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Songs for a journey

By Elizabeth Held
Monday, February 1, 2010

I keep a running file in my bookmarks of things to blog about. I was flipping through this file, when I found this article from babble.com about the 25 best road trip songs for kids and parents.

This list struck a chord with me, even though it was published five months ago because my dad told me recently that he views it as a personal victory that my brother and I love music of his generation.
And the list does include some of my dad’s favorites, including The Police, Simon & Garfunkel, the Beach Boys and The Beatles. Granted, these are some of my favorites, too. It also includes one of our more contemporary favorites, Paolo Nutini’s New Shoes.

It’s a rare thing to find a song the whole family can agree on, almost as rare as a movie.

So here are some of my family’s favorite songs:

-- Anything ABBA: OK, so this is only applicable to three of the four of us. My brother can’t stand ABBA. He actually said he lost all respect for Pierce Brosnan after he was in "Mamma Mia!" But the rest of us enjoy the Swedish sugar pop. It’s fabulous.

-- The Barenaked Ladies: It’s hard not to have a good time listening to this band. While they're best known for “One Week” and “If I had a Million Dollars,” songs like “You Could be my Yoko Ono” and “Alternative Girlfriend” are loads of fun and catchy.

-- The Beatles: enough said.

-- Ben Lee: He’s one of my favorite quiet, low-key singers. His songs are sometimes sweet, sometimes serious, but always nice to listen to.

-- Goo Goo Dolls: My mom never knew she liked the Goo Goo Dolls until she brought my brother and I to their concert a few years ago. Now she’s an ardent fan.

-- Herman’s Hermits: My best friend and I saw these guys at Park Playhouse a few years ago and had a blast. “Second verse same as the first!”

-- John Cougar:"Jack and Diane" is one of my favorite songs. It's hard not to smile when it's on the radio.

-- U2: Possibly my all-time favorite band. My family likes them, too.

While we all agree on these bands, a car song is defined by something you can all sing along to. Something everyone knows the words to. I think the trump card then lies with Journey’s “Don’t Stop.” It is THE classic car song.

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