Best Music Playlists For Road Trips

Best Music Playlists For Road Trips

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If you’re on a road trip, do you pack the music that moves you, like the customers at Water Star Motors in Santa Cruz CA do? When your car’s good to go, its maintenance and necessary auto repairs are taken care of by auto mechanics who provide the care motorists expect and deserve, how do you decide on the playlists for the road you’re traveling?

Some songs move you, some songs don’t, but when you’re road-tripping, it’s the playlists you choose that matter most. Awesome music playlists help take the stress out of driving, but it’s the choosing that avoids the bruising. Fortunately, there’s plenty of options, especially as vehicles and music have become more connected. These include:


Packing Your Favorite CDs - It’s the traditional way. You know the music that moves you. After all, you even bought it.
Google Your Travel Playlist - Albums and top songs by the performers you like are readily available, and just an internet connection away in your car.
Be Your Own DJ - Easy enough to do nowadays in the comfort of your own home, you can build your own personal playlist and plug and play it once enroute.
There’s an App for That Too - You can use various music apps, such as Spotify, to build playlists for you, at home or when on the road. Simply enter an artist you enjoy, and your “like” and “dislike” click will drive the mood-music you’re seeking to you.

Here at Water Star Motors, our auto mechanics, service advisors and owners enjoy everything from Frank Sinatra to Metallica. Just for fun, here’s a one-hour long music collage playlist comprised of a song to get you going, followed by reminders of destinations across America, and a song to come back home to:

  • Guns ‘N Roses  | Sweet Child of Mine | That opening guitar riff is like a high octane shot for the road.

  • Train  | Save me, San Francisco  | First stop, San Fran, then Seattle and beyond.

  • Metallica  | Turn the Page  | Near the 100th meridian, outbound from Omaha NE.

  • Doobie Brothers  | Black Water  | Mississippi bound, America’s artery.

  • Sufjan Stevens  | Chicago |  Offbeat drive to the headwaters of iconic Route 66.

  • Blues Traveller  | But Anyway  | Time out for a singalong, infused with a harmonica.

  • Frank Sinatra  | New York, New York  | A change of pace, doing it his way!

  • John Denver  | Take Me Home, Country Roads  | Ahhh, West Virginia nostalgia, then on to Carolina.

  • James Taylor  | Carolina in My Mind | Sunshine and moonshine, the world in repose on the Outer Banks.

  • Allman Brothers Band |  Rambin’ Man | Atlanta GA, Nashville TN and New Orleans LA … a music trifecta.

  • Marc Cohn  | Walking in Memphis  | Memphis on your mind? Don’t step on my shoes.

  • Stevie Ray Vaughan  | Pride and Joy |  Hafta, wanna, gotta boot-scoot in Texas.

  • The Eagles  | Taking it Easy |  Winslow, Arizona pit-stop before home sweet home.

  • Phil Collins  |  Take me Home  | Homestretch song. Every. Single. Time.

Close-up of a hand and vintage car radio in black and white

Eclectic enough for you? If you’re like-minded, feeling creative and adventurous, you might even want to try putting together a collaborative playlist or two with the family and friends you’re traveling with. Go on, let your collaboration rock ‘n roll you to wherever you’re headed. And don’t be surprised at the mirth and giggles you’ll enjoy.

Whether you’re going to, or coming back from, a road trip, Water Star Motors hopes you arrive refreshed and energized. When your car, truck or SUV needs the same treatment, our auto mechanics are ready, willing and able to deliver. Give us a call, schedule an appointment online, or visit Water Star Motors  318-A River Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060, and we’re open from Monday to Friday between 7:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. We’ll even chat with you about playlists!


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