Let Me Take You On A Trip, Around The World And Back.
World In My Eyes -Depeche Mode
©2014 Words by Jim Foreman
Several weeks ago, a trip to Joshua Tree National Park inspired a straight-through listening of U2's "The Joshua Tree."
Since writing that article, a constant question has been, "What do you listen to while riding?"
My tastes are quite eclectic, but instead of copying and pasting my playlist, it seemed only right to come up with an awesome and unique playlist, instead.
One of the most interesting decades of music is the 80's. Synthpop, punk and new wave ruled the day.
If you're looking for "Born to be Wild" by Steppenwolf, you won't find it here.
Here are some songs to consider adding to your music playlist. They all involve traveling, or an interesting destination.
This list is probably missing one of your favorite songs or simply a song or group I can't stand (Road to Nowhere -Talking Heads). There was agony trying to get Transmission from Joy Division added. It just wouldn't work.
Also, it's true... Some of the songs are cheats having been released in the late 70's (Jammin) or the early 90's.
If this isn't your type of music. No worries. Suggest a playlist to be assembled.
Either way, the goal is to put it out there and have you enjoy it. If you feel strongly about a song selection or something missed, add it into the comments. If you wish, a new list with great rock tracks about traveling can be put together. Perhaps another decade or modern cuts.
All of that sounds fun! Happy Listening....
These are presented in no particular order.
Never Let Me Down -Depeche Mode
The Passenger -Siouxsie and the Banshees
Destination Unknown -Missing Persons
China -Red Rockers
Where the Streets Have No Name -U2
Behind the Wheel/Route 66 -Depeche Mode
Down Under -Men at Work
Nowhere Girl -B Movie
Hot in the City -Billy Idol
Song 2 -Blur
Jammin -Bob Marley and the Wailers
Boy -Book of Love (Girls want to ride too)
There's No Other Way -Blur
Avalon -Roxy Music
Rumble in Brighton -Stray Cats
London Calling -The Clash
I Could Be Happy -Altered Images
Should I Stay or Should I Go? -The Clash
Big in Japan -Alphaville
Life In a Northern Town -Dream Academy
I Fought the Law -The Clash
Fascination Street -The Cure
Stop -Jane's Addiction
60 Miles an Hour -New Order
I Ran -Flock of Seagulls
World In My Eyes -Depeche Mode
Vacation -Go Go's
New Sensation -INXS
Overkill -Men at Work
Forever Young -Alphaville
Reap the Wild Wind -Ultravox
Home -Depeche Mode
I Wanted to Tell Her -Ministry
There Is a Light -The Smiths
Round & Round -New Order
Russian Radio -Red Flag
Suddenly, Last Summer -The Motels
Just Another Day -Oingo Boingo
See the Lights -Simple Minds
It's My Life -Talk Talk
West End Girls -Pet Shop Boys
California Sun -Ramones
Heaven -Psychedelic Furs
Life's What You Make It -Talk Talk
Mad World -Tears For Fears
You Make Me Feel So Good -Book of Love
Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For -U2
Never Stop -Front 242
Kids in America -Kim Wilde
Anarchy in the UK -Sex Pistols
Walking in L.A. -Missing Persons
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