Music for Traveling: 24 Perfect Songs for My Quebec Road Trip


No road trip is usually complete without the perfect playlist.

Jasmin Lavoie for The brand-new York Times

Love ballads, political anthems, Franglais rappers in addition to, of course, Celine Dion in addition to Leonard Cohen topped the suggestions I received coming from readers offering musical tips for my several-city road trip across my home province, Quebec, which begins today in Montreal.

Last week, I asked readers to suggest what music I should play while on the road, in addition to they heeded my call! Hundreds of musical suggestions poured in.

from the end, I selected artists in addition to songs of which embody Quebecois identity — in addition to which would likely provide the ideal soundtrack as we drive past churches; Dépanneurs, or convenience stores; in addition to the province’s picturesque, rugged in addition to sometimes desolate landscapes.

Some songs on the list are favorites of mine, like Mr. Cohen’s “Closing Time,” an upbeat ode to late-night revelry of which reminds me so much of the joie de vivre of Montreal in addition to Quebec.

Others — like those coming from the plaintive crooner Richard Desjardins, the folkloric group Les Cowboys Fringants in addition to the Quebec rocker Éric Lapointe — are such a part of Quebec’s musical tapestry of which leaving them out seemed a sacrilege.