Songs for "just coasting"
November 5, 2020 11:05 PM   Subscribe

Like Fleetwood Mac's "Dreams" in a recent viral video, what other songs embody that certain feeling of wistful tranquility? Melancholic but in a happy untroubled way, not somber. Of "comin' home from work, feelin' free", to quote a mefite.
posted by Freelance Demiurge to Media & Arts (44 answers total) 62 users marked this as a favorite

Tracy Chapman - Fast Car
posted by ryanbryan at 12:28 AM on November 6, 2020 [8 favorites]

Tom Petty - Free Fallin'
posted by Calvin and the Duplicators at 12:30 AM on November 6, 2020 [9 favorites]

The Mamas & The Papas - California Dreamin’
posted by Salamander at 12:39 AM on November 6, 2020 [6 favorites]

Best answer: I might be way off on what you're looking for, but some songs that I love and seem to fit bill are:

Modest Mouse - Broke
Dr. Dog - Heart it Races
The Morning Benders - Lovefool
My Morning Jacket - Golden
Fleet Foxes - Ragged Wood
Lorde - Ribs

I'll stop now because I'm getting carried away and I need to go to bed instead of staying up all night drinking and jamming out. I hope you enjoy!
posted by meows at 12:57 AM on November 6, 2020

Roxy Music—More Than This
David Bowie—Heroes
Phoebe Bridgers—Motion Sickness

Seconding Tracy Chapman’s “Fast Car.”
posted by hurdy gurdy girl at 1:01 AM on November 6, 2020 [8 favorites]

Best answer: I said I'd stop but you might also try Anderson .Paak - The Dreamer
and The Avalanches - Because I'm Me (the video alone is worth watching anyways if you haven't seen it)
posted by meows at 1:12 AM on November 6, 2020 [1 favorite]

Best answer: Obviously this depends a lot on what music you like, but these are two that to do it for me..

The Chemical Brothers -- Star Guitar (you should watch this video regardless)
Growing -- In The Shadow of the Mountain (I could listen to this on repeat and just like...walk through a busy train station for hours)
posted by wooh at 3:31 AM on November 6, 2020 [1 favorite]

Best answer: Nick Hakim - The Light
Connan Mockasin - Milky Way of Love
Mutual Benefit - Advanced Falconry
Steve Miller Band - The Joker
Mr. Twin Sister - All Around and Away We Go
Brian Eno - Daddy's Car
Jungle - Lemonade Lake
Houndstooth - Canary Island
The Cars - Let the Good Times Roll
Rickie Lee Jones - Tigers
posted by cocoagirl at 3:57 AM on November 6, 2020

Wistful tranquillity? Melancholic but untroubled, not somber?
The Kinks Waterloo Sunset is king of this hill.
posted by bonobothegreat at 4:00 AM on November 6, 2020 [6 favorites]

Eagles - Peaceful Easy Feeling, Take It Easy

The Ozark Mountain Daredevils - Standin On The Rock and You Made It Right

Bryan Bowers - The View from Home

America - Ventura Highway

Dooble Brothers - Old Black Water
posted by a humble nudibranch at 4:03 AM on November 6, 2020 [4 favorites]

The Cranberries - Dreams (honorable mention to Linger)
posted by Oliva Porphyria at 5:52 AM on November 6, 2020 [4 favorites]

Mykonos by Fleet Foxes
posted by soelo at 5:55 AM on November 6, 2020 [1 favorite]

The Sadies. Specifically the album "Favourite Colours". If you want me to narrow it down to a single song, I guess I'd go with Good Flying Day.
posted by Ufez Jones at 6:44 AM on November 6, 2020

Walter Martin - Too Cold to Waterski
posted by niicholas at 7:12 AM on November 6, 2020

Kurt Vile - Wakin on a Pretty Day
posted by adventitious at 7:24 AM on November 6, 2020 [1 favorite]

I feel energized, wistful, but free when I listen to Prefab Sprout's Bonny. You may, too, if you like.
posted by Glomar response at 7:24 AM on November 6, 2020 [1 favorite]

Kind of car centric Flying Burrito Brothers Wheels and Tom Waits Looking for the Heart of Saturday Night.
posted by bonobothegreat at 7:51 AM on November 6, 2020 [1 favorite]

You Can't Turn Me Away - Sylvia Striplin
Aht Uh Mi Hed - Shuggie Otis
River Man - Nick Drake
Fearless - Pink Floyd
The Biz - The Sea and Cake
Strictly Confidential - Roxy Music
Since I Left You - Avalanches
Any Major Dude Will Tell You - Steely Dan
Summer Breeze - The Isley Brothers
Got It - Sebadoh
Pale Shelter - Tears for Fears
Angela - Bob James
All I Need - Radiohead
Present Tense - Radiohead
People - Alfie
Don't Leave Me On The Earth - La Luz
Ride the Slide - Elk City
Spacewoman - The Breeders
Joy and Pain - Frankie Beverly and Maze
Hung Up On a Dream - Zombies
That's the Way of the World - Earth, Wind, and Fire
Boadicea - Enya
Nice Day For a Sulk - Belle and Sebastian
Laguna Sunrise - Black Sabbath
Julie With... - Brian Eno
As Long As I've Got You - The Charmels
Daydream - Beach Fossils
Moments in Love - Art of Noise
Black Cat - Gentle Giant
Show and Tell - Al Wilson
Right Down the Line - Gerry Rafferty
Alberto Balsalm - Aphex Twin
Carpet Crawlers - Genesis
Fingerbib - Aphex Twin
Unravel - Bjork
P.E. Squad/DooDoo Chasers - Funkadelic

