Moving to LA, I hadn’t intended on the added perk (or curse…depending on how you look at it) of living driving distance from Las Vegas. Since then I’ve gone from going to Las Vegas maybe once a year, to four or five times. It’s just hard to say no, when a friend from back in Chicago is going to be in Vegas with a room to crash in and they tell you to come hang for the weekend. Twist my arm, why don’t you. The drive to Vegas is always far superior to the hungover trek that is the return home. On the way there, excitement and energy are at a high. Everyone’s feeling good, it’s time to pop on the tunes and hit the open road.
The playlist sets the mood for the whole trip. You don’t know yet if you’re gonna blow all your money on girls or on tables like at www.partycasino.com. Of course, unless you’re honest, you’ll just come home and say you broke even.
“Drive My Car” – the Beatles: Yes. It’s totally too on-the-nose. I don’t care. It’s the leading track off my favorite road trip album of all time (Rubber Soul). Plus, after a sandwich, it’s super fun to sing the beeps.
“Viva Las Vegas” – Elvis Presley OK, we’re starting obvious here, but Vegas has never been a place of subtlety.
“Bright Lights Bigger City” – Cee Lo Green: I went to Vegas with friends for Halloween right after “F*ck You” came out and we listened to it half the ride there. I also saw him in a battle of the bands style show with the Ting Tings in Vegas.
“Joker & the Thief” – Wolfmother: It doesn’t scream Vegas song, but it’ll keep you going once the sun starts setting over the Mojave. Plus, pretty much everyone in Vegas is one of the two.
“Crazy Bit*h” – Buckcherry: Because you’ve probably already had a lap dance to it anyway.
“Panama” by Van Halen: Yeah, it’s going to be one of those weekends.
“Right Round” by Flo Rida and Kesha The Hangover montage song. You know you’ll be thinking about Zach Galifinakis and a naked Ken Jeong and a tiger when you hear it. That’s what you should be thinking about on your way into Vegas.
“Money Make Her Smile” – Bruno Mars: Speaking of strippers…the hook to this song is “music make her dance and money make her smile.” I was supposed to see Bruno Mars on my birthday in Vegas a few years ago. He was arrested for doing blow in the Hard Rock (just now realizing the irony of that) bathroom. Disappointed in not getting to see him, a friend and I turned to gambling and won $800+ on roulette.
“Tumbling Dice” – Rolling Stones: I don’t really need much of an excuse to put a song off of one of my top five favorite albums of all time (Exile on Main St.) on a playlist. It’s title doesn’t even make it a stretch.
“A Little Less Conversation” – Elvis Presley: My dad always tells a story about having the chance and passing on seeing Elvis in Vegas, because he assumed he’d have many more. It’s why I seldom pass on seeing a living legend live.
“Alcohol” – Barenaked Ladies: Two of my favorite things in Vegas…and in general.
“Shot Through The Heart” – Bon Jovi Barney Stinson’s go to song on his “Get Psyched” mix. That’s the whole point of this thing.
“Final Countdown” – Europe: The ultimate pump-up song. Welcome to Vegas.
This should do the trick to get your properly psyched for your Vegas trip. And if it doesn’t, just pull a “Swingers,” and say “VEGAS, BABY, VEGAS!!!” over and over.