This Rock & Roll Album Road Trip Playlist for the Whole Family is brought to you by a partnership with Kidz Gear. Although I did receive the products featured inn exchange for my review, all opinions are my own.
Traveling with the family can be hard when you are taking a long road trip through areas that may not have a signal or a lot to look at. To combat any down time during our travels, I have created a Road Trip Playlist.
I am packing a bag that is full of albums that I grew up listening to and I am so excited to play them all for my daughter during our road trip. It will be like a Rock & Roll Education that broadens her musical interests a little further than Andy Grammer and Nate Ruess.
My childhood was heavily influenced by music and all of the good times had a song tied to its memory. My moods were also influenced by music and some songs will remind me of things I have not thought about in so many years yet I almost relive the experiences that meant the most to me through each song, all over again.
Growing up in New Jersey, there was a sense of pride about where you were from and when a band from Jersey hit it big it was natural to support them but like everything else in my childhood, things got a little weird.
My neighbor was friends with the guys from Skid Row so on occasion we could look out the window and see the band pull up in a limo and even weirder, my dad beat up Jon Bon Jovi while they were in high school, or so he claims anyway.
Told ya it got weird.
My dad was the biggest musical influence on me as a kid, mainly because he would have friends over and blast music all night so it was kind of hard to escape. I would be woken by the sounds of strange men singing Immigrant Song or belting out their best rendition of Master of Puppets while they were no doubt living the song out in real life.
Needless to say, he was a big fan of music and it did rub off on me over time.
My dad told my sister, Jessica and I that we were named after Allman Brothers songs.
Since the band has both a song titled Melissa and Jessica, I believed him until my mom disputed that years later, now keep in mind that both my mom and my dad are not reliable sources of childhood information so I just choose to believe what I want and the Allman Brothers are awesome so that is MY story and I am sticking to it!
I try to play as many classic rock songs for my daughter as I can but as I was when my parents played their music for me, she is a little hesitant to listen sometimes. She enjoys listening to her music on her Unplugged Headphones from KidzGear.
These Bluetooth™ Wireless Stereo Headphones are made specifically for children and it’s a great way to help me avoid having to hear her music which did not make the Roadtrip Playlist by the way.
When she is not reading while listening to music, sounds fun right, she spends her time interacting with friends playing games online. With most of these games, it seems that you need to have a good quality mic as well as a grasp on volume control because things get pretty loud on both ends.
Kidz Gear’s Deluxe Stereo Headset Headphones with Boom Microphone are perfect for gaming and her Skype calls. The best part, in my opinion, is the volume limiting feature, I love it! When she uses her headset it allows me to listen to my music without her friends having to hear it through her mic.
This will not, however, save her from having to hear my music during our road trip.
I will convert her soon enough and she will be listening to my Road Trip Playlist time and time again after we get back from Colorado, I just know it.
Rock & Roll Album Road Trip Playlist for the Whole Family
- Metallica- Ride the Lightning
- Metallica- The Black Album
- Metallica- Kill Em’ All
- Guns N Roses – Appetite for Destruction
- Guns N Roses – Use Your Illusion 1 & 2
- Creed- My Own Prison
- Creed- Human Clay
- Rush – 2112
- Led Zeppelin- The Song Remains the Same Album
- The Doors- The Best of The Doors
- The Doors- The Doors
- AC/DC – Back In Black
- Temple of the Dog – Temple of the Dog
- Skid Row- Skid Row
- Lynyrd Skynyrd- The Best of Lynyrd Skynyrd The Millenium Collection
- Ozzy Osbourne- Live & Loud
- Bon Jovi- Cross Road
- Bon Jovi- Slippery When Wet
- Stone Temple Pilots – Core
- Stone Temple Pilots- Purple
- Heart – Dreamboat Annie
Depending on the length of time you will be road-tripping, this list should start the process of educating your kids on what music is actually supposed to sound like. All of these albums have inspired me in one way or another and songs from each have been a big part of my childhood memories, now it’s time to make more with my own daughter.
What are some of the most memorable songs from your childhood and what would you add to this Rock & Roll Road Trip Playlist?