Road Trip Essentials – Soundtracks

How does one traveller set a really good mood during a road trip? Scenery is a given, and a travelling companion is a ‘nice to have’ but not really necessary. I myself like to do road trips alone, but that’s just me. Music, I find is a really good companion when the scenery becomes monotonous. Having a really good song playing on the stereo while zooming on towards the distant horizon seems to make the road trip even more enjoyable.
One thing I can’t live without when going on one of my sporadic road trips is my collection of road trip albums. The roads can be a rich source for sensory overload, the scenery, the green vegetation, the horizon, the blue mountains, and when you’re lucky a majestic sunset– these are enough to occupy the most ardent traveller. But sometimes, I can surely do with a good pick-me-up and that’s when I feed one of these albums to the car stereo.

Road Trip Soundtrack - The EraserheadsEraserheads Anthology – For me the eHeads is the best Filipino Rock Band ever. Ever. This album contains all their best songs and countless times I’ve been playing this album for hours and hours while shouting along (I couldn’t call it singing) with the band until I’m hoarse.  I grew up with the ‘Heads so there’s a little bias here but I think they paved the way for a lot of Pinoy rock bands to hit the mainstream. It’s no wonder that even until now when the group has already disbanded, Pinoy music lovers continue their love affair with the band’s many songs.

Road Trip Soundtrack - The AtarisSo Long Astoria, by the Ataris – Now this one is something that you could really turbo-bob your head to. I would jump up and down if I could but it’s no easy feat to do when you’re driving. So Long Astoria talks about young love and breakups and heartaches and all that teenage angst that everyone, one way or another, has gone through. Mix that with some really jumpy melody and you couldn’t help but, well, jump. At least in your seat. So Long Astoria is an album that the Ataris released in 2003.

Road Trip Soundtrack - The Beach BoysThe Best of The Beach Boys – Ok I pull out this one when I’m going to the beach. Very very calming album I think. Aruba, Jamaica, ooh I wanna take ya to Bermuda, Bahama, come on pretty momma. Enough!  This is an oldie band I know, but the Boys were reintroduced to the younger set via hit films such as Tom Cruise’s Cocktails featuring the song Kokomo (sample lyrics above) and then again in Adam Sandler’s 50 First Dates also starring the forever cute, Brew Darrymore. The Beach Boys..

I’m not sure if you folks share my road trip soundtrack preferences, but there they are!  BTW, if you have some really good road trip soundtrack suggestions, do let me know!

22 Comments… add one

  • Jena Isle Sep 9, 2009

    Have you ever traveled to the Ilocos region, Bonnie? That's a great place to be.

  • pinoytraveller Sep 9, 2009

    Hi Jena, yep, I was able to drive all the way to Vigan, but I didn't have a travel blog then so…. Oh well I can always go back! :)

  • ceblogger Sep 9, 2009

    i have my collection of jars of clay and other CCM cds. and there's a U2 disk too.

  • lannaxe96 Sep 10, 2009

    I remember putting those cheesy mix tapes together for spring break, however when I listen to them now I think. I was a genius.

  • katague Sep 11, 2009

    Have you heard about the Moriones Festival In Marinduque? Do you know that the provincial government has several projects related to ecotourism? July 22, 2009. In addition, have you heard of Bellarocca Resort and Spa- the most luxurious and expensive resort in South East Asia? It is located in Buenavista, Marinduque.

  • pinoytraveller Sep 13, 2009

    Hi Katague, yes I've been to Marinduque for that festival a couple of years back. Sadly this blog wasn't in existence then. Seems to me like a new visit is in order.

  • pinoytraveller Sep 13, 2009

    Hahaha, I think almost everyone has gone through that 'mix tape' phase. These days they call it a playlist but it's all the same I think.

  • pinoytraveller Sep 13, 2009

    Oh I've heard of them alright. Love “Flood”. U2 rocks as always.

  • katague Sep 14, 2009

    A lot of new things the last two years is happening in Marinduque in the field of tourism and travel . A lot of Filipino-Americans expatriates, Europeans, and Americans are settling in Marinduque in their retirement years.

  • elliegreat Sep 16, 2009

    I too love to travel and yes it can be monotonous at times and music certainly helps.

  • Darmawan Sep 17, 2009

    That's right..I always listen to my favorite songs on the way to destination. And I feel the songs can sound even better, I can enjoy them more than I usually play at home

  • pinoytraveller Sep 17, 2009

    Amen to that. Plus, it keeps you awake! :)

  • DavaoBase Sep 18, 2009

    Hey there!

    Great post. I found your site through EntreCard. Isn't it fantastic?

    Anyway, I really like US summer songs as my road trip buddies as of late. To name a few, “The Sweet Escape” by Gwen Stefani, and “I Gotta Feeling” by The Black Eyed Peas are very appealing to road trip lovers.

  • pinoytraveller Sep 18, 2009

    Cool! I've been to Davao a couple of times but I've never really had the chance to 'discover' Davao. Maybe one of these days! Cool blog you got there!

  • pinoytraveller Sep 18, 2009

    Agree with you 100% Ellie!

  • Dmobile215 Sep 19, 2009

    Ouch I don't think I would enjoy that walk down that road looks like a feet killer!

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  • ahsanulkarim Sep 21, 2009

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  • Car Hire Nice Sep 21, 2009

    Upbeat and danceable songs are definitely a must-have in every road trip. It helps you stay awake and energetic.

  • Travelbug Sep 23, 2009

    Hi, a very enjoyable read. A road trip will never be the same without great music. I am heading off on my second road trip in the States soon and am already compiling great CDs to bring. The road could be very quiet otherwise / Travelbug @

  • pinoytraveller Sep 25, 2009

    I agree. Thanks Travelbug.

  • Dual Sim Phones Jan 19, 2010

    nice post

  • Mark Lacsam Jun 22, 2010

    Cool selection! I have my favorite list to go with my road trip, too. Like Barbie’s Cradle, Parokya ni Edgar, and mostly CCM. XD Great post by the way!

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