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100+ Best Road Trip songs (to sing along with as you drive!)

No Road Trip is complete with an EPIC playlist. Here are 150 best road trip songs for your travels, motorhome adventures, road trip- and just singing along in the car. Enjoy! #roadtrip #playlist #songs #tunes #motorhome #travel #adventure

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Best Road Trip Songs

Planning a road trip or long drive is tough. There are a million things to think about. And one of the things often overlooked is a road trip playlist!

Whether you’re travelling by car, RV, camper or bike, this list of the 100 best road trip driving songs is guaranteed to make the miles fly past!

We’ve got a mix of great driving songs to sing along too: songs for girly summer road trips, classic rock, all-American, a bit of country and some modern 2020 tunes- all designed to create the PERFECT playlist for your journey. And with over 100 road trip songs to choose from, you’re guaranteed to find something for everyone to sing along with on the road.

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How to create a great road trip playlist with sing-along songs!

The window wound down, the stereo cranked up and some awesome tunes you can sing along to; perfection, right? But if you’re anything like us, your phone/iPod is a random mix of all sorts of music- including a Christmas album or 7.

That’s why a road trip playlist is so important- you don’t have to worry if the next tune will be great, you already know it will be! 

  • Make sure the songs are downloaded onto your phone/ ipod. Otherwise, you’re going to use up a lot of data and/ or run the risk of being in an area with bad signal and no music!
  • Like listening to things as you drive? Check out Audible – you can get podcasts, audiobooks and more- it’s a perfect way to pass the time on a long drive.

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I’ll be honest- there was some…. let’s call it “discussion”… over the best travel songs to include on this list. My husband prefers classic rock for driving songs. I like songs you can sing along with in the car and songs to drive fast too (NEVER above the speed limit though… right?!)

We compromised on creating a road trip playlist with song choices from all of us, so we hope there’s something in here for you!

So, let’s get to the best road trip songs.

(Update: This post started off as 100 of the best road trip songs… it’s growing as we add more in, so no idea how many are here now!! )

20 Rock Classics- the BEST Road trip Rock songs

  • Danger Zone – Kenny Loggins
  • Nutbush City Limits – Ike & Tina Turner
  • Dude Looks like a Lady – Aerosmith
  • American Pie – Don Mclean
  • Whole Lotta Rosie – AC/ DC
  • Don’t Stop Believing – Journey
  • Paradise City – Guns N’ Roses
  • All Night Long – Rainbow
  • Cats in the Cradle – Ugly Kid Joe
  • Here I Go Again – Whitesnake
  • Jump – Van Halen
  • We Built This City – Starship
  • Summer of ’69 – Bryan Adams
  • Hell ain’t a Bad Place to Be – AC/DC
  • The Boys are Back in Town – Thin Lizzy
  • Rio – Duran Duran
  • Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting – Elton John
  • Who are You – The Who
  • Go Your Own Way – Fleetwood Mac
  • Love Walked In – Thunder

Best Driving Songs- All-American road trip songs

  • Born in the USA – Bruce Springsteen
  • Sweet Home Alabama – Lynyrd Skynyrd
  • Walk This Way – Aerosmith & Run DMC
  • My Life – Billy Joel
  • Living on a Prayer – Bon Jovi
  • Footloose – Kenny Loggins
  • One of these Nights – The Eagles
  • Born to be Wild – Steppenwolf
  • Nothing but a Good Time-  Poison

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25 Modern road trip songs to sing along with (2020 update)

Our favourite modern (ish!) driving songs, all of which are perfect to sing along to in the car and belt it out- especially in a traffic jam with people staring at you!! Add any (or all!) of these to your perfect summer road trip playlist.

  • Physical- Dua Lipa
  • Stupid Love – Lady Gaga
  • Dance Monkey – Tones & I (you know you love it…)
  • Take Me Back to London – Ed Sheeran
  • All the Good Girls go to Hell – Billie Eilish
  • What a Man Gotta Do – Jonas Brothers
  • Castle on the Hill – Ed Sheeran
  • Uptown Funk – Mark Robson & Bruno Mars
  • Rockstar – Nickelback
  • Looking for a Good Time – Lady Antebellum
  • It’s My Life – Bon Jovi
  • Take me to Church – Hozier
  • Hold Back the River – James Bay
  • Shut Up & Dance – Walk the Moon
  • Happy – Pharell Williams
  • The Pretender – Foo Fighters
  • Hall of Fame – The Script
  • Centuries – Fall Out Boy
  • Sex on Fire – Kings of Leon
  • The Kill – 30 Seconds to Mars
  • Mr Brightside – The Killers
  • My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark – Fall Out Boy
  • Don’t Threaten Me with a Good Time – Panic at the Disco
  • Knights of Cydonia – Muse
  • If I had you – Adam Lambert
  • All the Small Things – Blink 182

Best road trip songs to sing along with in a car or RV

The ultimate girl’s road trip playlist- perfect songs to sing along with in the car!

Ah- I LOVE girly road trips, especially in the summer. There’s nothing better than some sunshine, good friends and some GREAT songs on the stereo. Here are some of our favourite road trip songs for girls (although we don’t mind if you boys listen to them too! 😉 )

20 Modern road trip sing-along songs for girls

  • Rolling in the Deep – Adele
  • Waking Up in Vegas – Katy Perry
  • Trouble – Pink
  • Everytime We Touch – Cascada
  • According to You – Orianthi
  • Bang Bang – Jessie J, Ariana Grande & Nicki Menaj
  • Black Magic – Little Mix
  • Heartbeat Song – Kelly Clarkson
  • Sax – Fleur East
  • Can’t Be Tame d- Miley Cyrus
  • Fight Song – Rachel Platten
  • The Best Damn Thing – Avril Lavigne
  • Call Me Maybe – Carly Rae Jepsen
  • U and Ur Hand – Pink!
  • Part of Me – Katy Perry
  • Shake it Off – Taylor Swift
  • This is Me – Greatest Showman Soundtrack
  • Raise Your Glass – Pink
  • Living la Vida Loca – Ricky Martin
  • Baby one more time – Brittany Spears

20 Classic road trip songs for girls to sing along to in the car!

  • Walking on Sunshine – Katrina & the Waves
  • Bitch – Meredith Brooks
  • Everything I do, I do it for you – Bryan Adams
  • Holding Out for a Hero – Bonnie Tyler
  • Wake Me up before you Go-Go – Wham
  • It’s Raining Men – Weather Girls
  • Love Shack – B52s
  • I’m so Excited – Pointer Sisters
  • Dancing in the Moonlight – Toploader
  • 9 to 5 – Dolly Parton
  • Uptown Girl – Billy Joel
  • Heaven is a Place on Earth – Belinda Carlisle
  • Man! I Feel like a woman – Shania Twain
  • Girls Just Wanna Have Fun – Cyndi Lauper
  • Poker Face – Lady Gaga
  • Burning Love – Wynonna (I much prefer this version- sorry Elvis!!)
  • Love My Life – Robbie Williams
  • Torn – Natalie Imbruglia
  • Proud Mary – Tina Turner
  • Summer Nights- Grease

14 Driving Songs with ‘road in the title’- perfect for a road trip playlist!

  • Hit the Road Jack – Ray Charles
  • Every Day is a Winding Road – Sheryl Crow
  • Take me Home, Country Roads – John Denver
  • The Long and Winding Road – The Beatles
  • Bright Side of the Road – Van Morrison
  • Long Road To Ruin – Foo Fighters
  • Road Trippin’ – Red Hot Chilli Peppers
  • Back on the Road Again – REO Speedwagon
  • Thunder Road – Bruce Springsteen
  • Road to Hell – Chris Rea
  • Road to Nowhere – Talking Heads
  • Old Town Road – Lil Nas X
  • Roadhouse Blues – The Doors
  • Road Less Traveled – Lauren Alaina

Best road trip songs to sing along with on a long drive

15 best songs about driving and cars

Some of the best songs about driving (and cars!) – all perfect for a road trip playlist!

  • Mustang Sally – The Commitments
  • Bat out of Hell – Meatloaf
  • I Drove all night – Roy Orbison
  • Rhythm Made Me Do It – Shania Twain
  • Drive By – Train
  • Greased Lightnin’ – Grease Soundtrack
  • Paradise by the Dashboard Light – Meatloaf
  • Bad Habit – The Offspring
  • Car Wash – Rose Royce
  • 2,4,6,8 Motorway – Tom Robinson Band
  • Little Red Corvette – Prince
  • Pink Cadillac – Bruce Springsteen
  • Route 66 – Chuck Berry
  • Drive – The Cars
  • Drive My Car – The Beatles

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Best Driving songs to drive faster to (and sing along with!!)

Yes, we’ve already had some AMAZING road trip songs for the playlist, but here are some more to crank it up and sing along with (just watch that speed limit!!)

  • Don’t Stop Me Now – Queen
  • Monkey Wrench – Foo Fighters
  • Eye of the Tiger – Survivor
  • Beat It – Michael Jackson
  • 50 Ways to say Goodbye – Train
  • River Deep, Mountain High – Tina Turner
  • Cherry Pie – Warrant
  • I would do anything for love – Meatloaf
  • Addicted to Love – Robert Palmer
  • Pour Some Sugar on Me – Def Leppard (one of the best songs about sugar ever 😉 )
  • Any Way you Want it – Journey (or the Rock of Ages version!)
  • DOA – Foo Fighters
  • Lowlife – Theory of a Deadman
  • Making it Hard – Hinder
  • Oblivion – Terrorvision
  • Haven’t Had Enough – Marianas Trench
  • Angel with a Shotgun – The Cab
  • Silent Majority – Nickelback
  • Run to You – Bryan Adams
  • Thanks for the Mmrs – Fall Out Boy
  • The Anthem – Good Charlotte
  • Teenagers – My Chemical Romance
  • High School Never Ends – Bowling for Soup
  • Seven Nation Army – White Stripes
  • Kung Fu Fighting – Carl Douglas
  • Build Me up Buttercup – The Foundations
  • Johnny B Goode – Chuck Berry
  • Come As You Are – Nirvana
  • Teenage Dirtbag – Wheatus

20 Quieter Road trip songs- for when the kids are sleeping!

These songs are perfect when you want to turn it down a little bit. Admittedly, we tend to turn them up, but then we don’t have young kids anymore!

(Top tip for parents- these children’s car games won’t drive you crazy. Promise!)

  • Livin’ Thing – Electric Light Orchestra
  • All I Need is a Miracle – Mike and the Mechanics
  • Everybody wants to Rule the World – Tears for Fears
  • Money for Nothing – Dire Straits
  • In the Air Tonight – Phil Collins  (just remember to air drum quietly!!)
  • I don’t want a lover – Texas
  • The Chain – Fleetwood Mac
  • The Gambler – Kenny Rogers
  • Stay with Me – Rod Stewart
  • All Night Long- Lionel Richie
  • No Son of Mine – Genesis
  • Easy Lover – Phil Collins & Philip Bailey
  • Every Little Thing She Does – The Police
  • It’s a Beautiful Day – Michael Buble
  • Jesus, He knows me – Genesis
  • The Day We Caught the Train – Ocean Colour Scene
  • All Right Now – Free
  • Another Brick in the Wall – Pink Floyd
  • Mama Told Me not to Come – Tom Jones
  • Boys of Summer – Don Henley

Every good road trip needs a GREAT playlist! Here are the best road trip songs to sing along to!

Classic road trip driving songs for EVERY trip

These are some of our favourite driving tunes- but they didn’t really fit anywhere else (or they did, but my OCD with the numbers wouldn’t allow it!) Still, don’t forget to put these onto your ultimate driving playlist!!

  • Africa – Toto
  • Waterloo – Abba
  • Like I Roll – Black Stone Cherry
  • Sharp Dressed Man – ZZ Top
  • I Love Rock n Roll – Joan Jet
  • Counting Stars – OneRepublic
  • Song 2 – Blur
  • Only The Good Die Young – Billy Joel
  • Dreadlock Holiday – 10cc
  • Englishman in New York – Sting
  • Stacy’s Mom – Bowling for Soup or Fountains of Wayne
  • The Power of Love – Huey Lewis and The News
  • One of Us – Joan Osborne
  • Won’t Get Fooled Again – The Who
  • When the Going gets tough – Billy Ocean
  • I Can’t Dance – Genesis
  • Losing My Religion – R.E.M
  • We Are Family – Sister Sledge
  • Video Killed the Radiostar – The Buggles
  • Hit Me with your Best Shot – Pat Benatar
  • I Got You (I Feel Good) – James Brown
  • Graceland – Paul Simon
  • Since You Been Gone – Rainbow
  • Total Eclipse of the Heart – Bonnie Tyler
  • Are You Gonna Go My Way – Lenny Kravitz
  • I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For – U2

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Every single one of these songs makes us turn the volume up and sing along like crazy people- much to the amusement of anyone around us!

These are driving songs to embarrass yourselves to and enjoy every second.  I hope it’s given you some great ideas for your own road trip playlist- let me know what you include on yours!!

How else can I help you today?

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Planning a summer road trip? This playlist is a PERFECT mix of upbeat driving tunes and classic sing-along favourites. With 150 songs to choose from, this summer road trip playlist has something for everyone! Summer roadtrip music never sounded so good!

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Wow that is a great list. You have a few I had forgotten. Very complete list of all music genre. That is the only problem I have with things like Sirrus and XM you have to select only one type. I love Pandora but as you mentioned DATA, DATA, so Ipod it is for roadtrips.

Thank you! We had a lot of fun writing it and listening to old songs 🙂 Yeah, Data is definitely something worth considering- it can get expensive quickly otherwise!

You missed out poison alive Cooper got to be on

thanks for the information

You’re welcome!

What an awesome song list. Thanks for sharing this list. take care…

You are very welcome- glad you enjoyed it. Happy Road trip!

Great lists. I made playlists on Spotify that can be accessed by anybody. Makes it easy if you have Spotify.

How do I access the playlist that you made

Rockin’ down the highway by The Doobie Brothers

Is there a way to automatically click a link or something so my Apple Music will automatically take and start playing the 150 song list

Wow. Now I have something to do while waiting for lockdown to end. I’ve never heard of some of yours! You won’t have heard of some of mine! Each to his own. I will start with Stones, Clapton, John Mayalls Bluesbreakers, Sonny Boy Williams……….Can’t stop, I’ve got to get my iPod.?

This is a really lovely list. I would also recommend Dead American Presidents’ Peaches for trips through farm country.

I miss the golden Earring with Radar love.

Can’t believe you don’t have and Go-Go’s songs listed!! I can think of a few that are awesome road trip songs !!

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The requirement for any good road trip is great songs. Whether you’re embarking on a solo trip down the highway or gathering for a vacation with friends and family, you’re going to need some tunes to keep you company along the way. We’ve collated classic driving songs from throughout the eras and assembled the best road trip songs to fire up as you head out on the open road.

Listen to some of the best road trip songs for your next vacation on Apple Music and Spotify .

25: Youngblood Hawke: We Come Running

With its driving beat and epic build up, this indie-pop song from LA pop-rockers Youngblood Hawke will get you revving down the highway. They spell it out directly, inviting the listener to head “for the open door, tell me what you’re waiting for”.

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In just under two and a half minutes, blink-182 ’s ‘What My Age Again’ is pop-punk perfection. This song cooks and there’s nary a second wasted, which is exactly what you want in the best road trip songs.

23: The Killers: Mr Brightside

Pomp, bombast, killer riffs and melodies is one way to set you free, even when stuck in traffic. “Mr. Brightside” from The Killers ’ debut album, Hot Fuss , is the rare road trip song that can get you through the traffic blues and out of the “cage” that is the daily grind.

The Killers - Mr. Brightside (Official Music Video)

22: Nirvana: Breed

Just like Appetite For Destruction , Nirvana’s Nevermind features an endless array of road trip songs, but there’s one standout track that sounds like burning rubber. With its blast of feedback and machine-gun intensity, “Breed” will get everybody headbanging in the backseat.

21: Sammy Hagar: I Can’t Drive 55

This is a classic highway vacation song. If the Red Rocker can’t you get to go past the speed limit (which we’re not officially condoning), nothing else will. Sammy Hagar’s breakout solo single has been blasting out of every car stereo since 1984, and has never stopped.

Sammy Hagar - I Can't Drive 55

20: Katy Perry: Teenage Dream

When there’s a long stretch of road ahead, sometimes you want psychedelic acid rock where you can put cruise control on and zone out, but when you’re traveling on vacation with a crew, singalong pop anthems are the best road trip songs. Katy Perry ’s ode to the endless possibilities of adolescence will have you sticking your head out the sunroof like a drunk teen on prom night.

19: Warren G (featuring Nate Dogg): Regulate

Few songs encapsulate an entire era better than this 1994 G-funk classic. Between Warren G’s storytelling and Nate Dogg’s smooth vocals, this is the song you can blast whether you’re cruising in your drop top or mid-sized sedan.

Warren G - Regulate (Official Music Video) ft. Nate Dogg

18: John Mellencamp: Pink Houses

This slice of heartland rock isn’t all that it seems. John Mellencamp seems to paint the perfect picture of the American dream, but if you keep listening, it’s really the indictment of a broken system. On one hand it remains a misunderstood political song but on the other, it’s a great road trip song.

17: The Rolling Stones: (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction

Tapping into that feeling of wanderlust, The Rolling Stones ’ search for satisfaction landed them their first No.1 hit . From Charlie Watts’ propulsive drumming to Mick Jagger’s cracking vocals and Keith Richards’ fuzz-box riff, “Satisfaction” beckons you to the road and the dancefloor.

16: U2: Where The Streets Have No Name

Like the morning’s first light coming over the desert highway, this U2 anthem begins with the sound of heavenly organs that quickly build to a driving rhythm led by The Edge’s arpeggiated guitar lines. Political origins aside, the song conjures images of the American West and the open road. It’s hard not to feel nostalgia when you glide in and out of traffic.

U2 - Where The Streets Have No Name (Official Music Video)

15: Guns N’ Roses: Appetite For Destruction

Forget road trip songs, this is a road trip album. From the menacing “Welcome To The Jungle” to the soaring “Rocket Queen” that closes Guns N’ Roses ’ Appetite For Destruction , you won’t find an album of songs better suited to a road trip vacation than this.

14: Dr. Dre: Let Me Ride

Any G-funk track is made for driving, but this cut from The Chronic is the ultimate road trip song. Between the Parliament-sampling chorus and Dre ’s evocative verses, “Let Me Ride” was tailor-made for summer driving… and is even better if you’re cruising around in a drop top.

Dr. Dre | Let Me Ride | Interscope

13: Bob Seger: Hollywood Nights

While Bob Seger sings about “looking down at the lights of LA” in this 1978 hit, the anticipation of a night on the town is universal. Seger’s frantic vocals and epic storytelling, combined with the uptempo music, is the perfect formula to speed towards the horizon.

Hollywood Nights (Remastered 2011)

12: Cyndi Lauper: I Drove All Night

Some people escape the “sticky and cruel” city by seeking solace in the great outdoors. Not Ms. Lauper. Her vocal calisthenics are just the motivation to drive all night to see your lover.

11: Snoop Dogg: Gin And Juice

Another slice of G-funk heaven. You don’t need hydraulics to roll with the melodic flow of “D-O-double-G.” Released during the heyday of gangsta rap, Snoop took the wild antics of his hometown, Long Beach, and turned them into an idyllic summer jam.

Snoop Dogg - Gin And Juice

10: Jackson Browne: Running On Empty

Few artists embodied the late 70s Laurel Canyon sound quite like Jackson Browne. “Running On Empty” isn’t a hard road rocker, but Browne could turn the most mundane experiences (like running out of gas) into a metaphor for missing out on the connections in life.

9: The Beatles: Day Tripper

The Beatles have an endless catalogue of travel tunes, from “Ticket To Ride” to “Drive My Car,” but “Day Tripper” is the real road trip song. Featuring one of the best guitar riffs of all time , “Day Tripper” is not so much about a quick getaway but about trying on the hippie lifestyle for a day or two.

Day Tripper (Remastered 2015)

8: Stevie Wonder: Master Blaster (Jammin’)

This could be included among the best vacation road trip songs for the intro alone, but the whole thing swings with a swagger that won’t (hopefully) have you swerving from side-to-side. Stevie Wonder ’s tribute to Bob Marley saw Stevie moving away from his typical one-man show and inviting a whole crew to boogie down.

Master Blaster (Jammin')

7: Willie Nelson: On The Road Again

Country music is littered with dirt-road anthems, but one of the true classics is Willie Nelson ’s ode to the nomadic life, “On The Road Again.” Nelson was tasked with creating an original song for the aging rocker character he played in the film Honeysuckle Rose . Willie delivered and nabbed an Oscar nomination in the process.

6: Tom Cochrane: Life Is A Highway

Canadian treasure Tom Cochrane is a household name up north, but in rest of the world he’s best known for this highway song anthem that’s become the perfect pep talk for hitting tarmac.

Tom Cochrane - Life Is A Highway (Official Video)

5: Prince: Little Red Corvette

Prince seemingly never suffered from either writer’s block or a shortage of sexual metaphors, as evidenced on his 1983 classic, “Little Red Corvette.” This tale of an ill-fated one-night stand was supposedly inspired by his bandmate Lisa Coleman’s pink Edsel, but “little red Edsel” just isn’t as catchy a refrain.

4: The Beach Boys: Fun, Fun, Fun, I Get Around

Both of these Beach Boys tunes helped define the 60s driving culture, particularly in the winding highways of Southern California. Tight harmonies and terrific rhythms, these songs will transport you to the windswept cliffs of the Pacific Coast Highway, driving along with the top down.

I Get Around (Stereo)

3: Tom Petty: Runnin’ Down A Dream

“Free Fallin’” is a great singalong, but when it comes to essential Tom Petty road trip tunes, “Runnin’ Down A Dream” takes the cake. Thanks to the highway imagery and scuzzy guitar riffs, this hard-charging song is best listened to with the windows down and your foot on the gas.

Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers - Runnin' Down A Dream (Official Music Video)

2: Bruce Springsteen: Born To Run

No survey of the best road trip songs would be complete without The Boss. Bruce Springsteen ’s entire body of work unpacks the experience of small-town living and the feeling that escape is just a car ride away.

1: Steppenwolf: Born To Be Wild

You don’t need a bike or road leather to blare this Steppenwolf classic. Most famously featured in the film Easy Rider , Jon Kay’s invitation to “head out on the highway” is a song that became an American anthem and a call for rebellion.

Born To Be Wild

Honorable Mentions

Looking for more great road trip playlist songs for your next vacation? With compulsively sing-along lyrics, these tunes are perfect for lonely highways where you just want to shout out your open car window.

