It’s that time of year. The time of year when parents lose their ever loving minds and decide to go on vacation with their kids. By car.
Every year, my mom would pack us into the car and we’d drive somewhere. It was most often Anna Maria Island, Florida with a few Myrtle Beach trips thrown in for good measure. Back then, on good travel days, my sister Lyndsey and I would play games, share snacks, and laugh for hours. On bad days, we’d put a piece of tape down the middle of the back seat and vow to never speak to each other again. She’s put her finger inches from my face and chant, “I’m not touching yooooou!”
The joy of family road trips.
One of the biggest bouts of contention in our car was the music. Back then it was radio, we didn’t even have a cd player in the car, so we’d find local radio stations and groan when my mom would choose something OLD. I still cringe every time Huey Lewis is played… thanks mom. Our other option was mixed tapes. You know how I love a good mix tape.
Now I’m the mom and I understand why, after listening to New Kids on the Block ad nauseum, she probably wanted to escape the car as much as we did. Can a happy medium be found between songs kids will enjoy and songs adults will enjoy? We are sure going to try. Here is our list:
- Moves Like Jagger – Maroon 5
- Birdhouse In Your Soul – They Might Be Giants
- Boom Boom Pow– Black Eyed Peas
- Vacation – GoGos
- Here Comes the Sun – The Beatles
- The Distance - Cake
- All The Small Things – Blink 182
- 1985 – Bowling For Soup
- ABC – Jackson 5
- If I Had a Million Dollars – Barenaked Ladies
- Particle Man – They Might Be Giants
- Thrift Shop – Macklemore + Ryan Lewis