It's Monday, and you've slept past your alarm again. You're going to be late for your 9 a.m. meeting, so you decide to skip breakfast and head out the door for your daily morning commute, only to get stuck in the worst traffic jam of your life. Sound familiar?
The U.S. Census reports that more than 76 percent of Americans drive to work alone. Just because you're hitting the road solo doesn't mean the journey has to add to your Monday blues. Instead, amp up your ride with a music playlist for your daily morning commute. In addition to helping you pass the time, listening to music while you drive has been proven to elevate your mood and even lower your respiration rate.
So, instead of hitting snooze two (or five) more times tomorrow morning, grab a cup of coffee to go and hit the road with this uplifting morning commute playlist that covers the best commuting songs for a variety of genres. You're sure to be all smiles by the time you arrive at work.
Pop Songs for Your Morning Commute Playlist
Artist: Tegan and Sara
Begin your morning commute on a high note with the spirited and bubbly sounds of Tegan and Sara. The Canadian duo comprises twin sisters, Tegan and Sara Quinn, who are adored for their signature indie-pop sound that appeals to fans of all ages. Formed in 1995, the pair has released eight studio albums, including this year's "Love You to Death."
Make sure to include their vibrant new single "Boyfriend" on your morning commute playlist. Its catchy melodies and upbeat instrumentals will quickly get stuck in your head and sweep you straight into the sunniest of moods.
"One Call Away"
Artist: Charlie Puth
Charlie Puth first rose to fame by sharing his music on YouTube. Listening to his debut album, "Nine Track Mind," makes it easy to see why he's been making waves in the pop world. The breezy sounds of this 24-year-old musician are sure to lighten your mood during the morning commute to work, and his single, "One Call Away," is a standout.
Described as a gospel-infused pop soul song, "One Call Away" has amassed more than 200 million views on YouTube. Puth's angelic soprano is gorgeous and soft, and with a backing of lush instrumentals, this soothing track in your morning commute playlist will set your mind at ease and prepare you for the workday ahead.
Electronic Songs for Your Morning Commute Playlist
"I Need a Forest Fire"
Artist: James Blake ft. Bon Iver
James Blake is revered for his mystical electronic musical stylings and syrupy vocals. Initially rising to critical acclaim with the release of his self-titled album, the English musician has gone on to release two more full-length albums, including this year's "The Colour In Anything." Whether your morning commute finds you among a steady stream of cars into the city or along meandering back roads, Blake's single, "I Need A Forest Fire," will make the ride infinitely more enjoyable and offers a few soothing moments to get lost in.
"I Need a Forest Fire" features guest vocals from indie-rock superstar Bon Iver. Let Blake's atmospheric sound effects and Bon Iver's warm vocals lessen some of the frenetic energy of the commuter rush.
"Where the Sky Hangs"
Artist: Passion Pit
Passion Pit quickly gained a massive fan base once people caught wind of their unique, technicolored "indietronica" sound. Formed in 2007, the band started with an EP that frontman Michael Angelakos recorded as a belated Valentine's Day gift for his then-girlfriend. Since then, the band has gone on to release three albums, each more distinctive than the last. Their newest album, "Kindred," is a colorful album of sentimental songs, including "Where the Sky Hangs." If your drive ever includes a gloomy backdrop of rain, snow, or clouds, this song is one to bring a rainbow of sounds to your commute.
"Where the Sky Hangs" shimmers and glistens with the sounds of synths and finger snaps. In High-Resolution Audio, Angelakos' characteristic falsetto leads us through this leisurely mid-tempo track. With just a dash of funky strings, this tune will have you sauntering into your office with a pep in your step.
Rock Songs for Your Morning Commute Playlist
"Into The Great Wide Open"
Artist: Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers
There's no better way to celebrate hitting the open road than with the sounds of American rock 'n' roll legends, Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers. Formed in 1976, the six-member band continues to tour and release hit albums. One of our favorites to blast during a morning drive is their eighth studio album, "Into The Great Wide Open," released in 1991.
The album's title track will captivate you with its blues meets rock attitude and Petty's daring and original vocals. The music video features a cast of famous faces, including Johnny Depp, Faye Dunaway, and Matt LeBlanc, who manage to bring the tale of a teenager seeking rock stardom to life. The rush of guitar strings and lyrics about seeking a "great wide open under them skies of blue" will leave you feeling inspired for your morning commute and enjoy whatever the workday may bring.
Arguably one of the biggest rock bands in the world, U2 formed while the members were still in high school. Since then, the band has gone on to become one of the world's best-selling music artists of all time, selling more than 170 million records worldwide. The release of their seventh studio album, "Achtung Baby," marks the moment when the Irish-based act is said to have found their footing, reinventing their sound and embracing the daring, contemporary rock 'n' roll flavor that earned them countless Grammy Awards.
Listen to "Mysterious Ways," and you'll note a groovy guitar line that weaves its way through electronic beats and tropical percussion. Its funky flair will inspire you to roll down the windows and take advantage of the fresh air before punching in.
Ready For Rush Hour
Now that you've added a few new tracks to your daily morning commute playlist of songs, it's time to fasten your seatbelt and prepare your car for the ride ahead.
Luckily, there's no need to sacrifice sound quality while listening to music on the road. Now, there are more options than ever when it comes to outfitting your ride with a supreme sound system. Sony's XM-GS4 Channel Stereo Amplifier will transform your vehicle into a concert hall, enhancing every track, including High-Resolution Audio files, thanks to an ultra-wide frequency range that extends up to 100 kHz. This amp uses a heavy-duty transformer and premium capacitors to maximize sonic accuracy. It transforms low-power audio signals into gigantic sonic waves that let you truly appreciate the full depth of your morning commute playlist.
Pair it with Sony's RSX-GS9 media receiver, the world's first receiver to boast DSD native playback, and the journey to work in your morning commute will have never sounded so sweet.
With these tracks in your daily morning commute playlist and a cutting-edge in-car audio system, you're ready to hit the road energized for the day ahead.