What’s Your Perfect 6-CD Stack?

I can’t remember the last time I bought a CD.

I’ve been an obsessive Spotify scroller for so long that I almost forgot CDs even existed. It’s a real shame too, because I remember the hours I spent collating playlists and burning CDs as a kid.

Cars and music go hand in hand; they are deeply embedded in culture and also very tech-reliant. So it’s with some joy that I recently rediscovered the CD, and here’s how…


After purchasing my 996 Turbo and travelling some 150 miles home, I’d not really given the stereo much thought. Although this particular car was equipped with the optional Bose system, I spent most of the journey terrified, listening intently for any knocks, bangs, squeaks and rattles. Luckily there were none, but it wasn’t a journey rich in audio pleasure.


The next morning I woke to an email from the previous owner, who, for the purposes of this story, we’ll call Mr. G. We’d shared a good rapport during the sale and he was kind enough to pick me up from the train station, so it was fair to say I owed him one for that favour. The email was to ask if I could return his CDs, and without hesitation I replied with ‘yes, of course’.

This got me thinking though… Mr. G was a gentleman approaching a much finer vintage than I, and despite getting on rather well, to say we come from different walks of life would be an understatement. ‘I wonder what those CDs are?’ I kept thinking.

I’d imagined Mr. G cruising along his favourite road, flicking through the 6-CD stacker, cranking up his tunes. For some reason it made me feel kind of warm inside to think how the car might have been enjoyed before me; Mr. G had certainly looked after it well.


Titles included:

1. Rod Stewart – The Story So Far. The Very Best Of
2. Frank Sinatra – My Way. The Best Of
3. Barbara Streisand – Love Songs
4. Matt Monro – The Singer’s Singer
5. Abba – Gold
6. Celine Dion – All The Way. A Decade Of Song

Knowing how much joy they would have brought Mr. G, I packed them up and prepared to ship them home. But not before my mind wandered and I started to imagine what my perfect 6-CD stack would be. What would I be sliding into the changer to replace them?


The first draft of my list changed over the course of a week, but limiting yourself to just six slots means you must choose classic albums you’ll never tire of. In my 996 the changer sits in the nose of the car, so there’s no swapping them out on the fly: once they are in they are in for the long haul. Here’s what I’ve chosen and one line to explain why:

1. The Streets – Original Pirate Material
If you’re a 30-something from the UK, this will resonate with you.
2. Black Sabbath – Paranoid
I don’t know how something released in 1970 can still be this relevant.
3. Joy Division – Unknown Pleasures
No singles were released from this album and it never charted, which is mind boggling.
4. Wu-Tang Clan – Enter the Wu-Tang
I first heard this in my dad’s Astra Coupe Turbo and it blew my mind – 20 years ago.
5. The Prodigy – Experience
Car culture and rave culture run side by side, and the samples of everyday objects in this is sublime.
6. Kraftwork – The Man Machine
This was made to be enjoyed while travelling at 200mph across Germany.


An added benefit of physical music media is that the sound quality is much better. It’s not something I’d missed with streaming until firing up a CD again, but you can notice the clarity. Perhaps even more fun is the album artwork you get along with the CDs. Some of the sleeve art is awesome; it’s an extra level of communication that gives more context to the music.

So, if like me you’re limited to just six slots in your CD changer, what are you going to choose?

Ryan Stewart
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Very cool and interesting article. That warm feeling you describe, when thinking of how much the previous owner enjoyed the car with the music he enjoyed, is very familiar to me. I recently purchased my 3rd car from Japan and I always truly hope to find some stuff, like CD´s or HDDs in it. In my S15, there was an aftermarket stereo in it, with an HDD packed with music. Is there anything better, than imaging, how my S15 rolled on the streets of the Atsugi area with Lady Gaga blasting? My recent buy, a Toyota Crown, just had one CD in it and to be honest, it´s terrible, but I still dig the ownsers taste. Maybe it was a car, which a mum used for the kids. Most likely it was a VIP styled car before. Thinking of how it was maybe used in its previous life is just so cool.

