Playlist of the Week

Songs to Commute to

Living in New York, I use my MetroCard more than my iPhone.

Actually, that’s a lie – I’m always on my phone but I’m also constantly traveling. Whether by train, ferry, bus… you name it and I do it. Twice daily. (No helicopters…yet). I’m underground on the 6 train more than I’m above ground at work or school. As annoying as accidentally holding hands with a stranger is, I like commuting. It’s one of the few times I’m by myself. 45 to 120 minutes – twice daily – of forced distraction-free productivity. Time to read, write, and have exciting or boring conversations with myself. It’s great, therapeutic and the commuters near me don’t seem to mind.

Typically, I read or do work for class or write. Right now, however, I’m between books and still on winter break and so have been listening to music when I travel. I realized that my only criteria for a good song to commute to is that it must make me feel like I’m in a music video and/or TV show or a Hollywood feature. There are few things I love more than staring out the window of a car/bus/train and pretending I’m the lead in a hit movie and this is the opening scene as the title credits pop up in the corner (fade up to a wide shot of a train rolling over a landscape as we slowly zoom in to see a young woman looking out the window of the third car). Assuming I’m the lead is a bit narcissistic, especially when my ability to act is nonexistent, but it’s so much fun. And I can totally pull off staring blankly out of a window.

Enough about me…here are some songs that are fun to commute to!

Songs to Commute to

Sweet Disposition- The Temper Trap
Your Biggest Mistake- Ellie Goulding
Girlfriend- Phoenix
Melody- Kate Earl
Grand Optimist- City and Colour
Midnight City- M83
Better Than Revenge- Taylor Swift
She’s Got You High- Mumm-Ra
Straight Lines- Dawn Ladies
How I Could Just Kill A Man- Charlotte Sometimes
Everything Is Alright- Motion City Soundtrack
Feel It All Around- Washed Out

What songs do you listen to when you travel? Share in the comments below and feel free to send me song or theme suggestions for next week’s playlist!

  • Hanan Hammad


  • Alexandra Ferguson

    :) I totally agree, I miss commuting! My song has to be Banquet – Bloc Party. It’s a disaster song. When I hear it I feel like I’m doing something reckless because my life is about to end. I always feel like I’m in the music video.

  • Ursi Schmied

    Absolutely love Temper Trap’s “Sweet Disposition” on my way to work!!

  • Yajaira Nuribeth Calderon

    Also, I’d like to add that if you don’t play Lissie’s Pursuit of Happiness (Kid Cudi cover) at least once, I highly recommend it.

  • Anonymous

    Ben’s fold five with Regina ‘you don’t know me’ I have to listen to this song at least once a day.

  • Sara Larios

    haha, glad to know I’m not the only one pretending to be in a movie while staring out the window.

  • Allie Kru

    Makes me miss public transportation. Great article idea~making this playlist on Spotify NOW!

  • Jess Schwartz

    Definitely have the majority of these songs on my ipod and totally agree with your choices! My favorite song to listen to on the morning commute is Helana Beat by Foster the People. I’d like to see a workout playlist or a getting ready for a night on the town/pregame playlist!

  • Angelia Jones

    Motion City Soundtrack all the way! Also Farewell Continental ^_^

  • Winda Miaw PrasKrisna

    Lemme add some to that list :)

    # Peter Bjorn and John – Young Folks
    # SORE (an Indonesian band) – No Fruits for Today
    # Weezer – Island in the Sun
    # Kings of Convenience – Misread

    And never leave” Sweet Disposition” .. One of the most captivating song ever! <3

  • Heather Marie Mckown

    Taxi Ride by Tori Amos

  • Anne-katrien Stiers

    ‘Hotel song’ by Regina Spektor

  • Pablo Alberto Hernandez

    Fellow Ravenclaw,
    All these songs are perfect for commuting to work; especially in such a great city as NYC!
    Most of these bands have been featured on Gossip Girl- and it’s weird, but that’s where I get a lot of new artists/songs from. Alexandra Patsavas, the music director from Gossip girl is a genius!

  • Julie Bourne

    I’m so glad Im not the only one who stares out the window all forlorn-like as if I’m in a movie.

  • Isabel Robertson

    All About Us and Forever And Ever by He Is We :)

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