Best Car Music Both Parents and Teens Can Agree On

music-for-families“Mom, I want the Jonas Brothers.”
“Honey I want Barry Manilow.”
“No, no, no lets do Metallica”
“What about some classical?”

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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4 Responses to “Best Car Music Both Parents and Teens Can Agree On”

  1. virtual worlds for kids
    April 15, 2009 at 12:54 am #

    I totally agree with your second songs! Belle and Sebastian is always the choice that can make me and my parents stop arguing. Their songs are just right for us.. thanks for the article, I should try the others sometimes!

  2. Kiley
    November 24, 2009 at 8:23 pm #

    Hey, thanks! I was a little skeptical at first, but there are some really fabulous songs on this list that I’ve never heard before!

  3. Vanessa Van Petten
    November 25, 2009 at 11:25 am #

    thanks !

  4. Stephanie
    July 29, 2010 at 6:45 pm #

    YOU FORGOT MICHEAL JACKSON, HOW COULD YOU?? Lol. That and a lot of 80’s music. Parents remember it, and kids in the current generation appreciate a lot of it, as some of it has come back into style!!

    And I can’t emphasize more that you CANNOT GO WRONG WITH MJ!! They still play “Thriller” and “Billy Jean” at HS proms! And the little ones love the beaty music, too.

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