Travelling can be quite dull but with Ipods and other MP3 players we can pass the time like never before. The also gives rise to the great game of ?soundtracking?. My friends and I have often discussed the best songs for different travelling that we do.
For the Underground it is almost universally agreed (by me and a few other mates) that Blue Monday by New Order is the best choice. The mix of industrial sounding bass and non-stop pounding drums is the perfect representation of the tube, especially when it passes outside and a few tower blocks and old run-down buildings pass into view before you disappear into the tunnels again. Going Underground by The Jam is clichéd but works a treat.
For train journeys, I am not ashamed to admit, I have a penchant for ?epic? movie soundtracks to go with the (usually) dramatic scenery out the window. Last of the Mohicans is particularly great for this, especially if you have seen the film and know when they use the music. Sigur Ros is also good for this sort of thing.
Driving has so much potential that it?s as much a case of where, when, who with, and other factors as to what makes a good piece of driving music. Knights of Cydonia by Muse though is great for driving on the motorway ? at 70mph maximum ? while Gimme Shelter by The Rolling Stones has a brooding menace that makes you feel you are off on a Mafia raid on a warehouse rather than off to do a ?big shop? at the local supermarket.
This is the great thing about Ipods and other music devices ? they let song fit to settings to make them have a new meaning. So next time you are on the train / tube / in the car, don?t just settle for any old song, pick something that fits and let us know about it!