Summer is here. Time to put the top down on the convertible and head out for a road trip with the best summer music ever, cranking the tunes for the whole highway to hear. Here, in no particular order, are the ten best summer albums to take along on that road trip
Little Deuce Coupe–Beach Boys
The 1963 classic album is packed with road trip tunes like the title track, “409” and “Spirit of America” that will have you tapping your fingers against the steering wheel.
Fly Like an Eagle–Steve Miller Band
Whether for the bounce of “Take the Money and Run” or the gentle arcs of “You Send Me” this 1976 album is perfect highway music. The 30 th Anniversary reissue is not bad either, but watch the DVD version of that at home and enjoy all the extra material. Bring the original on the road trip.
One of These Nights–Eagles
In 1975 this album catapulted the Eagles to stardom, and it will get you down the road in just as much style with tunes like “Take It to the Limit” and “Lyin’ Eyes” as well as the title track.
High School Confidential–Jerry Lee Lewis
All the way back in 1958, Lewis treated us to “Don’t Be Cruel” and “Jambalaya (On the Bayou),” and this music has been coming out of car audio equipment ever since.
Speakerboxxx/The Love Below–OutKast
Any road trip soundtrack should include on rap album, and this 2003 release should be it. The double album features classic rap tracks like “The Way You Move” on the Speakerboxxx side, and “Roses” on the R&B influence “The Love Below,” as well as the guilty smile inducer “Where Are My Panties?”
Andrews Sisters–Greatest Hits: The 60th Anniversary Collection CD
There should be at least one socially unacceptable song on the playlist. 1945’s “Rum and Coca Cola” with its references to prostitution and alcohol should fill the bill.
Pavement–Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain
Whether categorized as modern rocksters or independents, Pavement have a sound worth listening to. This 1994 album includes the classic “Cut Your Hair” along with its other roadworthy tracks.
Faith No More–King for a Day Fool for a Lifetime
Faith No More is the most eclectic band of the last couple of decades, and this 1995 release is the most eclectic of their albums. Somehow, though, it blends its diverse elements into a unified whole that makes perfect road trip music. “Just a Man” will have you wanting to kiss the sun along with the band.
Panda Bear–Person Pitch
If the Beach Boys were the voice of summer in the 1960s and 1970s, Panda Bear is their counterpart for the 2000s and 2010s. This 2007 release is their summeriest work so far.”Bros” and “Comfy in Nautica” are perfect examples of a bright style perfect for highway consumption.
Credence Clearwater Revival–Bayou Country
In 1969 CCR produced what may possible be the most essential summertime album of any collection. The evidence that Bayou Country belongs includes tracks like “Born on the Bayou” and “Proud Mary.” As the big wheels keep on turning and rolling that car down the road, this album and the other nine will satisfy the need for music that goes as far as it needs to go.