What are the best Albums to listen to on a road trip ?

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    #1M83 - Hurry Up, We're Dreaming

    M83 - Hurry Up, We're Dreaming

    Hurry Up, We're Dreaming is the sixth studio album by French electronic music band M83, released on October 18, 2011. This album runs for 73 minutes and 34 seconds.

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    Marilyn Delgado
    Written on October 9, 2017
    "M83 transports me back to the eighties when I was kid watching a teen movie with Molly Ringwall or an early Nightmare on Elm St. break from killing scene, or running scene. However, this album is for a time such as now, the instrumentals have revived and refreshed the 80's sound in this album. The intro to M83 is like a book, from the very first paragraph you know whether the book is a put down or continue to read to the end. This album is indeed a listen to the end, and play over and over. If you want a quick escape, or vacation just pack these hits into a device that will allow you to hear the transporting beats, and dream."
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    #2Fleetwod Mac - Rumours

    Fleetwod Mac - Rumours

    The number of hits and classic songs that there all in this album is so high that is almost a record to sing-along with in its own entirety. This album, the second with the lineup that was established in 1975  with the album Fleetwood Mac, was the biggest success of the band, that expanded its sound from blues rock to a music full of vocal harmonies between Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks. 

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    Christine Rodriguez
    Written on September 12, 2017
    "Rumours, the album by Fleetwood Mac, is one of my all-time favourite road trip albums, and one of the best albums ever, period. I took a trip with my boyfriend to New York City, and we listened to this album over and over on the way there and back. There is something so nice about listening to this album as you cruise along over the hills, and watch the clouds roll by. It's so fun to sing along to, and it's casual and wistful, and a great listen. My favourite song on the album is definitely Never Going Back Again, such a soft, sweet tune, with Second Hand News coming in at a close second."
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    #3My Bloody Valentine - Loveless

    My Bloody Valentine - Loveless

    Can anyone create beauty with noise? Yes, this album is the proof. During its entire career, the band formed by Kevin Shields had the purpose to evolve from the classic pop sound to create thousand of layers of noise from where melodies and beauty emerged. With Loveless, they finally achieved what they wanted launching one of the best records of the 90's. Listen to songs like Only Shallow, Loomer, Touched or When You Sleep, to name some of the tracks and start floating into a new dimension.

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    Andrew Chapman
    Written on November 8, 2017
    "Somehow this album got great ratings on Amazon. I guess there is a dedicated following with very different musical tastes than me. But that's the music biz I guess. It's certainly not one of MY "best Albums to listen to on a road trip," but it might be one of yours. Who knows? Check it out and see."
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    #4The Band - The Band

    The Band - The Band

    When one thinks of music for a road trip, one of the first bands that come to his mind is the quintessence of American rock The Band and its second and self-titled album. Songs like Up on Cripple Creek, Across the Great Divide, Whispering Pines are perfect as a soundtrack to drive across any country but especially for a ride across the USA.

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    Timothy Brooks
    Written on September 12, 2017
    "The Band (with likely one of the most confusing band names of all time) has so many hits that are perfect to belt in the car. I have a strong love for a couple of songs, although that "old-timeyness" might not work for younger generations. I can see myself popping this in maybe once on a long road trip, but if you're a young adult, I bet you will have other music you prefer on road trips."
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    #5The Rolling Stones - Exile on Main Street

    The Rolling Stones - Exile on Main Street

    Exile on Main Street is one of the best albums of one the best bands ever, The Rolling Stones. This record reflects a period of time when Keith Richards was at his peak of compositive talents. Recorded in his basement in France, its jammy and bluesy spirits and its freewheeling nature make this record a perfect choice to listen to while on a road trip. 

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    Cheng Chang
    Written on September 12, 2017
    "I love making playlists for travel but sometimes I get tired of listening to the same stuff. I started to explore the classics after my friend recommended the Rolling Stones album, Exile on Main Street."
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    #6Elton John - Goodbye Yellow Brick Road

    Elton John - Goodbye Yellow Brick Road

    One of the best albums by the British pianist and singer, reaching 30 million of copies sold. This album launched in 1973 and with Bernie Taupin's lyrics, the main composer of this era for Elton John is a musical tour de force. Grandiloquent, emotional, minimal sometimes, this double album showed all the talents of Elton John, from piano ballad to rock and roll gems. An album to immerse during a road trip.

