Written by

Chris Gonzales


Juan di Nella

My family and I take a lot of road trips. Whether it’s making one of our many pilgrimages to either of the Disney theme parks (we’re in WDW even as I write this), or traveling out-of-state for one of my wife’s Irish dance school competitions, or simply visiting other cities and national landmarks, we’re on the road a lot.

We listen to lots of music and podcasts while we drive. I’ve already covered the podcasts angle, so here are a few chill albums we’ve found are great for passing the time (especially for those magical times when you’re the driver while everyone else has fallen asleep and the car is quiet).

(This will be a briefer-than-usual guide. It’s usually quicker and easier for you to view each album and listen to samples rather than read any descriptions I could come up with, so I’ll simply list them with their respective genres, along with a few of their most common formats for your convenience.)

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Zero 7 — Simple Things

Trip-Hop / Downtempo / Electronica


John Mayer — Room for Squares

Pop Rock / Singer-Songwriter


Melody Gardot — My One and Only Thrill

Jazz / Blues


Monument Valley Original Game Soundtrack

Electronica / Soundtracks


Beach House — Teen Dream

Dream Pop / Shoegaze / Indie Rock


Sia — Some People Have Real Problems

Pop / Alternative


Jamie Cullum — Twentysomething

Jazz / Pop


Susanne Sundfør — Ten Love Songs

Pop / Dance / Synth / Electronica


Tycho — Dive

Downtempo / Chillwave / Electronica