However, when driving around for the last months in my Passat 3B, I had the same choice to make. It was equipped with a 6 CD changer in the trunk, so which CD´s did I chose? In all honesty, it was way more fun going through the long forgotten CDs of my teenager time, than expected. Most of them were own playlists, some albums like "Songs for the Deaf" from Queens of the Stone Age were also included in my choice. So it was kinda time of a time capsule. Driving around in a car from 98 and hearing music of the early to mid 2000s. Period correct by accident, if you want to call it like that. The interesting thing is, that I tried to find one CD for every mood AND ones, which you never get tired of, which was a tough decision in the end.


Songs for the deaf is a great choice!


Thank you, Ryan. Somehow it is still an album I really enjoy listening. :)


1. The Prodigy – The Fat of the Land
2. Dead Can Dance – Serpent's Egg
3. Gessafelstein – Aleph
4. Therion – Vovin
5. Depeche Mode – Violator
6. Ministry – Twitch



Maybe I could add something from Nine Inch Nails, Crystal Method, Daft Punkt or Chemical Brothers if I could...


Ah CD's so long ago !

My E91 335d was the last car that i used CD's in and when i sold it it was as follows!

In the most unreliable CD Changer in the boot;
The Fat of the Land by The Prodigy
Hold Your Colour by Pendulum
Good Kid, M.A.A.D City by Kendrick Lamar
Just Be by Tiësto
The End of Heartache by Killswitch Engage
Toxicity by System of a Down

And because i could have one in the dash as well, my 7th is;
Mutter by Rammstein


Fat of the land and Good kit, M.A.A.D city are popping up a lot in these lists.


Tiesto Just Be was such a sick album. Adagio For Strings was and still is such a good song.


That’s such a reassuring 6 to find!


I think the previous 6 attests to a slow and considered driving approach. I think the clutch would be a little more beaten up if it was all thrash.


Great article!
Cars and music, they belong together indeed.
In the 4th gen Camaro I owned, I had the pleasure of a 12 disc CD changer, so I could throw in a lot of music for many pleaseant rides.
But if it came down to six, it would be something like this:
Metallica - Symphony & Metallica
Jay-Z and Linkin Park - Collision Course
Some recent Armin van Buuren Stuff
I'd burn CD of Dash Berlin's DJ set at A State of Trance 650 in Utrecht (it was awesome and I was there).
Racoon - Live at Chassé theater Breda (a Dutch ensemble, sounding very Irish).
Jason Mraz, We sing, we dance, we steal things
Very different kinds of CD's for different moods or drives...


12 disc changer is pure luxury, I wonder where it stopped - what's the most amount of CDs you could have in a changer?


That is such an awesome question. That happened I never listened to CD in a car. I used to drive a 1971 car daily, there was no cd changer obviously, then I had a 1999 car but at this time I already had no CDs, no burner, the epoche ended (for me). If to imagine this list it probably would be:

* Fu Manchu: signs of infinite power
* Stevie Wonder: Songs in the Key of Life
* Cypress Hill: Stoned Riders
* O'funk'illo: En El Planeta Aseituna
* Megadeth: Youthanasia
* Limp Bizkit: Significant Other


Some good choices there dude!


Thanks! I found there in the comments quite a lot of inspiration. Looks like being a petrolhead is related to having a good taste to the music!


I'm loving everyones suggestions here, brilliant jogs of the memory!


CD's are for peasants. Same with every other kind of music. It's all about the drive. Music is just added weight.


I too love to sit in traffic, listening to the sound of diesels rattling and talk radio leaking out of other cars.

If you think six CDs and a headunit are going to slow you down, you have a hilariously high opinion of yourself XD


Then don't listen to it Or do something about that. The fact that you complain about diesels of other people tells me that you drive a modern car. Otherwise you won't even hear them. A car has it's own orcestra once you remove the insulation. The same goes for cupholders. A car is used for driving. Think of it as the kermit thing....

