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Top 10 Road Trip Tunes for Spring Break

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Ohio State is the perfect place to begin a road trip. Chicago is less than 7 hours away. Nashville a little less than that. Our own organizations provide alternative spring breaks that begin with a long drive; BuckeyeServ allows students to meet new friends and serve the greater good in various cities: New York City, Newark, New Jersey, Kansas City, Missouri, you name it, BuckeyeServ has probably given the opportunity to travel there.

Spring Break is the perfect time to make and share new road trip playlists. Whether your riding with new friends or the old, music holds the power to connect everyone and raise spirits during a long drive. During your drive, give these ten songs a try; you may just find your new favorite feel-good tune.

  1. “Somebody” by Jukebox the Ghost

“Somebody” is the song to listen to if a beach is in your spring break plans. It features an upbeat, guitar and keys laden melody that is perfect for dancing in the sand.

     2. “Happy” by Pharrell
I’m so glad this song just started gaining radio play; it’s not yet overplayed and the best addition to a spring break playlist. Who   doesn’t feel happy on vacation?

3. “The Wire” by Haim
Haim has that old-timey, California rock ‘n roll vibe. “The Wire” has a chill and effective beat that will have you tapping your foot in no time.

4. “Time Spent in Los Angeles” by Dawes

Another band highly influenced by 70’s rock, Dawes churns out hit after hit with their classic and calming style. This song would be the right choice for a stretch of Midwestern highway lined by yellowed fields and trees.

5.    “Favorite Song” by Chance the Rapper featuring Childish Gambino

Chance the Rapper is on the Bonnaroo 2014 lineup! That means his songs are summer certified. “Favorite Song” is a fun song with a sample perfect for dancing.

6.    “Girls” by The 1975

Brit Pop is a go-to genre for road trip favorites. Effortlessly upbeat, The 1975 are that pop band that strays from what normal Top 40 pop sounds like.

7.    “At the Beach” by The Avett Brothers

If you could only listen to one song this spring break “At the Beach” would be my recommendation.

8.     “Shiver Shiver” by Walk the Moon

An OSU favorite, Walk the Moon are the perfect band to kick off your spring break. Their electro vibe adds a playful tone to sweet and easy-to-sing-along-to lyrics.

9.      “Love Like This” by Kodaline

Take it from Kodaline, any song with a mandolin intro will have you thinking it’s summertime. If this song makes you happy, check out this adorable little band at A and R Music Bar right before break kicks off, on March 6th.

10.    “Anything Could Happen” by Ellie Goulding

The electronic stylings of Ellie Goulding will be stuck in your head for the rest of the car ride after listening to “Anything Could Happen,” and that’s not a bad thing. Plus, anything can happen on spring break, we saw that played out on the big screen last year. Be safe, stay far away from anyone that resembles James Franco resembling Riff Raff, do fun, secure things that bring you a little out of your comfort zone, like zip-lining or venturing to a new restaurant, or surfing, or driving without a GPS until you find a landmark or place that piques your interest. Enjoy break and let anything good happen!

-Michaela Nardo

Concerts Committee 


Author: OUAB

The mission of the Ohio Union Activities Board as the student programming organization at The Ohio State University is to provide diverse programs and events that are educational, entertaining, and thought provoking for the students of the Columbus campus.

One thought on “Top 10 Road Trip Tunes for Spring Break

  1. I think that this is a wonderful list, but is missing one important artist- One Direction. Without it, it is just incomplete. #1D4Lyfe

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