John Denver – Take Me Home, Country Roads The Proclaimers – I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) Tracy Chapman – Fast Car Lynyrd Skynyrd – Sweet Home Alabama The Eagles – Take It Easy Fleetwood Mac – Go Your Own Way Sheryl Crow – Everyday Is A Winding Road The Grateful Dead – Truckin’ Toto – Africa Arcade Fire – Keep The Car Running Ray Charles – Hit The Road Jack Bon Jovi – Living on a Prayer Ike & Tina Turner – Nutbush City Limits Don McLean – American Pie The Allman Brothers – Midnight Rider Outkast – Hey Ya Rascal Flatts – Life Is A Highway Van Morrison – Bright Side of the Road Sufjan Stevens – Chicago Rihanna – Shut Up And Drive The Eagles – Hotel California The Allman Brothers Band – Ramblin’ Man Elton John – Tiny Dancer Simon & Garfunkel – America Pointer Sisters – I’m So Excited ABBA – Waterloo Dolly Parton – 9 to 5 Billy Joel – Piano Man Paul Simon – Graceland

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101 Road Trip Songs to Play on Your Next Drive

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There's nothing quite like a thrilling adventure behind the wheel, and no journey is complete without the best road trip songs to accompany you on your ride. Whether you're planning a solo expedition, a road trip honeymoon or a fun-filled outing with the bach party crew, the right driving music playlist can transform your lengthy car rides into unforgettable experiences.

From powerful rock anthems that'll have you cranking up the volume to mellow acoustic tunes that set the mood for scenic drives, our editors have curated a list of 101 road trip songs that are so good, they might as well be considered road trip essentials . With the wind in your hair, the sun on the horizon and road trip music on the speakers, you're bound for a memorable adventure. Sit back, fasten your seatbelts, and feel the beat with these road trip songs.

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From funky beats to cinematic electro-pop, here are the absolute best road trip songs curated by our editors.

"Road Trippin'" by the Red Hot Chili Peppers

Here's a mellow, acoustic track by the Red Hot Chili Peppers that captures the essence of wanderlust and the open road, making it an essential tune for any road trip playlist.

"Pull Up To The Bumper," Grace Jones

This sultry groove may not be talking about a car's bumper per se, but it's an iconic disco classic that is perfect for staying energized on late drives.

"California Dreamin'" by The Mamas & the Papas

This timeless anthem beautifully expresses the longing for warmth and sunshine, making it an evergreen song choice for dreamy road trip escapes.

"I Wish," Stevie Wonder

Stevie Wonder's "I Wish" is a funky masterpiece that's impossible not to groove along with while driving to an exciting destination.

"Mr. Brightside," The Killers

As a chart-topping indie-rock hit, "Mr. Brightside" by The Killers is the perfect blend of nostalgia and catchy energy, making it a must-play track for car sing-a-long sessions.

"You Go Down Smooth," Lake Street Dive

When it comes to songs for the road trip of your dreams, look no further than Lake Street Dive's "You Go Down Smooth." With Rachael Price's mesmerizing vocals, this soulful song was made for winding down on a moonlit journey.

"Nightcall," Lovefoxxx, Kavinsky

Fans of the 2011 film Drive will instantly recognize this cinematic electro-pop track. It's a must-play on late night drives through vibrant cityscapes.

"Could Heaven Ever Be Like This," Idris Muhammad

With its hypnotic groove and a unique blend of jazz and disco elements, this iconic track by Idris Muhammad belongs on every list of road trip songs.

"Son of a Preacher Man," Dusty Springfield

Jam-packed with soul and charm, this classic song is ideal for a breezy cruise down memory lane.

"Coming Home," Leon Bridges

This heartfelt tune is a great companion for the long drive home after an epic road trip adventure.

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With lyrics and melodies that amplify the joy of hitting the open road, these road trip songs about driving also serve as powerful metaphors for life's journey. They're perfect driving songs, but many of them will resonate beyond the literal act of hitting the road, too.

"Fast Car," Tracy Chapman

"Fast Car" by Tracy Chapman is a heartstring-tugging ballad that paints the picture of chasing freedom down the open road — a relatable journey for anyone who loves getting the heck out of Dodge when push comes to shove.

"Keep Driving," Harry Styles

In this Harry Styles road trip song, the lyrics "should we just keep driving?" serve as a metaphorical invitation to persevere through life's chaos, no matter how absurd or challenging it may become.

"Life Is a Highway," Tom Cochrane

This electrifying anthem cranks up the volume on the joys of life as a never-ending highway, making it an absolute must-have for your road trip playlist.

"No Particular Place to Go," Chuck Berry

This rock 'n' roll hit by Chuck Berry is a total blast, capturing the thrill of cruising around with your sweetheart, with no particular place to go.

"I Can't Drive 55," Sammy Hagar

Here's a high-energy rock song that rebels against speed limits and embodies the need for speed — but please, don't take these lyrics literally!

"Drive My Car," The Beatles

Who can resist grooving to The Beatles' "Drive My Car"? It's a pop-rock classic that's practically woven into our musical DNA. With its clever lyrics, it turns the whole idea of driving into a wild ride of ambition and success

"Running on Empty," Jackson Browne

Hit play on "Running on Empty" by Jackson Browne when you're in a nostalgic and reflective mood.

"King of the Road," Roger Miller

"King of the Road" by Roger Miller is a foot-tapping country classic that embraces the carefree simplicity of life on the open road, where the journey is the real treasure.

"Highway to Hell," AC/DC

AC/DC's "Highway to Hell" is an electrifying rock anthem that'll have you revving up for your road trip and the wild ride of life.

"I Drove All Night," Cyndi Lauper

Buckle up for an 80s track that'll whisk you away on a nostalgia-fueled journey. This one's a love song that uses driving as a metaphor for the extraordinary lengths someone will go to be with their special someone.

"Six Days on the Road," Dave Dudley

In "Six Days on the Road" by Dave Dudley, you can practically smell the diesel fumes and taste the trucker's coffee as he sings about life on the asphalt, making you want to hit the road for a cross-country road trip.

"Brand New Cadillac," The Clash

This musical joyride by The Clash features roaring guitars and frenetic beats that'll make you feel like you're speeding down the highway in a vintage muscle car.

"Cruisin'" by Smokey Robinson

Smokey Robinson's "Cruisin'" is the ultimate serenade to the special someone sitting in your passenger seat, inviting you to take a musical journey where love and the open road merge in perfect harmony.

"Truckin'" by the Grateful Dead

"Truckin'" by the Grateful Dead is the ultimate road trip anthem, a groovy tune that'll have you nodding along to its rhythm while dreaming of endless adventures on the highway.

"Riding in My Car," Elizabeth Mitchell

If you're going on a road trip with kids, this delightful song about driving will make all of you want to roll down the windows and sing along with a carefree heart.

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"mustang sally," wilson pickett.

This is the kind of song that'll make you want to hit the gas pedal and let your inner wild child take the wheel, with a chorus so catchy you'll be humming it long after the ride's over.

"Boyfriend's Car," Colour Me Wednesday

With its upbeat melody and cheeky lyrics, "Boyfriend's Car" by Colour Me Wednesday will make you want to grab the car keys and hit the road with your best pals.

"Get in My Car," BRONCHO

With lyrics like "I like to go fast, I like to go far, won't you open that door? Get in my car," this catchy song by BRONCHO is a fab pick for adventure seekers and dreamers alike. You'll love its catchy beat and unique vocals.

"Road to Nowhere," Talking Heads

Lyrically, "Road to Nowhere" reflects a sense of journey and searching for meaning in life. It uses driving and the open road as a metaphor for life's uncertain and often directionless path.

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From Willie Nelson's "On the Road Again" to "Lovely Day" by Bill Withers, these timeless classics are quintessential driving songs for any road trip adventure.

"On the Road Again," Willie Nelson

With its catchy melody and heartfelt lyrics, this country hit has become an anthem for travelers and adventurers, resonating with anyone who's ever felt the call of the highway and the excitement of a new journey.

"Life in the Fast Lane," Eagles

"Life in the Fast Lane" by the Eagles is a rock masterpiece known for its driving rhythm and vivid lyrics that capture the allure and perils of a fast-paced, high-octane lifestyle.

"Take Me Home, Country Roads," John Denver

Here's a beloved folk classic that evokes a sense of nostalgia and the longing for the familiar, making it an essential song for those returning to their roots.

"You're So Vain," Carly Simon

Everyone will be singing along to this sassy, upbeat song by Carly Simon. It'll help to turn those lengthy hours behind the wheel into a fun and memorable road trip experience.

"Wild World," Cat Stevens

This ballad speaks to the bittersweet farewells and reflections often encountered during a road trip, offering a great soundtrack for those moments of contemplation.

"Rich Girl," Daryl Hall & John Oates

Daryl Hall & John Oates' "Rich Girl" is a groovy, feel-good tune that infuses a sense of carefree luxury and adventure into your journey, making it perfect for the road.

"Highwayman," The Highwaymen, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash

This epic country ballad that weaves together tales of life, death, and reincarnation along the roadways, creating an emotionally resonant narrative for your travels.

"Wild Horses," The Rolling Stones

"Wild Horses" is the kind of song that'll add depth and emotion to your journey, inviting reflection and a deeper connection with the landscape, the people you're with and the places you're heading.

"The Long and Winding Road," The Beatles

Here's a classic ballad by The Beatles that'll take you through the scenic landscapes of life, reminding you that even the most twisty-turny journeys can lead to beautiful destinations.

"Riders on the Storm," The Doors

With haunting melodies and Jim Morrison's evocative vocals, this is one of the best road trip songs for cruising along rain-soaked highways, conjuring a cinematic journey into the unknown.

"Easy," Commodores

The Commodores' "Easy" is a smooth and soulful road trip anthem, providing a laid-back groove that matches the leisurely pace of a scenic drive.

"Don't Stop Believin'" by Journey

This iconic road trip song is pretty much synonymous with the enduring spirit of adventure. Its memorable chorus and anthemic sound make it an uplifting and powerful addition to any road trip playlist.

"Rearviewmirror," Pearl Jam

This driving song by Pearl Jam is a great song for shaking off the past and hitting the gas on life's highway, leaving regrets in the dust. With Eddie Vedder's emotive vocals, it's the ultimate anthem for forward momentum.

"Lovely Day," Bill Withers

"Lovely Day" by Bill Withers is a classic song known for its uplifting and feel-good vibe, making it a go-to track for brightening any lengthy drive.

Like a Rolling Stone, Bob Dylan

Characterized by catchy melodies, easy-to-remember lyrics and an irresistible urge to belt out the words, these singalong road trip songs belong on your driving music playlist.

"Dancing in the Moonlight," King Harvest

With its infectious and carefree melody, "Dancing in the Moonlight" by King Harvest is perfect for late-night drives, where passengers can't help but sing along to the feel-good lyrics.

"Like a Rolling Stone," Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan's "Like a Rolling Stone" offers a timeless anthem for soul-searching road trips, with its poetic lyrics and memorable melody that invites passionate singing from all passengers.

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"Hey Jude," The Beatles

A singalong standard, "Hey Jude" by The Beatles is tailor-made for group road trips, with its unforgettable "na-na-na-na" chorus that's impossible not to join in on.

"September," Earth, Wind & Fire

This high-energy, funk-infused hit that will have everyone in the car grooving and harmonizing to its infectious melodies.

"My Girl," The Temptations

A soulful gem, "My Girl" by The Temptations is an absolute must-sing during any road trip, with its heartwarming lyrics and soothing harmonies.

"You Make My Dreams Come True," Daryl Hall & John Oates

This upbeat pop classic is an instant mood-lifter, making it an ideal choice for a car full of enthusiastic passengers, ready to sing along to the fun, uplifting chorus.

"Stand by Me," Ben E. King

"Stand by Me" is a timeless ballad that brings people together with its comforting lyrics, making it a natural addition to your list of road trip songs.

"Jolene," Dolly Parton

Dolly Parton's "Jolene" offers a fabulous opportunity for passengers to show off their vocal skills while engaging with this iconic country hit.

"All Star," Smash Mouth

"All Star" is an upbeat and spirited tune that encourages animated singalongs, particularly for those who grew up watching Shrek.

"Bennie and the Jets," Elton John

Elton John's "Bennie and the Jets" combines a memorable melody with quirky lyrics, creating playful moments that are perfect for singing along on the road.

"Brown Eyed Girl," Van Morrison

With its feel-good lyrics and folk-rock melody, "Brown Eyed Girl" is an enduring singalong that'll bring warmth to any car ride.

"Eye of the Tiger," Survivor

This high-energy anthem is a favorite for group singalongs, especially when you need a motivational boost on the road.

"Tambourine Man," Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan's "Tambourine Man" combines poetic storytelling with a memorable melody, providing ample opportunities for passengers to harmonize and get lost in the music.

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These country road trip songs are perfect companions for scenic drives, offering a soundtrack that resonates with the sights and sounds of driving out in the countryside and making your road trip one to remember.

"Wide Open Spaces," The Chicks

"Wide Open Spaces" is a country classic by The Chicks (formerly known as the Dixie Chicks), with lyrics that capture the feeling of setting out on the open road, making it an anthem for wanderers.

"Fast Cars and Freedom," Rascal Flatts

Rascal Flatts' "Fast Cars and Freedom" is an up-tempo country song that embodies the spirit of a carefree road trip, complete with a driving beat and lyrics about adventure.

"Wagon Wheel," Old Crow Medicine Show

Originally penned by Bob Dylan and later reimagined by Old Crow Medicine Show, "Wagon Wheel" is a beloved folk-country song that conjures images of a scenic journey on a dusty trail.

"I've Been Everywhere," Johnny Cash

This high-energy, tongue-twisting song lists an array of places, creating a sense of vicarious travel for the listener.

"Take a Back Road," Rodney Atkins

Rodney Atkins' "Take a Back Road" is a feel-good, country-rock tune that encourages taking the scenic route and embracing life's little detours.

"Drivin' My Life Away," Eddie Rabbitt

Here's an upbeat country track that captures the nomadic spirit of road tripping, with a chorus that's hard not to sing along with.

"Amarillo by Morning," George Strait

George Strait's "Amarillo by Morning" is a classic country ballad that paints a vivid picture of the open plains and the longing for home, making it an ideal song for a cross-country journey.

"I Walk the Line," Johnny Cash

A Johnny Cash classic, "I Walk the Line" conveys devotion and steadfastness, making it a song that resonates with travelers as they embark on their journey.

"Daytona Sand," Orville Peck

"Daytona Sand" by Orville Peck is a modern country song with a nostalgic sound that evokes a sense of wanderlust and the feeling of freedom on the road.

"Here You Come Again," Dolly Parton

Dolly Parton's "Here You Come Again" is a timeless country hit that conveys a sense of longing and anticipation, with Dolly singing about the return of a past love.

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Whether it's a drive to the beach, a cross-country journey or simply cruising with the windows down, these summer road trip songs will set the soundtrack for sun-soaked moments on the road.

"Riptide," Vance Joy

Vance Joy's "Riptide" is a folk-pop song with an infectious melody and a carefree spirit, making it a perfect accompaniment for a summer drive along the coast.

"As It Was," Harry Styles

"As It Was" by Harry Styles is a sunny and laid-back track that embodies the nostalgia of summer, ideal for a leisurely road trip.

"I Follow Rivers," Lykke Li

Here's an upbeat indie-pop song with an adventurous spirit, evoking a sense of wanderlust and exploration.

"Alaska," Maggie Rogers

Maggie Rogers' "Alaska" is a fusion of folk and electronic elements, creating a unique sound fit for capturing the essence of a summer adventure.

"Summertime Sadness," Lana Del Rey

This melancholic yet captivating song captures the bittersweet feelings of summer's end, making it perfect for late August or September road trips.

"Cruisin' to the Parque," Durand Jones & The Indications, Y La Bamba

"Cruisin' to the Parque" is a soulful track with a groovy, retro vibe that sets the mood for a relaxed summer road trip.

"Texas Sun," Leon Bridges, Khruangbin

"Texas Sun" is a collaboration between Leon Bridges and Khruangbin, offering a fusion of soul and funk that pays homage to the Texan landscape, making it a fantastic choice for a Lone Star State adventure.

"Old Pine," Ben Howard

Evoking nostalgia and longing for the outdoors, this song by Ben Howard is the perfect driving music — especially if you're driving into the woods for an epic camping trip with your pals.

"Postcards From Italy," Beirut

Beirut's "Postcards From Italy" is a folk-infused song with a continental flair, evoking images of sun-drenched European road trips and Mediterranean coastlines.

"Home," Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros

This joyful, folk-rock anthem radiates a sense of togetherness and nostalgia, making it ideal for shared road trip memories.

"Summer of '69," Bryan Adams

Bryan Adams' "Summer of '69" is a classic rock hit that brims with nostalgia, celebrating the memories of youthful summer adventures.

"Walking on Sunshine," Katrina and the Waves

An enduring pop song, "Walking on Sunshine" exudes a carefree, upbeat energy that makes sense for a summertime joyride.

"Eternal Summer," Strokes

This indie rock track might be one of the best road trip songs ever, capturing the hazy and timeless feeling of driving in the summertime.

"All Summer Long," Kid Rock

This song is the ultimate summer soundtrack, sampling two iconic rock songs: Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Sweet Home Alabama" and Warren Zevon's "Werewolves of London."

"Good Vibrations," The Beach Boys

The Beach Boys' "Good Vibrations" is a legendary surf-rock track that radiates sunny and beachy vibes, making it synonymous with the spirit of summer.

"Island in the Sun," Weezer

This feel-good, alt rock song that embodies the dream of finding an idyllic paradise, which is totally fitting for a dreamy summer road trip.

"How Long Do I Have to Wait for You?," Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings

With vintage vibes and a groovy, horn-laden melody, this soulful track by Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings will undoubtedly enhance your summer road trip playlist.

"Franklin's Tower," Grateful Dead

The Grateful Dead's "Franklin's Tower" is a jammy and bluesy track that embodies the free-spirited atmosphere of summer music festivals and road trips.

"Sugar Man," Rodriguez

Rodriguez's "Sugar Man" is a folk-rock song with an aura of mystery and adventure, a perfect fit for a road trip seeking the unknown.

"You And Me," Penny & The Quarters

This soul ballad by Penny & The Quarters sets a romantic and nostalgic tone for a summer road trip, filled with love and longing.

"Heavy California," Jungle

Jungle's "Heavy California" is an electrifying funk and soul-infused track that exudes energy and excitement, making it a top-notch summer road trip song choice.

"Cecilia," Simon & Garfunkel

Simon & Garfunkel's "Cecilia" is a beloved folk-rock song that captures the carefree essence of youth and summertime fun.

"Me and Julio Down by the School," Paul Simon

This Paul Simon song is an upbeat tune that celebrates youthful adventures, making it a great addition to your summer road trip music list.

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With funky basslines, rhythmic guitar riffs and infectious melodies, these groovy road trip songs are perfect for making those long journeys more fun.

"Back Pocket," Vulfpeck

"Back Pocket" by Vulfpeck is a funk-infused track with a catchy, danceable groove and an infectious bassline, making it a great choice for a lively road trip playlist.

"Young Hearts Run Free," Candi Staton

Candi Staton's "Young Hearts Run Free" is a classic disco song with an upbeat tempo and lyrics that'll inspire a little car seat dancing.

"Long Way Home," Durand Jones & The Indications

This soulful, groovy track will set a mellow, yet rhythmic mood for your journey.

"Oh, Loretta," Sex on Toast

"Oh, Loretta" is a fun and funky tune by Sex on Toast, with a mix of soul and pop elements, with lyrics that'll add a hint of humor to your road trip music selection.

"You're Mine," The Funk Brothers

The Funk Brothers' "You're Mine" is a smooth and soulful track that embodies the classic Motown sound and infuses a groovy atmosphere into your adventure.

"Pusherman," Curtis Mayfield

This funk and soul masterpiece, known for its gritty rhythm and lyrics, is perfect for adding a touch of grit to your selection of road trip songs.

"Give Up The Funk," Parliament

"Give Up The Funk" by Parliament is a funky anthem with an irresistible beat and memorable hooks, igniting a lively vibe during your long journey.

"Le Freak," Chic

"Le Freak" is a disco classic by Chic, known for its catchy melody and danceable groove, making it an ideal choice to keep the good vibes flowing during your road trip.

"Last Dance," Donna Summer

Donna Summer's "Last Dance" is an energetic disco hit that encourages passengers to bob their heads and sing along, setting the stage for a memorable time on the road.

"You Haven't Done Nothin'," Stevie Wonder

Stevie Wonder's "You Haven't Done Nothin'" is a groovy track with a social message, mixing soul and funk elements to keep the journey's energy flowing.

"1612," Vulfpeck

This funky track has a playful rhythm with killer vocals that's sure to bring a smile to the faces of your fellow road trippers.

"Down in Mexico," The Coasters

The Coasters' "Down in Mexico" is a famous rhythm and blues track with a sultry and captivating groove you'll want to play more than once on your next road trip.

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Whether you're cruising through scenic landscapes, embarking on an epic adventure or seeking the perfect soundtrack name for your journey, here are a few road trip playlist names to consider before putting together your next road trip music list.

  • Highway Harmonies
  • Cruisin' Classics
  • Sun-Kissed Highway Jams
  • Road Trippin'
  • For the Open Road
  • Driving Fast
  • Golden Hour on the Road
  • Summer Road Trip
  • Coastal Cruisin'
  • Backroad Beats
  • Open Road Remixes
  • Country Roads Collection
  • Sizzlin' Summer Sounds
  • Road Trip Mixtape
  • Sunny Drives

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101 Perfect Road Trip Songs for an Epic Road Trip Playlist!

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Looking for a great road trip playlist? Well, look no further! This list includes my personal favorite road trip songs, recommendations from road trip experts, catchy hits, and a few surprises.

This road trip playlist spans decades, genres, and countries, so there’s something here for everyone! Save this post so you can play these road trip songs on your next road trip!

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The Top 50 Road Trip Songs

Here are fifty amazing road trip songs. See below for fifty more and a free Spotify road trip playlist that you can save and play on Spotify!

Road Trippin’ (The Red Hot Chili Peppers)

A true classic road trip song from the Chilli Peppers’ 1999 album ‘Californication’, which tells the story of the band’s road trip along the Pacific Coast Highway. Sung by lead vocalist Anthony Kiedis, with John Frusciante and Flea providing acoustic guitars and backing vocals, the song projects those chilled out, positive vibes and the freedom anticipated from life on the road. 

