The 100-Song Road Trip

Back in October, one of my good friends and I came up with a half-baked drunk idea that the two of us were going to put together a playlist of 100 songs, 50 a piece, decide in a direction, and just drive. Once that hundredth song ended, we would find a place to stay, park the Jeep, and go get drunk. Then we’d spend the next day just checking out the city or town we were in, and depending on the level of excitement in terms of nightlife, we’d either stay for another night of shenanigans or just call it a night.

Well, last weekend the plan went into action, after a couple of weeks of arguing over songs and which direction we would take.

Coming up with music was both easy and hard. We’re both big fans of classic rock through to more 80’s prog-rock type music up into nostalgic “90s rock” (for lack of a better term). We both hate country, so that was easy. In terms of more modern bands, we ran into some issues. I, being a fan of some hip-hop, was quickly shut down when I tried to throw some J. Cole, Drake & Kanye West into the mix. He, being a fan of stuff like Maroon 5 and Cee-Lo, had some songs of his own shut down. Eventually, we found the newer bands we liked, and we were set to roll.

A bicycle sits in a tree at Notre Dame - Kyle W. Brown

But, we still needed a direction. At first we thought about heading east, keeping it in Canada. I realized that we were going to end up way too close to my hometown for it to have any sort of adventure to it, so I put the kibosh on that. He wanted to go through Buffalo, try to make it somewhere on the east coast. I suggested we make course for the midwest, the heartland of America, if you will. So, we consulted, and alas, the midwest won. Off we were, with the goal of making it to Chitown.

The ceiling of the Student Center at Notre Dame - Kyle W. Brown

On the drive we ran into some random fellow outside a gas station peddling contraband cigarettes, got caught in traffic in Detroit and were fearful for our lives (it wasn’t even all that bad), went from one timezone into another, then back into the first one five minutes later, and saw the beautiful town of Paw Paw.

We never quite made it to Chitown…but we were close! (I think?) We ended up pulling into South Bend, Indiana, home of the University of Notre Dame and…uh, Notre Dame football and…Notre Dame students! We were able to find a nice Scottish pub to drink the night away, and then spent the next day just walking around the monstrous (to a guy coming from Laurier, anyway) campus.

In our brilliance, we went on the weekend of American Thanksgiving, and as such, most of the students were actually at home, and therefore the massive frat and sorority parties we geared ourselves up for were simply not happening. So, we called it a good trip and headed home.

The Engineering Honor Society symbol - Kyle W. Brown

On our way back we did stop at an Applebees in Jackson, Michigan, though, and had a really bitchy waitress and some stomach-upsetting food. So, maybe that was karma that we never should have left and the greatest night ever was waiting for us back in South Bend…probably not, though.

You can find the playlist after the jump.

