This morning as I was driving my youngest to school, I was surfing through my radio presets and started to wonder what everyone liked to listen to while driving (or just riding along). Since I have an older vehicle that lacks bluetooth hookup to my phone, I generally listen to satellite radio channels (which I have to pay extra for...boo).
I do enjoy the variety of channels I'm able to choose from and periodically go through and find new ones. Overall, I think my current choices are a nice variety , but I'll let you decide.
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1) Hits 1 - This is probably the channel I like the least but for some reason I always keep it, go figure. As suggested, they play today's number one hits. They tend to be mostly pop with some other genres thrown in there. I just like to keep current so I have some idea what my kids are talking about, hahaha. Also they play Ed Sheeran songs, and he's one of my favorite artists (and I get to see him in concert again this year!!). Huh, I guess that's why I probably keep it around.
2) The Pulse - Also a pop channel but they'll play some new and old. I like the variety and tend to gravitate to this channel pretty frequently. The show hosts are also enjoyable without being obnoxious. My favorite is when Pat Monahan (from the band Train) does his weekly, weekend show. (Incidentally, my incoming call ring tone is Soul Sister.) He always introduces me to either new upcoming artists, or songs by well-known bands that I've never heard before.
3) PopRocks - This channel features rock songs from the 90's-2000's that were big hits. There are always so many great songs that I've forgotten about that come back to life when I tune in to this one from groups like Matchbox Twenty, Imagine Dragons, Kings of Leon, blink-182, Green Day and Killers (another of my favorites...Mr. Brightside used to be my ringtone except I had to change it as I wanted to rock out and not answer the call, lol). The list goes on and on. I'm always pleasantly surprised by the variety.
4) Real Jazz - Not gonna lie, I've only recently become more of a fan of jazz through my son (the one I dropped off at school) as he's in a jazz band this year as a percussionist. Whenever he's in the car with me, this channel is on. I know all jazz enthusiasts are clutching their chests as I reveal that I've not always been appreciative of the genre, but I've tended to gravitate towards classical music with a heavy piano and/or violin presence. BUT before I start getting hate mail, the music is starting to grow on me. Sometimes I even wait to change the channel once he gets out of the car :)
5) The 10s Spot - Just like it probably sounds, this channel highlights pop music from the 2010's. This is a preset that I often change. I like that these songs are still relevant and that I know a lot, but they're also not all for me. I tend to switch this preset to channels like The Bridge which features laid-back classic rock, or 1st Wave which has a classic alternative feel. It's also the one that gets the boot when the Christmas music channels are on. Whatever your thoughts are on when to listen to holiday music, know that it makes me extremely happy. And a happy me is always a better me :)
6) 80's on 8 - It's a fun, nostalgic channel we can all agree on in the car when I can have upwards of 5-6 other people with me. The downside of course is that I know most of the words to all the songs, and I do not hesitate to sing along. Ahh, being able to embarrass your kids with poorly sung music is one of the joys of parenthood! I'm not sure how you couldn't love this channel, whether you're a child of the 80's like me or not. There's something for everyone.
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Well, that about wraps it up. I have no idea if this was interesting or not, but I had fun writing it. I'd love for you to share in the comments some of your own favorites.
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