The single was only released in Europe, with two versions released in the UK, and later the third version in Australia. The video wasn’t released to a US audience until the ‘Greatest Hits’ album was released in 2003.  -Jenny from  Peak District Kids

American Girl (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers)

It’s hard to believe this classic American rock song never even charted when it was released on the band’s 1976 debut. It was also the last song the band ever performed together live, over forty years after they originally released it.

Super Bass (Nicki Minaj)

This song was on Minaj’s 2011 debut album. While she has become a staple featured artist on numerous songs over the past decade, this is the best of her songs for simply singing along.

Super Bass has been listed on numerous songs of the summer compilations, including this one by Rolling Stone.

Born to Run (Bruce Springsteen)

Born to Run was released in 1975 on the eponymous album by Bruce Springsteen. This was the song and album that made “the Boss” a mainstream hit, and it is considered to be one of the greatest albums ever recorded.

It’s a love song sung by a hot-rod riding tough guy to a woman named Wendy. The protagonist implores Wendy to leave their hometown and hit the road with him, saying “we gotta get out while we’re young, ’cause tramps like us, baby, we were born to run”. This sentiment will resonate with anyone who’s ever had the urge to get behind the wheel and head out of town for new adventures. -Wendy Werneth from  The Nomadic Vegan

I’m Gonna Be [500 Miles] (The Proclaimers)

Any fans of the tv show How I Met Your Mother know this is the ultimate road trip song, especially if your tape deck is broken and it’s the ONLY song your car will play.

Even if you aren’t a HIMYM acolyte, any song that literally lists the miles one needs to traverse automatically deserves a spot on your road trip playlist.

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Come on Eileen (Dexy’s Midnight Runners)

Come on Eileen by Dexy’s Midnight Runners is hands-down the best road trip song that there is. This alternative song was originally released back in 1989 and was written by Billy Adams, Kevin Rowland, and Jim Paterson.

There is yet to be a cover as good as the original. From the amazing tune of the song to the gradual pacing throughout, Come on Eileen is one song that will have everybody in the car singing, no matter their age. -Krystianna from  Volumes and Voyages .

A Horse with No Name (America)

A Horse With No Name is a song from the band America and is probably one of the most famous songs of the 70s. When you listen to it, all you want to do is sing along. It’s a perfect song for an amazing road trip across the USA in an old hippie van. So next time you are traveling don’t forget to add it to your playlist! -Robin from  Everything Yoga Retreat

Love Shack (The B-52s)

This 1980s classic hit by the B-52s is so popular that it’s been featured in shows and movies as well as getting its own parody on The Simpsons, “Glove Slap.”

Of course, the eponymous Love Shack was an actual shack that only got destroyed in 2004. So you really could “get away” for decades.

This infinitely groovy song is easy to sing along with, and of course you have to shout out at the end, “Tin Roof Rusted.”

Toxic (Britney Spears)

This Grammy award-winning song is catchy AF. While it might not be Britney Spears’s most famous or most popular track, it’s the grown-up tune your road trip playlist.

The video was deemed too racy for MTV to play during the day. In fact, it was once voted the sexiest music video of all time.

America (Simon & Garfunkel)

This song about two hitchhikers mentions American highways by name (hello, New Jersey turnpike) so it’s almost like it was written to make this list. And even though the track is over fifty years old, it still describes an angsty beauty that resonates today.

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Back to You (Bryan Adams)

A perfect song for a road trip is the toe-tapping ‘Back To You’ performed by Canadian artist Bryan Adams. The song – which was co-written by Eliot Kennedy – features several lyrics about travel but is mostly about the yearning desire and wish to be somewhere else.

The acoustic version of the song is particularly good! The strong pulse of the song and its catchy melody make ‘Back To You’ a great road trip song for playing loudly and singing along to.  -Sinead from  Map Made Memories

9 to 5 (Dolly Parton)

If you are on a road trip, you get a chance to escape your 9 to 5 job, at least for a few days. But that doesn’t mean that you won’t enjoy singing along with Dolly Parton complaining about how much corporate America sucks the life out of you. Even if you like your job, there’s always something to angry sing about!

Burning Down the House (Talking Heads)

While there are a few Talking Heads songs that would fit right in on a playlist for a road trip, but it’s this Parliament-Funkadelic inspired new wave hit that was the bands highest charting single.

Run Run Run (The Velvet Underground)

This song about the dark side of New York City is nonetheless fun to sing along with, perhaps because it isn’t structured like other more conventional songs. It also works as somewhat of a time capsule. At over fifty years old, it chronicles an NYC that in many ways no longer exists.

Society (Eddie Vedder)

As an avid traveler, I love to be on the road most of the time and one of my favorite road trip songs is “Society” which is sung and composed by Eddie Vedder. The song was selected for a soundtrack for the popular travel film Into The Wild . In fact, Eddie Vedder has written a few more songs for the same film which narrates an epic travel journey.

The song depicts a journey of a young curious man, who after graduating decides to quit the materialistic conventional world and leave for a lifelong road trip into the wild. As the song goes, the lyrics beautifully articulate his intent to chase his grand vision to live in the wild, which is much larger than usual life he had been living so far. 

In fact, the lyrics make one appreciate the beauty of road trips even more. -Debjani Lahiri from  THE VAGABONG .

Roadtrip Songs

Ramblin’ Man (The Allman Brothers)

The most traditionally successful of all the Allman Brothers’ songs, this 1970s hit was inspired by (though not a cover of) a 1950s Hank Williams song. Its country flavor and peripatetic main character make it the perfect road trip song, especially if you’re out on the road alone.

Fell in Love with a Girl (The White Stripes)

This fun alternative song is less than two minutes, but you can belt along to it the entire time since the lyrics come at a steady clip. Fun and unassuming, this song was actually proclaimed by Rolling Stone as one of forty songs that changed the world.

Hold On (Wilson Phillips)

Considered one of the greatest girl group songs of all time, this 1990s hit is beloved by fans of the movie Bridesmaids . It’s the ultimate sing-along song for your girls’ trip.

Life is a Highway (Rascal Flatts)

The song Life is a Highway was originally recorded in 1991 by Tom Cochrane. It is an uptempo country song about the journey of life. The song ultimately ended up not being a huge hit for the member of Red Rider. The song was then updated with a more modern sound in 2005 by Rascall Flatts for a Disney blockbuster movie.

The song premiered as the leading single for the well-known and popular movie, Cars . The updated version flew to the top of the charts with over 4 million downloads.

It is a fun road trip sound because you can’t help feeling happy and singing along. The lyrics are relatable, especially during a road trip. The song is all about riding out life and exploring different stops. Isn’t that what road trips are all about. It’s about taking everything that comes, exploring, uncertainty, and adventure. -Corritta from It’s a Family Thing .

Crazy in Love (Beyonce)

No road trip playlist is complete without some Beyonce, and what better than Beyonce’s first solo single (featuring Jay-Z, of course). And since it’s Queen B, the song of course hit number one.

See if you know all the lyrics, including Jay-Z’s verse.

Roadtrip Songs

Keep the Car Running (Arcade Fire)

This 2007 single was listed by Rolling Stone as one of the best of the year. If the road is starting to wear on you, this song will fit your mood. Seemingly upbeat, yet the lyrics are worn-down, perfect for a long trip with lots of stops.

I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Whitney Houston)

This 1987 Grammy-Award winning hit is a Whitney Houston classic, and no road trip play list should fail to have some Houston to belt while hitting the road. This synth-pop chart topper continues to make lists of the best dance songs. You’ll need this kind of energy after a long day on the road.

Rocky Road to Dublin (The Dropkick Murphys)

Rocky Road to Dublin needs to be on every list of epic road trips. Originally written by D. K. Gavan and popularised by Harry Clifton in the 19th century, this Irish song became an instant hit with street performers all over Ireland.

Not only is this slip jig (a particular style of Irish dance) particularly catchy because of its fast beat and crescendo, this song is also about traveling and the adventures, experience, insights, and hardship that it might bring. If you want to enjoy a traditional rendering of the song, check out the version of The Dubliners or The High Kings.

For all of those who like a bit more punk during their road trip, listen to the version of The Dropkick Murphys (which was used for a scene in Sherlock Holmes). -Emer and Nils from Let’s Go Ireland

Don’t Stop Believin’ (Journey)

While it’s possible that this Journey hit has been overplayed in the past decade thanks to major 80s nostalgia, I’m more of the belief that when it comes to “Don’t Stop Believin’,” the limit does not exist.

This 1980s rock song has also received a renaissance thanks to its appearance in a pivotal Sopranos scene. However, you don’t need an HBO subscription to appreciate just how great it feels to sing this song at the top of your lungs with the windows down.

Down by the Water (The Decemberists)

Named by NPR as one of the top 100 songs of 2011, this Grammy-nominated indie rock song is pure modern Americana. It’s also catchy and singable, borders on country music without crossing over into it, and features not just the Decemberists but also the work of indie darling Gillian Welch.

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I Like It (Cardi B, Bad Bunny, J Balvin)

Every year there’s an acknowledged song of the summer, and every song of the summer has an honorary spot on the best road trip playlists. Not only do they harken back to great summer road trips of the past, but they also are designed to be the perfect accompaniment to hot days and long nights.

What makes I Like It a step above other songs of the summer is a few special elements. First, as a Latin trap song, it’s both familiar and yet different than what else was out at the time.

Writing for  Rolling Stone , Brittany Spanos proclaimed that it “sounds like it was chemically concocted in a mad scientist’s lab to be 2018’s reigning song of the summer…Everything about this song is perfect for summer: the trap-meets-salsa beat, features from two of reggaeton’s biggest stars, a sample of Pete Rodriguez’s half-century-old boogaloo hit “I Like It Like That.”

And of course, who doesn’t want their road trip to include getting to shout our that you’re “‘Bout my coins like Mario.”

Breeze (Xavier Rudd)

Xavier Rudd is an Australian artist, known for his interesting culturally mixed style. He is one of the rare musicians who brings together European and Aboriginal culture from Australia in his music and lyrics.

Any instrument you can think of, he plays it! Guitar, keys, drums, and didgeridoo. Listening to the song Breeze is a bit like having a wave of freedom and fresh air going through your body. The lyrics will transport you to the most beautiful and relaxing places. It’s a beautiful and inspiring song, perfect for any road trip.

If you want to discover more road trip songs by Xavier Rudd, you can listen to Follow the Sun and Spirit Bird. -Pauline from BeeLoved City

Old Town Road [Remix] (Lil Nas X, Billy Ray Cyrus)

What might appear corny at first is actually subversive and brilliant and was created by one of the most prominent Black country artists of the past few decades.

The 2019 song of the summer, it was the first hit of the Tik Tok era and one of the only country trap songs to gain international acclaim. And it didn’t just get everyone’s attention, it became the Longest-Running No. 1 in Hot 100 History.

And the fact that Lil Nas X did that while being a Gay, Black country music artist is astonishing enough, but he also did it by reaching listeners in new ways and on new platforms. Or maybe that’s just how much extra hard he had to work to get the recognition that his song deserved.

Fast Car (Tracy Chapman)

Another genre-crossing Black artist, Tracey Chapman’s rock anthem to cars lead to adulthood, freedom, and ultimately responsibility was included on Nelson Mandela’s 70th birthday tribute.

Rolling Stone listed the song in the top two hundred greatest songs of all time, and it received Grammy award nominations and MTV Music Video nominations the year it came out.

Of course, today we mostly think of it as just an amazing song, connecting the open road with the need to “be someone” and a hope for things to get better.

Mustang Sally (Wilson Pickett)

This 1960s rhythm and blues classic is an ode to buying a woman a car and then her not letting you ride in it. (Or maybe “ride in it?). I honestly had no idea until I starting writing this post just how crazy this scenario was, but I guess it was the sixties.

Setting aside the narrator’s belief that he deserves a ride (or “ride), I think I am going to love singing this song out loud even more. Just because you buy me a car don’t mean I got to let you ride in it. Call this an accidental women’s empowerment song?

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Bohemian Rhapsody (Queen)

Nothing beats this Queen classic for a rockin’ road trip tune everyone can sing along to. Its catchy melodies and operatic high notes through to air guitar riffs will have you all chanting out loud and swaying along with an unmistakable head bop! One of the greatest rock songs of all time, this fun, quirky, and high-energy hit that will definitely help you pass the miles and put smiles on everyone’s faces. -Keri Hedrick from  Our Globetrotters

Umbrella (Rhianna)

Rhianna belongs on this list, as she belongs on every list. And when considering the Rhianna cannon, I find that my favorite to sing when I’m a little horse and want to shout into open windows on the highway is “Umbrella.” And since that’s an important component of the criteria for this list, well then this is the song that wins.

It’s strange to think this quintessential Rhianna track was actually written for Britney Spears. What would the world be without Rhianna’s performance in this video? I shudder.

Immigrant Song (Led Zepplin)

This 1970’s Led Zeppelin Viking metal song includes one of the most fun and ridiculous screams and ample opportunities to shake your fist into the air.

While the opening lyrics might seem inventive to say the least:

We come from the land of the ice and snow From the midnight sun, where the hot springs flow The hammer of the gods

Robert Plant once let people know, saying “We weren’t being pompous … We did come from the land of the ice and snow. We were guests of the Icelandic Government on a cultural mission. We were invited to play a concert in Reykjavik.”

This is the perfect song to sing on a road trip in an old van, a la School of Rock. Bonus points if your road trip is around Iceland.

…Baby One More Time (Britney Spears)

The song that introduced us to Britney Spears is perhaps one of the catchiest of all time. It’s almost impossible to believe the track was written for the Backstreet Boys and TLC. How could anyone else be the voice behind the classic lyrics?

So Good (B.o.B.)

“So Good” by B.O.B is an upbeat song perfect to raise your mood during a road trip. Not only will it make you want to dance, but it also serves as a great reminder of how good it is to be able to explore the world. It tells you not to rush, but take it slow and soak up the sun. So as the song says, “Pack your bags real good baby, cause we’ll be gone for a while.” -Dan Bagby from

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Raspberry Beret (Prince and the Revolution)

While I do enjoy the Yo La Tengo cover, nothing can ever even approach the majesty of a Prince tune, even one as unassuming as his rendition of “Raspberry Beret.”

Reaching number 2 on Billboard’s Hot 100, the song may tell the tale of a bike ride and boy’s first encounter with a girl, it’s the perfect song to take out on the open road.

Party in the USA (Miley Cyrus)

While the song may start out in an airport, any fan of the movie Pitch Perfect knows this song deserves to be sung a capella on your team bus on the way to a music competition.

Even if you have no idea what I’m talking about, this is a song about playing “my song.” It’s meta without taking itself seriously.

Vogue (Madonna)

When you’re in a car bopping along, you want to dance. Yet, you’re in a car, so your hands have to do the dancing. And while the eponymous dance is much more than hand movements, the Vogue is the perfect dance to imitate while in the passenger’s seat. If you’re the driver, keep them on ten and two.

Movin’ Right Along (Alkaline Trio)

A road trip song that’s perfect for driving with kids or being a kid at heart while you drive is Movin’ Right Along. The song was released as part of The Muppet Movie soundtrack in 1979.

It features Kermit the Frog and Fozzy Bear singing a fun and playful song while driving across the country. The lyrics are clever and the tune is catchy so it’s a perfect addition for the soundtrack of any road trip.

Movin’ Right Along was given an updated cover by Alkaline Trio, a band that clearly enjoyed the song in their own childhood because they nail the original zaniness of the track. -Derek and Mike from Robe Trotting

You Can’t Rollerskate in a Buffalo Herd (Roger Miller)

Roger Miller, a homegrown Oklahoma legend, created some of the best songs honky-tonk road trip songs of the 1960s. So much so that’s it’s hard to narrow down to just one or two for this list.

If you haven’t heard of Roger Miller, you’ve probably still heard his music since he recorded three of the songs on Disney’s animated Robin Hood, including the sad-but-lovely “Not in Nottingham.” His character, Allan-a-Dale narrates the movie, and Miller’s animated performance is unforgettable.

When selecting from Miller’s catalog for this list, I went with my personal fave. For me, “You Can’t Roller-skate in a Buffalo Herd” is one of the most fun, and since you’ll see lots of bison and buffalo on certain road trips from Oklahoma City, I think it’s fitting for this website that we have at least one buffalo-themed road trip song on this list.

Hit the Road Jack (Ray Charles)

This Grammy award-winning Rhythm and Blues song is not about how great it is to be on the road, but rather about telling a man to hit the road and “don’t you come back no more.”

So if you happen to be on a road trip because your girl has kicked you to the curb, then the song is the perfect one to narrate your journey. Otherwise just enjoy the irony while singing this American classic at the top of your lungs.

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No Diggity (Backstreet)

This 1996 Grammy award-winning R&B hit ended the Macarena’s reign at the top of the charts, yet it still sounds relevant today. It’s hard to believe the two songs are even from the same era.

Between the fun of singing the lyrics to attempting both rap verses, there’s so much to keep you entertained during your long drive.

Khawabon Me Parinde (Mohit Chauhan)

Khwabon Ke Parindey (the birds of dreams) from Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (You Live Only Once ) is a beautiful road trip song written by Javed Akhtar and sung by Mohit Chauhan and Alyssa Mendonsa. The song plays while three main characters (Hrithik Roshan, Abhay Deol, Farhan Akhtar) are on a road trip to Seville, Spain.

This song with a perfect road trip vibe makes for the best road trip songs of all time. You can listen to it (on repeat) over and over and never get bored. Yes, it’s that soothing and meaningful. This one song perfectly epitomizes the theme of the movie ZNMD – Seize the day! -Anjali from  Travel Melodies

One Week (The Barenaked Ladies)

There’s a certain glee you feel when you master all the lyrics to this fun song. The Barenaked Ladies can sing ballads, but they also can go fast, as evidenced by their popular title track for the tv show The Big Bang Theory.

Packed with pop culture references, it’s not enough just to get the lyrics right, you also need to figure out what they’re referencing. It’s both a perfect nineties time capsule and a timeless classic.

I Will Survive (Gloria Gaynor)

Some songs are meant to be sung loud, and “I Will Survive” might be the most important of this subgenre. While there are some great covers, like the one by Cake, it’s the disco beats and perfection of Gaynor’s vocals that make this one of the most important songs in American music history.

Think I’m being hyperbolic? In 2016, the Library of Congress voted to have Gaynor’s original recording preserved in the National Recording Registry, citing its “culturally, historically, or artistically significant” importance.

Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go (Wham!)

Fans of the movie Zoolander will instantly think of the movie’s amazing-yet-tragic model gasoline fight set to this song. If you’re running out of energy, this purposefully energetic pop song can wake you right up, no gasoline fight required.

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Doo Wop [That Thing] (Lauryn Hill)

Lauryn Hill’s first song from her debut album premiered at the number one spot on the Billboard Hot 100, starting her solo career off with a bang. It went on to win Grammy and MTV Video Music awards, cementing Hill as a superstar.

This song is uplifting, beautiful, singable, and positive – all great traits in a road trip song. It also stylistically fits in with nearly every decade of American music, a truly timeless classic.

Into the Great Wide Open (Tom Petty)

Into the Great Wide Open is the perfect road trip song for your cross country adventure. The song was written and performed by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and appeared as the third track on their 1991 album of the same name. 

I nto the Great Wide Open is a song about endless possibilities and the excitement that comes with going after your dreams. It makes you feel anything is possible, which is exactly what you want when hitting the open road.  -Eden from Rock a Little Travel

July, July (The Decemberists)

Opening with the promising lyric, “there is a road that meets the road that goes to my house,” the song “July, July” is an ode to mysterious stories, ghosts, and strangeness. Yet, the heat of summer is think in this song, and its upbeat tune hides its darkness.

Of course, any song named after one of the most popular months for road tripping is going to get consideration for this list, but what puts it over the top for me is its forward-looking nostalgia. The narrator reminds the audience that “…we’ll remember this when we are old and ancient, though the specifics might be vague…” just like all important road trips.

Seven Nation Army (The White Stripes)

As someone who has driven to (okay, mostly past) Wichita many a time, I can’t express how much joy I get at singing the lyrics “I’m going to Wichita, far from this opera forevermore…”

This unexpected sports anthem is also wildly popular nearly twenty years after its release, due to its military imagery and near marching beat. I’m sure the White Stripes never imagined it would be chanted at stadiums when they recorded it. Perfect for any road trip heading to a sporting event, whether you’re going to Wichita or not.

Mr. Blue Sky (ELO)

This 1970s prog rock gem is fantastical and robotic, yet its actually an ode to an open sky – the perfect fodder for a road trip! Like “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “Mr. Blue Sky” has multiple parts and approaches the operatic at times, making it even more appealing to sing along to as you travel.

De Donde Vengo Yo (Choc Quib Town)

One of the breakout songs from the Colombian hip-hop group Choc Quib Town, “De Donde Vengo Yo” is a song that is full of the raw, electric energy, that the group is famous for. 

The best thing about this song? During your road trip, whenever you are dizzy or a little low on energy, put it on and it will wake you up with its zazzy beats and Afro-Latin rhythms right away. Soon you will be singing along (or trying to do so if you don’t speak Spanish). -Deb from  The Visa Project

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My Sharona (The Knack)

This 1979 ode to the songwriter’s girlfriend asks proclaims “Ooh, you make my motor run, my motor run,” and if that wasn’t sign enough that this song belongs on a road trip playlist, I don’t know what is.

This song bops along at a fast clip, perfect for dancing along in your seat.

Take Me Home, Country Roads (John Denver)

“Take me Home, Country Roads”, John Denver’s signature song is one of the most beloved country songs of all time. If you are driving through the scenic beauty, majestic mountains, or to the countrysides, playing this song will bring the feelings of home and belongings.

For a traveler, the world is home. But the place where the soul is raised is always special. This song is a tribute to every traveler’s almost heaven ‘Home’! This classic song was written by Bill Danoff and his wife Taffy Nivert.” -Nishu Barolia from Tannedtravelgirl

Behind the Wheel (Depeche Mode)

Behind The Wheel is a very popular song written by Martin Gore and sung by the deep voice of the stage wonder that is Dave Gahan. This is reason enough for this legendary 1987 single by Depeche Mode to be considered one of the best singles of all time. However, Behind The Wheel is also one of the most epic road trip songs ever.

Both the song’s lyrics and its official video evoke memories of unforgettable moments on the road while fueling the ever-burning lust for brand new road trip adventures to strange uncharted lands at the same time.    -Maria & Katerina from  It’s All Trip To Me

On the Road Again (Willie Nelson)

On the Road Again by Willie Nelson is a really great upbeat song to get you in the spirits of traveling. It’s the perfect fun, campy song to play on your road trips as you get to get on the road again!

