old-fashioned way. Turn your woofers up and roll down your windows — all of them.
August 28, 2008 This brutally efficient five-song playlist serves as a soundtrack for when you want to leave your house, hurry to an on-ramp, roar down a short stretch of highway, and abruptly take the next exit to your extremely nearby destination.
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September 12, 2008 All summer long, NPR Music has assembled weekly playlists for those taking road trips, gas prices be damned. When the All Songs Considered blog asked readers to offer up anecdotes about their own favorite road songs, more than 100 provided suggestions. Here are five of the many enlightening and indispensable picks.
July 29, 2008 There's no better place to listen to music than in the driver's seat, looking out from behind a Cinemascope windshield. These five songs all feature some variation on driving, reaching a destination and, in some form or another, stopping along the way.
July 22, 2008 Nothing nourishes the road warrior quite like heavy-metal music. It awakens the primitive conqueror within. Epic highway battles can be fought on Black Sabbath and Slayer alone, but here are five more warrior-friendly head-bashers, each set to tear the road apart.
July 8, 2008 The summer sun is frying the concrete kingdom. Sweltering heat is parboiling millions of psyches around you. It's probably time to flee the city, but like many urbanites, you don't own a car. Book a rental and bring these five songs and crank the factory-installed stereo in your getaway car.
July 1, 2008 It's summer — time to get out of the city and head for the open road. These five great driving songs from WNYC's John Schaefer provide the right energy to help ease the transition from urban cityscapes to bucolic countrysides, while holding nostalgia for the city at bay.
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