If you look Utopia up in the dictionary, it means “a perfect world.” When you head out on a road trip it’s easy to romanticize things, as if you’re heading on a journey in search of the perfect world. In reality, most road trips end up more like Little Miss Sunshine, or worse, National Lampoon’s Vacation. But, hey, it’s all about the journey, and the music accompanies you through every bump in the road.

In addition to picking the songs you hear on Utopia, I’m also a DJ on BPM, so I’m inclined to say that a great road trip song has to have a beat and an infectious melody. But not all good driving songs have to have words. Darude’s Sandstorm is one of the best driving songs I know, and there’s not even a syllable sung throughout the entire song. It practically puts you into a trance … so if you get a speeding ticket, blame Darude, not me.

I also had to go with Dirty Cash (Money Talks). As you jet out of the mini-sin city of Reno towards the wide-open spaces of Nevada and Utah, leave behind your sins (and your debt). What happens in Reno stays in Reno?

Marky Mark & The Funky Bunch’s Good Vibrations is definitely a feel-good, guilty pleasure song with lots of good early ’90s vibes. Be careful though … your mind may wander thinking about then-Calvin Klein model Marky Mark and his gratuitous shirtless scenes in the video. Keep your eyes on the road!

But the most important part of a road trip is who you’re traveling with. Stardust’s Music Sounds Better With You is about the person in your life who makes the music sound better, even if he/she is fighting with you for the seek button and the volume controls. That’s part of the journey, too, right?

Check out my full road trip playlist below for your trip out of Reno and on to Wendover.

1. Tiesto – Traffic
2. Once you get out of Reno traffic should be smooth sailin’…
3. Gotye – Somebody That I Used To Know (4FRNT Remix)
4.  Darude – Sandstorm
5. Adventures of Stevie V. “Dirty Cash (Money Talks)”
6. Marky Mark & The Funky Bunch – Good Vibrations
7. Stardust – Music Sounds Better With You
8. Black Box – Strike It Up
9. Daft Punk – Around The World
10. Kylie Minogue – Slow
11. Tiesto – Traffic
12. Gotye – Somebody That I Used To Know (4FRNT Remix)
13. Britney Spears – Circus (Villains Remix)
14. Darude – Sandstorm

Wendover, UT –> Grand Junction, CO


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