As for slowing you down: My car currently weighs 598 KG, down from 767KG. Thats with all the fluids in it. So yes, I take that seriously. A simple headunit weighs about 3kg at minimum. Speakers about 1 KG each, so 4KG. Subwoofer weighs a shitload, and tweeters weigh next to nothing so I won't take tweeters into account and I'm also assuming that there isn't an aplifier installed. There is however a CD changer, because you cant fit 6cd's into one headunit. So ad 3kg. I also won't take wiring into account since that will add an extra KG because of length. I've estimated all at the lower spectrum of things, because they still need magnets.

That adds up to 10KG. in it's current state thats slightly over 6% of its total weight. a.k.a. a shit-tonne.

Add to that that it's a lot of mass high up in the car and you understand that the weight penalty add's up. Its why Colin Chapman used to say: to add speed, add lightness. Guess what: Opposed to radio's in a car. So was Alec Issigonis, Or Jay Leno, or Chris Harris. I wonder why????


You might want to consider that hauling an ego as big as yours around probably adds more to the weight of the car than a 16-speaker Mark Levinson system. "Music is for peasants"... honestly.


That's funny because I went the other way. I drive an Ariel Nomad and I put a JBL Flip in my car just so that I could have some tunes while driving. I'm definitely okay with adding an extra 12.3 ounces to my car so that I can drive around with some music. Nothing better than blasting some K-Pop while driving up the West Side highway in an Ariel Nomad. Haha


OK but you know, no one's really interested in knowing about your life or what the hell you do with with it. So "thanks" I guess, for you totally useless, hilarious, and mostly irrelevant 2-cents about the topic of this article.


Sounds like your driving a track car on the street. I am sure it is amazing on drives at 6am on a Sunday morning in the country but in the real world where you sit in traffic an hour each way to work 5 days a week i'll quite happily take my cup holders and 16 speakers. Cars and music go together like bacon and eggs. Spirited driving is great but didn't most of us cement our love of cars as teenagers cruising with our mates?

As for the stacker in my S15 (bought it new in 2002) it was in dash so I changed regularly but it always had Music for the Jilted Generation and Enter the Wu Tang in there.


Allmost: Rally car. And I do drive it in traffic a lot as it's my daily. It's just a different mindset: Business suit on in a rally car with a full harness. Or going somewhere with the dogs and the wife. People are just to used to luxery aren't occupied with driving.

And don't get me wrong: Music has it's place: I for one am more of Fat of the land guy (especially Narayan), although Jilted comes second. (does the pendulum remix of Voodoo People count?). Just not in a car....


But the baseline provides forward propulsion.


EDIT: 2%


A complete and utter madman has entered the chat! haha


Damn it, Ryan. This has caused me serious anxiety trying to narrow it down to six.

1. Queens of the Stone Age - Songs for the Deaf
2. Metallica - Master of Puppets
3. System of a Down - Toxicity
4. Kendrick Lamar - DAMN
5. Foo Fighters - Greatest Hits
6. Queen - Live at Wembley Stadium


It's not easy is it - you got there much faster than I did. #1 and #4 were also on my shortlist. Toxicity is absolutely amazing as well!


Very good taste in music, Paddy!



i just bought like 11 cds recently XD !!


6 CD collection would probably be anything Ministry Of Sound, there electronica is relaly HQ and HD.



If I had a 6 CD stack, it would probably look something like this:

Joe Satriani - Strange Beautiful Music
Pink Floyd - The Division Bell
Buckethead - Hold Me Forever (Pike #65)
Mark Knopfler - Sailing to Philadelphia
Plini - Handmade Cities
Porcupine Tree - Deadwing


I'm dying to know what car you're in and what stickers you have in the back window.


cobalt blue 996 gt3. the only sticker on it is from a small group called garage midwife


well,it's time to use my CD player again


Tame Impala - InnerSpeaker
Metronomy - The English Riviera
Courtney Barnett - Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit
Sugar Candy Mountain - 666
Unknown Mortal Orchestra - Multi-Love
Daft Punk - Homework


The English Riviera takes me back! In fact, I'm putting that on right now.


