Radio has come a long way since the days when it required a huge piece of furniture to listen. Even car radio has evolved over the decades from strictly AM stations to a broader range of options on FM. And now, satellite radio provides commuters with a seamless listening experience that doesn’t rely on good reception. That means it goes anywhere you go.
After the merger of Sirius and XM in 2008, subscribers now have 175 channels to choose from, including commercial-free radio, sports, news, and talk shows unburdened by FCC restrictions. So what are the best stations available? Based on various lists out there, here are the 10 best car satellite radio SiriusXM stations:
Hits 1 (channel 2) Top 40 SiriusXM Station
Fans of current Top 40 radio (and anyone wondering just what exactly is popular these days) will enjoy the latest hits without the burden of local DJ banter or endless commercials when all you want to do is jam.
Classic Vinyl (channel 26) Oldies Satellite Radio Station
Home of the Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, and all the other rock gods of the 60s and 70s, Classic Vinyl is the record collection you always wish you had, but played on shuffle like a modern smartphone.
90s on 9 (channel 9) 90s Radio
While another popular station, Lithium (channel 34), focuses on the grungiest music of the 90s, this station combines the best of all 90s radio like Weezer, Guns ‘N’ Roses, Pearl Jam, Lauryn Hill, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Foo Fighters, Jane’s Addiction, Marilyn Manson, Missy Elliot, and more.
Backspin (channel 43) Classic Hip Hop SiriusXM Station
Backspin is the Classic Rock station of the rap and hip-hop world, blasting Public Enemy, LL Cool J, Run DMC, Dr. Dre, Tupac, and others mixing fresh beats with deep social commentary (and sometimes, like Ice Cube, musing on the simple pleasures of having a “good day”).
Soul Town (channel 49) Funk & Soul Satellite Station
A blend of classic soul and Motown with a healthy dose of funk, Soul Town is the home of James Brown, the Temptations, the Supremes, Parliament, Marvin Gaye, and plenty of other artists slinging sexy- smooth vocals, melodic harmonies, fat bass lines and funky guitars.
Studio 54 (channel 54) Dance Music Radio Station
If you’re looking for dance music along a broad spectrum of time periods and taste, check out Studio 54 Radio, which plays classic dance, disco, and legendary DJs from the 70s all the way through the 2000s. Unfortunately, glitter balls and strobe lights are not included.
Pitbull’s Globalization (channel 4) SiriusXM Station
Yes, it’s that Pitbill, the hip-hop star turned global music DJ. With the show described as a “musical journey of Rhythm from Miami and around the world,” Pitbill is clearly passionate about introducing the biggest hits and best DJs from around the world to audiences who would otherwise never hear them.
NPR Now (channel 122) Talk Radio on Satellite Radio
For those who prefer talk to music on their radio, NPR Now plays all the most popular NPR shows like Fresh Air, The Best of Car Talk, and A Prairie Home Companion. The channel also plays a TED Radio show, featuring lectures by visionaries in the technology, entertainment, and design industries.
Radio Classics (channel 148) on Sirius XM Satellite Radio
Hearkening back to radio’s roots, this channel is filled with classic radio dramas and comedies from the 30s, 40s and 50s, including the famous detective drama Dragnet, spine-tingling suspense from The Mysterious Traveler, and the comedy stylings of Fibber McGee & Molly, a husband and wife vaudeville team.
Howard Stern (channel 100) Comedy Satellite Radio Station
Any top satellite radio station list would be remiss in leaving out shock jock Howard Stern, who fled terrestrial radio for the freedom of Sirius Satellite in 2004. While his humor is as crude as ever, in recent years he has reportedly “softened up” and become more philosophical, churning out some of the most interesting and intimate celebrity interviews on record.
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