Volkswagens and cruising go together like hot chocolate and whipped cream. It’s time to put that Will Smith “Summertime” Throwback Jams Playlist on pause for a few months—but don’t despair. The ultimate autumn cruising playlist includes a smattering of Volkswagen-approved songs that never get old and pair perfectly with bright leaves crunching beneath your tires. Whether it’s a kid-friendly commute that requires nary a foul word or your own personal rush hour rock-out, drive off into the sunset with the right soundtrack.
Here are a few must-have hits to get your playlist started. From Golfs to Passats, every Volkswagen deserves a score fit for royalty (and so do you):
1. “Jam” by A Tribe Called Quest
“This was around the time when I didn’t know no better, Juney moved around in a tinted out Jetta.” Not everyone who cruises in a Jetta is going to tempt you to the dark side, but you know one thing’s certain: They have style, a craving for speed and if they opt for tinted features, who knows what else they might be hiding. (Pro tip: Maybe it’s just a good time).
2 “The Grouch” by Artsy
“I’m down with VW’s and flossed-out caddy’s”—well, who isn’t? Most Volkswagen fans are collectors, but sometimes it spices things up to add a new make into the mix. Once you have your classic and new Beetle, your microbus and maybe a sports model or SUV, a Cadillac can certainly be the garnish for your VW collection (but you know it’ll never be the star).
3. “Da Da Da” by Trio
Even several years later, Trio’s one hit wonder “Da Da Da” is still interwoven tightly with Volkswagen. Of course, the German manufacturer has always had a knack for creating awesome commercials and some of them will stick with your for life (in a good way). No Volkswagen owner’s playlist is complete without this gem, and it’s very kid-friendly, too.
4. “AquaCity Boy” by K-os
“Used to take the Jetta downtown to check the sound of DJ X and Matermindin’ the underground.” Artists certainly have a penchant for Jettas, but that’s not surprising. Sometimes they have fond memories of cruising around in their own affordable model, other times they simply think of these Volkswagen’s as the quality “staple” everyone should have—kind of like a white T-shirt with a high thread count.
From “Red Ragtop” to Jay-Z claiming he’s “in love with a V-Dub engine”, the adoration of Volkswagens is addictive. Does your playlist match your fangirl/fanboy-dom?