QOTD: Your Favorite Road Tunes?

Matthew Guy
by Matthew Guy

Every gearhead reading (and writing for) this website enjoys the thought of a good road trip. One rule which should permeate all voyages decrees that passengers can complain about the type of music or its volume — but not both. This stems from my own belief that a person can complain about the brand or temperature of a beer given to you by a friend — not both.

Rarely do all hands agree, however. What’s your go-to music genre when hitting the open road?

Because I am actually twelve years old, it may surprise you to learn that this 6’6″, pickup truck driving, demolition derby winner enjoys listening to electronic dance music. There, I said it. Feels good to get it off my chest. Eric Prydz, Marshmello, and Martin Garrix all occupy space on my playlist alongside old-school deadmau5 and Skrillex. The beat keeps me awake for hours.

(We’re still processing this information and have not yet agreed on a firm but respectful course of action – Ed.)

On the opposite end of the spectrum, I once shared driving duties on a 14-hour trek with a person who perpetually listened to CBC News, claiming it kept his mind active because of the thoughtful topics being broadcasted. The dulcet tones of Anna Maria Tremonti and Michael Enright had the opposite effect on these ears, lulling me into a deep slumber. The station was quickly shifted back to SiriusXM 51 when it was my shift at the wheel.

How about it? When does your dial land on a road trip?

[Image: ©2019 Murilee Martin/TTAC]

Matthew Guy
Matthew Guy

Matthew buys, sells, fixes, & races cars. As a human index of auto & auction knowledge, he is fond of making money and offering loud opinions.

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  • MWolf MWolf on Aug 28, 2019

    I'm sort of ecclectic. I like some classic rock, some 80's stuff, some electronic.. But I love driving to classic Bowie ("Suffragette City", "Queen B****", "Young Americans"), Led Zepplin, Lords of Acid, and NIN.

  • 55_wrench 55_wrench on Aug 28, 2019

    Bay Area brat here. The best road trips I had were to Texas (3x) Canada (2x) and Mexico (2x). Back in the day with one exception, all were driven in a '65 Monza or '63 Rampside. That 2.7 flat 6 with headers and 2 inch dual turbo mufflers made some wonderful music.. But on that lonely stretch of road across Texas, nothing was better than Radar Love, Police's Roxanne Boston's first album, Frampton Comes Alive, Or ANY Emmylou Harris or Linda Ronstadt. I rode my avatar (KH400 triple, stock exhaust) to visit my grandparents in Truth or Consequences NM. I had a cassette deck inside a tank bag and that was fine, but the howl of the pipes when it got on its power band is something I miss to this day.

    • 55_wrench 55_wrench on Aug 28, 2019

      (continued from last post) in Truth or Consequences NM in 1978. I had a cassette deck inside a tank bag , speakers inside my helmet and that was fine, but the howl of the pipes when it got on its power band is something I miss to this day.

  • ToolGuy ToolGuy on Aug 28, 2019

    Before we go any further, can someone please move that climate control knob one position to the right? Blowing large quantities (fan is on highest setting) of hot/warm air directly in one's face is both uncomfortable and ineffective. Heat should come from below (or combined bottom and top, which the control pictured above does not allow for). The balance and fader control settings are interesting as well (budget for RR speaker replacement first).

    • ToolGuy ToolGuy on Aug 28, 2019

      Looking further: - Is this a diesel model? There is a Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) setting. - I understand that many customers choose to have Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) orders in effect. But this vehicle makes that election automatically? This seems a bit presumptive.

  • -Nate -Nate on Sep 08, 2019

    Lots of good music here . Few of my vehicles have anything better than the stock unit, often AM only . The tappets and exhaust work well but gotta be careful not to get lulled to sleep . -Nate