Metronomy always brings good roadtrip memories back to me. But also Tame Impala really works on long trips...especially the first two albums.
Thanks for the article, got me thinking about and listening to a lot of good old stuff I’ve already forgotten about.


Such a great question. Congrats on the 996! One of those definitely has a place in my dream garage. This would be my six, although there is a long list of honourable mentions:

1. Curtis - Curtis Mayfield
2. Good Kid, M.A.A.D. city - Kendrick Lamar
3. Maggot Brain - Funkadelic
4. Where the Light is: John Mayer live in Los Angeles
6. Axis: Bold as Love - The Jimi Hendrix Experience


Thank you dude! And thank you for playing along. Curtis is a 10/10 shout.



My dad and my brother were professional musicians. I grew up with jusic. Wasn't until I got older that I discovered REAL music! Acid Jazz. It combines classical, funk, fusion, house, rock, Salsa, etc. in one song. You wanna hear some SERIOUS music? Check out Mark Farina, OM Records, Jamiroquoi. Prince has more music than most all other artists! I have almost 200 cd's I collected over the years. And now rental cars do not have cd players. Gasp! Hated those Porsche headlights! Porsche people complained so much to Porsche, they got rid of them! Thank God!


1. The Prodigy 'Music for the Jilted Generation'
2. Paul Simon 'Graceland'
3. Nivana 'Nevermind'
4. Metallica 'The Black Album'
5. Dr. Dre. '2001'
6. The Notorious B.I.G. 'Ready to Die'

I know 10 or 12 disc changers are cheating, but i definitely need 10. Tricky to chose between the first two prodigy albums. Brilliant 160mph+ nightime autobahn music.


I liked how you mentioned you were listening to all the creaks and rattles on the way home. I had that very experience after picking up a cheap r53 Mini Cooper S a couple of weeks ago.

It would be great if you someone at Speedhunters could follow up on this article. How about how to bring a car stereo into the digital age while keeping the original head unit or a head unit of the same era.

I couldn't find any articles on the net on adding bluetooth to my original unit but I did find ones on how to add a 3.5mm headphone jack. While searching on eBay for the headphone jack using PicClick (this is to search eBay using images) I saw a picture of something similar with a bluetooth receiver and a Microphone. This was for a BMW of the same vintage with an Alpine head unit. I promptly found some images of the back of the unit on my car and saw the plugs matched the BMW unit. $28 au later I crossed my fingers and mentally prepared myself for the month or so wait for the bluetooth receiver to come from China. Will it work? From what I read and what I understood of wiring diagrams (which is very little) I think so. Will it sound as good as a cd? Not a chance. For some reason flac files seem to sound a lot better than equivalent MP3's but they don't seem to hold a candle to a cd.

Looks like my 6 cd's have already been mentioned by others though I would add anything by A Perfect Circle and bring it on! by Machine Gun Fellatio.


I belive paddy has touched this subject a bit with project gti (at least the headunit)


I do remember reading something about a company modifying a head unit for an old Porsche using modern internals as well.

Articles such as this and the types of responses from not only the readers but also the author's is one of the reasons I check on Speed Hunters almost every day (the insane photography and the variety of cars/bikes and styles help too). There's never any toxicity (System of a Down excluded) and when someone posts something a little antagonistic the replies are measured and thoughtful.

After the loss of my project car due to financial/medical reasons coming here has been a real joy despite being unable to drive or having a car for the last couple of years.


If you want to retain an OEM set-up then there's the Audison bitOne. I've just fitted a JVC multimedia system into my CSL with CarPlay, which I'll run a story on next month.


Thanks for the heads up... once I've fixed up all the issues I've found so far with the Mini I'll have a further crack at the stereo :)


I’m in deep need for a proper E46 Audio Setup! Looking forward to that!


I'd go insane if I only had 6 albums to listen to. My list would change depending on the car I'm using, time of day, time of year, driving destination, and current drip.