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    Danielle Harrison
    Written on September 12, 2017
    "Elton John is a household name and has great music. The reviews on this album hold it in high esteem and hundreds of people highly recommend it. I don't doubt that it is a great album to pass the time while riding down the road."
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    #7Jane's Addiction - Ritual de lo Habitual

    Jane's Addiction - Ritual de lo Habitual

    The last album of Jane's Addiction before the reunion was the perfect epilogue of an era and the prologue of another. Creators of the alternative rock scene, their mix of funk, heavy metal, surf, progressive rock, punk was the base for many bands that came after but never topped. 

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    Stephen Banks
    Written on September 12, 2017
    "I personally find it to be a great album. Not everyones taste is the same but I would totally get this again."
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    #8The Beatles - Abbey Road

    The Beatles - Abbey Road

    Some may say that Abbey Road is the best album by the best band ever. We don't know but what we think is that Abbey Road is a perfect album to enjoy while driving on a road trip. Songs like Come Together, Something, Octopus's Garden, Here Comes the Sun, Because are perfect and atemporal and create the perfect atmosphere for a long ride.

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    Christian Chen
    Written on September 23, 2017
    "I recently went on a road trip with some friends and did a search for best albums to listen to on a road trip. The Beatles - Abbey Road was recommended to me, and my friends and I could not stop listening to it on the way to our destinations. It really is one of the best road trip albums!"
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    #9Cocteau Twins - Heaven or Las Vegas

    Cocteau Twins - Heaven or Las Vegas

    Dream pop, shoegaze, dreamscapes, ethereal atmospheres, sonic landscapes, emotional lyrics...This is what we can find in the seminal album from Cocteau Twins, the famous Scottish band that set a new standard in pop music during the 80s and first 90s. Heaven or Las Vegas is a perfect soundtrack while driving as the sun sets.

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    Aanya Tata
    Written on September 12, 2017
    "This is a beautiful album. Truly a joy to listen to anywhere, but on a road trip, it makes the whole thing feel very surreal, like you're in a movie. If you like dreamy, relaxing, ethereal music, this is the album for you. Cocteau Twins made a beautiful album here."
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    #10Parliament - Mothership Connection

    Parliament - Mothership Connection

    Mothership Connection is the fourth record by the funk band Parliament and the first one to feature Maceo Parker and Fred Weasley. The album has a groove like no other album has ever created, the mark for P-Funk created by George Clinton, the leader of the band. Blending funk, jazz, rock and progressive its sound is perfect for a road trip when you need a little boost to keep going while having a good time.

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    Jose Larson
    Written on October 28, 2017
    "This album is one art of mastery. It might be one of their best albums and it is available at such a convenient price so I think it is worth a shot. The lyrics are so touching and the music is just amazing. It is a an album is is a Must have I would say and worth every penny."
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    #11Oasis - (What's The Story) Morning Glory

    Oasis - (What's The Story) Morning Glory

    (What's The Story) Morning Glory is the second studio album by English rock band Oasis released by Creation Records in 1995. This album was named the greatest British album since 1980. 

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    Pablo Seefoo
    Written on October 4, 2018
    "Its like the quintessential 90s road trip album. All the songs are great, classics, and amazing sing-alongs. I've had quite a few roadtrips with this album blasting on the stereo and its an awesome fun experience. Go for it!"
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    #12Donald Fagen - Kamakiriad

    Donald Fagen - Kamakiriad

    The second solo album by Donald Fagen after he left Steely Dan was released in 1993. The album is a theme record about the futuristic journey in a high tech car named Kamakiri. The songs talk about middle age feelings and reflect a journey through life.

