Updated on 07.31.14

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Playlist Edition

Trent Hamm

With all the road trips scheduled this summer, I’ve been thinking about a song collection that both my wife and I would enjoy on the trip. So, we’ve started co-curating one, where we each add 100 songs to a playlist, then we are each allowed to delete anything we don’t like from the list.

My wife doesn’t like to do this, so I’ve essentially been doing it vocally with her, asking her what she thinks of song X and song Y and she lets me know whether they fit or not.

The end result? The list is loaded with early-to-mid-90s “alternative” stuff. Soundgarden. Oasis. Pearl Jam. Jeff Buckley. Blind Melon. Collective Soul. Counting Crows. That’s the flavor of almost the entire list.

Guess our 2010 road trips will be like a road trip into 1995.

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  1. brad says:

    haha, i dont blame her. that sounds like a ton of work! im sure it will be worth it in the car, though.

  2. Michelle says:

    Blind Melon, *shudder*. That “No Rain” song makes me want to gouge out my own eyeballs. Seriously, I heard that song the other and was in a foul mood for a good 2 hours after. But to each his own. The music I like listening too would probably make you feel the same.

  3. Michelle says:

    Blind Melon, *shudder*. That “No Rain” song makes me want to gouge out my own eyeballs. Seriously, I heard that song the other and was in a foul mood for a good 2 hours after. But to each his own. The music I like listening to would probably make you feel the same.

  4. lurker carl says:

    With three kiddies in the back seat, shouldn’t a ton of tasty sing-a-long children’s songs be included on that playlist?

  5. Esme says:

    #4- Naaah. My daughters fave singalong car music at age 3 was the Ramones. Of course, she made up her own versions of the lyrics lol! I think that a few kids tunes should be included but tons of kiddy music on the road will drive ya nuts-or it did when I tried it anyhow. Just cant do it!

  6. MegB says:

    Oh my goodness, Michelle, I hated that “No Rain” song by Blind Melon, too! Never liked it. Bleh.

  7. Christina says:

    No rain is the one of my favorite songs! I would love to be stuck in that car with you Trent, you’re playing my kind of music.

  8. SwingCheese says:

    #5 – My son LOVES Reel Big Fish! He can’t sing along yet, but he’s been listening to our music since he was born. The cd of “Wish You Were Here” by Pink Floyd used to put him to sleep. I used Pink Floyd for the same purpose when I was in high school and would babysit for my cousins, and when I mentioned it to my dad, he said that he used to play that for me when I was a baby. I guess its a family tradition :)

  9. kim says:

    OK I really like “No Rain”! If your driving alot this summer, look into checking out books on CD for your kids. We drove from Maine to South Carolina with the CDs being the only entertainment for our kids. They LOVED them!

  10. Katharine says:

    I LOVE those groups.
    Another idea is to have friends make up mix cd’s and you send them out.
    Example – make 5 cd’s and send to 5 friends, those 5 each sending you 1 of the music they think you should listen to. Its great for hearing new groups and genres!

  11. Tamara says:

    I love ‘No Rain’, makes me all nostalgic for the 90s :)

    @Lurker Carl, a great compromise are all the CDs ‘adult’ artists put out of kids’ songs. I don’t have kids but if/when I do Johnny Cash’s kids album will be one of my first purchases. I think most parents would rather listen to that than Kidz Bop.

  12. Kathy says:

    If you are going with Children’s Book, I recommend anything done by http://www.fullcastaudio.com

  13. Karen says:

    Have fun! Growing up we had to listen to whatever my parents wanted – it was their car so their music. Funny now how my Dad tried to change the radio station in my vehicle to his music – wrong – told him my car so my music!!!!! We had a good laugh about that.

  14. Evita says:

    Oh Trent ! After two recent bone-tiring short trips with your little family, you are still planning SEVERAL road trips this summer ? why? and why are you doing this to your wife and kiddies ? (I am stopping now because it is absolutely none of my business but I just wish that you would rest, rest, rest!)

  15. Alexandra says:

    Funny – didn’t you post awhile ago about how you couldn’t identify to most music anymore because you’re a parent now?
    I am glad you didn’t write off Oasis (and other good music) because they don’t mention kids though. I love their music so much!

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