Seconding "Broke" and "I'm Not in Love."
posted by saladin at 7:57 AM on November 6, 2020 [6 favorites]

Beck - Bottle of Blues (and the whole rest of the Mutations album)
Khalid - Young Dumb and Broke
Jakob Dylan - Something Good This Way Comes
Bruce Cockburn - Wondering Where the Lions Are
Night Beds - Ramona
Jewel - Who Will Save Your Soul?
Nick Drake - Pink Moon
Belle and Sebastian - If You Find Yourself Caught in Love
Billy Bragg & Wilco - California Stars
posted by Redstart at 8:00 AM on November 6, 2020 [1 favorite]

Running Red Lights - The Avalanches
Concrete Seconds - Pinback
Watching My Phone - King Princess

Pinback in general is really great for this. Other songs of theirs that would work are: Talby, Seville, Lyon, Byzantine, Walters
posted by meemzi at 8:01 AM on November 6, 2020 [1 favorite]

Kool & The Gang - Summer Madness
Floaters - Float On
Ramsey Lewis & Earth, Wind & Fire - Sun Goddess

The are all nice and long tracks, too. At least 7 minutes each.
posted by CollectiveMind at 8:32 AM on November 6, 2020

Robert Plant - Big Log
posted by cadge at 9:10 AM on November 6, 2020

These are so obvious, almost cliches, but no one has mentioned them yet ---

Simon and Garfunkle - Feelin' Groovy
Beatles - Because, Here Comes the Sun
posted by JonJacky at 9:30 AM on November 6, 2020 [2 favorites]

"Watching The River Run" Loggins and Messina
posted by jtexman at 9:58 AM on November 6, 2020 [1 favorite]

Maybe You're the Reason - The Japanese House
Like I Want You - Giveon
4EVER - Clairo
Black Dog - Arlo Parks
posted by meemzi at 10:10 AM on November 6, 2020

Human Nature - Michael Jackson

End of the Line - The Traveling Wilburys

Razor Love - Neil Young

Goodbye Yellow Brick Road - Elton John
posted by cursed at 10:52 AM on November 6, 2020 [2 favorites]

Maybe CSNY or Seals and Crofts?
posted by RobotVoodooPower at 11:02 AM on November 6, 2020

Walk on the Wild Side - Lou Reed

The Weight - The Band
posted by cursed at 11:06 AM on November 6, 2020 [1 favorite]

New Jersey band The Feelies are a good choice for this.

Try "Here Before", the title track from one of their post-reunion albums, or the majority of tracks on their 1986 album "The Good Earth"
posted by Nerd of the North at 11:28 AM on November 6, 2020

Some from my "Calming" Playlist, for what it's worth:
- Day is Done - Nick Drake
- Concerning Hobbits (Howard Shore)
- Easy - Faith No More
- Lucky Man - EL&P
- Falling Through a Cloud - Uttara-Kuru
- One Quiet Night - Jim Stubblefield
- August's Rhapsody (from August Rush movie soundtrack)
- Behind the Waterfall (Lanz & Speer)
- Sailing - Christopher Cross
- On the Trail - Grofe
- Tula - Cusco
- Crash Into Me - Dave Matthews Band
- Take Five - Dave Brubeck Quartet
- Appalachian Spring (the Gift to be Simple) - Aaron Copland
- Be Free - Loggins & Messina
posted by forthright at 11:35 AM on November 6, 2020

David Gray - Babylon
posted by lovableiago at 12:55 PM on November 6, 2020

- Lucky Man - EL&P

Lucky Man - The Verve
posted by bgrebs at 1:09 PM on November 6, 2020 [2 favorites]

Wye Oak- Please Concrete
posted by pinochiette at 3:26 PM on November 6, 2020

Maybe a bit more "laid back" than coasting, but I have a soft spot for Easy by The Commodores
posted by patternocker at 4:54 PM on November 6, 2020 [1 favorite]

Steal my Sunshine by Lem
Three Little Birds and a whole bunch of other songs from Bob Marley
Anything from Jack Johnson
posted by Dojie at 5:34 PM on November 6, 2020

Astrud Gilberto: Beginnings
posted by sexyrobot at 5:46 PM on November 6, 2020 [1 favorite]

Range Life - Pavement
posted by trbrts at 8:09 AM on November 8, 2020

Dog Years by Maggie Rogers
posted by Caxton1476 at 1:13 PM on November 9, 2020

Midlake: The Trials of Van Occupanther
posted by brappi at 6:24 AM on November 10, 2020

Comfortably Numb by Pink Floyd
posted by Metro Gnome at 2:35 PM on November 10, 2020 [1 favorite]

Response by poster: Slowly going through these. Best answers are given for ones I liked and hadn't heard before and not necessarily for fidelity to the original premise. I left that part out of the question so as to provide more utility for others looking for new music (and also how could you possibly know? :P)
posted by Freelance Demiurge at 9:09 PM on November 14, 2020

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