Originally sung by Willie Nelson, you can find lots of different versions from rock to pop and even Alvin & The Chipmunks. Next time you’re on the road, check out your favorite cover of On The Road Again .  -Sara from Awesome Gift Guides

Route 66 (Chuck Berry)

Probably the epitome of the American road trip tune, Route 66’s lyrics are literally a catalog of the cities on the original American highway that ran from Chicago to Los Angeles.

Route 66 was written as a 12-bar blues in 1946 by the actor Bobby Troup while he and his wife were on their way to Los Angeles to try their hand as LA songwriters. The song was first recorded in a smooth pop version by Nat King Cole in 1946 and became a hit on both the pop and R&B charts.

Later versions turned it more into a rocker and it was covered by both Chuck Berry and the Rolling Stones. If you want jazzier versions try those from Diana Krall or Brian Setzer. -Tom Bartel of Travel Past 50

Route 66 badge hanging on a car mirror of a classic car

Home (Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zero)

With a catchy tune guaranteed to get stuck in your head, “Home” by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros is an upbeat love song perfect for the end of a road trip. 

The song feels like that perfect summer day you spent with someone you loved and will conjure up the best feelings from the adventure you just had. 

Blast this right when you cross your county line, grab your significant other’s hand, and sing along to tell them that “home is wherever I’m with you.” -Ale from  Sea Salt and Fog  

Don’t Stop Me Now (Queen)

One of Queen’s most popular songs, Don’t Stop Me Now, was released in 1978 as part of their album Jazz and as a single in 1979. It also forms part of the band’s Greatest Hits album which was released in 1981.

It has been covered by McFly, Foxes, and The Vandals. This is one of the ultimate feel-good songs and is perfect for long drives – especially if it happens to be a road with some bends.

For maximum effect, it should be played at volume with the windows rolled down and everyone singing at the tops of their voices! -Emma from Wanderlust and Wet Wipes

The Long Way Around (The Chicks)

The Dixie Chicks single, “The Long Way Around,” was released on January 8th, 2007. It was a critical and commercial success, on their first album released after their criticism of the president at the time and the backlash that occurred. 

“Take the Long Way Around” embraces non-conformity and doing things your own way. There are some anthemic qualities that make you want to blast the volume up to 11. If you put this song on your road trip playlist, it will stay there. -Theresa Ladner from Adventures in Middle-Aged Travel

Ghost Riders in the Sky (Johnny Cash)

The next song on your road trip playlist should definitely be “Ghost Riders in the Sky” by Johnny Cash. Roll the windows down, crank up the volume, and sing at the top of your lungs as the miles fly by.

Play it at night as your day winds down as the perfect wake-you-up song. Written in 1948 by Stan Jones, it has been performed by dozens of artists including Elvis Presley and The Chicks. Perhaps the most famous is Johnny Cash’s 1979 rendition, which remains popular today. -Heather from Oregon Outdoor Family

Sweet Child O’ Mine (Guns N Roses)

Sweet Child o’ Mine  is a song by American heavy metal band Guns N’ Roses.  It charted as a US hit single in August 1988.  The lyrics were written by the band’s lead singer, Axl Rose, and the song featured in Guns N’ Roses debut album,  Appetite for Destruction .   Sweet Child o’ Mine  has been covered many times, most notably by the likes of Sheryl Crow, Anastacia and Texas.  It makes a brilliant road trip song as it’s nostalgic with a cracking guitar solo and lyrics you can unselfconsciously belt out while driving along. -Nikki from  Gin and Cocktails .

Route 66 in California at sunset

Africa (Toto)

“Africa” by American band Toto is a timeless road-trip classic that has stayed popular since its release in 1981. Its sultry base ascending into a powerful crescendo makes it a feel-good tune.

Toto band members – David Paich and Bobby Kimball – wrote the song from the view of a boy telling a story about Africa from what he has seen on TV and what he has read.

It is meant as an analogy of the nostalgia you can feel for a place that you have never actually visited.

“Africa” peaked in the 1980s and was top of the charts around the world. Toto gained five platinum discs for the recording.

It was covered by American band Weezer in 2010.

Forty years on and “Africa” is still as popular today as when it was released and is regarded as a cult classic by all generations. -Angie of  Where Angie Wanders

Ei Path Jodi Na Shes Hoy 

“El Path Jodi Na Shes Hoy” is a Bengali song that means “If the road does not end.” The song is popular with Bengalis in West Bengal as well as worldwide.

The song is from a movie named Saptapadi (1961), directed by Ajoy Kar, Lyricist Gauriprasanna Mazumder. The song is sung by Hemanta Mukherjee and Sandhya Mukherjee. This song was shot while they are on a road trip with a bike. -Ruma from The Holiday Story  

Thinking of a Place (War on Drugs)

“Thinking Of A Place” is an 11-minute musical epic and embodies classic Americana at its best, featuring absolutely everything from guitar and harmonica solos to murmuring synthesizers.

The song takes you on a joy ride as it builds to a number of crescendos, before moving into a psychedelic odyssey and then almost fading out, all the while carrying the listener along on a wave of nostalgia for a trip that hasn’t even happened yet.

“Thinking Of A Place” is all about a journey, both literally and figuratively: as the lyrics say, “I’m thinking of a place and it seems so very real”. Utterly sublime. -Sasha from  Mog and Dog Travels

Free Road Trip Playlist on Spotify

Here is this playlist on Spotify. You can follow it in your Spotify app and play it on your trip, or you can bookmark this post and play from here.

More Great Road Trip Songs for Your Road Trip Playlist

Here are the rest of the songs that make my top 101 road trip songs on this playlist:

Apesh*t (The Carters)

Hurtin’ Me (Stefflon Don Ft. French Montana)

If She Wants Me (Belle & Sebastian)

Waterloo (ABBA)

Wagon Wheel (Old Crow Medicine Show)

Here I Go Again (Whitesnake)

Feel Good Inc. (The Gorillaz)

Boasty (Wiley Ft. Steflon Don and Idris Elba)

Roadrunner (The Modern Lovers)

Running on Empty (Jackson Brown)

Jolene (Dolly Parton)

American Idiot (Green Day)

Summertime Sadness (Lana Del Ray)

Island in the Sun (Weezer)

Proud Mary (Tina Turner)

Uptight (Stevie Wonder)

Where It’s At (Beck)

It’s the End of the World As We Know It (R.E.M.)

Homeward Bound (Simon & Garfunkel)

Walk It Talk It (Migos Ft. Drake)

Jack & Diane (John Cougar Mellencamp)

We Didn’t Start the Fire (Billy Joel)

Me Gusta (Shakira)

1979 (The Smashing Pumpkins)

The Way (Fastball)

Black Beatles (Rae Srummond)

Under Pressure (Queen and David Bowie)

Basket Case (Green Day)

Whatever You Like (T.I.)

If I Had a Million Dollars (Barenaked Ladies)

Little Red Corvette (Prince)

King of the Road (Roger Miller)

Linger (The Cranberries)

I’ve Been Everywhere (Johnny Cash)

Little Deuce Coup (The Beach Boys)

Down on the Corner (Credence Clearwater Revival)

Juice (Lizzo)

Bailando (Enrique Iglesias)

Truckin’ (The Grateful Dead)

Me and Bobby McGee (Janis Joplin)

Flashlight (Parliament-Funkadelic)

How We Do [Party] (Rita Ora)

Cracklin’ Rosie (Neil Diamond)

She’s a Lady (Tom Jones)

One Headlight (The Wallflowers)

Blinded by the Light (Mannfred Mann’s Earth Band)

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50+ BEST Road Trip Songs for the Ultimate Road Trip Playlist

Heading on a road trip soon and looking for the top road trip songs to add to your road trip playlist?  I’ve got you covered with 50+ of the best road trip songs to listen (and sing along to) on long car drives.

Road Trip Songs For Your Road Trip Playlist

Best Road Trip Songs Road Trip Playlist

I hope you enjoy this list of great road trip songs. I have included a mix of road trip songs from different genres (including rock, pop and country) and different eras (from classic road trip songs to modern road trip songs). Most of these great songs are about road trips and travel or cars, highways and driving in general.

(And if you are planning on taking a road trip soon make sure to check out my essential road trip packing list  to make sure you have all your road trip essentials before you go!)

10 Best Road Trip Songs of All Time

I think these are the 10 best road trips songs of all time (in no particular order).

  • “Born to Run” by Bruce Springsteen
  • “On the Road Again” by Willie Nelson
  • “Take Me Home, Country Roads” by John Denver
  • “Life Is a Highway” by Tom Cochrane
  • “Little Red Corvette” by Prince
  • “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)” by the Proclaimers
  • “Take It Easy” by the Eagles
  • “Born to Be Wild” by Steppenwolf
  • “Sweet Home Alabama” by Lynyrd Skynyrd (This song is perfect for a classic American road trip in the South.)
  • “I Can’t Drive 55” by Sammy Hagar

Best Classic Road Trip Songs

Below are the greatest classic road trip songs that need to be on your music playlist:

  • “Long Lonely Highway” by Elvis Presley
  • “Highway to Hell” by AC/DC
  • “American Pie” by Don McLean
  • “Hit the Road Jack” by Ray Charles
  • “Route 66” by Chuck Berry
  • “No Particular Place to Go” by Chuck Berry
  • “Truckin’” by The Grateful Dead
  • “Running on Empty” by Jackson Browne
  • “Tiny Dancer” by Elton John
  • “Mustang Sally” by Wilson Pickett
  • “Radar Love” by Golden Earring
  • “Hotel California” by Eagles
  • “America” by Simon & Garfunkel
  • “The Passenger” by Iggy Pop

80s Road Trip Songs

Below are best 80s road trip songs to add to your music playlist:

  • “Holiday Road” by Lindsey Buckingham
  • “Road to Nowhere” by Talking Heads
  • “Danger Zone” by Kenny Loggins (from the movie Top Gun)
  • “Don’t Stop Believin'” by Journey
  • “Love Shack” by the B52s
  • “Here I Go Again” by Whitesnake
  • “Born in the U.S.A” by Bruce Springsteen
  • “Free Fallin’” by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
  • “I Drove All Night” by Cyndi Lauper
  • “Fast Car” by Tracy Chapman

90s Road Trip Songs

Below are best 90s road trip songs to add to your music playlist:

  • “Road Trippin'” by Red Hot Chili Peppers
  • “I’ve Been Everywhere” by Johnny Cash
  • “The Distance” by Cake
  • “Drive” by Incubus
  • “The Way” by Fastball
  • “Everyday is a Winding Road” by Sheryl Crow

Modern Road Trip Songs

Below are best modern road trip songs to add to your music playlist:

  • “Shut Up and Drive” by Rihanna
  • “California” by Phantom Planet – this is one of my favorite California road trip songs .)
  • “Keep the Car Running” by Arcade Fire
  • “A Thousand Miles” by Vanessa Carlton
  • “Party in the U.S.A.” by Miley Cyrus
  • “California Gurls” by Katy Perry (featuring Snoop Dogg)
  • “Maps For The Getaway” by Andrew McMahon
  • “Holocene” by Bon Iver
  • “I Am The Highway” by Audioslave
  • “Wild” by John Legend and Gary Clark Jr.
  • “Thousand Miles” by Miley Cyrus (feat. Brandi Carlile)
  • “Levitating” by Dua Lipa
  • “Home” by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros – this is the perfect song to listen on the way back home after a long trip

Road Trip Playlist on Spotify

To make it easier for you to listen, I have created a spotify playlist of the best road trip songs of all time:

What are your favorite road trip songs?

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These are all classics for sure when you’re talking about a road trip. My favorite would be Sammy Hagar “I Can’t Drive 55”. Something about that cool flow that makes it perfect for a summer road trip. But I would not follow the advice because I wish not to get pulled over crossing the country LOL.

Thank you so much for putting out this list of road trips and songs!!

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The Planet D: Adventure Travel Blog

60 Best Road Trip Songs to Rock the Drive

Written By: The Planet D

Updated On: March 16, 2023

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Our list of the best road trip songs from the classics to today. We do a lot of road trips have rounded up the best driving songs to help you pass the time.

Nothing makes driving better than a good road trip playlist. And we’ve compiled the ultimate road trip playlist for your next overland adventure.

Table of Contents

The Best Road Trip Songs

1. sympathy for the devil by the rolling stones.

number one road trip song | sympathy for the devil

If you are looking for a song to drive to with a lot of groove, Sympathy for the Devil is just the ticket. We’ve been lucky enough to see the Rolling Stones in concert three times. Dave even met the band way back in 2003 when he shot a media blitz they did in Toronto.

This is by far our favorite Rolling Stones song for a road trip . Even if we have to get out of the car soon, we’ll leave the engine running until the final chord is played!

Get it on Amazon for just $1.29 / Buy the  Rolling Stones Greatest Hits  on Amazon

2. Sweet Home Alabama by Lynyrd Skynyrd

best road trip songs | sweet home alabama

I didn’t know a lot about Lynyrd Skynyrd until I watched the documentary Muscle Shoals . It’s a music biography about one of the most innovative sound studios of the 60s featuring the Rolling Stones and Lynard Skynyrd.

But I have always known the song Sweet Home Alabama, and there is something about this song’s beat that make it the perfect driving song.

In Sweet Home Alabama, there’s a stanza saying: “ Now Muscle Shoals has got the Swampers And they’ve been known to pick a song or two “

Watching Muscle Shoals makes us want to get in the car and drive to Alabama to see the famous studio for ourselves!

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3. Little Red Corvette By Prince

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One of the best driving songs ever is Little Red Corvette by Prince. Who wouldn’t want to be driving a red corvette through the streets. The song is filled with metaphors, but when I sing it, I just think about driving.

It is sad to see another legend lost, but his music lives on. Buy Little Red Corvette $1.29

Pick up a copy of  Prince’s Greatest Hits , you won’t be disappointed. But there are some tributes happening on Spotify now.

4. Another One Bites the Dust by Queen

the best song to drive to | another one bites the dust

Queen is my ultimate favourite band. Metallica is Dave’s. I could have just said, “ buy Queen’s greatest hits and you’ll have the perfect Road Trip playlist”.

However, I can only choose one, and if you want a song that picks you up when you’re feeling a little groggy on the road, Another One Bites the Dust does the trick. Man, I love the bass in this song.

If you watch the Queen Documentary on the  BBC , you’ll learn that the Bass Player, John Deacon, actually wrote some of Queen’s biggest anthems, like this one, You’re my Best Friend and I Want to Break Free.

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5. Uptown Funk by Mark Ronson Featuring Bruno Mars

uptown funk | road tripping songs

While spending a summer in Spain and driving around  Costa Brava this Mark Ronson/Bruno Mars tune was was our go-to road trip song. We called it the song of summer and whenever it came on, we’d jive and jam in the car.

Dave and I love to sing during a road trip and this one makes you want to wail at the top of your lungs. “We’re gonna Uptown Funk you Up!”

Download Up Town Funk on Amazon 

6. Home for a Rest by Spirit of the West

road songs | californication

This roadtrip song by Canada’s Spirit of the West always makes me want to go to London, England, and hang out in the pubs. I think about all the travels we have done, and when we do come home, we really do need a rest. 

Travel  is exhausting and when you add pub crawling to the mix, it is doubly exhausting. Spirit of the West captured the spirit of travel beautifully with this perfect driving song.

“ You’ll have to excuse me I’m not at my best, I’ve Been Gone for a Month, I’ve Been Drunk Since I left. These so called vacations will soon be my death, I’m so sick from the Drink, I need home for a rest …”

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7. Californication by Red Hot Chili Peppers

driving songs | californication

How does one choose a favourite Red Hot Chili Pepper’s song? They have so many great albums. But Californication is the perfect tune for a road trip. Heck, even the video is all about driving.

I used to say, “How can anyone not name Red Hot Chili Peppers as one of the greatest bands of all time?” I mean, everything is perfection. Anthony Kiedis is a poet, Flea is a master on the bass, and John Frusciante creates the most memorable and intricate guitar riffs out there today. Plus, how can you forget Chad Smith on drums. He’s quiet and unassuming in real life, just like his music: Subtle and creative. Plus, he looks exactly like Will Ferrel.

You’ve got to read  Scar Tissue  by Anthony Kiedis – this book will blow your mind about everything he and the band have gone through. Buy the album  Californication . The entire disc is perfection.

8. 500 Miles by The Proclaimers

one of the best road trips songs | 500 miles

There’s nothing really amazing musically about this song by the  Scottish  Band, the Proclaimers, but when it comes to road trip music, it has the perfect beat. When comes up on the playlist, everyone stops to sing along. This song was made to be a song to drive to!

It’s one of those songs that you can’t help but love. Even if you hate it! I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) must be included on your Road Trips Songs playlist, it would be criminal to leave it out. Check out our guide to the North Coast 500

Buy it on Amazon for $1.29 / Rent  Benny and Joon where the song was featured

9. Take it Easy by The Eagles

road trip music | all of hotel california

Remember when Elaine’s boyfriend refused to speak to anyone when Desperado came on the radio during a classic  Seinfeld episode ? When it comes to the Eagles,  Hotel California  is our song. But when it comes to road trip songs by The Eagles, Take it Easy is Number one. See a great California Road Trip at 17 Mile Drive in Monterey

“ Well I’m a runnin’ down the road trying to loosen my load I’ve got seven women on my mind”

This song was meant for driving. It’s seriously all a bout driving.

If you happen to be going on an Arizona Road Trip, be sure to stop on the corner of Winslow Arizona like in the lyrics “ Well, I’m a standin’ on a corner in Winslow, Arizona . Such a fine sight to see .”

Don’t speak to me, don’t even look at me when Hotel California comes on because I am going to sing along and play air guitar to that classic solo.

Get it now on Amazon / Get the  Hell Freezes Over Tour  where the Eagles come together live.

10. Running on Empty by Jackson Browne

best song for a road trip | carry on my wayward son

I bet you didn’t know that Jackson Browne played a huge role in making the Eagles famous. He was roommates with Glen Frey and Don Henley at one point.

Heck, for the longest time when I was a kid, I thought Running on Empty was performed by the Eagles. They have similar sounds because Jackson Browne actually co-wrote a lot of the Eagles songs. How do we know all this? We watched the Eagles documentary.

Anyway, back to the song. Running on Empty is a road trip song, period. Come on, the album cover has a road on it!

Buy Running on Empty on Amazon / Rent the movie  The Eagles History  to see the role Jackson Brown played in their success.

11. Paradise by the Dashboard Light by Meatloaf

meatloaf | great road trip music

Who doesn’t love Meatloaf? Paradise by the Dashboard Light was the song of the 70s. There are so many layers to this song and right from that first guitar lick, you can’t help but get ready to start singing along in the car.

Dave and I love it when it breaks into a duet and we sing back and forth. We start screaming until our vocal chords nearly break. After that song, you almost have to pull over for a break. It’s that intense. For us, it’s one of the most fun songs to drive to on our playlist.

Get the album  Bat Out of Hell . Every song is great.

A great one day drive that we highly recommend is the  Hana Highway on Maui.  Make sure you have your road trip songs picked out because radio service in limited. 

12. Take the Money and Run by Steve Miller Band

steve miller band for road trips

“T his here’s the story ’bout Billy Joe and Bobby Sue “.

The Steve Miller Band’s Songs were made to sing along to. Dave and I love to harmonize to their music. It’s just so easy to hear the thirds and fifths. The reason we chose Take the Money and Run is that ” They’re headed down south and they’re still running today .”

We don’t plan on shooting anyone and taking their money, but we do plan on traveling forever. It’s in our blood and even if we do settle down a bit, something tells me we’ll always be on the move. Dave and I moved to  Vancouver  in 1992 and we’re still moving today. Maybe not running, but definitely at a steady pace.

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13. Born to be Wild by Steppenwolf

born to be wild | mos tpopular road tripping song

It’s probably the first and most cliché road trip song that anyone thinks of. Considering the lyrics start with:

“ Get your motor running Head out on the highway .”

So, really any road trip playlist would be remiss by not including it. It’s a good one to get the energy up when hitting the open road.

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14. I’ve Been Everywhere by Johnny Cash

johnny cash I've been everywhere

I love this song by the Man in Black. If you are looking for a song to drive to that is challenging to learn, this is it! It’s all about the places he has been crisscrossing through North America on his tour bus.

I originally only had this song in our travel songs playlist, but I realize that not everyone checks out both articles, so I had to bring it over here. You can’t ever leave out Johnny Cash man.

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15. On the Road Again by Willie Nelson

on the road again | willie nelson

On The Road Again is the quintessential song about road tripping. But, his laid back style of singing will make for a relaxed road trip moment and be sure to keep you within the speed limit. It’s a fitting song for this list because after all “I just can’t wait to get on the road again.”

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16. Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen

born to run bruce springsteen

Everybody loves Bruce Springsteen and Baby we were born to run, is one of the great songs to drive to. This entire song is about driving and running. It’s about getting out of the small town trap and getting to the place you want to be.

The Boss is a great lyricist using car metaphors to tell his story. This driving beat will make you want to get behind your engine and run too.

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17. Graceland by Paul Simon

graceland road trip song paul simon

When Paul Simon’s Graceland came out I went nuts for the rhythms inspired by his trip to Africa. When I went to Kenya for the first time , I was totally blown away that I stayed at the same lodge that he and Carrie Fisher stayed at during that exact trip. But that’s another story.

Graceland is an awesome song that fits with driving through America’s southern states. Who wouldn’t want to take a road trip to Elvis’s Graceland?

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18. Life is a Highway by Tom Cochrane

life is a highway | songs to drive to

We always love including Canadians. Tom Cochrane’s rock anthem “Life is a Highway” was playing across radio stations throughout the summer that Dave and I met.

We’d drive down the road belting out “ life is a highway, I wanna drive it all night long .” It has a great driving beat and the lyrics are easy to learn. It’s perfect for a road tripping son.

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19. Love Shack by the B52s

b52s love shack rocking the rong drive

You can’t have a party without The B52s. I’ll never forget seeing them in concert. I had no idea who they were a friend invited me and I’m glad he did.

We arrived at Massey Hall in Toronto where the crowd was filled with people sporting beehive hairdos and wardrobes straight out of Austin Powers.

Once the music started, we rushed the stage and there I stood at the very front listening to the best party tunes I’ve ever heard. When choosing road trip music, be sure to include Love Shack!

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20. Good Vibrations by The Beach Boys

best music for a road trip | beach boys

It was after watching  Love and Mercy  and  The Wrecking Crew  that we realised just what a genius Brian Wilson is. We even had the opportunity to see the Beach Boys live (sans Brian Wilson) at a private party in Orlando a few years ago.

