Summertime Roadtrip Music Playlist

Blissful (Inspirations)


As the Ebell Club wraps up the season and prepares for a summer break, we thought it a perfect opportunity to create a driving tunes playlist on for the road trips and vacations that will dot the summer months. 

“The best songs keep you dancing in your seat,” said Director of Special Events, Melissa Kay Allen. “So I picked songs like Treasure by Bruno Mars, and Genius of Love by the Tom Tom Club.” Of course, a smooth groove is always nice, too, so Smokey Robinson’s Cruisin’ was added to Melissa’s top picks.

Filming & Special Events Manager Nicole Kingston submitted popular jukebox favorites: Heatwave by Martha Reeve & The Vandellas and Wipeout by the Surfaris.

“Since my road trips are anywhere from 1.5 to 8 hours long, we go through quite a few songs,” admitted Senior Events Manager, Anessa Birkemeier. She narrowed down her choice to Highwaymen by Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, and Kris Kristofferson. Adding a new tune that’s on constant rotation in her car, Anessa also contributed The Walker by Fitz & The Tantrums to the list.

Events Manager Lauren Morrison had way too much fun selecting songs for the playlist. She had a tough time narrowing down her song choices, but ultimately came up with Fancy by Iggy Azalea and rock classics Take It Easy by Eagles and Me & Bobby McGee by Janis Joplin. “Bobby McGee is in honor of the Boss of the Year, [CEO & General Manager] Philip Miller,” she admitted, recalling a not-so-distant holiday party karaoke duet. Philip’s suggested songs continued with the classic rock trend, suggesting Layla by Derek and the Dominos.

“I know you will read this with trepidation,” warned Ebell President Patty Hill as she added Missa Luba to the playlist,a Congolese wedding mass (sung in Latin) that will “keep you awake for hours!” For the sake of time, we chose the Kyrie portion of the piece. It will definitely keep you pulsing a drum beat on the dashboard.  

Ebell President Elect Marjorie Fierstadt exclaimed, “Anything by Dr. John!”  She also raved about the music from the ballet “Still Life at the Penguin Cafe” (“a must!”).  While the Zebra ballet was interesting to watch on YouTube, we chose Mandali by Africando All Stars from her list of suggestions for the Latin rhythm and infectious beat.  Patti LaBelle’s Lady Marmalade was also a favorite selection of Marjorie’s that will keep you groovin’.

When Executive Chef Louis Pechan was asked for his favorite car tune for road trips, he said that right now its ‘I Am A Mexican Duck’. Assuming this to be a children’s tune, Chef Louis shook his head and admitted the song is Get Lucky by Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams. “My son thinks the lyrics are ‘I am a Mexican Duck…I am a Mexican Ducky’, and that works just as well as the real lyrics,” Louis confirmed. Works for us!

Houseman Tony Madrano contributed “anything by Santana”, so we picked Smooth featuring Rob Thomas. And while we were at it, the Special Events Team collectively seasoned the playlist with Michael Jackson’s Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough and No Diggity by Blackstreet (a favorite of Philip Miller’s, go figure.)

Take a listen to the playlist on our 8tracks page and let us know what you think! What songs are must-haves on your roadtrip play list?

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