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    Lorena Rivas
    Written on September 12, 2017
    "We are always looking for new music to listen on our road trips. We take at least 3 road trips in a year. So music is extremely important. My cousin actually got me hooked on Donald Fagen's album - Kamakirid. Keep it in your car. you won't regrtet it."
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    #13Survivor - Vital Signs

    Survivor - Vital Signs

    Survivor was one of the best bands in what was known as AOR or (Adult Oriented Rock). Their participation in Rocky III soundtrack made them internationally famous with the hit single Eye of The Tiger. After this, they tried to follow the success with Caught in the Game, but it was a selling failure. With a new singer, Jimi Jamison they launched their best record Vital Signs, with omnipresent keyboards and remembered tunes like I Can't Hold Back or the Search is Over.

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    Roy Rios
    Written on September 15, 2017
    "While I'm personally not a huge Survivor fan, I think this solution is very appropriate. The description even does a good job of selling the high points of the band. The album is rated fairly high on the Amazon page but there's only 44 reviews, which means the album itself isn't all that popular. Based on that, I'm not sure if I am completely convinced that this album would be considered the "best.""
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    #14Grateful Dead - American Beauty

    Grateful Dead - American Beauty

    Grateful Dead is one of the best bands that came from the sixties free spirit era. They were one of the bands that emerge from the hippie and psychedelic scene from California. Fusing all types of music like jazz, country, rock, psychedelia, blues, space rock and long and acid oriented instrumental jams. American Beauty was the follow up for their Workingman's Dead album where they continue exploring the folk, bluegrass and country elements of their music developing their songcraft to their highest point.

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    Pamela Smith
    Written on September 12, 2017
    "Who in my age range don't remember the Grateful Dead. An iconic band of America. their mixture of music styles are great. No matter what kind of music you like you will love this band. It you don't like a song just wait for the next. This is such a diverse band you are sure to have many of their songs in you favorites list."
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    #15Nothing - Tired of Tomorrow

    Nothing - Tired of Tomorrow
    The second album from the Philadelphia's shoegaze band Nothing is shoegaze at its top. Noise, ethereal atmospheres, guitar riffs that can sound loud as hell but soft as snow too and lyrics that reflect twisted relationships, stoned trips and teenage and adult angst make this record a modern classic to get lost.
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    Ashley Hansen
    Written on September 18, 2017
    "I had planned to travel from Missouri to New Mexico for several months in advance but did not remember to pick out my travel music beforehand. I was stuck with the CD stuck in my cars player left by my sister. The album was Tired of Tomorrow by Nothing. I listened to the tracks oh about 10 times each, and in that time, the band really grew on me. Will be listening to more of their music in the future."
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    #16Beach House - Bloom

    Beach House - Bloom

    The fourth album by the American band Beach House is one of the best albums of dream pop of the recent years. Their tunes go from a soft pop with ethereal guitars that flow over dreamy voices to an indie rock style melodies that change your mood with resemblances to Cocteau Twins, Slowdive, and other influent bands. You can find songs like Myth, Lazuli or Other People that are among the best songs of the band. A must.

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    Susan Wilson
    Written on October 4, 2017
    "This music has been done, ad nauseum, in the early 90s, especially in the Seattle area when grunge was becoming the thing. Still, I stupidly gave it a chance. This almost caused me to crash my car out of sheer boredom during my road trip. "

Summary

Best What are the best Albums to listen to on a road trip
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1M83 - Hurry Up, We're DreamingMusic 17 Free
2Fleetwod Mac - RumoursMusic 15 Paid
3My Bloody Valentine - LovelessMusic 14 Paid
4The Band - The BandMusic 12 Paid
5The Rolling Stones - Exile on Main StreetMusic 11 Paid
6Elton John - Goodbye Yellow Brick RoadMusic 9 Paid
7Jane's Addiction - Ritual de lo HabitualMusic 4 Paid
8The Beatles - Abbey RoadMusic 4 Paid
9Cocteau Twins - Heaven or Las VegasMusic 2 Paid
10Parliament - Mothership ConnectionMusic 1 Paid
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