J Dilla - The Shining
Company Flow - Funcrusher Plus
Sean Price - Mic Tyson
John Coltrane - A Love Supreme
D'Angelo - Voodoo
The Roots - Things Fall Apart

I remember the days of struggling to think of what CDs to bring for road trips...trying to make sure it was albums that contained little to no skips...given that this predates burning CDs as well as curating your own playlists on flash drives that can hold 12,000 songs (technology gives and takes...I swear) Best CD mix trip I ever had was on a drive from northeastern North Carolina to the metro DC area (4.5 hour drive starting at 2 in the morning) I didn't miss a beat...barely hit my forward button...the worst? I missed horribly on my album choices on a 3 1/2 hour drive from northern Va. to Raleigh...the risk of hitting up Borders books and bulk purchasing 8 new CDs on a whim. They were not all hits I'll tell you that.

I would love to do all of this rowing through the gears on a backroad laden drive to some destination nodding my head the whole way.

Great question, great article....thanks for the reminder.


Oh wow, buying CDs at service stops, now that is a proper blast from the past!


Lol....dark days indeed.


I never found 6 disc changer in a car before. But here's my 6 album that I'll gladly listen daily:
1. Parkway Drive - IRE
2. Oliver Bohovič - Ballerina
3. I The Mighty - Connector
4. Blink182 - Neighborhoods
5. Cab Calloway - Cotton Club Revue
6. Joey Alexander - Warna

I'd slip Daft Punk's Random Access Memories, BMTH's Sempiternal, and Vildhjarta's Måsstaden just in case I want something different, lol


Really different article, loved it.

1. Alice In Chains - Facelift
2. Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin IV
3. Nirvana - In Utero
4. I Prevail - Trauma
5. Foo Fighters - Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace
6. Coldplay - A Rush of Blood to the Head


Solid solid options there! Was tricky not to include Nirvana.


I just bought an E39 M5 with a six-disc changer in the trunk so this article is wildly relevant to me, perfect timing! I haven't even begun to narrow down my list but thankfully I have some time as the radio currently does not work...


E39 M5 is a wonderful car. I had one in carbon black (read blue), what's the spec of yours?


Mine is a 2002 also in Carbon Black! Love the color. Definitely a bit of a fixer so I'm just tackling one project at a time. But, it runs well and drives well and everything else will come with time. I've wanted one since I was nine.


I don't remember the year of mine but it was carbon black with black leather. That thing would go sideways at the drop of a hat, LOVED it. You're going to have so much fun in it.


It sounds like there's a 996 Turbo in your future @Kurttt! I still have my 2000 Carbon Black E39 M5 :).


I'm probably one of very few people at 19 that actually still buys CDs, it's probably cost me way more overall than a Spotify subscription would have done, but I definitely like choons being a physical thing (or indeed an individual file) with the additional art you get with them. My current car has an aux port, so I rarely play CDs in it, but hopefully I'll come to buy something older soonish and they might be useful then. Out of all the CDs I've bought so far, if I were limited to 6, I'd have:

1. Invaders Must Die - Prodigy (lots of Prodigy in the comments and in the article, this one is my favorite album of theirs, but they're all mental)
2. Remedy - Basement Jaxx (similar thing, love the retro dance music stuff)
3. Concrete And Gold - Foo Fighters (their most recent one is just as good as all the rest I reckon, if not one of their best)
4. Sorry For Party Rocking - LMFAO (objectively speaking, its terrible music, but no CD I have can beat it in terms of silly entertainment, one for playing with a car full of people for sure)
5. El Camino - The Black Keys (banger, plus it's named after a car so that makes it relevant right?)
6. Because Of The Times - Kings Of Leon (underrated KOL album I think)

Loved this article (respect on the Prodigy and The Streets ones!), don't usually comment here, but I always like the combo of music with cars


Glad you took the the time to come through with your opinion. Great to hear from a younger reader. Black keys are a solid favourite in my house. I think Spotify is absolutely brilliant, I love it also, but it's the deliberation required to choose the changer contents that makes the game a little different!


