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If Crossroads taught us anything, it’s that every great road trip needs a great soundtrack. Britney Spears, Zoe Saldana and Taryn Manning singing N’Sync’s Bye, Bye, Bye with the top down – iconic. But after mapping out your journey, an epic snack run and packing your suitcase, there’s never time to craft the perfect playlist. The solution? Really, really (really) good albums that you can play start to finish without a hitch. Remember those?
From obvious choices like Destiny’s Child Writing’s on the Wall and Rainbows by Radio Head to the smooth sounds of Matt Corby on Telluric and Frank Ocean’s Blonde, these are the top ten albums for the perfect road trip.
Radiohead – In Rainbows
If you’re still making records this good seven albums in you’ve truly cemented your rock legend status. Radiohead’s Rainbows is already like its own dreamy ride through the golden hour but with the wind in your hair and the dust trail kicking up behind you, it’s truly magical.
Kanye West – College Dropout
Remember when you plugged in your old-school iPod into your mum’s car and blasted Never Let Me Down? Kanye’s debut album never gets old and feels as good as it did back in the day. There’s a singalong element to tracks like Jesus Walks and Get Em High you just don’t get from Yeezy anymore. When it’s blazing hot outside, roll down the windows and blast out All Falls Down for the ultimate high.
Mac Demarco – This Old Dog
There’s always that moment in the movies, when the beautiful girl in the passenger seat puts her head on her forearms and lets the wind blow in her hair, eyes closed. This is the album for that moment. Acoustic guitar, whispering vocals and dreamy synths make this album timeless.
Matt Corby – Telluric
Put this on when the journey gets tough, and you’ll never want it to end. The Australian singer’s music combines blues, soul and jazz to create a sound so smooth it’ll carry you all the way home. Epic sunset music.
American Honey Soundtrack
You can’t rave about American Honey the film without gushing over the soundtrack. The movie trails a group of troublesome teens driving through mid-west America, falling in love to Rihanna’s anthem We Found Love, rapping to Choices (Yup) by E40 and getting high to Out of the Mud by Kevin Gates.
Frank Ocean – Blond
The second album from Frank Ocean is the perfect album for a California road trip. Dubbed the perfect stoner album, it’ll take you on a ride all on its own. If you’re not into Frank’s more experimental stuff, head back to the fail-safe Channel Orange, the ultimate classic.
Destiny’s Child – The Writing’s on the Wall
Obvious, maybe but you have to listen to an album where you can sing along to every song with your best girlfriends. So Good, Bills,Bills,Bills, Say My Name and Bug a Boo all in one album? They don’t make ’em’ like this anymore kids.
Kashmir – Zitilites
We’re gonna let you in on a secret as Kashmir are pretty under the radar outside of Denmark. Super mellow and romantic, this is your jam if you find yourself cruising towards the Danish seaside (or want to feel like you are).
Caribou – Our Love
This album is out of this world. One for fans of experimental electronic, Dan Snaith described his own album as “mind-numbingly simple” and “something for everybody to listen to.” Songs like Can’t Do Without You & Our Love are the perfect adrenaline hit en route to a summer festival.
ABRA – Princess
Ok this one isn’t an album, but this EP is totally worth syncing up your bluetooth for. The singer from Atlanta makes pop music somewhere between 80s R&B and alt-pop. Whatever it is, we’re into it and we can’t think of a better track to cruise into Sin City with than VEGAS.
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