They made a lot of good lighthearted songs like California Girls, Surfin’ USA and Kokomo, but it’s Good Vibrations that really shows the depth and musicality of the band’s genius. This song has the vibe that both Dave and I love for a road trip. I’m pickin’ up Good Vibrations.

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21. Back in Black by ACDC

acdc back in black

You may be thinking “No way, Highway to Hell is the ACDC song that fits in the road trip play list”. You may be correct, but doesn’t Back in Black have an awesome beat. That guitar at the beginning just rocks.

It’s no wonder Marvel’s Iron Man used it as the song for their opening scene as Robert Downey Jr. was driving with a band of army guys (and gal) from his arms dealing display in  Afghanistan .

Ever since then I’ve associated Back in Black with driving. Sure, he was in a Humvee and I’m usually in a mini compact economy car, but hey, I feel tough when that tune is playing.

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22. The Way by Fastball

roadtrip  songs | the way fastball

Don’t you ever want to just hit the road without ever knowing the way. That’s what this song is about. One of my favorite lyrics in the song is “an exit to eternal summer slacking, but where were they going without ever knowing the way.” So let’s. go wander the highway while listening to The Way.

23. Lose Yourself by Eminem

great rocking songs for driving | eminem

I once sang this song in  Belize  with the local crime lord. I didn’t know it at the time, but after I got off the karaoke stage, where I was joined by a random man who had a big grin on his face, I was told, he was that man. Woah.

The friends you make when you sing Eminem. But this song rocks. Dave and I saw 8 Mile in the theatre and were totally impressed with Mr. Marshall Mathers’ acting ability.

We promptly bought the soundtrack and learned the lyrics to this song.

It’s one of those songs where, once you learn the lyrics, you never forget them because they are so fast and furious, you fall over yourself trying to say them with him!

Listen to Lose Yourself now / Get the Movie  8 Mile on Amazon Prime

24. Go Your Own Way by Fleetwood Mac

best driving songs | fleetwood mac

A road trip song playlist wouldn’t be complete without Fleetwood Mac and this song has the groove for driving.

“Let’s all sing it together….You can go your own way, Go your own way You can call it another lonely day You can go your own way”

25. See You Again by Wiz Khalifa, Charlie Puth

best driving songs | furious 7

Why this song wasn’t nominated for an Academy Award was beyond me. Everyone was shocked when actor Paul Walker was killed in a car crash. He died during the filming of Furious 7.

I never did see the film, but this song played during his final scene in the movie, which I read all about. It seemed to be a beautiful send off to him and whenever I hear it, it still brings a little tear to my eye.

This is a great song for a road trip and is fitting since it’s the title theme for a movie about fast cars.

Buy this song on Amazon $1.29 / Watch all the  Fast and the Furious Movies  in this Box Set.

26. Jack & Diane by John Mellencamp

best songs for a long drive | jack and dianne

John Cougar was the first musician I ever saw live. My brother and now sister in law brought me to a show at Copps Coliseum in Hamilton and I couldn’t get enough of his music after that.

I loved his rockabilly sound and to this day, the minute those first five chords ring out over the car stereo, I start rockin’. Jack and Diane is probably his best song and is all about two American kids living in the  heartland .

Check it out on Amazon $1.29

27. Drive My Car by The Beatles

driving songs | the beatles

Baby you can drive my car, yes I’m gonna be a star. Have you watch Carpool Karaoke with Paul McCartney and James Corden yet? It is awesome and yes, they do sing the quintessential Beatles road tripping song as they drive around Liverpool checking out Paul’s old haunts.

28. You Oughta Know by Alannis Morisette

road tripping music playlist |. you oughta know

The feminism anthem of the 1990s was written and performed by a Canadian. We owned the album Jagged Little Pill and there isn’t a bad song in the bunch.

But it’s You Oughta Know that is one of the best road trip songs on the album. The staccato speech at the beginning gets you hooked for the driving beats ahead making it one of the best driving songs out there.

“I – Want – you – to – know. That – I’m – happy for you. I – wish – nothing – but – the – best – for – you both.”

Was this sone about Joey from Full House? We’ll never know. But you oughta know

Buy the  album Jagged Little Pill,  it’s a good one!

29. Sweet Child O’Mine by Guns n’ Roses

best music playlist for a road trip | guns n roses

Okay, Dave and I are huge Guns n’ Roses fans. When choosing road trip songs, GnR is right at the top.

We know every word, and both of us immediately stop talking and start singing and playing air guitar. (Or if Dave’s driving, air drumming on the steering wheel.) Guns n’ Roses’ music holds up after all these years and they have many songs made for passing the time on long drives.

Download Sweet Child O’ Mine on Amazon

30. Coming to America by Neil Diamond

neil diamond | best road trip songs

During our cycling road trip through Africa . I had Neil Diamond’s Greatest Hits on my playlist. Whenever I was feeling exhausted or just overwhelmed with the scope of the day’s ride ahead, I’d put on Neil Diamond’s mix of mellow and fun tunes. It was “Coming to America” that picked me up the most. It’s just so motivating.

The driving beat makes you feel that you can do anything. It’s all about traveling far and coming to America. I’m not even American, and it inspires me. This song captures what America used to be to so many people. Let’s hope they get there again.

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Enjoy reading about our road trip through the Causeway Coast at  The Best Things to do in Northern Ireland

31. Carry on Wayward Son by Kansas

best song for a road trip | carry on my wayward son

If you are a fan of  Supernatural , (the TV series) you’ll recognize this song from the recaps they do at the beginning of most seasons. This song by Kansas has stood the test of time, not only because of Supernatural, but it was huge during the Guitar Hero days.

When they belt out their harmonies at the beginning followed by the hard drums and guitar solo, you can’t help but bounce to the beat. It’s no wonder this song is featured on Supernatural, Sam and Dean are always driving from town to town in Dean’s 1967 Chevy Impala

32. Hello by Adele

music for a raod trip | adele

Who doesn’t love Adele’s velvet voice? Sure, “Hello” isn’t a fast-paced tune, but it is an excellent road trip song. Why? Because you can howl, scream and holler along.

Turn the stereo up to 11 and belt out those notes along with Adele. Don’t worry, everyone in the car will be singing along, so nobody will hear you scream “ Hello from the outside “.

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33. The Nights by Avicii

upbeat road trips songs

The best road trip songs are upbeat and easy to sing to. If you agree with that definition, The Nights is definitely a perfect tune for your playlist.

It’s easy to learn the lyrics and a lot of fun to sing a long with. The song is by the Swedish DJ Avicii, but it feels more  Celtic  to me. It was an awesome tune on our playlist for our road trip through Ireland last year.

You can buy the single on Amazon

34. The Distance by Cake

going the distance | best road trips music

Man, Cake has some great road trip songs. They have a super sense of humour and their music is just simply a lot of fun. I could choose a couple of their songs for our road trip playlist, like Short Skirt Long Jacket or the hilarious Sheep go to Heaven, but Going the Distance is the song that was made for a road trip.

Because that’s in essence what you are doing when driving, right? “You’re going the distance, and you’re going for speed.”

Add Going the Distance to your Road Trip Playlist

35. More Than a Feeling by Boston

more than a feeling boston | road trip music

Lead Singer Brad Delp had one of the best voices in Rock n’ Roll. Dave and I love great vocalists and Boston’s songs were meant to wail to. He could reach the high notes with such clarity and there’s nothing more satisfying when out for a long day on the road than reaching those notes in the car and pretending to be a rock star. This is the song to do that to.

Buy More than a Feeling on Amazon

36. American Pie by Don McLean

classic road tripping music | don mclean

When on a long road trip, there’s nothing better than a really long anthem-like song to come on. The miles seem to just fall away on the road. American Pie is one of those songs. A song that cuts nearly 10 minutes out of your road trip, as you sing along with each verse.

There’s something about knowing all the lyrics of American Pie that makes you feel like you are smart or something. When you know every word, it’s impressive to others. Well, at least Dave and I impress ourselves and that’s all that matters since we’re usually the only two in the car!

Download the ultimate road trip song on Amazon

37. American Woman by The Guess Who

the guess who American woman

Let’s stay with the American theme and go with this American classic, written by Canadians! When Dave and I got free tickets to see The Guess Who from his friend who ran their lighting, we weren’t sure what to expect. Weren’t these some old guys that sang songs we’ve never heard of? Boy were we wrong.

Burton Cummings’ voice is outstanding and Randy Bachman can make his guitar sing. But you’d also be surprised how many songs you know by the Guess Who. They had hit after hit.

American Woman has been deemed an American Anthem, but what’s funny about it is that the entire song disses on America.

“ I don’t need your war machines, I don’t need your ghetto scenes”. Colored lights may hypnotize Sparkle someone else’s eyes”

Listen closely and you’ll see that they’re telling America to stay away from them!

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38. All About the Bass by Meghan Trainor

female songs for road trips

When I first heard Meghan Trainor’s voice I was hooked. It’s so clear and fun. Have you seen her sing on Jimmy Fallon with the Roots playing kids school instruments as back up? It’s amazing. That’s how you know someone can sing: When they’ve got nothing backing them up but a kazoo and they sound awesome.

This tune is so much fun. We’re also fans of Your Lips Are Movin’ by her as well. Meghan Trainor’s tunes were made for road tripping.

Get this road trip song on Amazon

39. Africa by Toto

best songs for traveling in a car | toto

Let’s slow This Road Trip Songs Playlist down a little now. Africa by Toto didn’t mean a lot to me until I went to Africa. They capture it beautifully in the song and it’s so soothing to listen to.

Wild dogs really do cry out in the night and yes,  Kilimanjaro  does rise like Olympus above the Serengeti. When Africa comes on, it makes me want to book a flight to Tanzania or Kenya.

These countries are two of our favorite places in the world and we could go back again and again. But until we do, there’s always Toto there to remind us of how much we love it.

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  • One of our favorite road trips where we had the tunes cranked was definitely a drive along the  Cowboy Route in Southern Alberta. 

40. Don’t Stop Believin’ by Journey

don't stop believin' | journey

Journey may have had a resurgence thanks to Glee, but we have always loved them. Open Arms is actually my favourite by them, but it doesn’t exactly fit the bill as one of the best road trip songs of all time. It’s more of a love ballad. We were both huge fans of Separate Ways, but perhaps the synthesizer is a little dated.

Don’t Stop Belivin’ is definitely the Journey song that was made for driving. Heck it’s even about taking a journey. “Just a city boy, born and raised in South Detroit . He took the midnight train going anywhere”.

Buy the song on Amazon / Rent the movie  Don’t Stop Believin ‘, it’s so inspiring!

41. I Bet My Life by Imagine Dragons

i bet my life | imagine dragons

Imagine Dragons are quickly becoming one of our favourite bands of the 2000s. They are so versatile, with so many hits you don’t even realise they are the same band. They are the same guys that sing Radioactive, Demons and It’s Time. All songs are so different.

But it’s I Bet My Life that makes us want to bop our heads to the beat. We drove a lot through  Europe  last year and this was one of the big road trip songs for us to listen to.

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42. Dream On by Aerosmith

aerosmith dream on | songs for road tripping

This song starts off slow and builds to a screeching point with Steven Tyler wailing “ Dream On, Dream On, Dream On, Dream Until Your Dreams Come True! “

You don’t want to be in the car with Dave and I when this song is on. Both of us are yelling at the top of our lungs and banging our heads to the beat. When Dream on comes on the radio, there’s no talking to either of us until the song is over.

Buy  AeroSmith’s Greatest Hits

  • You don’t have to be in a car to appreciate good music. We had our playlist going like made in our Bluetooth helmets during our  tour around Lake Superior  on motorcycles. 

43. Rock Star by Nickelback

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Hey, don’t hate on Nickelback okay? Everyone loves to hate this band, and yet they still have tons of top hits and sold out shows. Yes, Chad Kroeger’s hair sucks with his long bleach blond locks and dark roots and his goatee does not fit his face, but Nickleback has some pretty memorable tunes.

I remember listening to them sing live from “The Edge Studios” in Toronto for the first time when they belted out How you Remind Me. That song was their breakout hit, but you gotta listen to Rock Star. The lyrics of this song are hilarious and it was made for singing along to in the car.

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44. Hey Ya by Outkast

hey ya outkast is a great song for driving

I love the positive beat of this song. Sure it may or may not be a break up song, I can’t be sure about the lyrics – is it about breaking up or staying together? Who cares, it’s gone a cool vibe.

The video is so much fun and when this tune comes on, you instantly feel good. Andre3000 was named one of the best rappers of all time, and yet it’s this little ditty that we love for a road trip. My Baby don’t mess around.

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45. Edge of Seventeen by Stevie Nicks

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The ultimate female rock voice is Stevie Nicks. This has been one of my favourite songs for years. I could only wish that I had a Rock n Roll voice. Mine was stuck in the pop world, but that didn’t mean that I didn’t daydream about rocking it like Stevie on the big stage one day.

This rock song is great for anyone.  Even Dave rocks out to it when I turn it on. It may have never made it to the top 10 when it was released in 1981, but this is the most memorable of all her songs and over time has gained more fame and glory than it had during its original release.

Give it a shot and listen to it!

46. I Wanna Be Sedated by The Ramones

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This is the easiest song to sing along to. It repeats and repeats but the beat keeps on going. When we’re on a super long road trip, we agree, Twenty, Twenty, Twenty-Fours hours to go! I wanna be sedated. Get the Ramones on your road trip playlist now. They’ll have you Ba ba baba, baba ba baba along all night long!

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One of our latest road trip adventures took us to  Fraser Island in Australia . We spent 3 days driving through the sand dunes and scenery of this amazing destination. 

47. Redemption Song by Bob Marley

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Bob Marley is another artist where we could just put on his greatest hits and make that a road trip playlist. But the self imposed rules of this article was to choose only one song per artist.

Yes, he has more up-tempo songs that could fit the genre better, but we feel that sometimes you gotta slow down when choosing a road trip song and let the mellow feeling takeover as you drive the open road.

Redemption Song is the perfect song for that occasion. It’s one of those songs where you can put your vocal skills to the test and sing with feeling.

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48. Follow You Into the Dark by Death Cab for Cutie

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Sticking with slow songs, Dave and I love this one by Death Cab for Cutie. It’s a love song and we love a good love song. Hey, we’re both romantics at heart. One of my favourite lines is:

“You and me have seen everything to see From Bangkok to Calgary The soles of your shoes are all worn down “ That’s how Dave and I feel, we’ve seen it all together and we love doing so.

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49. Life’s Been Good by Joe Walsh

joe walsh life's been good

Another very long tune. Life’s Been Good is a great road trip sing-a-long song. It goes on for a whopping 8 minutes. Do you know how many km you can cover when driving at 100km (or if you’re like most people, 120km) per hour?

That’s right, 15km will fly right by! How does Life’s Been Good fit with a road trip? Well, he does sing, “ My  Maserati  does 185, I lost my license, now I don’t drive. ” Best lyrics ever!

50. Shelter from the Storm by Bob Dylan

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Well, since we’re in the vein of 1960s music icons. We must include a little Bob Dylan. You see, you want your road trip playlist to be versatile. You can’t stick with one genre or one decade. It needs to span many years and cover all music types.

That way you never get bored. Shelter from the Storm is one of Bob’s greatest hits and he’s had many.

You may choose one of his more famous songs like Blowin’ in the Wind, Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door or Mr. Tambourine Man, But listen to Shelter from the Storm. This is a great song.

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51. Piano Man by Billy Joel

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I’ll never forget locking up Sherry Ott’s phone (of  Ottsworld’s ) during the  Mongol Rally.  She and Rick had to listen to our playlist the rest of the 10,000 km and she mentioned, if only we had some Billy Joel. I love Billy Joel, so I felt the same way!

We didn’t have Spotify then, so we couldn’t just magically download Billy Joel in the Gobi desert, but I do agree, he makes for some great road trip music. Yes, he has a lot of hits, but Dave and I both love Piano Man.

It’s another long anthem type song that lets you sing along forever. With verse after verse our voices grow stronger and more powerful in the car until we’re both belting out “Sing us a Song You’re the Piano Man!” no you’re the piano man!

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52. Old Man by Neil Young

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From Piano Man to Old Man. Niel Young is another iconic Canadian in our list. I could do a Canadian version of Road Trip Songs, but I am afraid half of you wouldn’t know the songs I am talking about.

Anyone else out there know of The Tragically Hip’s  Fireworks ? Our Lady Peace’s  Starseed  or Blue Rodeo’s  Bad Timing ? Didn’t think so.

But we the world knows Neil Young. Even the younger generation knows him thanks to Jimmy Fallon. Old Man is our favourite. What’s yours?

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53. Lust for Life by Iggy Pop

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In the 1990s, I didn’t know a lot about punk rock. Dave and I were into Grunge at the time. But when we went to go see Trainspotters at the theatre, we were introduced to Lust for Life by Iggy Pop.

If this doesn’t get you rocking in the car, nothing will. It is the perfect way to end our road trip songs playlist with an upbeat tune that was made for road tripping.

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54. Radar Love by Golden Earring

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Whenever the popular rock and roll radio station in Toronto does a traffic update, they play this song. They also play “I’m a highway star” but Radar Love has the much better groove. I love adding grooving songs to drive to on my playlist.

55. Route 66 by Nat King Cole

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It’s a classic and an oldie but goodie. All kinds of people have covered Route 66 but nothing compares to the velvet voice of Nat King Cole. So add this classic road song to your playlist and get your kicks on Route 66.

56. Mustang Sally in the Commitments

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When I was younger I was in a band that had the feel of the movie The Commitments. I loved singing back up vocals to Mustang Sally, “Ride Sally Ride. This song has a cool groove that gets you in the mood to drive. (Among other things)

57. The Air Tonight by Phil Collins

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Who doesn’t love that drum solo by Phil Collins in the Air Tonight. I’ll never forget hearing it for the first tim eon Miami Vice when Crocket and Tubs were driving down the strip of Miami. Man, this is the best grooving driving song out there.

58. Castle on the Hill by Ed Sheeran

road trip songs set in europe - castle on a hill

Ed Sheeran is awesome. There isn’t a song of his I don’t like. But when it comes to songs about driving, this is it. I love the lyrics:

“I’m on my way Driving at ninety down those country lanes Singing to “Tiny Dancer” And I miss the way you make me feel, and it’s real We watched the sunset over the castle on the hill.”

Dave and I totally sing to Tiny Dancer when driving and we always think about driving those back roads in Ireland. How can the locals possibly go 90 on narrow winding roads, and yet they do. they really do! Get Castle on a Hill now

59. Boys of Summer by Don Henley

califonria road trip songs | boys of summer

I admit, I bought a pair of RayBans just because of these lyrics… “Driving in your car with those Wayfarers on baby.”

When I listen to the Boys of Summer, I envision beautiful people driving up and down the sunset strip in Los Angeles. I always have and still do. Check out our guide to the Ultimate California Road Trip

60. Where the Streets have No Name by U2

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And let’s end with a song that actually has a street in the name. Well, the Streets have no name here. U2s anthem is the perfect ending to our road tripping song. From the Joshua Tree, that takes us through the California desert, the Streets Have No Name, is a song that will hypnotize you as you get lost in Bono’s dreamy vocals. Just make sure to keep your eyes on the road!

So there you have it. This is our list of our favorite road trip songs. So are you ready to hit the road with the best playlist ever?

We have this on our playlist, what’s on yours? Have you ever taken a road trip going anywhere?

Do you have a song that needs to be included when you go traveling? We’d love to hear in the comments below.

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81 thoughts on “60 Best Road Trip Songs to Rock the Drive”

Where Chris Rea? There should be at least one song if not 3

Interesting list you have here. I have some recommendations here if you don’t mind.

Raspberries – Go All the Way Jason Isbell – Super 8 Big Star – In the Street Crack the Sky, the best band to come out of Baltimore – Nuclear Apathy Wishbone Ash – (In All My Dreams) You Rescue Me The Bottle Rockets – Radar Gun Danny O’Keefe – Good Time Charlie’s Got the Blues Cross Canadian Ragweed – Fightin’ For

Thanks for the nice collection, will definitely try this!!

Thank you so much for sharing this playlist. I really loved it.

Very nice collection thanks for sharing!!

Blatantly missing: “Roll on Down the Highway” – Bachman-Turner Overdrive

Great selection. Along with ‘Go Your own Way’ and ‘Life is a Highway’, I’d add ‘Peaches’ by Justin Bieber

Nice One! Amazing Playlist! Really love This, thank you for sharing this lovely playlist.

Awesome Playlist !! Love It

Thanks for the song list now it will be very easy for me to go on a road trip.

thanks for the list of songs. I loved the ‘boys of summer’ song so much. Every time when I drive I always play this song.

Superb Collection..i definitely tryy all songs..i am planning to go out . i hope it helps for me. Thank you

Thank you very much for this playlist. I really loved it.

Superb Collection.. Thanks for the lovely post

fantastic article thanks for sharing, I appereciate your work

Thanks so much! Do you have a favourite song to add?

Most of these songs and genres that aren’t rock should be left off the list completely. The best road songs are real rock hands down. The best road song ever is Judas Priest’s “Heading Out To The Highway”. The live version of the Priest Live album from 1987.

You reminded me of songs that I love but forgot about. Thanks for making this playlist, I will definitely be listening to some old favorites as well as some ones you’ve recommended…Old is gold

Thanks for this article but there are many tracks apart from these to make the highway journey a perfect experience.

You reminded me some of the songs that I love but forgotten about it. Thanks for reminding me again, I will definitely be listening to some old favorites as well as someones you’ve recommended. 🙂

Great collections thank you so much for sharing this article.

Really a great collection of songs thanks for sharing hopefully it will help me next time i go out.

Thank you for this wonderful list. It really helped me a lot during my road trip.

Amazing article I really loved it. Thanks for sharing this amazing content.

Hey there Thanks for the Wonderful Playlist.

This is an excellent list. I have a trip to plan here shortly. Hopefully everyone can agree on this playlist.

Yes.. This is an excellent list of songs for road trip

Superb Collection. Thanks for sharing it.

Superb Collection..i definitely tryy all songs..i am planning to go out . i hope it helps for me.

You reminded me of songs that I love but forgot about. Thanks for making this playlist, I will definitely be listening to some old favorites as well as some ones you’ve recommended…Old is gold

Awesome and ‘d add Big Sugar’s “Please Let Me Sleep In Late or My Heart Refuses To Pound”.

The requirement for any good road trip is, as everyone knows, a killer soundtrack. And summer is the optimal time to hit the road and go on an adventure. Whether you’re embarking on a solo trip or gathering with friends and family, you’re going to need some tunes to keep you company along the way. We’ve collated classic driving songs from throughout the eras and assembled the best road trip songs to fire up as you head out on the open road.

