AL FRESCO HOLIDAYS: THE ULTIMATE TRAVEL PLAYLIST
Like the use of Google Maps to navigate a new city and the sight of selfie sticks at many a European landmark, there are fewer things more synonymous with modern travel than music.
Streaming platforms and smartphones have made it easier than ever to craft playlists and instantly access your favourite music on the move, although with so much choice on offer, how do you begin to pick out the best from the rest?
Well, we have done the hard work for you by compiling our Ultimate Travel Playlist complete with tracks for all journey types to accompany your travels to our parks.
Open road rockers
We wanted to start by taking a look at some of rock’s most celebrated anthems spanning past and present.
This list isn’t simply a stereotypical collection of ‘dad rock’ songs which would be more suitable in soundtracking a midlife crisis, moreover, it is an exhilarating journey through rock sounds that have resonated with people both young and old for decades.
Picture yourself driving through the scenic coastal regions of France, Spain or Italy as you listen to the pulsating baseline of Seven Nation Army, or the universal singalong chorus found on Blur’s Song 2.
1. Back in Black - ACDC
2. Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana
3. Basketcase - Green Day
4. Song 2 - Blur
5. Black Betty - Ram jam
6. Paranoid - Black Sabbath
7. Sabotage - The Beastie Boys
8. Jump - Van Halen
9. Dancing in the Dark - Bruce Springsteen
10. Seven Nation Army - The White Stripes
When planning a family car trip away to one of our parks, there are fewer better ways to drown out the repetitive cries of ‘Are we there yet?’ or ‘Who’s eaten all the wine gums?’ than with our definitive list of generation spanning classic songs.
There is something for every member of the family to latch onto here, whether it’s dad’s re imagining of his youth and bad haircuts as he belts out The Human League’ synth-led classic, or mum’s strained effort on the high notes of Robbie Williams’ legendary tear jerker.
1. Down Under - Men at Work
2. Summer of 69 - Brian Adams
3. Karma Chameleon - Culture Club
4. Holiday - Madonna
5. Living on a Prayer - Bon Jovi
6. It Must Be Love - Madness
7. Wonderwall - Oasis
8. Never Gonna Give Up - Rick Astley
9. Don’t You Want Me - The Human League
10. Angels - Robbie Williams
Do you know of any ‘Dancing Queens’ that will be joining you in the car, on a ferry crossing or flight to your holiday destination? Our pop-themed playlist below borrows from the esteemed back catalogues of some of contemporary music’s most influential stars.
Get in the holiday season spirit on your journey to our parks with dancefloor classics from the likes of Barry Manilow and Whitney Houston, while those preferring a dose of rock & roll to go with their shimmering melodies can take in Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash’s most notable lead solo.
1. Dancing Queen - Abba
2. I Wanna Dance with Somebody - Whitney Houston
3. Breakfast At Tiffany's - Deep Blue Something
4. Sweet Child O' Mine - Guns N' Roses
5. Killing Me Softly - Fugees
6. Don’t Go Breaking My Heart - Elton John
7. Copacabana - Barry Manilow
8. True - Spandau Ballet
9. Uptown Funk - Mark Ronson ft Bruno Mars
10. Footloose - Kenny Loggins
Any car journey taking in major roads across Central Europe, particularly during peak summer season; will likely be met with the occasional traffic slowdown.
This is where you would bring out the real big hitters in which to pass the time. If you need a suitably steady and tender track, then look no further than Ben E King’s 60’s rhythm and blues masterclass. Need something more upbeat to get you through? Any Wayne’s World fans in tow may enjoy recreating THAT Bohemian Rhapsody scene.
1. In the Summertime - Mungo Jerry
2. Superstition - Stevie Wonder
3. Stand By Me - Ben E King
4. I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For - U2
5. Bitter Sweet Symphony - The Verve
6. We've Only Just Begun - Carpenters
7. Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen
8. I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles) - The Proclaimers
9. Katrina and the Waves - Walking on Sunshine
10. Ruby - Kaiser Chiefs
Once you’ve got your playlists at the ready, feel free to take a look at our Travel section to discover the best way of getting to the park of your choice.