1. Limp Bizkit – Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water
2. Korn – Follow the Leader
3. P.O.D. – Satellite
4. Cypress Hill – Skull & Bones (Bones Disc)
5. Papa Roach – Infest
6. The Prodigy – The Fat of the Land

...but is was a hard decision :)


Wow, there's some real nostalgia in these choices for me, love it!


2Pac - All Eyez on Me
The Black Keys - Thickfreakness
Bob Marley - Legend
Future Islands - On the Water
Rolling Stones - Sticky Fingers
Springsteen - Born to Run

This was not easy, what a great idea for a feature!


That's a really good spread. Black Keys and Future Islands are of piste choices that I really like!


Thank you! Any album by Future Islands makes for great driving music, it was hard to choose just one!


Pff, who needs 6 CDs? Tencious D, self titled and pick of destiny. Tribute, beelzeboss and roadie feature highly for me. If I absolutely HAD to have another CD? Daft Punk's Tron. That album lifted that film way past where it would have been otherwise.


This guy knows what he's talking about.


Dude, that sounds like one hell of a journey you're going on with those.


I like music I can sing and bop to and cruise at night with what can I say? we are but men ROCK


These are the articles that make me keep coming back. Thanks!


Really glad you enjoyed it Mike, it was fun to write!


We have a winner.


I am fortunate enough to still have the factory 6 disc CD changer in my 01 Celsior, and it is filled with the following:

1. Hybrid Theory - Linkin Park
2. Crisis - Alexisonfire
3. Volition - Protest the Hero
4. Watch Out - Alexisonfire
5. Meteora - Linkin Park
6. Kezia - Protest the Hero

Yes I know it's made up of only 3 bands, but I love their music and it's my CD changer.



The Prodigy - Invaders Must Die
Linkin Park - Hybrid Theory
Blind Guardian - Follow the Blind
Whitechapel - The Valley
Iron Maiden - Powerslave
Bury Tomorrow - Black Flame

They're the 6 I'd probably choose based on what I have in my CD rack at home!


Black Flame is an excellent choice, I love BT! But I´d still prefer Portraits, thats my favorite album!


30-somenthing but not from UK, and would still have "the streets" in it :)

1. The Streets – Original Pirate Material
2. Alicia Keys - Songs in A minor
3. Busta Rhymes - E.L.E.
4. Jazzy Jeff & Fresh Prince - Greatest hits
5. Caparezza - Epocalisse
6. home made bootleg of the bet summer hits

Since i was 18 and started driving i had a summer compilation... it just got bigger and hat to got to a USB drive :)


I love rock and EDM. My dream 6-CD stack would go like this:

Derrick May - Innovator
Queen - News of the World
Black Box ft. Loleatta Holloway - Ride on Time 20th
Any Bomb the Bass album
Fish go deep - The Cure and the Cause Remix Album
Various artists - Hardcore Traxx: Dance Mania Records 1986-1995

And my bonus CD would be a party rap CD, similar to the song "Whoot there it is". I would likely listen to these CDs in a period correct car, too.


What car would you choose?


I would choose something period correct, so maybe an MR2, or a Corvette ZR1 Gen 4 with the LT5. More likely the MR2 than the Vette.


Need some Sublime!


I found a Sublime CD on the back of the bus as a young 'un. I put it straight in my CD walkman and it blew my mind.


ac/dc back in black
nwa *****s for life
bodycount bodycount
eminem marshall mathers
war lowrider (unsure of album name)
dr dre the chronic 2001


War. Why can't we be friends Was The album title. The rest of the album is great too, but Lowrider gets all the love.


I just know I'm gonna get absolutely slated for enjoying country rock but anything by Kip Moore gets my pick.

Hugely underated artist and nothing beats those 80s Texas road trip vibes.