Hey, nice post loved it.

You reminded me of songs that I love but forgot about! Thanks for making this playlist, I will definitely be listening to some old favorites as well as some ones you’ve recommended!

Awesome playlist! Added some of these for my next road trip, thankyou so much sir ??

Awesome playlist! Added some of these for my next road trip 🙂 Thanks for the post!

really nyc playlist

awesome..amazing man..!!

Thank you so much!! You don’t know how you helped me. But you helped me a lot. Usually, I get bored while going for a long ride but now it is gonna Amazing. Thank you again.

Hi, You have put together a great collection of songs. It’s true music and travel if combined together can make any trip a great one. I have although written a similar article on my blog but being an Indian I love Bollywood songs. Lately, I have added some modern International songs too on my playlist and I am loving those. I have noticed that you have added many classic old songs, I have listened to a few of them on YouTube and I found them pretty great. Thanks for sharing your list of songs with us. You can check out mine too. It’s a bit different from yours.

Great collection. There is so much good music out there, old and new, the challenge always seems to be keeping the list to a manageable number. Quite a few caught me by surprise. I was a long haul truck driver for many years, and a big music fan, but you learn something new every day. A running joke in my house is that I have been more places with Melissa Etheridge than I have with my wife of 36 years. Submitted for your consideration: You can sleep while I drive-Melissa Etheridge. Radar Love-Golden Earring Roll Me Away- Bob Seger In The Air Tonight- Phil Collins Uneasy Rider-Charlie Daniels Here I go Again-Whitesnake Eastbound and Down-Jerry Reeves This Flight Tonight-Nazareth Fly At Night-Chilliwack The Load Out-Jackson Browne Several dozen more than you will have space for.

Superb Collection..i definitely try all songs..i am planning to go out . i hope it helps for me.

Thank You So Much For The Playlist. Now I Am Gonna Rock The Long Drive.

What an Amazing Wonderful Collection Realy I Love IT 🙂

Great collection man..Enjoy

Nice playlist. I’d include America’s Ventura Highway.

was going to put I’ve Been Everywhere Man on the list and then I decided against it because I have it on another music list on this site. I linked to it in this article and I thought, uh oh, I can’t repeat songs too muc

wonderful collection

Thank you so much for the playlist. I loved all of them. Now am ready to hit the long roads.

I can’t argue with most of the selections on the list, but there are a few blatant omissions:

Born To Be Wild Radar Love Twilight Zone

I don’t know how any music list (regardless of theme) can be complete without a single song by Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Rush, or the Boss, let alone missing all of them???

I love music so much.this is the best article ever about road trip songs playlists. Thank you for nice article.

Excellent collection of songs! I truly needed to recommend this to these amazing people who have done great road trips I’m in touch with and will do in future. One of their trips was 20,000 Kms. Will share it ahead!

Thank you for the great road trip list. It was great.

Thanks Dev & Deb !! You made my day…!! By reading your article I found so much happiness because in coming days I’ll go on long tour with my new car & these road trip songs will rock it all the way … !! 🙂

– Jenny Diana

Jessica by the Allman Brothers is one of the best for me. In the movie of my life, it’s the music that would playduring the scenewhen I take a long road trip or move cross-country. 😛

Great addition, I’ll have to add it to my Spotify.

Ooooooh, so many. Led Zep’s Dazed and Confused (26 minute version), Hendrix’ Voodoo Chile, a lot of Buddy Guy. Yesterday I heard B-52s “Planet Claire”–that is a serious jam.

I am so happy to spend my time here, i am always search exactly like this blog. Thanks for sharing us.

Great choices and I love that you included a Canadian. Life is a Highway. Woot!

Awesome and ‘d add Big Sugar’s “Please Let Me Sleep In Late or My Heart Refuses To Pound”.

Great selection. Along with ‘Go Your own Way’ and ‘Life is a Highway’, I’d add ‘Dance the Night Away’ by Van Halen

Superb!! Never gonna to forget this one!!

I Wanna Be Sedated BY The Ramones

Amazing this post, thanks for share it.

Amazing this one thanks for share it.

Fantastic list, thank you! One addition comes to mind right away: “Life is a Highway” by Tom Cochrane. I mean, it actually has the word highway in it. Classic.

That’s a great addition. I was actually thinking about that song. I love him because he’s also Canadian and I like adding Canadians to the list. But I then decided to leave him out because for me, he was oversaturated (in our neck of the woods anyway) and that song was totally overplayed and now I just can’t listen to it anymore. But most people love it!

I would add “Go Your Own Way” by Fleetwood Mac.

Great choice! How could I forget that one!

thank you! One addition comes to mind right away: “Life is a Highway” by Tom Cochrane.

LOVE THESE!! Couldn’t agree more about Paradise by the Dashboard Light. I love Meat Loaf, LOL. He was my first concert at age 8 😀 and we played “I Would Do Anything For Love” at our wedding hahaha. Great pics. I love any Bob Dylan or Johnny Cash as well—perfect for an All-American road trip. Also 80’s rock.

Road trips are the best!!

I loved that I would do Anything for Love. It was a great comeback song for him. So what wouldn’t you do? Haha, He says, I would do anything for love, but I won’t do that. HAha. I always think about what is that? 🙂 I was going to put I’ve Been Everywhere Man on the list and then I decided against it because I have it on another music list on this site. I linked to it in this article and I thought, uh oh, I can’t repeat songs too much.

Very good article…this is a very unique article for me. I have never seen this kinda article on any sites… REALLY VERY NICE..CHEERS

Thanks Jessica. We love music so much we decided that we had to put together a list of our playlists. So there you go!

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150+ Road Trip Songs: Your Ultimate Driving Playlist

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The Best Road Trip Music

A road trip wouldn’t be a road trip without a good old sing along. Whilst on the road, regardless of how you sound, singing at the top of your lungs is just de rigueur – in fact, it’s road trip law!

There are so many amazing songs to choose from that I’ve had a great time compiling our playlist of road trip songs. I’ve been transported back through time to my favourite memories and karaoke nightmares, and been introduced to some fantastic new songs.

Forget about the 100 best road trip songs, we’ve broken down the top 150+ of the best songs for road trips! Each category has its own amazing road trip playlist, and there is also a combined Spotify ultimate playlist for a road trip, with four hours of travelling songs. So, warm up those pipes and get ready to belt out some fantastic tunes on the open road!

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Classic Road Trip Songs

No matter what year you were born, or your musical taste, most of you will have heard and know the lyrics to these classic rock songs, making them really good songs to drive to. From Hotel California to Space Oddity, these are some of the greatest songs, by the greatest artists of all time. They also include some of the best guitar solos ever recorded. A great addition to any road trip playlists.

  • The Eagles – Hotel California
  • Queen – Bohemian Rhapsody
  • Lynyrd Skynyrd – Sweet Home Alabama
  • Tom Petty – Free Fallin
  • AC/DC – Highway to Hell
  • The Beatles – Here Comes The Sun
  • Creedence Clearwater Revival – Bad Moon Rising
  • The Rolling Stones – Sympathy for the Devil
  • The Kinks – You Really Got Me Going
  • Fleetwood Mac – Go Your Own Way
  • David Bowie – Space Oddity
  • Don McLean – American Pie
  • Bob Segar – Old Time Rock & Roll
  • Abba – Waterloo
  • Elton John – Rocket Man
  • The Doors – Light My Fire
  • Bob Dylan – Like A Rolling Stone
  • Ray Charles – Hit The Road Jack
  • Allman Brothers Band – Midnight Rider
  • Willie Nelson – On The Road Again
  • Aretha Franklin – Respect
  • Billy Joel – Piano Man
  • Chuck Berry – Johnny B. Goode
  • The Beach Boys – Surfin U.S.A
  • Neil Diamond – Sweet Caroline
  • Van Morrison – Brown Eyed Girl
  • Bachman Turner Overdrive – Taking care of Business
  • Johnny Cash- Ring of Fire
  • Simon & Garfunkel – Mrs Robinson
  • Led Zepplin – Kashmir
  • Nina Simone – Sinnerman
  • Golden Earring – Radar Love
  • Jackson Browne – Stay

Get the classic road trip songs playlist here

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DJ’s & Collaborations

Some of the best songs for driving are collaborations. Two or three amazing artists bringing together their unique sounds can result in pure magic, and these are a great addition to any chill road trip songs playlist.

  • David Guetta ft. Sia – Titanium
  • Calvin Harris ft. Rag’n’Bone Man – Giant
  • Dr. Dre, Eminem ft. Skylar Grey – I Need a Doctor
  • Dua Lipa and Elton John – Cold Heart
  • Rihanna and JAY Z – Umbrella
  • Robin Shultz and Lilly Wood- Prayer in C
  • David Guetta ft. Estelle – One Love
  • Calvin Harris ft. Dua Lipa – One Kiss
  • Beyonce and JAY Z – Crazy in Love
  • Diddy Dirty Money and Skyler Grey – Coming Home
  • Sigma ft. Paloma Faith – Changing
  • David Guetta ft. Becky Hill, Ella Henderson – Crazy What Love Can Do
  • Rihanna ft. Calvin Harris – We Found Love
  • Rudimental and John Newman, Alex Clare – Not Givin In
  • Sean Paul and Dua Lipa – No Lie
  • Ed Sheeran and Khalid – Beautiful People
  • JAY Z and Alicia Keys – Empire State of Mind
  • Blackstreet, Dr Dre and Queen Pen – No Diggity
  • Santana and Rob Thomas – Smooth
  • Kanye West, Rhianna and Paul McCartney – FourFiveSeconds
  • Nelly and Kelly Rowland – Dilemma
  • Eve and Gwen Stefani – Let Me Blow Ya Mind
  • Rudimental and John Newman – Feel The Love
  • The Chainsmokers and Coldplay – Something Just Like This
  • Amy Winehouse and Mark Rowland – Valerie
  • Eminem abd Dido – Stan
  • Run D.M.C and Aerosmith – Walk This Way

Get the alternative road trip songs playlist here

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Road Trip Songs from the Twenties (2020 – 2022)

There is a bigger selection of all types of music than ever before, and a lot of the new artists are very exciting. However, Kate Bush and Running Up That Hill making a comeback after 30 years just goes to show that there’s room for everyone. Use these songs to help create your modern road trip playlist.

  • Lizzo – About Damn Time
  • Doja Cat – Say So
  • Tones and I – Dance Monkey
  • Kate Bush – Running Up That Hill
  • Adele – Easy On Me
  • Charli XCX – Yuck
  • Gayle – abc
  • Charlie Puth – Light Switch
  • Florence + The Machine – King
  • Harry Styles – As It Was
  • Beyonce – Summer Renaissance
  • The Weekend – Out Of Time
  • Camilla Cabello – La Buena Vida
  • Jessie Ware – Free Yourself
  • Amber Mark – Bliss
  • Ellie Goulding – Easy Lover
  • Dua Lipa – Love Again

Get the twenties playlist here

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Late Noughties (2011-2019) Road Trip Songs

In 2011 Spotify really started to take off, gaining over 1 million subscribers. This new way of listening allowed you to play music your own way, whatever you wanted, whenever you wanted, and changed the way we buy and listen to music forever. Creating a songs playlist of your favourites led to people discovering new music, which they wouldn’t have heard otherwise. These are some of the best road trip songs of the 2000s.

  • Adele – Rolling in The Deep
  • Paloma Faith – Crybaby
  • Robin Thicke – Blurred Lines
  • Mumford & Suns – I Will Wait
  • Rag’n’Bone Man – Human
  • The Weekend – Blinding Lights
  • Mr. Probz – Waves
  • Klangkarussell – Sonnentanz
  • Parov Stelar – The Sun
  • Arctic Monkeys – I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor
  • Rihanna – Diamonds
  • Lorde – Royals
  • Jess Glynn – Hold My Hand
  • The Chainsmokers – Don’t Let Me Down
  • Bruno Mars – 24k Magic
  • Pharrell Williams – Happy
  • Twenty One Pilots – Stressed Out
  • Coldplay – Viva La Viva
  • Mylie Cyrus – We Can’t Stop
  • Harry Styles – Adore You
  • Sia – Chandelier
  • Robyn – Dancing On My Own
  • Ed Sheeran – Shape of You

Get the late noughties playlist here

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The Early Noughties (2000-2010) Best Driving Songs

Anything goes as far as music from the early noughties, there wasn’t a particular genre that stood out and no new genres really emerged. Still, we had some fantastic music from really iconic bands. Include these great tunes on your road trips songs playlist.

  • Coldplay – Yellow
  • The Killers – Mr. Brightside
  • Muse – Uprising
  • Florence + The Machine – You’ve Got The Love
  • Kings of Leon – Sex on Fire
  • Alicia Keys – Fallin’
  • Gnarls Barkley – Crazy
  • Nelly Furtado – I’m Like A Bird
  • India.Arie – Video
  • Lady Gaga – Just Dance
  • Eminem – The Real Slim Shady
  • Keane – Somewhere Only We Know
  • Black Eyed Peas – I Gotta Feeling
  • Coldplay – Clocks
  • Black Eyed Peas – Where is the Love
  • Snow Patrol – Chasing Cars
  • Stereophonics – Dakota
  • Madonna – Hung Up
  • Kaiser Chiefs – I Predict A Riot
  • The Fratellis – Whistle For The Choir
  • Kelly Rowland – Work
  • The Strokes – Last Night
  • Franz Ferdinand – Take Me Out
  • Green Day – Boulevard of Broken Dreams

Get the early noughties playlist here

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If you fancy listening to something a bit different, check out these fantastic remixes on SoundCloud.

  • Moby – Almost Home – Vijay & Sofia Zklatko Remix
  • Tracey Chapman – Stand By Me – Fabien Lanciano Remix
  • Calvin Harris & Disciples – How Deep is Your Love – Chris Lake Remix
  • Chaka Khan – Ain’t Nobody – Laurent Wild & The Discoh Family Edit
  • Hall and Oats – I Can’t Go For That – Pomo Remix
  • Clean Bandit – Rather Be – JackLNDN Remix
  • Chic ft. Sugarhill Gang – Good Times Vs Rappers Delight – Jet Boot Jack Remix
  • Dusty Springfield – Son of a Preacher Man – Bergeque Edit
  • Sia – Cheap Thrills ft. Sean Paul – Bruno Torres Remix
  • The Chainsmokers & Halsey – Closer – R3hab Remix
  • Wiz Khalifa Ft. Charlie Puth – See You Again Bauke Top Remix
  • Dire Straits – Sultans of Swing – lg Oliver Remix
  • Fleetwood Mac – Dreams – Gigamesh Edit
  • Sade – Smooth Operator – Dj S Bootleg Dance Remix
  • Naz – Old Town Road – B.R.T Official Remix
  • Snow Patrol – Mysterious ways
  • Parra For Cuva – Wicked Game

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Best 90’s Road Trip Songs

The nineties were one of the most inventive and creative periods for music. The decade saw grunge really take off in the USA and the battle of Brit pop in the UK. These different genres still influence music today. So if you’re going on an American road trip or to drive through Europe, add these songs to create your perfect road trip songs playlist.

  • Nirvana – Smells like Teen Spirit
  • Red Hot Chilli Peppers – Under the Bridge
  • Pearl Jam – Even Flow
  • Faithless – Why Go?
  • Alanis Morissette – Ironic
  • The Cranberries – Linger
  • The Verve – Bitter Sweet Symphony
  • R.E.M – Losing My Religion
  • TLC – Waterfalls
  • Blur – Park Life
  • Oasis – Don’t Look Back In Anger
  • Sheryl Crow – All I Wanna Do
  • Natalie Imbruglia – Torn
  • Fugees – Killing Me Softly With His Song
  • 4 Non Blondes – What’s Up?
  • Radiohead – Creep
  • No Doubt – Don’t Speak
  • The Goo Goo Dolls – Iris
  • Sixpence None The Richer – Kiss Me
  • Lenny Kravitz – Are you Gonna Go My Way
  • Guns N’ Roses – Don’t Cry
  • The Cure – Friday I’m in Love
  • Weezer – Buddy Holly
  • Ace of Base – All That She Wants
  • 10,000 Maniacs – These Are Days
  • The Commitments – Mustang Sally
  • George Michael – Freedom! ’90
  • Fatboy Slim – Praise You
  • Tom Cochrane – Life is a Highway

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Best 80s Road Trip Songs

The eighties are one of my favourite eras for music, it was also when MTV started and launched the music video, I’ll never forget the first time I saw the video for Thriller, it was pretty epic! The likes of punk rock, new wave and out and out pop gave us some of the greatest tunes ever. Add these tunes to your song list.

  • A-ha – Take on Me
  • Culture Club – Karma Chameleon
  • Bon Jovi – Livin’ On A Prayer
  • Eurythmics – Sweet Dreams
  • Madonna – Like A Virgin
  • Bryan Adams – Summer Of ’69
  • Cyndi Lauper – Girls Just Wanna Fun
  • Michael Jackson – Thriller
  • Tears for Fears – Shout
  • Toto – Africa
  • Katrina & The Waves – Walking on Sunshine
  • U2 – With or Without You
  • Guns N’ Roses – Paradise City
  • Soft Cell – Tainted Love
  • Tracy Chapman – Fast Car
  • Simple Minds – Don’t You
  • The Human League – Don’t You Want Me
  • Bruce Springsteen – Born in the U.S.A
  • Prince – Little Red Corvette
  • The Clash – Rock the Casbah
  • Men At Work – Down Under
  • Frankie Goes To Hollywood – Relax
  • Duran Duran – Girls on Film
  • Spandau Ballet – Gold
  • Chris Isaak – Wicked Game
  • Pet Shop Boys – West End Girls
  • New Order – True Faith
  • Whitney Houston – I Wanna Dance with Somebody
  • Pat Benatar – Heartbreaker
  • The Boomtown Rats – I Don’t like Mondays
  • The Police – Message in A Bottle
  • The Bangles – Manic Monday
  • The Proclaimers – I’m Gonna Be / 500 miles
  • Wham – Club Tropicana
  • Phil Collins – In The Air Tonight
  • The Communards – Don’t Leave Me This Way
  • The B-52’s – Love Shack

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Best Driving Power Ballads

Everyone loves a power ballad! These emotionally charged love songs are just begging you to belt them out at the top of your lungs! Anytime you are going to travel, include these on your road trip songs playlist.

  • Foreigner – I Want To Know What Love Is
  • Bryan Adams – Everything I Do
  • Journey – Don’t Stop Believin
  • Cutting Crew – I Just Died In Your Arms Tonight
  • Heart – Alone
  • Guns N’ Roses – November Rain
  • Boston – More Than a Feeling
  • Bonnie Tyler – Total Eclipse of the Heart
  • Richard Marx – Right Here Waiting
  • REO Speedwagon – Can’t Fight This Feeling
  • Meatloaf – Paradise By The Dashboard Light
  • Foreigner – Waiting for a Girl Like You
  • Berlin – Take My Breath Away
  • Europe – The Final Countdown
  • Crowded House – Don’t Dream It’s Over
  • Poison – Every Rose Has Its Thorn
  • Survivor – Eye of the Tiger
  • Starship – Nothing’s Going to Stop Us Now
  • Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes – The Time of My Life
  • Alannah Myles – Black Velvet

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Disco Road Trip Songs

Disco disco disco – if these tunes with their rhythmic beats don’t get you singing and moving to the music then nothing will. Keep an eye on that speed limit in case you get carried away! Perfect for those summer road trips.

  • Abba – Dancing Queen
  • Gloria Gaynor – I Will Survive
  • Earth Wind and Fire – Boogie Wonderland
  • Bee Gees – Stayin’Alive
  • Diana Ross – Upside Down
  • The Trammps – Disco Inferno
  • Donna Summer – Hot Stuff
  • The Pointer Sisters – I’m So Excited
  • Earth Wind and Fire – Let’s Groove
  • Chic – Le Freak
  • Cool and The Gang – Celebration
  • Lipps Inc – Funky Town
  • Chaka Khan – I’m Every Woman
  • Earth Wind and Fire – September
  • The Emotions – Best of My Love
  • Cheryl Lynn – Got to Be Real
  • The Jacksons – Blame it On the Boogie
  • Peaches and Herb – Shake Your Groove Thing
  • Kylie Minogue – Can’t Get You Out of My Head
  • Scissor Sisters – I Don’t Feel Like Dancing
  • Barry Manilow – Copacabana

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55 Best Road Trip Songs (Sing Along While Driving)

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There’s almost no better feeling than hitting the open road and the wind whipping through your hair. Every great road trip needs a great soundtrack. Here we take a look at 55 of the greatest road trip songs to sing along to on your next interstate adventure.

1. Born to Run – Bruce Springsteen

Bruce Springsteen - Born to Run (Official Video)

No song captures the thrill of hitting the open road better than Bruce Springsteen’s classic hit, Born To Run . The epic love song captures all the passion of young lovers trying to find a place to call their own in this world. This is to be sung at full volume on the highway with the windows rolled down!

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2. Mr. Brightside – The Killers

The Killers - Mr. Brightside (Official Music Video)

An anthem for a generation, The Killers’ first hit, Mr. Brightside , turns the lead singer’s pain of being cheated on into one of the greatest sing-along songs of all time. With a driving tempo, the track taps into feelings of jealousy and heartbreak that many of us, unfortunately, know too well.

Next: Ultimate list of the best 2000s rock songs

3. All Star – Smash Mouth

Smash Mouth - All Star (Official Music Video)

It is basically impossible not to sing along to Smash Mouth’s biggest hit, All Star . Following the story of a, perhaps delusional, wannabe rock star, the song features top-notch wordplay and an addicting melody that demands to be sung, even when we’ve heard it far too many times.

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4. Bohemian Rhapsody – Queen

Queen – Bohemian Rhapsody (Official Video Remastered)

Queen’s epic masterpiece, Bohemian Rhapsody , is one of the greatest songs ever written . Clocking in at almost six minutes, their record company balked at the idea of such a long song. Lucky for all of us, Wayne and Garth included, the band persisted and gave us one of the greatest driving songs of all time.

5. Hotel California – The Eagles

Hotel California (2013 Remaster)

The Eagles epic about a haunted hotel is an essential road trip track. With spooky imagery, a catchy melody, and a killer guitar solo, Hotel California is one of their very best tunes.

Next: The full meaning behind “Hotel California” song lyrics

6. A Thousand Miles – Vanessa Carlton

Vanessa Carlton - A Thousand Miles

First heard in the 2001 film  Legally Blonde , Vanessa Carlton’s track, A Thousand Miles , is one of the greatest karaoke songs of all time . With its upbeat piano and themes of traveling, this is a perfect song for singing on the road.

