Your Saugatuck Summer Road Trip Playlist

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Ah, the summer road trip…

Is there anything better than waking up at the crack of dawn, packing up the car with beach gear & a cooler full of snacks, cranking up the jams and hitting the open road on your way to somewhere fun?

We think not.

There’s something beautifully timeless about it.  No matter how many years it’s been since the road trips of your younger years, driving to your vacation destination never fails to brings back fond memories of similar trips you took when you were a child or a carefree college kid.

In those days, we used to put together carefully-chosen playlists in the form of a mixtape or burned compilation CD.  Now, though, most of us have our music on our phones and rarely take the trouble to make a special playlist for a specific occasion.

But remember how much fun that used to be?

So we went ahead and made one for you – and don’t worry, there’s a little something here for everyone, from classic rock to modern indie to old school soul and everything in between.

Connect to us on Spotify (username: TheKirbyHotel) and when you jump in the car for your next road trip (hopefully to Saugatuck), roll down the windows, crank up the volume and enjoy these songs as you roll out of town.  And we’ve added the whole playlist here, so you can even listen to it now while you plan your trip!

  1. Hit the Road Jack – Ray Charles
  2. Daylight – Matt & Kim
  3. A Message to You Rudy – The Specials
  4. Shine – Wild Belle
  5. You Got What I Need – Freddie Scott
  6. Carolina in My Mind – James Taylor
  7. Road to Nowhere – Talking Heads
  8. Midnight Rider – Allman Brothers Band
  9. Get Lucky – Daft Punk
  10. Walking on Sunshine – Katrina & The Waves
  11. Blurred Lines – Robin Thicke
  12. Electric Feel – MGMT
  13. Sweet Caroline – Neil Diamond
  14. I Love It – Icona Pop
  15. Short Skirt / Long Jacket – Cake
  16. Mustang Sally – Wilson Pickett
  17. Green Onions – Booker T. & The M.G.’s
  18. Jack & Diane – John Mellencamp
  19. Wildflowers – Tom Petty
  20. Love Shack – The B-52’s
  21. Going Up the Country – Canned Heat
  22. America – Simon & Garfunkel
  23. Kiss – Prince
  24. Truckin – Grateful Dead
  25. Island in the Sun – Weezer
  26. Graceland – Paul Simon
  27. Bam Bam – Sister Nancy
  28. California – Joni Mitchell
  29. Under the Boardwalk – The Drifters
  30. The Wire – Haim
  31. In the Summertime – Mungo Jerry
  32. Bennie & The Jets – Elton John
  33. Wouldn’t it Be Nice – Beach Boys
  34. Time of the Season – The Zombies
  35. Lovely Day – Bill Withers
  36. Beast of Burden – Rolling Stones
  37. Son of a Preacher Man – Dusty Springfield
  38. The Weight – The Band
  39. Mellow Mood – Bob Marley
  40. Wagon Wheel – Old Crow Medicine Show

There you have it, the ultimate summer road trip playlist!

Feel free to play it all the way through, shuffle or just skip around to your favorites.  But if you play it from start to finish, it should take you all the way from Chicago to Douglas… you know, if that happens to be the trip you’re taking.

Drive safely & have a great trip!

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