Grand Junction –> Albuquerque: The Coffee House playlist from Jon Maxwell

There’s nothing like warm weather to inspire a summer road trip. Or, more specifically, a summer road trip playlist! According to The Coffee House‘s Jon Maxwell, the perfect summer road trip playlist should be relaxing and comfortable — because goodness knows sitting in a car for hours on end can get a little uncomfortable: “The road trip playlist is crucial because it has to keep your sanity. It’s important to create a certain atmosphere where you’re comfortable. Otherwise you’ll want to get the hell out of your car, especially if you’re traveling with other people.”

As for The Coffee House’s playlist, which is specifically designed for a drive from Grand Junction, CO to Albuquerque, NM, Jon described his thoughts behind each track selection: “We tried to pluck songs that are car-centric. We have lot of car-themed songs. Snow Patrol’s Chasing Cars, Sheryl Crow’s Every Day Is a Winding Road, Tracy Chapman’s Fast Car, etc.”

But why listen to these tracks on your way south? “For Albuquerque, we added a little Southern theme to it with Willie Nelson and Train. Train in particular offer a perfect blend of sounds; they occasionally have songs that are country-themed. It’s a nice blend of America.”

Later, Jon expanded on what makes the perfect road trip song: “I’m all about melody and something that compliments where you’re going. If it’s a nice day, you want a nice song,” said Jon. “What’s good about this playlist is it gives you a little bit of everything. There’s rock, there’s pure acoustic, there’s new, there’s soft rock, there’s a little bit of pop. We have classics like John Lennon and Joni Mitchell, but then we have newer stuff like Snow Patrol.”

Indeed, The Coffee House’s song selection perfectly captures the spirit of driving: “We wanted to create a calming atmosphere,” says Jon. “We have a lot of calming music in the playlist. Music to help you take a deep breath and help you enjoy what you’re doing in the moment.”

Check out The Coffee House’s Road Trip playlist below!

1. Sheryl Crow – Every Day Is a Winding Road
2. O.A.R. – Shattered (Turn the Car Around)
3. Melissa Etheridge – You Can Sleep While I Drive
4. Bob Schneider – Running on Empty
5. Willie Nelson/Deana Carter – On the Road Again
6. Tracy Chapman – Fast Car
7. Train – Drive By
8. Indigo Girls – Get Out The Map
9. Mike Zito – Little Red Corvette
10. Everything But the Girl – Driving
11. Tom Waits – The Heart of Saturday Night
12. Adele – Chasing Pavements
13. Peter White – Hit The Road Jack
14. Norah Jones – Come Away With Me
15. Amos Lee – Windows Are Rolled Down
16. Joni Mitchell – Big Yellow Taxi
17. Paul Weller – Wild Wood
18. John Lennon – Watching the Wheels
19. Snow Patrol – Chasing Cars
20. Saint Etienne – Side Streets
21. Tony Dekker – Carefree Highway
22. Shawn Colvin – Shotgun Down the Avalanche
23. Stone Temple Pilots – Interstate Love Song
24. She & Him – King of the Road

Albuquerque, NM –> Lubbock, TX

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