MySpoonful's Road Trip Playlist for Parents

Adult Music You'll Both Dig

road trip music for kids!

Enough with sing-songy kids’ music. How about some adult tunes you can all rock out to in the car?

We asked Stacy Horne, editor/co-founder of MySpoonful.com, a genius new site that takes the late nights and hangovers out of cool music spotting, to curate a road trip playlist with parents (and their little groupies) in mind.

Wait So Long,” by Trampled by Turtles
If you like: The Avett Brothers, Mumford & Sons, Neil Young
Stacy says: Think bluegrass on speed.

Bag of Hammers,” by Thao
If you like: Feist
Stacy says: Impacting and clever narratives with a childlike sensitivity.

The Plank,” by The Devil Makes Three
If you like: Tom Waits
Stacy says: Three-part harmonies mixed with tight acoustic rhythms.

I Like Giants,” by Kimya Dawson
If you like: Ani DiFranco, They Might Be Giants
Stacy says: Kiddie-like songs actually made for adults.

Energy,” by The Apples in Stereo
If you like: John Lennon, Pavement, The Kinks
Stacy says: Always crowd-pleasing, sunny pop tunes.

Holiday,” by Vampire Weekend
If you like: The Clash, Paul Simon, The Police
Stacy says: Indie rock meets joyful, Afro pop-inspired melodies.

I May Be Big and Scary (but I Am Really Pretty Nice),” by The Dino 5
If you like: Prince Paul, Digable Planets
Stacy says: A hip-hop supergroup geared toward kids but stealthily enjoyed by adults.

Mornings Eleven,” by The Magic Numbers
If you like: Belle & Sebastian, The Mamas & the Papas
Stacy says: Melodic experimentation mixed with the sweet harmonies of ’60s pop.

Handlebars,” by Flobots
If you like: The Roots, Eminem
Stacy says: Progressive rap with political consciousness.

Sleepyhead,” by Passion Pit
If you like: The Human League, The Flaming Lips
Stacy says: Electronic indie pop.

Bitter Heart,” by Zee Avi
If you like: Brett Dennen, Jack Johnson
Stacy says: A hypnotically light voice coupled with nimble melodies.

The Hour of Sleep,” by Daniel Martin Moore
If you like: Nick Drake, Jeff Buckley
Stacy says: Lush, romantic folk rock.

Find more new music online at myspoonful.com.

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Vanessa Boz just finished an around-the-world trip that took her family of four everywhere from the Atacama Desert in Chile to the Fiji islands, so it’s no surprise her blog is a rich resource of inspired travel ideas. Think your kids can’t handle it? We’re sold on Boz’s take: Stepping out of the routine is harder for you than them.

Photos: Noel Hendrickson / Getty Images; Courtesy of BozAround