12 iPod Soundtracks for Travel Experiences

Part of the iPod & iTunes For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Half the fun of listening to your iPod comes from being able to do it on the road. While everyone has differing musical tastes, you might consider some of the following list while enjoying the wide open spaces:

  • The Joshua Tree, by U2: Cruising Death Valley. (If you start the album at the entrance, you hear “In God’s Country” at an appropriate spot, no matter how fast or slowly you drive.)

  • Anthem of the Sun, by the Grateful Dead: While you’re driving over the Golden Gate Bridge into San Francisco at sunset.

  • “Across the Great Divide” on The Band, by The Band: When you reach the crest of Donner Pass in the California Sierras on I-80, or the crest of Monarch Pass on the Continental Divide on U.S. 50 in Colorado. “Just grab your hat / And take that ride.”

  • Magical Mystery Tour, by the Beatles: Taking the Number 77 double-decker out of Liverpool to Grove Street, Dale Street, Smithdown Road, and yes, Penny Lane (where you can walk to Strawberry Fields, if you get directions from the Maps app on your iPod touch).

  • “All Aboard” on Fathers and Sons, by Muddy Waters: Taking a train heading north from Clarksdale, Mississippi, to Chicago, and then following this tune with Junior Parker’s “Mystery Train” and John Lee Hooker’s “Peavine.”

  • “East-West” on East-West, by the Butterfield Blues Band, or “Eight Miles High” on Fifth Dimension, by the Byrds: Flying east or west across the country.

  • The Beach Boys, Fleetwood Mac, or Jan and Dean: Roller-skating on the Venice, California, boardwalk.

  • “Walk on the Wild Side” on Transformer, by Lou Reed, and Paul’s Boutique, by the Beastie Boys: Jogging in Central Park.

  • “Wooden Ships” on Crosby, Stills & Nash, by Crosby, Stills, and Nash; anything by Jimmy Buffett; and “Sail Away” on Sail Away, by Randy Newman: Sailing around the Florida Keys and up the east coast into Charleston Bay.

  • “Feats Don’t Fail Me Now” on Feats Don’t Fail Me Now, by Little Feat, and “I’ve Been Everywhere” on Unchained, by Johnny Cash: Driving an 18-wheeler, rolling through northern New Jersey into New York City.

  • Miles Davis, John Coltrane, McCoy Tyner, or Sonny Rollins: Touring the bridges to and from Manhattan.

  • Pink Floyd: Hopping around in an astronaut suit on the dark side of the moon.

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