From the San Francisco Peaks to Saguaro National Park, Arizona has quite a few fabulous road trip routes. Of course, no road trip is complete without the perfect playlist. Our core value of Animal Welfare takes center stage for us each July and so we count down our favorite beastly bands to complete your traveling mixed tape. Some argue that only the best bands have an animal reference in their name, and this might be true. Check out these more obscure picks from rock legends and popular songs from underdog groups. (Pun 100% intended.) Dodge the Dog Days of Summer by getting out of town and into new scenery with righteous tunes.

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Grizzly Bear Two Weeks
One of their top hits, Two Weeks exhibits some of Grizzly Bear’s signature harmonies and dreamy melodic structures. Play this on the way out of town and you’re sure to be inspired.

Dr. Dog Shadow People
Up and coming rockers Dr. Dog have a throwback sound mixed with modern elements. We couldn’t resist adding Shadow People to our list, something all Arizona residents can relate to when the sunshine just won’t quit.

The Animals San Franciscan Nights
This rare tune is exemplary of the Summer of Love. Classic Brits, Eric Burdon and the Animals shaped the 60s with their gritty take on folk, blues and soul.

T. Rex Children of the Revolution
T. Rex is so unique, they are impossible to ignore. Theatrical lead vocalist, Marc Bolan is one of the most groundbreaking performers of his era. Children of the Revolution is right on for hitting the road.

The Beatles Two of Us
Our top pick is from one the greatest bands of all time in the galaxy ever. We like to imagine that Two of Us sums up what it would be like to spend a couple of days with John and Paul. It’s a perfect choice for getting up early and exploring new surroundings.

Wherever your travels take you, stop by and refuel your music collection at Bookmans. While you’re here, take part in the free and fun animal themed events this July. We’re always happy to help if you’d like a recommendation, directions to the awesome vinyl section or rad conversation. See you this summer at Bookmans!