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Songs For Speeding In Summertime

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For all the romance associated with road trips, there's a lot of tedium, too: Just ask anyone who's ever slogged diagonally across Indiana, pausing occasionally to stagger, dead-eyed, into the Stuckey's outlet in Wolcott. But the crushing exhaustion and faceless landscapes can fade from memory in a nanosecond when accompanied by the perfect piece of adrenaline-infused music. These five tracks serve that purpose beautifully, so be sure to put them on for those moments when the landmarks are starting to whiz by in a joyously indistinct blur. Before you put them on, though, it's best to set the cruise control to something reasonably safe: That way, when you instinctively and inevitably stomp on the gas pedal, no one will die.

For more entries in this summer's weekly Road Trip: Songs to Drive By series click here.

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Stephen Thompson is a writer, editor and reviewer for NPR Music, where he speaks into any microphone that will have him and appears as a frequent panelist on All Songs Considered. Since 2010, Thompson has been a fixture on the NPR roundtable podcast Pop Culture Happy Hour, which he created and developed with NPR correspondent Linda Holmes. In 2008, he and Bob Boilen created the NPR Music video series Tiny Desk Concerts, in which musicians perform at Boilen's desk. (To be more specific, Thompson had the idea, which took seconds, while Boilen created the series, which took years. Thompson will insist upon equal billing until the day he dies.)