There is no shade here, the heart wants what the heart wants <3


If I had to choose today.....
Ima - BT
Tweekend - The Crystal Method
Quad Maximus - Bass Mekanik
Drive - Sheffield Labs
Appetite For Destruction - GNFNR
Greatest HIts 1969-1979 - Allman Brothers

This might change tomorrow. Or later today. Or in 10 minutes.


Bass Mekanik. My word. That is bringing back some memories.


I love this story! I remember my first car came with 4 by Rihanna in the slot! We hadn't brought a CD along so me and my dad blasted that on the way home


I think Tool's "Fear Inoculum" is the last CD I purchased...and before that I can't even remember. When I think about music for the road, I think about a road trip -- sunsets, midnight drives, rain -- basically all "seasons" in one trip. Sometimes it's a solitary experience but provided I'm not subjecting my significant other to excessive g-force fluctuations, I like to think of the person I'm sharing the experience with as well. The following 6 CDs represent the range of emotions I would expect on such a road trip:

1) AC/DC - Back in Black
2) Rage Against the Machine - Evil Empire
3) The Chemical Brothers - Dig Your Own Hole
4) Norah Jones - Come Away With Me
5) Run the Jewels - RTJ3
6) Fleetwood Mac - Rumors


I have that Tool album on tape somewhere. Tool's album art is excellent too.


So great to see Prodigy and QOTSA everywhwere, frees up 2 spaces for this!

Daft Punk - Homework
Soundgarden - Superunknown
DJ Shadow - Endtroducing
Mogwai - Mr. Beast
Mobb Deep - The Infamous
Deftones - Around the fur

you're welcome:)


That is a STRONG list. I cant argue with any of those, in fact, I'm going to play them myself today.


I can't listen to the same BAND for a whole CD's worth of songs, but I'll listen to the same SONG over and over and over again for THREE HUNDRED MILES.


Hahaha! What song is it?


It depends on what I'm in the mood for.

I once had Def Leppard's "Animal" on repeat from Waterbury, CT to Pittsburgh and more recently, I listened to Danger Danger's "Feels Like Love" from Tampa, FL to Richmond, VA.

When I like a song, I LIKE a song.


My CD player always gets a workout, especially with many albums in my collection that all run together as one continuous experience, but the "leave these in the car for 6 months without a care in the world" list is:
Enhanced 100 (Disc One) - Enhanced Recordings
Dive - Tycho
The Dark Pool - Thornhill
Reanimation - Lights & Motion
That's The Spirit - Bring Me The Horizon
All We Know Of Heaven, All We Need Of Hell - PVRIS


I'd still rather buy or pirate full albums instead of streaming. The service isn't perfect, and I'm paying for something I don't own. It's like renting when you can afford a 5 year mortgage on your dream home. Bad take, sorry, but the napster/limewire days spoiled a lot of us lol.


I will never experience fear quite like a computer going all cold blackout after a download session.

Justin Jadunath

Oooooo! Let me see...

Noisia - Outer Edges
Bruce Brubaker & Max Cooper - Glassforms
Ride - Nowhere
Run the Jewels - RTJ4
UNKLE - Psyence Fiction
Thundercat - Drunk

That's just one possible permutation!


RTJ + Thundercat - EXCELLENT choices!


Brilliant bit Ryan, and good choices too. I got a Bluetooth kit that feeds though my six-disc changer, and I was just having second thoughts about installing it. Something nice about a familiar, complete album, isn't there?


What did you go for Trevor? Does it replace the CD changer or run alongside it? The car came with a Parrot that does stream music but the sound quality is a little hollow to say the least. Wonder if there's a good solution to keep the changer and the stock head unit and stream?


I still buy cds and have several hundred at home. Thankfully my car still has a cd player so I constantly switch them around depending on my mood(I never keep more than a couple in my glovebox cos sadly ppl still steal them...) but picking six as hard as it is would be as follows

1.Slayer-Reign In Blood
2.Cannibal Corpse-Tomb Of The Mutilated
3.Ministry-Psalm 69
4.Devourment-Butcher The Weak
5.King Diamond-Dreams Of Horror
6.Mayhem-Dei Mysteriis Dom Sathanas

Such a hard list for me to narrow down lol. Also congrats on the 996 cant wait to see more on it in the future.


