There And Back Again: A Series Of Traveling Playlists, Part 1.

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For so many of us in those formative, collegiate, quasi-“real-life” years, travel is crucial.  We feed on Anthony Bourdain, reblog infinite photos of exotic coasts, and envy the tales of our intrepid, cultured friends who take “gap years” or, more likely, the oh-so-fabulous Semesters Abroad.

Your narrator currently straddles the line between Travel Channel addict and actual traveler; my semester in London begins in a few days.  And, like any musicophiliac, what good is packing without a sensational playlist on the side?  It’s time to bask in the glory of Springsteen and LCD Soundsystem before pumping myself fresh with English culture.

And so begins my playlist series, featuring some classic artists and some who should be.  Check back in a few weeks for my London-licious British playlist and, in a few months, one for the return trip home.

Part 1: To Get America Out Of Your System

Time To Get Away- LCD Soundsystem

Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough- Michael Jackson

Jessie’s Girl- Rick Springfield

Ashes of American Flags- Wilco

Pretty Girl At The Airport- The Avett Brothers

The entire Grease soundtrack

We Built This City- Starship

Jenny From The Block- Jennifer Lopez

Shake Your Rump- Beastie Boys

Blue Ridge Mountains- Fleet Foxes

Don’t Stop Believing- Journey

That’s No Way To Say Goodbye- Leonard Cohen

Under The Bridge- Red Hot Chili Peppers

Rock n’ Roll High School- The Ramones

US 41- Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

Born In The U.S.A- Bruce Springsteen

The song responsible for turning lillylivered liberals into cowboy boot-stomping, flagwaving, barbequeing monsters.

-Tori Kerr

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