Making tracks this long weekend? 5 great playlists for your road trip

Whether you'll be driving solo or singing along to the music with a car full of passengers, we've got you covered with these road trip playlists

17 April 2019 - 17:36 By Yolisa mkele, Thomas Falkiner, Zola Zingithwa, Thabile Mokone and Zodwa Kumalo
A cool road trip playlist will ensure getting there is half the fun.
A cool road trip playlist will ensure getting there is half the fun.
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THE 'GOING SOLO' PLAYLIST

Writer, editor and music selector Zodwa Kumalo hates it when the occupants in her car ask her to turn the music down. She's created a playlist called lonely hearts club – to be played, unapologetically, at top volume, on the open road when you're on a solo road trip.

THE 'EVERYONE'S ASLEEP SO I  CAN PLAY WHAT I WANT' PLAYLIST

Writer Yolisa Mkele believes that when you're around people you have to pander a little. "Just like Mmusi Maimane's accent, your sound has to change to suit the crowd," he says. "If you’re lucky though at some point during the road trip everyone goes to sleep and you get to play stuff that’s actually cool ... that's when you put this playlist on."

THE 'ROCKING THE TRUCK STOP' PLAYLIST

Motoring writer Thomas Falkiner favours music made with real instruments. Rock. Indie. Heck, even a little country will get his eyebrows curling in appreciation. As such these are the 10 songs he sees fitting for that journey that’s always better than the actual destination. 

THE KARAOKE PLAYLIST

Editorial assistant Zola Zingithwa’s taste in music depends on her mood — she listens to everything except drum and bass. That said, a playlist that allows her to sing along with no cares in the world is always a winner.

THE MILLENNIAL PLAYLIST 

As her playlist shows, editorial assistant Thabile Mokone makes no apologies about loving trendy 'bubblegum' music that's super relatable.

MOTORING PODCAST: CARGUMENTATIVE

oin Sunday Times motoring journalist Thomas Falkiner on Cargumentative: a sometimes-pugnacious podcast about all things cars and motoring.

Guests include fellow enthusiasts Mark Poluta, Mike Salomon and Nadav Ravid. Expect spirited banter about everything from general car culture and classics right through to new releases and industry news.

Sit down, plug in and gear up.