Music is a big part of my life. I don’t play an instrument, collect vinyl’s or CDs or create music, but I can’t go a day without listening to something. I work better when listening to music and when cleaning or cooking at home I need to have music on in the background. But music has always been important to me when travelling. Even when I have come back from a trip, I can simply put the music on I was listening to, and be transported back there.
As a child, I would listen to whatever tapes or CDs my parents would bring with us for long car journeys; then when I got my own portable CD player, I could have my music (also good for bus journeys to school). Then I upgraded to an mp3 player with thousands of songs to choose from. Now, with my car, I switch between the radio, CDs and Spotify. Having music on calms me down and makes me happy when travelling, especially when I have had a crap day! So, I thought I would share with you my favourite music to listen to when travelling – and would love to hear your go-to music!
Without a doubt, Welsh rock band Stereophonics are my favourite band, and with a total of ten albums in their back catalogue, they can end up being the only music I listen to when travelling. To me, they are the perfect road-trip band, with songs that fade into the background and great tunes to sing to. They even help me feel better when sitting in traffic if such a thing is possible!
Along with Stereophonics, The Killers are a band I have loved for many years. If I need something familiar but upbeat to listen to they are who I put on. I was lucky enough to see them live last November, and they are probably the best band I have seen live to date. The new album Wonderful Wonderful is a great one for short trips too, you can blast it loud!
Belle and Sebastian
The Scottish band Belle and Sebastian have been on the fringes of the music I listen to for several years, as I fell in love with certain songs like ‘There’s Too Much Love’. However, I had not really listened to them properly until fairly recently. Safe to say, they will be becoming a favoured band of mine. Their music is so chill; it just longs for listening to while on a long road trip.
Spotify has pretty much improved the variety of music I listen to, and I wish I had jumped on the bandwagon sooner! My music taste is mostly alternative rock/indie-rock, and there are so many more bands out there I hadn’t discovered before. Now I have a huge number of bands to choose from and even go to their gigs when/if I can. Best of all, indie music is such easy listening when driving or taking a train. New favourite bands include Sundara Karma, The Hunna, Amber Run, The Beach, King No-One and The Coronas.
Sound of the 70s on BBC Radio 2
When I switch on the radio in the car, it’s always to Radio 2, and its even better when its Sound of the 70s on a Sunday afternoon. This is the influence my parents’ taste has had on me, as the CDs they would bring along would often be hits from the 60s, 70s or 80s. Basically just the music they listened to when they were young. The 70s tunes are my favourite, and there are so many great sing-a-long classics!
Pick of the Pops on BBC Radio 2
Another Radio 2 programme I enjoy tuning in to is Pick of the Pops, where they go through the top 20 singles chart from the current week but in the past. There is a mixture of some top hits and more obscure releases, but I am always surprised at how much of it I recognise enough to sing to.
I watch a lot of films which also means I pick up a lot of great music from their soundtracks. As such, there are quite a few soundtracks I like to listen to when travelling (usually when I am a passenger). It means I am immediately transported to the film and don’t need to worry about the journey. My personal choices include the soundtracks to Moulin Rouge, Inception, Planet Earth II, Moana, Beauty and the Beast (live action version), the Pitch Perfect films, Call Me By Your Name and Baby Driver.
I would love to know about the music you listen to, whether its when travelling or just to chill to? Let me know in the comments!