Road Trip Music

In Articles, Sports & Hobbies by Glyn Demmer3 Comments

Well I thought this would be easy, just open the cupboard and select the all time favourites and list them, but then it poses the question why does one like certain music? What influences choice etc. etc?

There is no short answer as dependant on my mood I can listen to anything from classics to hard rock and world music. Given that I suppose that is also how I would pack my music when starting a trip, but then the destination and duration has some bearing, a short trip to Clarens may require about 10 CD’s whilst a long trip may require as many as 30.So to kick off in no particular order- yes I do not really have a # 1 CD as that would be disrespectful;

  • Green Day “21st Century Breakdown” Just for the great sound!
  • Carlos Santana “Ultimate Santana” Feature some of rocks great with one of the first rock stars I ever listened to.
  • Rolling Stones “ Shine a Light “Old classics but with great acts such as Buddy Guy, Jack Black and Christina Aguilera
  • Midnight Oil “Diesel and Dust” Great sound from Oz-listen loud!
  • Kansas “ Best Of” Love the sound and the memories of national service!
  • Sting “ Brand New Day “Great disc with the beautiful “Desert Rose” sung with the Algerian praise singer Cheb Mami!
  • Amy Winehouse “Back to Black” Need I say anything?
  • Sarah Brightman “ Classics” Every now and again one needs to slow the pace down.
  • Crosby Stills Nash and Young “ So Far” Schoolboy stuff takes me back to Woodstock-classic!
  • Boston “ Don’t Look Back” Still a very clean crisp sound and worth taking along.
  • John Fogerty “ Wrote A Song For Everyone” Great songs from CCR days with brilliant supporting acts!
  • Black Sabbath “Reunion” Need I say anything, at school we grew up on this!
  • Jethro Tull “ The Essential “And this!
  • Nazareth “ Best Of “And this as well as a few more that will feature in the next compilation!


However when in the bush please respect the rights of fellow campers as well as the animals, crank the volume up when driving on long open     stretches, reduce it when in towns so that you can be aware of what is going on around you but enjoy the music! More to follow!

So let us know what your favourite road trip music is, and what influenced your choices. We’d love to hear from you!


  1. Well Mr D, you have a good ear for good music…..

    Our family has a good tradition, that I started many years ago when I first started going to Ponta do Ouro in Mozambique.

    As soon as my front, deflated tyres hit the soft sand at the end of the brick paved road at the Kosibay border post, there was only one song to get blasted out the speakers of my Nissan Sani. The song is a classic….. Road to nowhere sung buy Talking Heads.

    This classic song gets played at EVERY border post we go through, almost like a kick start to a new adventure.

    As many have seen, yes I’m an Iron Maiden fan…. long live Eddie the Great !!…..haha….. yes you will probably have to be in your 40’s to really know and appreciate the true brilliance of the 70’s and 80’s hard rock era. I remember scrutinizing the Iron Maiden LP album covers for all the Derek Riggs artistry. As for the music, with Bruce Dickinson and the trio of guitars giving them a unique sound.

    I was born in 1970, but wish I was born just a few years earlier, cause I missed some of the best rock ever made. Some of my favorites for any road trip….

    Lynyrd Skynyrd – Pronounced ‘Lĕh-‘nérd ‘Skin-‘nérd
    Black Sabbath – Sabbath bloody Sabbath and 13
    Pink Floyd – Dark side of the moon & The Wall (for long night time drives)
    The Police – Greatest hits
    Bruce Dickinson – Tattooed Millionaire
    AC/DC – Back in Black & Who made who ( must have loads of volume)

    Then I like Rock Compilations featuring….
    Boston – More than a feeling
    Kansas – Carry on wayward son
    Status Quo – What ever you want & Rockin’ all over the world

    Ahhh the list just goes on and on….. I just want to go home and crank up the hi-fi now

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    Cedric,just wait,next week I am going to share a few others ,may throw in a few curved balls but you are welcome to listen to them ! Love your selection as well Lynyrd Skynyrd would have been one of the next as well as Aerosmith and Guns and Roses-let the games begin!

  3. Well, my list due to the fact that I am an Afrikaans outjie, contains some of just that – Afrikaans music…However, I actually have three sides to this….I like a rocker here and there, I listen to the Afrikaans artists and then obviously, I add some gospel in different languages….

    On top of my list is my all time favorite – Brian Adams and Summer of 69, the likes of Status Quo follow suite with Rockin all over the World. Somewhere on me list you will find die Leeuloop man, Robbie Wessels as well….

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