Have you ever been in a long car ride with teens and parents? If so, I am so sorry, you probably heard a conversation (argument) like the one above. Everyone will have to compromise a little, but here are some ideas that everyone might be able to live with.
1) The Beatles
Always a classic good choice. Because the Beatles sound changed so much over the years and they have such a large variety of songs, putting the Beatles on shuffle could be appreciated by many generations.
2) Belle and Sebastian
This is a newer band, but I have found that many adults and teens enjoy their acoustic and interesting sound. They use a variety of instruments and you can hear their lyrics (which I find adults appreciate more than teens).
3) Movie Soundtracks
If you have a Twihard in the family (Twilight fanatic) then getting the soundtrack to the movie can be a great choice. I know that many teen boys also like soundtracks to James Bond and thriller types of movies, which could be more classical. John Williams can be a great choice for teen boys and dads.
4) TV Show Soundtracks
Grey’s Anatomy is great and has provided my family with hours of listening entertainment. Soundtracks are awesome because they usually have a wide variety of music so no one can complain or be upset with a song for too long.
5) The Rolling Stones
An old/new band. Play their old stuff, their new stuff and join two generations of music.
6) Dave Matthews
I think most families can appreciate Dave Matthews, he has a large band with lots of different kinds of instruments and is a PG choice if there are youngens around.
7) Norah Jones
This is not for everyone’s taste, but my mom, dad, younger sisters and I all like her music because it is calming, but not too mellow.
8) Family Favorite with Pandora
If you like any of the above, or a particular song from a soundtrack, then plug it into Pandora and see what other music like it comes up. You can also use the genius button on iTunes before you leave and make a playlist or a CD.
9) Jack Johnson
I think many families like Jack Johnson’s sound and soulful music. Boys might not like this crooner too much, but you might be able to add it into a playlist.
10) Beach Boys
Maybe it is because I am a California girl, but my family (especially when we had a 17 year-old and a 4 year-old) all loved listening to the Beach Boys while driving. Even for those who don’t like the upbeat and sometimes corny lyrics, it is fun to be silly to this song…and on a long car ride that is always much needed.
This post is dedicated to Jon Osteen who is the biggest music lover I know. He has inspired, introduced me to and taught me how to appreciate music (and many many things) in every way.
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