Do you like music? AND driving?

For those of us that enjoy driving, one of the most liberating sensations of our lives is to roll the windows down, turn the bass up, belt out the lyrics to our favorite song and… drive the speed limit, of course.

I’ve compiled a varied list of songs that are great for your car ride karaoke sessions as well as some tunes to get you in the mood for wherever you’re going. Buckle up, folks.

1. Secrets – Tiesto

Turn your car into the club with this electronic composition that’ll have you tempted to fist pump all the way to supermarket. I’d suggest you keep your hands on the wheel, though. Honestly, this is just a great feel good song that will leave you feeling energized on the way to your destination. Take a listen!

 2. Daydreaming – Radiohead

We’re shifting the gear all the way down for this haunted lullaby. Great for a drive on a rainy day, this piece may cause you to become increasingly introspective. Soft piano mixed with strange electronic sounds pair beautifully in creating a song that will relax you, but will also keep you alert while waiting for what weird sound is going to pop up next.

 3. City Club – The Growlers

Beach trip! The Growlers always know how to take us to the beach no matter where we actually are. This song accompanies a scenic drive very well, and you can’t get more scenic than waves crashing on soft sand.

 4. Where Did That Go – Zed’s Dead

As one of my all time favorite songs, I know for sure that this is what you turn on when you’re out for a night drive. The combo of quieter electronic sounds and an incredible chorus breakdown set a mood that’s perfect for the coasting and twists and turns that make for a great night drive. It’s just perfect for pretending you’re in one of those car commercials where they drive around in a dark, empty New York City or something like that.

 5. SimpsonWave1995 – FrankJavCee

This is another cool song for driving at night, but beware! It has a psychedelic trance style, so don’t let your mind wander off too far. You might miss your exit and if Siri doesn’t want to cooperate, you’re in trouble. Seriously though, this is a really cool song that doesn’t sound like anything I’ve heard before. It’s a song that becomes an experience, and if that’s really confusing or too deep for you, just listen for yourself!

I have a few more songs for you all, but these are just three favorites that I found on Spotify’s Night Rider playlist, which if you haven’t heard of before and are interested, will be linked below.

 1. Nightwalk – Spencer Brown

Electronic, upbeat and perfectly embodies the experience of night driving. I love this song so much, I listen to it while I drive to work, which isn’t a very fun drive as you can imagine.

 2. Dream with Somebody – Tinlicker

Another electronic song with an uplifting mood. It’s a good, solid choice for any driving playlist.

 3. Cut the Strings – Booka Shade, Troels Abrahamsen

This is also an electronic song, but a very unique one at that. It kind of has a similar sound to Gorillaz in their album Humanz. That’s just my opinion, though.

Here’s the link for Spotify’s Night Rider playlist: 

I hope you picked up a few new additions to your playlist. Safe driving and happy listening!

Written by Angela Fluett


DJ Iron Mic’s SXSW 2016 playlist

Missed out on SX this year? Made it to SX, but already miss the heck out of it? Don’t worry, DJ Iron Mic’s got you!

Click here to listen!

Chill Moody – November Funk
$ave Dat Money – Lil Dicky feat. Fetty Wap
Ready – Chaz French feat. Goldlink
The Pessimist – Wale feat. J. Cole
Shards – GRRL
Antidote – Travis Scott
Clearest Blue – CHVRCHES
L$D – A$AP Rocky
New Level – A$AP Ferg feat. Future
The Waters – Anderson .Paak feat. BJ the Chicago Kid
Who Dey Rockin Wit – Trae tha Truth feat. Yo Gotti
Law – Yo Gotti feat. E-40
Top – Lil Uzi Vert
Bounce – Flatbush Zombies
Victory Laps – Doomstarks
Ready or Not – Fugees
Where U Been? – 2 Chainz feat. Cap 1
Live at the Barbecue – Main Source feat. Nas
We Takin Over – DJ Khaled feat. T.I., Fat Joe, Akon, Lil Wayne, & Birdman
N.Y. State of Mind – Nas
Lonely Cities – Tigertown
I Wanna Be Your Dog – The Stooges
Changes – Charles Bradley
2 Phones – Kevin Gates
The Seed 2.0 – The Roots feat. Cody Chestnut
O.P.P. – Naughty by Nature
Lights On – Big Grams
ATLiens – Outkast
Blow the Whistle – Too $hort
Ready – Joey Bada$$
Knock Tha Hustle – Cozz feat. J. Cole
Fire – Vince Staples
Sanity – Boulevards
Go – Domo Genesis
Bust it Open – Scotty ATL feat. B.o.B.
Boom Clap – Charli XCX
Cherchez LaGhost – Ghostface Killah feat. U-God
It G Ma (Remix) – Keith Ape feat. A$AP Ferg, Father, Wacka Flocka Flame, and Dumbfounded
All The Way Up – Fat Joe feat. French Monatana
Good Knight – Kirk Knight feat. Joey Bada$$, Flatbush Zombies, & Dizzy Wright
Talib Kweli – Get By


