Here's a playlist that'll be your friend no matter where you take it.I'm a firm believer that everyone, no matter who they are or what they do, should have their own soundtrack. Music makes you feel better (or worse, if that's what you're into); it makes time pass more quickly; it makes moments into memories. Really, you can't go wrong. Music is especially important when you travel, whether you're traveling for business, pleasure, or both. (If nothing else, you need something to block out the crying kid in seat 17B.) With that in mind, we've whipped up a playlist for all those who know their frequent-flier mileage better than their own birthdays. It's got everything from back-porch country to downtown cool - in other words, it'll work no matter where you do. - Z.C.
Elvis Costello & Jimmy Cliff, "Seven Day Weekend"
The Clash, "Should I Stay or Should I Go"
Willie Nelson, "On the Road Again"
Pearl Jam, "Given to Fly"
The Replacements, "Skyway"
The Who, "The Seeker"
Secret Machines, "The Road Leads Where It's Led"
R.E.M., "Can't Get There from Here"
Bob Dylan, "Subterranean Homesick Blues"
Ween, "Ocean Man"
U2, "City of Blinding Lights"
Yeah Yeah Yeahs, "Maps"
Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, "Born to Run"
Guided by Voices, "Motor Away"
The White Stripes, "Hotel Yorba"
The Jam, "Life from a Window"
David Bowie, "Station to Station"
The Rolling Stones, "I Am Waiting"
Johnny Cash, "I've Been Everywhere"
Pixies, "Where Is My Mind?"
The Strokes, "The End Has No End"
Elvis Costello & the Attractions, "Home Is Anywhere You Hang Your Head"
Bonus Track Download this for your morning hotel workout: LCD Soundsystem’s 45:33: Nike + Original Run
In October 2006, Nike contracted James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem for an intriguing project: He was to put together a record tailored for runners to use while jogging, a mix that would specifically clock in at 45 minutes and 33 seconds. The result, sold exclusively on iTunes as part of the Nike Sport Music area of the online music store, is a beat-heavy electronic soundscape that does exactly what it was intended to do: to make listeners want to move around. So be sure to be dressed appropriately when it comes up on your iPod. Running in wing tips is not fun. You’ll just have to trust me — and my feet — on that one. Also not fun: running in a suit and tie. Again, you’ll have to trust me (and just about every character Tom Cruise has ever played) on this. — Z.C.