February 23rd, 2012

Listomania: The Best Songs to Listen to While Driving at 3 a.m. on Loop 610

It’s a rite of passage. If you haven’t taken to the 610 loop to blow off some steam at 3 a.m., when the traffic is at a minimum and speed limits are just suggestions, you need to do so. We won’t bill you for the therapy session. Normally, a Listomania follows a Top 10 format, but we’ve compiled the best 20 songs to take you into orbit so you can take to burnin’ yourself a CD (If people still do that).

20.)Fall at your Feet (Crowded House cover) – The Boy & Bear
Sometimes you need a good love song at 3 a.m. This cover fits the bill well.

19.) Bulls on Parade – Rage Against the Machine
Stick it to the man. Please refrain from moshing in your car.

18.) Four Hours in Washington – M. Ward
Oh man. This was the first M. Ward song I heard, and I heard it while driving to IAH at 5 a.m. I don’t think I blinked the whole drive there. It’s just a good why-am-I-awake-the-sun-is-still-sleeping tune. And M. Ward’s voice? Yes, please.

17.) Today Was Good Day – Ice Cube
Even if you didn’t hit Back Door Little Joe or have to pull out an AK, we consider that a pretty solid day. Barber Shop was pretty funny, but it’s time to ditch the movies and get back to what you do best, Cube.

16.) Time – Hans Zimmer
That cadence syncs with the lines in the road as your head lights pass. Wherever it was you were driving to, it’s since taken a backseat to the endless loop. Let go.

15.) Can’t Let Go – Lucinda Williams
From the first note, you’ll be toe-tapping your floor mat and keeping time on your steering wheel. Good stuff at any time of day, but ideal for road trips or middle-of-the-night driving.

14.) I Want it That Way – Backstreet Boys
We said therapy, but never said we wouldn’t pull out the electrodes.

13.) Crazy Eddie’s Last Hurrah Reckless Kelly
An ode to not giving a $%%^&! any more. Whoever this Crazy Eddie fellow is, we recommend not stopping the car should you see him with his thumb out.

12.) Hustlin’ Rick Ross
We hold this to be self evident.

11.) 40 Dogs Bob Schneider
A ballad seemingly written from the perspective of some guy who just “doesn’t really know how to put this.” Put your love life into perspective. Appreciate the beauty of the little things.

10.) 17 Years Ratatat
This energetic instrumental with its razor sharp licks and solid bass is pretty much good for late night anything. Defuse or explode.

9.) Mind Playin’ Tricks Ghetto Boys
Let Willie D, Scarface and Bushwick Bill take you on a journey as the fog begins to roll in. You won’t wake up in Kansas.

8.) Semi-Charmed Life Third Eye Blind
Everyone has that CD they hide under their seat.To reveal it to the gentrified public would be devastating to your reputation, but not here- not now. “DOOT DOOT DOOT, DOOT-DA-DOOT-DOOOO!!!”

7.) Lungs Townes Van Zandt
A short and simple little ditty. The implications of this tune are up to you to ponder. It doesn’t bring about visions of puppies and butterflies, we’ll say that much.

6.) You’re Everything To Me Bun B (Feat. Rick Ross, David Banner, 8Ball & MJG)
It’s nostalgia and a healthy self image with a kick ass beat and pensive melody. The doctor won’t need to see you anymore.

5.) In the Morning of the Magicians The Flaming Lips
“As the dawn began to break, I had to surrender, the universe will have it’s way, too powerful to master. Oh… What is love and what is hate? And why does it matter?”

4.) The Ballad of Poncho and Lefty Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard
The official ballad of all nomadic troubadours. Regardless of age, gender or music preferences, there’s an eery undertone to this song that can’t be denied.

3.) The Reeling Passion Pit
To make this song, Passion Pit performed numerous studies on the effects of giving a children’s choir an unlimited supply of Pixie Sticks, musical instruments and unguarded electric outlets. Here’s what they came up with.

2.) 16th & Valencia Roxy Music Devendra Banhart
People. Tonight, we’re gonna find our lover.

1.) Changing Man Robert Ellis
Friends—you get the close ones and hope they’ll change with you.

— The Loop Scoop


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