Next: Ultimate travel & adventure songs playlist

7. I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) – The Proclaimers

I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles) (2011 Remaster)

I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) is one of the catchiest proclamations of love that has ever been sung. The Proclaimers’ most well-known hit is the perfect song for singing on the highway, especially if you find yourself on your way back home to the one you love.

8. TiK ToK – Kesha

Ke$ha - TiK ToK (Official HD Video)

Ke$ha’s party anthem, TiK ToK , is the ultimate car-ride sing-along. With fun verses, a catchy chorus, and a heavy dose of rebellious energy, this song will make sure your road trip party “don’t stop” anytime soon.

9. Don’t Stop Believin’ – Journey

Journey - Don't Stop Believin' (Live 1981: Escape Tour - 2022 HD Remaster)

Everyone knows the words to the song about a small-town girl and a city boy. Journey’s greatest hit is the ultimate track for your road trip journey playlist—with that catchy piano, killer guitar solo , and a chorus that will push you to your vocal limits.

Next: Story and meaning of Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin'”

10. Here I Go Again – Whitesnake

Whitesnake - Here I Go Again '87 (Official Music Video)

One thing the 80s got right was hair metal power ballads. With big hair, bigger guitar, and even bigger vocals, this catchy tune will have you speeding down the highway. The real question is whether or not you can hit that high note !

Next: Our list of favorite power ballads ever

11. Mr. Blue Sky – Electric Light Orchestra

Electric Light Orchestra - Mr. Blue Sky (Official Video)

Electric Light Orchestra’s most iconic hit, the cheery tune Mr. Blue Sky , is impossible not to sing along to. While the actual meaning of the song is open for interpretation, the optimistic tone of the music and fun-to-sing lyrics make it a necessary addition to your road trip playlist.

12. Highway to Hell – AC/DC

AC/DC - Highway to Hell (Official Video)

AC/DC’s rock anthem is sure to have you rolling down the highway. Highway To Hell is an all-time classic rock ‘n’ roll anthem. Put this on the radio, and you’ll have everyone in the car doing their best Bon Scott impression.

13. Life is a Highway – Rascal Flatts

Rascal Flatts - Life Is a Highway (From "Cars"/Official Video)

Originally by Tom Cochrane , Rascal Flatts hit track, Life Is A Highway , is perfect for cruising down the interstate. With that catchy guitar riff and infectious lyrics, this one is great for singing with the windows down and the wind in your hair.

14. Bat Out of Hell – Meat Loaf

Meat Loaf - Bat Out of Hell (PCM Stereo)

Meat Loaf ‘s greatest song is his epic masterpiece, Bat Out Of Hell . The eight-minute track about a motorcycle out of control is a defining rock opera track and perfect for testing out your vocal chops.

15. What I Got – Sublime

Sublime - What I Got (Official Music Video)

Sublime’s 1997 hit What I Got is a perfect addition to any road trip playlist. Trying to figure out “why my money’s all gone,” the lyrics tell a story that is both relatable and fantastic. Bringing ska and rap together, this track just demands to be sung along to while you roll down the road. 

16. Valerie – Amy Winehouse

Valerie (Live At BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge, London / 2007)

Originally by The Zutons, Amy Winehouse made the iconic track, Valerie , all her own. The song lets us all tap into our desire to love and to be loved. It’s a perfect track to put on in a car full of friends and to try and match the intensity of Winehouse’s vocal delivery.

17. Hey Ya! – Outkast

Outkast - Hey Ya! (Official HD Video)

Atlanta-based rap duo Outkast is one of the greatest hip hop acts of all time, and fewer tracks are more iconic than Hey Ya! It’s impossible to hear this song and not be filled with joy. This will have you feeling “ice cold” while you roll down the highway.

Next: Greatest Atlanta rappers of all time

18. Free Fallin’ – Tom Petty

Tom Petty - Free Fallin'

Everyone knows the words to Tom Petty’s defining ballad about a small-town girl who’s “crazy ’bout Elvis.” Even if you don’t know all the words to each verse, the chorus demands to be sung (or screamed, depending on your vocal range). This tune will have everyone singing along.

19. Drops of Jupiter – Train

Train - Drops of Jupiter (Official Video)

Train’s iconic cosmic hit Drops Of Jupiter is a quintessential karaoke track. With epic lyrics, a catchy melody, and a chorus that just demands to be belted, this is a perfect song for testing your vocal chops while you coast down the highway.

20. Girls Just Want To Have Fun – Cyndi Lauper

Cyndi Lauper - Girls Just Want To Have Fun (Official Video)

There’s no better track for a girls’ road trip than Cyndi Lauper’s classic hit Girls Just Want To Have Fun . All about rejecting societal expectations for women, not only is this song an absolute banger, but it is dripping with 80s nostalgia that will lift everyone’s spirit in the car.

Next: Our playlist of ultimate women empowerment songs and anthems

21. Mr. Jones – Counting Crows

Counting Crows - Mr. Jones (Official Music Video)

One of the Counting Crows’ most beloved tracks, Mr. Jones has an infectious melody and is full of relatable imagery. The song is all about the dream of being famous and believing how much better life will be when it does finally happen. While it leaves out some of the pitfalls of becoming a superstar, this is a perfect sing-along for long car drives with friends.

22. Chasing Pavements – Adele

Adele - Chasing Pavements (Official Music Video)

Before Adele was the Queen of Pop, she put out her first big hit , Chasing Pavements . The ballad is about the difficult decision to leave a relationship leading nowhere, and its epic chorus is impossible to not belt along to, especially if you are struggling with a similar situation in your own life.

Next: The meaning behind Adele’s song “Easy On Me”

23. Landslide – Fleetwood Mac

Fleetwood Mac - Landslide (Official Music Video) [HD]

Fleetwood Mac’s iconic track Landslide has everything the perfect sing-along song needs: a beautiful melody, great lyrics, and a powerful chorus. The right song for a road trip, especially if you are traveling alone on a rainy day.

Next: Full meaning of “Landslide” song lyrics explained

24. Psycho Killer – Talking Heads

Talking Heads - Psycho Killer (Official Audio)

With driving drums and bass, Psycho Killer is the perfect excuse to shout in faux-French as you roll down the highway. Whether you are out on a drive around town or you are trying to “run, run, run away,” this is a perfect tune to give your road trip a weird edge.

25. Love on Top – Beyo ncé

Beyoncé - Love On Top (Official Video)

While Queen B has got plenty of great tunes for a road trip, Love On Top is perfect for anyone whose heart is full of love. With catchy music giving major 80s throwback vibes, this is perfect for channeling all the love in your heart. And it’s also perfect for testing your vocal chops, especially after that key change !

26. Africa – Toto

Toto - Africa (Official HD Video)

Few songs capture that 80s vibe like Toto’s big hit, Africa . The quirky track full of vibey synths is a love song to the entire continent or at least a love song to the idea of it. The chorus is perfect for belting as you roll down the highway.

27. Complicated – Avril Lavigne

Avril Lavigne - Complicated (Official Video)

Avril Lavigne’s pop-punk ballad, Complicated, is one of the genre’s best tracks, especially for everyone growing up in the early 2000s. The tune brings together country and punk aesthetics to create one of the best sing-along songs of all time.

28. Take Me Home, Country Roads – John Denver

John Denver - Take Me Home, Country Roads (Official Audio)

No song romanticizes a scenic getaway like John Denver’s Take Me Home, Country Roads . All about the beautiful roads that lead back home, the chorus of this classic is perfect for singing while enjoying the scenic highways of America.

29. Since U Been Gone – Kelly Clarkson

Kelly Clarkson - Since U Been Gone (VIDEO)

One of Kelly Clarkson’s first big hits, Since U Been Gone is a powerful and cathartic song. We’ve all been in relationships where we weren’t treated like we should’ve been, and this track fully captures the feeling of getting free from a toxic relationship.

30. Livin’ On A Prayer – Bon Jovi

Bon Jovi - Livin' On A Prayer

Nothing screams 80s rock ‘n’ roll like Bon Jovi’s Livin’ On A Prayer . The story of the down-on-their-luck couple, Tommy and Gina, reminds us that anything is possible when you’ve got love and a dream. The epic tune is perfect for singing while rolling down a city street or open highway.

31. Crazy – Patsy Cline


For anyone who has dreamed of being a country diva, Patsy Cline’s Crazy is one of the standards you’ve got to know. The country ballad showcases her signature soaring voice and is perfect for singing along in the car, especially if your love life is currently in shambles.

32. Stairway to Heaven – Led Zeppelin

Led Zeppelin - Stairway To Heaven (Official Audio)

One of the greatest rock ‘n’ roll songs of all time, Led Zeppelin’s Stairway To Heaven is one of the ultimate road trip tunes to blast on full volume. With an exciting story and a song that builds to an epic solo and chorus, heads will be banging in the car. 

33. Say It Ain’t So – Weezer

Weezer - Say It Ain't So (Official Video)

One of Weezer’s most iconic tracks, this entire song is a vibe. Capturing teenage angst and anger in a four-minute capsule, this takes you from chill to screaming and back again, a perfect song to belt with buddies on the road.

34. In the Air Tonight – Phil Collins

Phil Collins - In The Air Tonight (Official Music Video)

The song that made air-drumming cool , Phil Collins’ In The Air Tonight is one of the most epic radio hits of all time. Building up from a soft synth, the track demands to be sung. Just make sure you hold onto the steering wheel when the big drum solo hits.

Next: The most iconic drum solos of all time

35. Tainted Love – Soft Cell

Soft Cell - Tainted Love (Official Music Video)

Do you ever feel like you’ve got to run away? Soft Cell’s Tainted Love is the perfect song to blast while you make your way out of town and get away from all that is haunting you.

36. Your Song – Elton John

Elton John - Your Song (Top Of The Pops 1971)

Every road trip needs a ballad, and Elton John is the king of radio ballads. Perhaps none more romantic or recognizable than his hit, Your Song , which represents the gift of his love.

37. Put Your Records On – Corinne Bailey Rae

Corinne Bailey Rae - Put Your Records On

Coming in with that funky guitar, Corinne Bailey Rae’s Put Your Records On is one of the best jazz-pop tunes to ever hit the airwaves. It’s best to turn the radio up and roll the windows down and let go of all your worries and sing as loud as you can when the chorus comes around.

38. Friday I’m In Love – The Cure

The Cure - Friday I'm In Love

The Cure’s Friday I’m In Love captures the energy and aesthetic of every John Hughes movie. If you want to feel like the protagonist of everyone’s new favorite coming-of-age film, throw this one on and belt it out while you head down the highway.

39. More Than a Feeling – Boston

Boston - More Than a Feeling (Official HD Video)

Few classic rock bands have captured a sound as epic as Boston’s. Their hit song, More Than A Feeling , will get you rolling down the highway with its epic guitar solos and huge vocals that you can try your best to match.

40. F*ck You – CeeLo Green

Cee Lo Green - FUCK YOU

CeeLo Green’s tune F*ck You is the perfect sing-along song for all of us who have been dissed, dumped, or hurt. Few songs are more cathartic to sing and, given the vulgarity, the car is the perfect place to let it blast.

41. I Want It That Way – Backstreet Boys

Backstreet Boys - I Want It That Way (Official HD Video)

If you are ready for them to bring our favorite boy bands back then Backstreet Boys’ I Want It That Way needs to be on top of your road trip playlist. Few songs have ever been more fun to sing along to.

42. How You Remind Me – Nickelback

Nickelback - How You Remind Me [OFFICIAL VIDEO]

Before Nickelback was a meme about a photograph , they were a hit machine. Embodying the post-grunge energy of the 2000s, How You Remind Me is a great song to blast while you’re on the road.

Next: Ultimate list of meme songs for you to enjoy

43. Stacy’s Mom – Fountains of Wayne

Fountains of Wayne - Stacy's Mom (Official Music Video)

There are only two kinds of people in this world: those who want to get with Stacy’s mom, and those who want to be Stacy’s mom. Whichever camp you fall in, you’ve got to blast Fountains Of Wayne hit, Stacy’s Mom , on your next road trip.

44. I Try – Macy Gray

Macy Gray - I Try (Official Video)

With that smokey voice, Macy Gray gave us a masterpiece with her hit, I Try . The song captures how all of us awkward folks feel when we are around the person that we have a crush on and is a cathartic tune to blast in the car.

45. I’m Yours – Jason Mraz

Jason Mraz - I'm Yours (Official Video) [4K Remaster]

One of the most well-known love songs of the 2000s, Jason Mraz gave us a track full of wordplay and tongue twisters to sing along to. I’m Yours is a perfect way to pass four minutes in the car, singing the catchy tune.

46. What’s Up – 4 Non Blondes

4 Non Blondes - What's Up (Official Music Video)

4 Non Blondes iconic hit What’s Up is a perfect soundtrack for a solo ride down country backroads. With an epic chorus, the tune is perfect for screaming at the top of your lungs.

47. Jessie’s Girl – Rick Springfield

Rick Springfield - Jessie's Girl (Official Video)

This lusty pop hit is all about the singer’s friend’s girlfriend and his unhealthy obsession with her. The build-up to the chorus is perfect singing material for your next road trip, especially if there is someone you can’t have on your mind.

48. Hey There Delilah – Plain White T’s

Plain White T's - Hey There Delilah

If you are trying to get into your feelings during your long drive, then the Plain White T’s Hey There Delilah is the perfect tune for you. All about the hardships of chasing your dreams while being in a long-term relationship. The beautiful song is perfect for a rainy stretch of highway.

49. Don’t Speak – No Doubt

No Doubt - Don't Speak (Official 4K Music Video)

This break-up song about No Doubt singer Gwen Stefani and the band’s guitar player is an absolute classic. This is one of the greatest sing-along tunes for anyone suffering from a broken heart and is a perfect tune to add to your next driving playlist, especially if you’re trying to get away from lost love.

50. White Flag – Dido

Dido - White Flag (Official Video)

Dido’s anthem White Flag is a song for women all across the world. This is about standing strong, being true to yourself, and never giving up on what you believe in. This is the perfect track to sing at full volume while you roll down a sunset highway.

51. Lose Yourself – Eminem

Lose Yourself (From "8 Mile" Soundtrack)

Eminem’s classic hit Lose Yourself is one of hip hop’s most fun songs to rap along to. A big hit from his film  8 Mile , the guitar comes in and sets the mood for the track all about having the courage to live up to your potential. 

52. Every Morning – Sugar Ray

Every Morning - Sugar Ray

With a chill guitar lick, Sugar Ray’s Every Morning is a four-minute dose of dopamine. It is a perfect tune to throw on and sing along with friends as you roll down the highway.

53. Wagon Wheel – Old Crow Medicine Show

Old Crow Medicine Show - Wagon Wheel [Official Music Video]

Old Crow Medicine Show reached out to Bob Dylan and asked if they could finish writing a demo he recorded decades earlier. Thank goodness for all of us, because it gave us one of the best party tunes, Wagon Wheel .

54. She’s So High – Tal Bachman

Tal Bachman - She's So High (Official Video)

Tal Bachman’s big hit, She’s So High , remains an iconic ballad. The build-up to the chorus just demands that we all hit that big falsetto note with him. It’s a perfect track for any road trip playlist.

55. Waterfalls – TLC

TLC - Waterfalls (Official HD Video)

It doesn’t get much better than TLC’s Waterfalls . With a funky backbeat and catchy chorus, this tune just asks to be sung along to. It is one of the trio’s best tracks and a perfect road trip tune.

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The 50 Most Essential Songs for Your Perfect Road Trip Playlist

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Car-culture tunes cross musical genres as seamlessly as changing lanes, moving between classic country, heavy metal, folk, funk, and rap. Whether you're in the mood for Rihanna or the Ramones, we've put together an eclectic list of the 50 best road trip songs to keep you humming along your journey. (Pro-tip: Once your road trip playlist is all loaded up, don't forget to download some audiobooks and plan a few games too.)

"Holiday Road" by Lindsey Buckingham

"Holiday Road" by Lindsey Buckingham

Even if you’re stuck driving a Family Truckster, this song will take you right back to carefree days. (Who else thought this was Kenny Loggins?)

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"Radar Love" by Golden Earring

"Radar Love" by Golden Earring

You may not be able to name another song the Dutch band Golden Earring recorded, but this classic 1973 hit combines "midnight love" with the drive-all-night ballad for a road trip win.

"Ramblin' Man" by The Allman Brothers Band

A seventies version of the age-old musical trope of people who call the road their home and can't be burdened with staying in one place (see also: "Brandy," "Take It Easy" and "Me and Bobby McGee").

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"Little Red Corvette" by Prince

Songs about cars are a favorite subset of the road trip song genre, and Prince sets the bar high with this song about a "car" (ahem) that goes too fast.

"Hot Rod Lincoln" by Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen

This rockabilly tribute to racing cars was first recorded in 1955 but has been covered by lots of fast-picking twangy guitarists since, most famously in 1971 by Commander Cody.

"Shut Up And Drive" by Rihanna

Everything about this song is engineered to pop perfection: Her purring vocals, bouncy melody, and double entendres. Every girlfriends' weekend playlist needs some RiRi — and one that starts with a road trip needs this song.

"No Sleep Till Brooklyn" by Beastie Boys

This Beastie Boys hit from their first album,  Licensed to Ill , hits two well-traveled road trip sub-genres: the musician-singing-about-being-on-the-road genre and the paean to a specific destination. It's guaranteed to add a little energy to the playlist and revive the driver.

"Rocket 88" by Ike Turner (Jackie Brenston and His Delta Cats)

Recording as Jackie Brenston and His Delta Cats, Ike Turner was instrumental in turning the key and igniting rock and roll with this jumping twelve-bar blues composition. You can feel the purring power of the car, and the undeniable attraction of going too fast. (Rocket 88 was a nickname for the recently minted Oldsmobile 88.)

"Road to Nowhere" by Talking Heads

You can feel good about getting lost with this tribute to a long aimless drive. Embrace the opportunity to yip, yodel, and scat along with lead singer David Byrne.

"Fun, Fun, Fun" by The Beach Boys

America's romance with the car had been jumpstarted by the end of WWII, but it really hit cruising speed in the 1960s with groups like The Beach Boys and Jan and Dean singing about being teenagers, driving fast cars, and having fun. 

"On The Road Again" by Willie Nelson

Willie Nelson wrote his first song at nine years old and hasn't stopped yet, even at 87. This heartfelt love song for a life of touring with musician friends was reportedly written on the back of an airplane airsickness bag.

"Highway to Hell" by AC/DC

Here we have the perfect soundtrack to every miserable traffic jam along your road trip. Bon Scott's guttural vocals make singing along particularly satisfying when frustrated by a standstill.

"I've Been Everywhere" by Johnny Cash

This fast-paced litany of geographic destinations is the more entertaining musical version of sitting through someone else's travel slideshow. Johnny Cash takes a 1959 Australian song (in which all the destinations are Down Under) and makes it his own.

"Drive My Car" by The Beatles

Not only does this song benefit from Paul McCartney's perfect formula for delicious pop confection, its final verse, "Beep beep'm beep beep yeah" is irresistible.

"Semi-Crazy" by Junior Brown

No road trip playlist is complete without a trucker song. Austin musician Junior Brown recorded arguably the perfect one, complete with twanging solos on his unique double-neck guitar: half electric, half pedal steel.

"State Trooper" by Bruce Springsteen

Pretty much every song on Springsteen's 1982 album Nebraska  involves cars and driving, usually at night, but there's an urgency to "State Trooper" that is familiar to any driver who's flown past a speed trap and hoped not to get pulled over. 

"Old Town Road" by Lil Nas X

Not only does this 2019 blockbuster combine Lil Nas X's rap and trap music bona fides with some classic country elements (banjo! Billy Ray Cyrus!), it even samples a song by industrial rock group, Nine Inch Nails. Besides being catchy and fun, the song made history by simultaneously appearing on both country and hip-hop charts.

"Mercury Blues" by Alan Jackson

You may think that a love song to a brand of car was written by an advertising executive, but this song was first recorded in 1948 by a blues musician from Mississippi. Lots of bands have covered "Mercury Blues" but country boy Alan Jackson had a hit with it in 2010, the year that Mercurys were discontinued.

"Low Rider" by War

The revving engine, the insistent riff of the saxophone, singer Charles Miller's Mariana Trench – deep repetition of "Low. Ri. Der" — no wonder the Chicago Tribune called this song the "quintessential cruising song."

"Truckin'" by Grateful Dead

Every playlist meant for driving should probably include a song that repeats "what a long, strange trip it's been" a few times. This particular Dead song has been singled out for recognition not just by Rolling Stone and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but in 1997, the Library of Congress declared it a national treasure.

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100+ Best Road Trip Songs (To Sing Along With As You Drive!)

  • March 5, 2024

Planning a road trip? Look no further for the best road trip songs to sing along with as you drive! Our comprehensive list of over 100 road trip songs includes the top songs that are guaranteed to make your journey even more enjoyable. Whether you prefer classic hits, feel-good anthems, or catchy tunes from various genres, our curated driving playlist has something for everyone. From nostalgic sing-alongs to upbeat tracks that will keep you energized, these road trip songs are the perfect soundtrack for your adventures on the open road. So grab your friends or family, roll down the windows, and get ready to create unforgettable memories with the best road trip songs playing in the background.

It is difficult to plan a road trip or long car ride, and it always seems like there are a million things to consider. With tons of things to prepare, a road trip playlist is something that is easily forgotten!

Whether you are in a Porsche, 4×4, camper, or on your bicycle , this list of the 100+ best road trip songs will make the journey your best experience ever!

Tunes for girly summer car trips, rock music, alternative, a little bit of country, and some contemporary 2020 hits. These songs, when put together make up an ideal playlist for your road trips.

And with more than 100 tunes included, there’s bound to be something for everyone to sing along to while driving.

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Why Is It Important To Have The Perfect Road Trip Playlist(s)

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Your road trip playlist will serve as the theme song for your journey. Is there really anything greater than singing aloud your favorite songs while driving down the open road? We don’t think so!

Moreover, being able to enjoy a seemingly endless playlist of cool tunes on the road together with your friends is an amazing way to explore new music and music styles you might not generally listen to when at home or even when you are out with your pals.

Music has an effect on us and most of us are people whose mood can be easily affected by a song.

So, maybe you’d like to sing that song to keep yourself active while traveling , or maybe you would like to listen to some calmer, rather low-key music to relax and gaze at the picturesque landscape around you.

Yet, like we said, while we all have our own special song selections that we want to listen to on the car radio, getting a playlist of songs that everybody enjoys and can sing along to will make any road trip an unforgettable experience for the entire collective.

Make A Great Road Trip Playlist With Sing-Along Songs

The window was rolled down, the stereo was turned up, and there were some great songs to sing along to. That sounds like a scene from a road trip film, doesn’t it?

