Going From A To B? You Need Cds.

With music, environment matters. Just like most of us sound better in the shower, some great albums must be heard on a highway for peak effect. Don't ever hit the road without these 10 CDs:

The Rolling Stones, 'Exile on Main Street' The best road-trip CD of all time, period. If your speakers don't explode on "Rip This Joint," you're not playing it loud enough.

Liz Phair, 'Exile in Guyville' A grrl-power, block-rockin' flip side to the Stones.

Bruce Springsteen, 'Nebraska' Not every second's gonna be a party.

Iron and Wine, 'The Creek Drank the Cradle' A folk-blues cup of coffee for 9 a.m. in Georgia.

R.E.M., 'Document' "That's great, it starts with an earthquake..."

Luscious Jackson, 'Fever In, Fever Out' If you and your girl/boy put on this groove-laden CD, make sure there's a Motel 6 nearby.

Mary J. Blige, 'No More Drama' Atlanta. Detroit. Houston. Once you hit the city limits, press play.

The Beach Boys, 'Pet Sounds' "Surfin' USA" is for the sand. This one's for the interstate.

The Shins, 'Oh, Inverted World!' Because it sounds like pine trees. An alt-rock classic.

Led Zeppelin, 'II' Hey, how do you know that you can't hit 100mph if you don't try?