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The Anti-Spring Break Road Trip: 10 Songs for your playlist

A down- to- earth road trip can sidestep the hyped up brand of leisure time spring break has become. Here are 7 songs for your anti spring break playlist.

Shot at the Night-The Killers

The Killers collaborated with M83’s Anthony Gonzalez to make this epic song, ready to be cued for a trek under the stars. The detachment that the mainstream spring break offers isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Dizzy crowded beaches can make you feel alone while staring up at the sky in the middle of the night can make you feel totally connected.

Help, I’m Alive-Metric

With this song, Metric reminds us about the blood flowing through our veins. One can pull away from the mythology of what spring break is supposed to be like according to popular culture and carve their own story. What is a “break” if you can’t actually break from the spring break stereotype?

When I Come Around-Green Day

A road trip is a good time to detach from your cell phone and just have the chorus of “when I come around” as your voice mail intro (or your answering machine, whatever decade you’re in). Spring break is actually a practice rebellion from all of your responsibilities. It’s staged in time and space by a schedule out of your control, but in that week or two, you don’t even know what a clock is.

Kids in America-Kim Wilde

The idea of spring break has been meticulously shaped by on an American bend for the care free dream life. This is apparent with MTV shows and the never ending list of spring break movies. Kim Wilde can serenade your tongue in cheek feelings about your generation.


Here’s another one to sing out loud in mockery of the Jersey shore-esque brand of party life. It might also remind you that a shot or two every once in awhile is good, as long as you don’t end up in head-to-toe Ed Hardy. Don’t shop for clothing while you’re drunk.

The Kids Aren’t Alright-The Offspring

Sean Hannity of Fox News gave us an expose that everyone saw coming. It was about wild behavior during spring break (SHOCKING). Jon Stewart hilariously called him out on his terrible journalism and double-standard reporting. Needless to say, there will be no Pulitzer given here. The kids aren’t alright in every generation it seems.

Eve 6-Open Road Song

While listening to Eve 6, you can sit in your car and mutter philosophies about life. Spring break has become about sharing the experience over Facebook instead of actually experiencing the moment. What remains of the spring break reality isn’t the flooding of generic beach party pictures, but the realizations you come to when your mind is away from school projects.

Nada Surf-Popular

This is a break from school, a break from groups, and a break from structure. You don't have to be cool here. You don't have to try to be someone you're not.


Sing it loud and proud. This is the best car sing-along song for those long hours in between towns. Embrace the slacker.


You know what this song is for. In some states weed is legal, so spend spring break in them. Don't forget your pipe.