1. AC/DC – You Shook Me All Night Long

2. Matt Nathanson – Laid

3. Steely Dan – Rikki Don’t Lose That Number

4. Spin Doctors – Two Princes

5. Elton John – Crocodile Rock

6. Meatloaf – Paradise By The Dashboard Light

7. DJ Kool – Let Me Clear My Throat (Surprisingly not mine, and I have no idea why this was allowed but Kanye wasn’t.)

8. Lenny Kravitz – Are You Gonna Go My Way

9. Electric Light Orchestra – Mr. Blue Sky

10. The Outfield – Your Love (Why yes, this song is awesome.)

11. Wolfmother – Joker and the Thief

12. The Rolling Stones – Street Fighting Man

13. Whitesnake – Here I Go Again

14. Asia – Heat of the Moment

15. Van Halen – Jump

16. Gin Blossoms – Hey, Jealousy

17. Bruce Springsteen – Dancing in the Dark

18. The Tragically Hip – New Orleans Is Sinking

19. Red Hot Chili Peppers – Otherside

20. Rascal Flatts – Life Is A Highway

21. Murray Head – One Night in Bangkok

22. AC/DC – Money Talks

23. Rod Stewart – Maggie May

24. Thin Lizzy – The Boys Are Back in Town

25. Norman Greenbaum – Spirit in the Sky

26. Blink-182 – Dammit

27. Meatloaf – Bat Out of Hell

28. The Killers – All These Things That I’ve Done

29. Styx – Renegade

30. Ace Frehley – New York Groove

31. Foo Fighters – Everlong (Only one Foo Fighters song, I know, I’m disappointed in myself too)

32. The Buggles – Video Killed The Radio Star

33. T-Rex – Get It On (Bang A Gong)

34. Bachman Turner Overdrive – You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet

35. Arkells – Kiss Cam (No, there may be no better song in 2011)

36. Bachman Turner Overdrive – Taking Care of Business

37. MIKA – We Are Young

38. Golden Earring – Radar Love

39. TV On The Radio – Wolf Like Me

40. Billy Idol – Mony Mony

41. Semisonic – Closing Time

42. Queen – Killer Queen

43. The Fratellis – Chelsea Dagger

44. Lynyrd Skynyrd – Simple Man

45. Spoon – The Underdog

46. Hall & Oates – You Make My Dreams Come True (Say what you want, I dare you not to sing when this song comes on)

47. Queen – Bohemian Rhapsody

48. Boomtown Rats – I Don’t Like Mondays (I had never heard this song before, and wish I could go back to that…)

49. Sam Roberts – Detroit ’67

50. Ray Parker Jr. – Ghostbusters

51. Arkells – Oh, The Boss Is Coming

52. The Beatles – With A Little Help From My Friends

53. Aerosmith – Cryin’

54. Traveling Wilburys – Tweeter and the Monkey Man

55. J. Geils Band – Centerfold

56. KISS – Love Gun

57. Trooper – Boys in the Bright White Sports Car

58. Bruce Springsteen – The Ghost of Tom Joad

59. Boston – Amanda

60. MIKA – We Are Young (Whoops – Tears of Jupiter was supposed to play here, but somehow they got mixed up.)

61. Bob Seger – Night Moves

62. Eagles – Life in the Fast Lane

63. Hall & Oates – You Make My Dreams Come True (I called this song for my 50, and he stole it! Bastard)

64. Foreigner – Jukebox Hero

65. Cage The Elephant – Shake Me Down

66. Boston – More Than A Feeling

67. Queen – Fat Bottomed Girls

68. Bon Jovi – Livin On A Prayer

69. Journey – Anyway You Want It (Shuffle made this song the 69th? That’s all I have to say)

70. Guns N Roses – Sweet Child O Mine

71. Fastball – The Way

72. The Who – Who Are You?

73. Harvey Danger – Flagpole Sitta

74. The Black Keys – Lonely Boy (I may never have rocked out as hard as when this song came on)

75. Lynyrd Skynyrd – Freebird

76. John Mellencamp – Pink Houses

77. Dire Straits – Sultans of Swing

78. Steve Earle – Copperhead Road

79. Lonely Island (ft. Akon) – I Just Had Sex

80. Kool & The Gang – Celebration

81. Led Zeppelin – Rock N Roll

82. Creedence Clearwater Revival – Lookin’ Out My Back Door

83. Cee-Lo Green – Fuck You (Needless to say, when this came on, I was not too happy. This broke two rules – that’s one Kanye and a Drake)

84. The Sweet – Ballroom Blitz

85. Creedence Clearwater Revival – Up Around the Bend

86. Queen – Don’t Stop Me Now

87. Creedence Clearwater Revival – Fortunate Son (The iPod really knew the importance of playing CCR in rural Indiana somehow)

88. Derek & The Dominos – Layla

89. Santana – Smooth

90. The Black Keys – Next Girl

91. Bruce Springsteen – Glory Days

92. Steve Miller Band – Take The Money And Run

93. Bruce Springsteen – Born to Run

94. Bob Seger – Turn the Page

95. Neil Diamond – Sweet Caroline (Why I went with a Red Sox fan I have no idea…)

96. Boston – Rock and Roll Band

97. Eagles – Take It Easy

98. Hootie and the Blowfish – Let Her Cry

99. Sam Roberts – Canadian Dream

100. Arkells – Agent Zero (Or, is this the best song of 2011?)

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