Songs you should hear (road trip edition)

Songs you should hear (road trip edition)

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A lot happens in the music world between the Catalyst’s weekly production schedule. While Jasmine and Caitlyn would love to cover it all, they can’t – so, instead, we gave them a category and had them write up bite-sized blurbs on a handful songs from that category. This week is road trip songs – take a look at the results below.


“All Signs Point To Lauderdale” – A Day To Remember

A Day To Remember’s runaway anthem “All Signs Point To Lauderdale” was the soundtrack to my daydreams in high school. Now the song completes your college road trip soundtrack—let the “I hate this town / It’s so washed up” lyrics speak to your angsty, teenaged past as your angsty, twenty-something present hits the highway, dramatically singing “I hate this town / Cause no one can understand.” (And yes—Lauderdale does mean Fort Lauderdale.) —CR

“Twin Size Mattress” – The Front Bottoms

True road trip story: a New College student, packed in a car with two to three other students, drove across country and basically only listened to the Front Bottoms the whole time. How did it work? To be honest, I’m not entirely sure, but it could have something to do with the band’s easy to sing-along, relatable, contagious lyrics, represented in their endearing track, “Twin Size Mattress.”—CR

“In Too Deep” – Sum 41

Another true road trip story: Myself and another New College student drove across country this summer and basically listened to “In Too Deep” on repeat. How did it work? To be honest, I’m not entirely sure, but it could have something to do with the song’s catchy-as-hell hooks, huge chorus and overall I’m-angry-and-going-to-runaway-from-home vibe.—CR

Midnight Train to Georgia” – Gladyis Knight

As a 22 year old, I have been on about 7 cross country trips from Saint Louis to Florida and back and forth. On long nights on the road, I listen to this song. Other things I do: buy peach ice-cream and boiled cajun peanuts.—JR

“Going to Georgia” – The Mountain Goats

I travel through the south often. It takes 14 hours. And this is the song I listen to every time I pass the Florida Georgia line. Especially when I drive alone, I scream “50 miles from Atlanta, this is nowhere” and think about all the hours I have to go.—JR

“Home” – Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros

Basically a hipster classic. This is a fan favorite in my family. As a person with two hometowns, I listen to this when I am both coming and going. “Home is wherever I’m with you.”—JR

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