You got some heavy hitters in that list. Reign in blood is an all time classic. I've got some project updates on the 996 coming very soon, stay tuned!


I never stopped listening to CD's. From a sound quality perspective, they kick the crap out of compressed Spotify mp3's. I'll be rocking CD's till they stop making players and my home and car unit kicks the bucket. I should probably buy a back up because I can't imagine they will make them for much longer.


This is a good point, I'm by no means an audio expert but it does sound different.


1. QOTSA - Lullabies to paralyze
2. QOTSA - Rated R
3. ZZ Top - Eliminator
4. Kavinsky - OutRun
5. Iron Maiden - Fear of the Dark
6. The Surfaris - Wipe Out

Greetings from Germany!


Love the article, haven't listened to a CD in ages, but recently re-discovered a love for vinyl. After listening on a decent LP player, CD's almost sound too clinical. Something about hearing the pops and crackles on a vinyl that works for me. Could be my age though.

Putting a list of 6 CD's together wasn't easy, but this would be my list, bit of a variety of genres.

1. KLF - The White Room
2. Dire Straits - Brothers in Arms
3. Technotronics - Pump Up The Jam
4. Die Antwoord - Enter The Ninja (South African rappers)
5. Eminem - The Marshall Mathers LP
6. Metallica - Metallica

Incidentally, all of the above asides from no. 4 were among the first vinyls I purchased this year.


6 cd's? In my truck (like big rig truck not pick up) I have this little box that pack all my cd's (a whopping 12 or so) and I choose from those

1 meteora - linkin park
2 minutes to midnight - linkin park
3 live at rome olympic stadium - muse
4 united we are - hardwell
5 the heist - macklemore
6 frozen the soundtrack - disney

So as you can see a bit of everything, with a whif of screaming your lungs out on notes you'll never reach


Correction, meteora ---> hybrid theory

Cameron Aubernon

My six-disc stack would be:

1. "Hear Nothing, See Nothing, Say Nothing" - Discharge (preferably without the bonus tracks)
2. "Floodland" - The Sisters of Mercy
3. "Garbage" - Garbage
4. "Strictly Business" - EPMD
5. "The Idiot" - Iggy Pop
6. "Achtung Baby" - U2


Ok. I'll play.

1. Blake Shelton- If I'm Honest
2. Hootie and the Blowfish- Cracked Rear View
3. Notorius BIG- Life After Death
4. 2Pac- All Eyes on Me
5. Kanye West- Graduation
6. Michael Buble- Love/Nobody but Me

I will include my next 4 just so I can swap out any of these for the initial 6.

7. Brian McKnight- Gold
8. Hall and Oates- The Very Best of
9. Blue Magic- Soulful Spell
10. Magic!- Don't Kill the Magic

Definitely tough to choose 6 but fun nonetheless.

Mihai Cosmin Dumitrescu

Sasha - Airdrawndagger
Underworld - Dubnobasswithmyheadman
Depeche Mode - Best Of
Eminem - The Marshall Mathers LP
Dr. Dre - 2001
UNKLE - Never, Never, Land

Of course, in a bimmer.


What a nice idea, hope we can see articles like these more, on SH.

In regards to the question at hand, we'd go with:

Global Underground 025 - Deep Dish Toronto
Eminem - The Eminem Show
Paul Oakenfold - Bunkka
Something with best of the 80s
Michael Jackson - Best Of

Mid mount runner

If you ever want to really lose yourself to a moment, get in the car at 10pm and drive for 15 minutes until you're slightly away from home or on a road you enjoy - enough to be officially 'on the drive' and then put on LFO - LFO and just let it play, turning it up a little bit.

If you're not into this kind of music you will hate it at first, but trust me on this: ride it out. If you don't like it that's ok, turn it off after it's done but believe me you're going to have an urge to listen to it again, and if you like it straight away - welcome to one of life's true pleasures. You will never be so in the moment.