WKNC Spotify Soundclash

WKNC is proud to announce its participation in Spotify’s Soundclash, “A playlist battle to end all playlist battles.” Here’s how it works: You, loyal listener, go over to Spotify and type WKNC in the search bar. Down under playlists you will see “WKNC 88.1 FM: North Carolina State University”  (or just follow this link). Then follow the playlist.


WKNC is one of 270+ 20+ campus clubs and organizations across the United States that have created a 15-song playlist. Since we love local music so much, we picked lots songs from Kooley High, Sylvan Esso, Future Islands, Polvo and other North Carolina favorites.

The organization with the most playlist followers in the next 13 days gets $5,000: half for us and half to share with a non-profit organization through


Reflections on a Winter 2011 Playlist


Let me start by saying I had no intention of creating a definitive, all-encompassing Winter 2011 playlist. A feat like that should be left only to the people who can spend all of their hours sorting through thousands of albums, identifying the standouts, and only then would they be able to define what they believe a Winter 2011 playlist should consist of.

Knowing that my capacity as a human to waste away my days listening to music is limited, I instead turned to a modest sum of tracks that embody what I would describe as making for a pretty good Winter playlist that consist of songs released in 2011.

The problem for every individual’s list is that it means something unique or holds a special attribute to them, and I am no different when it came to my formula for selecting songs. For me it meant that this playlist would encapsulate a few things: some of the best tracks of the year, and those that would send off vibes for what I would describe as being that of a “winter nature.”

What exactly do I mean by something having a winter nature? It’s pretty simple. I looked for tracks that would be incredibly rewarding to listen to while trudging through the rough winter weather or those which would be pleasant to warm up to after a day filled with having to deal with the growing loss of daylight.

Either way, after limiting myself to only tracks that came out this year, I think I came up with a pretty decent set of songs to listen to for the next couple of months on those days where you feel as if the season may have gotten the best or worst of you. Is it subject to change? Absolutely, and your feedback is always welcome as to what should be added to the playlist. And I have a way to share it with everyone that has Spotify; you can open it up here and listen to the playlist.

For everyone else the current tracklist is below:

01 The Dodos- Companions
02 Chad VanGaalen- Do Not Fear
03 Future Islands- On the Water
04 The Drums- Days
05 Youth Lagoon- July
06 Bon Iver- Wash.
07 The Antlers- I Don’t Want Love
08 Atlas Sound- Te Amo
09 I Break Horses- Winter Beats
10 The Raveonettes- Recharge & Revolt
11 Deleted Scenes- Bedbedbedbedbed
12 Wye Oak- Fish
13 Wild Beasts- Deeper
14 Bombadil- Short Side of the Wall
15 Megafaun- Hope You Know
16 Fleet Foxes- Bedouin Dress
17 Real Estate- All the Same


What do you want to see on the Winter 2011 playlist? Leave your suggestions below.

Music News and Interviews

SoundOff21 Man Man/ My Morning Jacket

After our month off we return with discussions over independent acts playing Late Night television as a growing trend, and we talk about a possible collaboration between Spotify and Facebook. We also review new music from Man Man and My Morning Jacket.

Listen to episode 21.