Kraftwerk – “Trans-Europe Express” – (1977)

Kraftwerk is amazing. This song is from 1977 and it still kind of holds up. But if you’re on a train in Europe – this is the song you must be listening to. It’s the perfect train-riding song. That’s all there is to it. I talked a few weeks ago about their Tour de France Soundtracks and they’re great too, but this just seems required. Oh, and I’m pretty sure at least two of the people on that album cover could be Saturday Night Live’s Will Forte.

Kraftwerk – “Tour de France Étape 2” – (2003)

German electronic music legends Kraftwerk released the Tour de France Soundtracks in 2003, their first original album since 1986. The entire Soundtracks album is amazing but “Tour de France Étape 2” really is the best track from the record. If you can’t picture people racing bicycles while listening to this song, there might be something wrong with you. There is something about it that just screams “European.” I can picture it playing on European TV… like during the Tour de France. Also, this song (and Kraftwerk’s music in general… we’ll get to another one in a few weeks) is essential European train-riding music. There’s just something amazing about blasting through the French countryside at dusk at 186mph with this song playing.