• Ashleigh Nicole

Let's Get MoonLit: 5 Songs for Your Summer Night Drives by Artists You Need to Know

Updated: Apr 9, 2021

Hair up, windows down, music loud; the unspoken rules of a summer night drive. Whether it's a last-minute road trip with your closest friends or a casual stroll through your hometown, there's something cathartic about driving under the moonlight.

Research suggests that taking a drive during times of stress can help clear the mind and lower your heart rate. Likewise, listening to music at night can have a positive effect on one's mood and lead to a better night's rest, so it makes sense that when combined, the benefits of the two activities create an even greater effect. It is important, however, to choose the right tunes in order to get the desired relaxing results.

Here are our picks of the must-have songs for the perfect late-night playlist.

Alcatraz x Oliver Riot

Identical twins, Benjamin and Alexander Moore captivate listeners with the gentle sounds of acoustic guitar paired with a subtle, yet steady drumbeat in their track "Alcatraz". Alexander's soothing serenade discusses the struggles and pain of being honest with yourself and revealing your true colors, and as introspection most often occurs at night, this song is an essential tranquilizing track. Though dating back to 2015, this beautiful piece is sure to be a timeless tune.

Waves (Acoustic) x Dean Lewis

Hailing from Sydney, Australia, Singer/Songwriter Dean Lewis got his start after releasing his debut single "Waves". Though the original version is equally as hypnotizing, we prefer the acoustic vibe for under the moonlight. While commonly believed to be about relationships, as it can be depending on how it is depicted by the listener, Lewis wrote the track about how life becomes less exciting as we age. As you listen, you may wonder why it sounds familiar. Following its release, the song made *waves* in Hollywood and was featured in many popular shows and movies, including the cult-favorite Riverdale.

River x Domenic Haynes

Domenic Haynes came into the spotlight when he caught the attention of Maroon 5 frontman, Adam Levine, on season 16 of NBC's The Voice. The Florida native turned to music as a way to cope following a sports injury, and thankfully never looked back. In his cover of "River" by Leon Bridges, Haynes sings from the soul with pure emotion, making him a perfect pick for your late-night adventures.

The Day I Die x ISLAND

As a four-piece band from London, UK, ISLAND produces heartfelt alternative rock music sure to inspire. "The Day I Die" is the third track on their debut album, and perfectly displays frontman Rollo Doherty's rich, rocky voice as he sings about choosing to truly live rather than merely exist, something he says he notices a lot of people forgetting to do in today's technologically advanced world. Other notable tracks for the band include "She", "Come With Me", and "Ride".

Live Forever (Existential Crisis) x Feeves

We, of course, have to show some love to our Dallas locals! Indie-rock band, Feeves, makes the list with their recently-released single "Live Forever (Existential Crisis)". The band tones down their usual rock angst found in tunes like "Loose Ends" and "Bar Fight" to deliver a more subdued song about finding one's identity during times of trouble, and considering the song was written in the midst of quarantine, it's undoubtedly fitting for the year 2020.

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