Well, this is one of those cases where art imitates life, as this can easily happen to you when you have the right songs to sing along to.

This is why a road trip track list is essential: you shouldn’t have to wonder if the next song is going to be good; you should take that for granted and start singing from the very first note!

Some pieces of advice on how to create the perfect playlist:

  • Check that the songs have been downloaded to your smartphone or iPod or else you’ll waste a lot of data trying to download them when you’re already on the road. Even worse, you can be in areas with bad or even no signal and end up with no music at all!
  • Do you enjoy listening to anything and everything while driving? Check out Audible for podcasts, audiobooks, and more— it’s a great way to make the time fly when you are driving for a long time!

To be frank, when it comes to stuff like this, there is always a bit of debate about which road trip songs are the best, and this was indeed the case with this article.

There are many people who will disagree with the choice of some of these songs, as they might feel like some genres are way better than others for road trips.

If you, for example, feel like country music is the only thing you should listen to when driving across states, then that’s totally fine.

However, we believe that songs that you can sing along to in the car as well as songs that make you want to drive fast (but always safe and at the designated speed) are a big yes.

However, we wanted to present you with a playlist that will be everyone’s cup of tea, so rest assured that you will not be left unsatisfied. Keep on reading below to check out the songs we’ve picked for your next road trip playlist.

While all the songs in this article can be added to the same playlist, perhaps you’ll want to keep them separate and split the time spent on the road to different music themes and eras.

Are There Any Songs Everyone Appreciates?

Are There Any Songs Everyone Appreciates

Even with a song list of the greatest hits, no one will ever please every single passenger on a road trip, but we can at least do our best to search and find music that all of the people in our group can enjoy .

The sun is out, you can feel that warm breeze as you walk to your friend’s home to make a list of all the things you need to pack for your road trip. Of course, you need to create that perfect playlist to match the weather and the summer mood in the air !

The US roads and highways seem never-ending, which means that your summer playlist can include plenty of songs.

And, if the time does not suffice to listen to all of them, it’s more than okay for you to drive a little bit further to enjoy all the songs and sing along.

What if you succumbed to the lure of the frontier and traveled to the coast? That’s what we are talking about: a fantastic road trip, regardless of whether you are joined by your friends or are heading somewhere alone.

The legend of the U.S. road trip is an undisputable influence in contemporary culture, with books like On the Road, films like Little Miss Sunshine, and series like American Gods.

The story goes that the further you get away from home, the more opportunities for redefinition and potential there are.

Summer is the ideal time to discover whether Route 66 truly offers an epic journey. Once you take the decision to jump on that front seat and get going, these tunes will get you in the mood for adventure.

From some classics to party songs that will make you want to jump off your seat, this playlist has it all.

So, have a look at what we’ve got for you below.

  • Counting Crows- Mr. Jones
  • Vodka Juniors – Whiskey And The Rain
  • The Kooks- Melody Maker
  • Allah Las- Don’t You Forget It
  • Tom Waits- Ice Cream Man
  • Damien Jurado- Sheets
  • Oasis- Don’t Look Back In Anger
  • Ryan Adams- Gimme Something Good
  • Arctic Monkeys- Arabella
  • Midlake- Roscoe
  • John Butler Trio- Zebra
  • The Seeds- Can’t Seem To Make You Mine
  • Pitbull Ft. Kesha- Timber
  • Dirty Fuse- Sunset Beach
  • Firewater- Six Fourty Five
  • Sixto Rodriguez- Hate Street Dialogue
  • Vodka Juniors- King Of The Street
  • Laura Veirs- America
  • Antar Blue Band (Bob Dylan) – “Like A Rolling Stone” Cover
  • Perkele- What Have I Done
  • Allah Las- Tell Me
  • Milky Chance- Down By The River
  • Nancy Sinatra- Summer Wine
  • The Doors- L.A. Woman
  • The Kinks- Sunny Afternoon
  • Loner- Show A Little Love
  • Franz Ferdinand – The Dark Of The Matinée
  • Placebo- The Bitter End
  • Puresence- Casting Lazy Shadows
  • The Coral- Dreaming Of You
  • Lynyrd Skynyrd- Sweet Home Alabama
  • The Black Ghosts- Full Moon
  • Death In Vegas- Scorpio Rising
  • Ben Howard- The Wolves
  • James- Lose Control
  • Travelling Alone- Woods Of Ypres
  • Allah-Las- Katalina
  • Angus And Julia Stone – Big Jet Plane
  • Misun- Eli Eli
  • Roo Planes- Open Road
  • Detachments- The Flowers That Fell
  • Fear Of Men- ‘America’
  • Archive- Get Out
  • David Bowie- The Man Who Sold The World
  • The Last Shadow Puppets – Sequels
  • The Devil Makes Three – Stranger
  • Multigovernors – The Road
  • The Kinks – Sunny Afternoon
  • Incubus- Drive
  • Milky Chance Official- Stolen Dance

List No. 2: 2010s Hits For Road Trips

Regardless of your age, we all know that each decade had some unique music coming out. The 2010s were, of course, no exception, and the tunes on this playlist have made us all dance and sing along for years now.

Even if you are not a fan of pop music, songs like Maroon 5’s “Moves Like Jagger” have undeniably made us all dance to the beat of the song and even move like Jagger ourselves.

When we have been let down by our lover or just joined our friends for a karaoke night, then Miley Cyrus’ “Wrecking Ball” must have been your go-to song.

We do, however, know that the mainstream songs of the 2010s are probably not everyone’s cup of tea and, while we can all listen to a couple of them, spending hours on a road trip dancing along to those tunes might not sound so enjoyable to everyone .

Since we want to make your road trip a memorable experience and for good reason, we picked 25 great songs for the 2010s that are just enough for you to feel the hype but not get bored by them.

So, for those wanting to go back to the past decade and sing along to some hits from the 2010s, here are some great songs to add to your road trip playlist:

  • Maroon 5 – Moves Like Jagger
  • Carly Rae Jepsen – Call Me Maybe
  • Pharrell Williams – Happy
  • Walk The Moon – Shut Up And Dance
  • Major Lazer – Lean On (Feat. Mø & Dj Snake)
  • Kesha – Tik Tok
  • Magic! – Rude
  • Jonas Brothers – Sucker
  • Shawn Mendes – Treat You Better
  • 5 Seconds Of Summer – Youngblood
  • The Chainsmokers – Closer
  • Jonas Blue – Perfect Strangers
  • R. City – Locked Away (Feat. Adam Levine)
  • Lauv – I Like Me Better
  • Hailee Steinfeld – Starving
  • The Chainsmokers – I Love U
  • Sia – Chandelier
  • Kelly Clarkson – Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)
  • Zara Larsson – Lush Life
  • Camila Cabello – Havana (Feat. Young Thug)
  • Sia – Elastic Heart
  • Fifth Harmony – That’s My Girl
  • John Legend – All Of Me
  • Miley Cyrus – Wrecking Ball
  • P!Nk – Just Give Me A Reason (Feat. Nate Ruess)

List No. 3: 90s And 2000s Hits For Road Trips

Okay, we’re going, to be honest with you. If you are a woman going on a road trip with your girlfriends, this is the ultimate playlist for you. This does not mean that men will not enjoy it equally as much, but songs like Gwen Stefani’s “Hollaback Girl” are going to bring out the best in women and their singing skills.

Yes, we know that songs like that or Avril Lavigne’s “Complicated” have made teenage girls feel all the feels and get them from lows to highs. But again, don’t take this like a girls-only playlist.

We’re pretty sure that songs like Eminem’s “My name is” and Weezer’s “Beverly Hills” that are included here will make everyone sing, and even rap along.

Especially if you are a 90s kid that grew up listening to these songs (even though an earlier or later birth date won’t have an impact on your excitement when listening to these songs, trust us) you will absolutely love this playlist.

For those interested in a trip down memory lane to the 90s and 2000s, we’ve got some road trip songs just for you. So, if the 90s and 2000s are your go-to hit music, save the following songs to download later!

  • Vanessa Carlton – A Thousand Miles
  • Counting Crows – Big Yellow Taxi Ft. Vanessa Carlton
  • Nickelback- How You Remind Me
  • Cascada- Everytime We Touch
  • Weezer- Beverly Hills
  • 3 Doors Down- Kryptonite
  • Shakira – Hips Don’t Lie Ft. Wyclef Jean
  • The Pussycat Dolls- Buttons
  • Chris Brown- Run It! Ft. Juelz Santana
  • Green Day- American Idiot
  • Outkast- Hey Ya!
  • Hoobastank- The Reason
  • Gwen Stefani- Hollaback Girl
  • Jennifer Lopez- Jenny From The Block
  • Sheryl Crow- Soak Up The Sun
  • Santana- Smooth Ft. Rob Thomas
  • Avril Lavigne- Complicated
  • The Calling- Wherever You Will Go
  • The Pussycat Dolls- Don’t Cha Ft. Busta Rhymes
  • Dmx- Party Up (Up In Here)
  • The Killers- Mr. Brightside
  • Greenday- Boulevard Of Broken Dreams
  • Eiffel 65 – Blue (Da Ba Dee) [Gabry Ponte Ice Pop Mix]
  • Kelly Clarkson- Since U Been Gone
  • Panic! At The Disco- I Write Sins Not Tragedies
  • The Black Eyed Peas- Let’s Get It Started
  • 50 Cent- In Da Club
  • The Black Eyed Peas- My Humps
  • Eminem- My Name Is (The Dirty Version, Of Course)
  • Akon- Smack That Ft. Eminem
  • Maroon 5- She Will Be Loved
  • Good Charlotte- The Anthem
  • Kanye West- Gold Digger Ft. Jamie Foxx
  • Bowling For Soup- 1985
  • Evanescence- Bring Me To Life
  • Daniel Powter- Bad Day
  • Daft Punk- One More Time
  • Jimmy Eat World- The Middle
  • Eminem- Just Lose It
  • The Click Five- Just The Girl
  • Nelly- Dilemma Ft. Kelly Rowland
  • Kelly Clarkson- Walk Away
  • The All-American Rejects- Dirty Little Secret
  • Fall Out Boy- Thanks For The Memories
  • Lou Bega- Mambo No.5 (A Little Bit Of…)
  • Destiny’s Child- Survivor
  • Christina Aguilera- Ain’t No Other Man
  • Nickelback- Far Away
  • Train- Drops Of Jupiter
  • Wheatus- Teenage Dirtbag
  • Nelly Furtado- Turn Off The Light
  • J-Kwon- Tipsy
  • Simple Plan- When I’m Gone
  • Nirvana- Smells Like Teen Spirit
  • Avril Lavigne- Sk8er Boi
  • Vanessa Carlton- A Thousand Miles
  • Eminem- When I’m Gone
  • Britney Spears- Babv One More Time
  • Rihanna- Don’t Stop The Music
  • Fountains Of Wayne- Stacy’s Mom
  • Nelly- Hot In Here
  • Shaggy- Angel Ft. Rayvon
  • Dillon Francis, Dj Snake – Get Low
  • Simple Plan- Your Love Is A Lie
  • Vanessa Carlton- White Houses
  • Blink-182- All The Small Things
  • Justin Timberlake – Lovestoned / I Think She Knows Interlude
  • Smash Mouth- All Star
  • Mika- Grace Kelly
  • Nelly Furtado- I’m Like A Bird
  • Justin Timberlake – Sexyback Ft. Timbaland
  • Britney Spears – Oops!…I Did It Again
  • Enrique Iglesias- Hero
  • N’sync- Bye Bye Bye
  • Beyoncé – Crazy In Love Ft. Jay Z
  • Rihanna- Sos
  • Nelly Furtado – Promiscuous Ft. Timbaland
  • Alicia Keys- Fallin’
  • P!Nk – Get The Party Started
  • Mariah Carey – We Belong Together
  • Beyoncé – Irreplaceable
  • Leona Lewis – Bleeding Love
  • Mary J. Blige- Family Affair
  • Timbaland- Apologize Ft. One Republic
  • Calabria 2007- Enur Ft. Natasja
  • Uncle Cracker- Drift Away
  • Maroon 5- This Love
  • Natasha Bedingfield- Unwritten
  • Rob Thomas- Lonely No More
  • John Mayer- Your Body Is A Wonderland
  • Christina Aguilera- Beautiful
  • My Chemical Romance- Teenagers
  • Bon Jovi- It’s My Life
  • Evanescence- Call Me When You’re Sober
  • Ciara- 1.2. Step
  • Beyoncé – Naughty Girl
  • Tal Bachman- She’s So High
  • Jesse Mccartney- Beautiful Soul
  • Chamillionaire- Ridin’ Ft. Krayzie Bone
  • Christina Aguilera, Lil’ Kim, Mya, Pink – Lady Marmalade
  • Ciara- Oh. Ft. Ludacris
  • Secondhand Serenade- All For You
  • Lenny Kravitz- Fly Away
  • Sean Paul- We Be Burnin’ (Recognize It)
  • Shaggy – Hey Sexy Lady Ft. Brian & Tony Gold
  • Gwen Stefani – The Sweet Escape (Closed Captioned) Ft. Akon
  • Will Smith- Switch
  • Hinder- Lips Of An Angel
  • P!Nk – Don’t Let Me Get Me
  • Shania Twain – Man! I Feel Like A Woman
  • Destiny’s Child- Lose My Breath
  • Matt Nathanson- Come On Get Higher
  • Backstreet Boys- Everybody (Backstreet’s Back)
  • 2pac Feat Dr.Dre – California Love
  • Fly- Sugar Ray
  • Blink-182- I Miss You
  • Beck- Loser
  • TLC- Waterfalls
  • TLC- No Scrubs
  • Justin Timberlake- Cry Me A River
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers- Californication
  • Gnarls Barkley- Crazy
  • No Doubt- It’s My Life
  • No Doubt- Spiderwebs
  • The White Stripes- Seven Nation Army

List No. 4: Rock On Playlist For Road Trips

Last but certainly not least, this article would simply be incomplete without a great rock playlist for your road trip. Whether you enjoy listening to rock music daily or can only listen to a couple of songs before changing to your own music style, this is a playlist you need for your road trips.

Rock music has something to it that makes you feel like you are living in your own movie. It doesn’t matter if it’s wintertime or if this is another summer road trip for you, getting on the highway and hitting that play button to get Steppenwolf’s “Born To Be Wild” on the car’s speakers is the total vibe.

We could say that rock music is actually the safest bet; even if you do not enjoy it at all when you are driving or sharing a ride with your friends, it is definitely amongst the best genres you can listen to. And, let’s admit it, we all know way more rock songs than we think we do.

So, here is a list of songs that will get you to rock as you drive down the long highways:

  • Steppenwolf- Born to be Wild
  • Queens of the Stone Age- Go with the Flow
  • The Cranberries- Zombie
  • Sum 41- In Too Deep
  • T.Rex- 20th Century Boy
  • Gin Blossoms- Hey Jealousy
  • Blink-182- What’s My Age Again?
  • The Runaways- You Drive me Wild
  • Thin Lizzy- The Rocker
  • Puddle of Mudd- Blurry
  • The Duke Spirit- Love is an Unfamiliar Name
  • 4 Non Blondes- What’s Up
  • The Subways- We Don’t Need Money To Have A Good Time
  • Suede- Animal Nitrate
  • Shed Seven- Chasing Rainbows
  • The Mission- Deliverance
  • Free- All Right Now
  • Status Quo- Down Down
  • Ugly Kid Joe- Cat’s in the Cradle
  • Extreme- Get the Funk Out
  • Gun- Word Up
  • Kiss- Detroit Rock City
  • The Blackout- Higher and Higher
  • Semisonic- Closing Time
  • Weezer- Buddy Holly
  • The Undertones- Teenage Kicks
  • La Woman – The Doors
  • Spirit in the Sky – Norman Greenbaum
  • Gimme Some Lovin’ – The Spencer Davis Group
  • Locomotive Breath – Jethro Tull
  • Roadhouse Blues – The Doors
  • Beating Around the Bush – AC/DC
  • Rock Me = Great White
  • Born to be Wild – Steppenwolf
  • La Grange – ZZ Top
  • Highway to Hell – AC/DC
  • Radar Love – Golden Earing
  • Sail – Awol Nation
  • Kickstart My Heart – Motley Crue
  • Danger Zone – Kenny Loggins
  • Hot For Teacher – Van Halen
  • Head Like a Hole – Nine Inch Nails

The Bottom Line

There you have it. 100+ songs you can add to your list of songs you simply have to download for your next road trip.

While we have divided the songs into 4 different lists based on a theme or music genre, you can add them all to the same big list and enjoy each and every single one of these songs whilst traveling.

From Pitbull to AC/DC and from Daft Punk to Placebo, there is literally something for everyone. These lists were made after lots of consideration, so we really hope that you will enjoy not only the look but the sound of them too.

Waste no more time now; start ticking things off your list and find some time in the day to start downloading those songs. And don’t forget to enjoy the ride!

The 100 best road trip songs can vary depending on personal taste, but some popular options include “Born to Run” by Bruce Springsteen, “Life is a Highway” by Tom Cochrane, and “Sweet Home Alabama” by Lynyrd Skynyrd.

Some good road trip songs for an Instagram story include “On the Road Again” by Willie Nelson, “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)” by The Proclaimers, and “California Dreamin'” by The Mamas & The Papas.

Some of the best road trip songs from the 2000s include “Mr. Brightside” by The Killers, “Hey Ya!” by OutKast, and “All Summer Long” by Kid Rock.

Some popular pop road trip songs include “Shut Up and Dance” by Walk the Moon, “Call Me Maybe” by Carly Rae Jepsen, and “Uptown Funk” by Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars.

Some songs about road trips with friends include “Wagon Wheel” by Old Crow Medicine Show, “Road Trippin'” by Red Hot Chili Peppers, and “Don’t Stop Believin'” by Journey.

Some of the best road trip songs from the 2010s include “Some Nights” by Fun., “The Middle” by Zedd, Maren Morris and Grey, and “Best Day of My Life” by American Authors.

Some fun road trip songs to sing along to include “Don’t Stop Believin'” by Journey, “Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen, and “Livin’ on a Prayer” by Bon Jovi.

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The 25 Most Popular Road Trip Songs

By michele debczak | jul 29, 2022.

"Life Is a Highway" is not on this couple's playlist.

The road trip is a great American tradition , and so is the road trip playlist. No matter how many podcasts and audiobooks you load up on your phone, spending hours in a car with loved ones usually leads to a sing-a-long. If you're looking for some musical inspiration before hitting the road this summer , check out the most popular road trip songs according to Spotify.

To find out which tracks drivers are most likely to blast while cruising down the interstate, Big Domain analyzed 50 Spotify playlists with “road trip“ in the title. The vacation rental site identified a few running themes, including ’80s power ballads and pop hits from the 2000s.

“ Don't Stop Believin ’” by Journey is the No.1 song featured on road trip playlists, followed by Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Sweet Home Alabama.“ Millennial road-trippers may be more likely to drive to “Home“ by Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros and “Mr. Brightside“ by The Killers. Though most songs on the list appeal to nostalgia, a few newer tracks are featured, including “Blinding Lights“ by The Weeknd from 2020.

If you've been assigned DJ duties on your next car trip, you can read the full list of the most popular road trip songs below for inspiration. (You can also steal the whole playlist from Spotify —we promise your travel companions will never know.) If you’re still planning your route, check out these fascinating roadside attractions from each state.

  • “Don't Stop Believin’” // Journey
  • “Sweet Home Alabama“ // Lynyrd Skynyrd
  • “Riptide“ // Vance Joy
  • “Home“ // Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
  • “Livin’ On A Prayer“ // Bon Jovi
  • “Mr. Brightside“ // The Killers
  • “Pumped Up Kicks“ // Foster The People
  • “Counting Stars“ // OneRepublic
  • “Africa“ // TOTO
  • “Blinding Lights“ // The Weeknd
  • “Hey, Soul Sister“ // Train
  • “Party In The U.S.A.“ // Miley Cyrus
  • “Royals“ // Lorde
  • “Shotgun“ // George Ezra
  • “All Star“ // Smash Mouth
  • “Free Fallin’” // Tom Petty
  • “Ophelia“ // The Lumineers
  • “Payphone“ // Maroon 5
  • “Stolen Dance“ // Milky Chance
  • “Sucker“ // Jonas Brothers
  • “The Middle“ // Zedd, Maren Morris, Grey
  • “Watermelon Sugar“ // Harry Styles
  • “We Are Young“ // fun., Janelle Monáe
  • “Break My Heart“ // Dua Lipa
  • “Brown Eyed Girl“ // Van Morrison

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1 April 2020, 16:07 | Updated: 1 April 2020, 16:12

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There's nothing quite like a long road trip with your perfect music blaring through the speakers while you sing at the top of your voice (being in tune is an optional bonus).

In case you're looking for the ideal songs for a road trip playlist, we've put together some classic songs we reckon are perfect for such an occasion.

Don Henley - 'Boys of Summer'

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Don Henley - The Boys Of Summer (1984) HD

Whether it's summer or not, this song will always make you feel sunny and slick.

Bryan Adams - 'Run To You'

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Bryan Adams - Run To You (Official Music Video)

OK, the lyrics might be about Bryan being naughty with another woman, but the whole vibe of the song shouts 'let's drive!'.

Fleetwood Mac - 'Go Your Own Way'

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Fleetwood Mac - Go Your Own Way (Official Music Video)

The ultimate 'we've just broken up, but that's just the beginning of a new chapter' song.

Eagles - 'Take It Easy'

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Take It Easy (2013 Remaster)

The Eagles always have a road trip mood about their music, but this one is all about feeling laid back and fancy free.

Whitesnake - 'Here I Go Again'

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Whitesnake - Here I Go Again '87 (Official Music Video)

You might be going down the only road you've ever known, but you'll do it while rocking out.

Toto - 'Africa'

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Toto - Africa (Official Music Video)

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It will be physically impossible to not scream the chorus as loud as you can. Congratulations if you manage the harmonies.

Lynyrd Skynyrd - 'Sweet Home Alabama'

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Lynyrd Skynyrd - Sweet Home Alabama

This song will make you feel like you're from America's South while you tap along on the steering wheel.

Boston - 'More than a Feeling'

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Boston - More Than a Feeling

A song that seems to present nothing but optimistic feelings about life and beyond, complete with the highest vocal you'll ever hear in a rock song.

Yes - 'Owner of a Lonely Heart'

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YES - Owner of a Lonely Heart (Official Music Video)

Moody, but perfect for the road. A real wheel-tapper.

Fleetwood Mac - 'The Chain'

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Fleetwood Mac - The Chain (Official Music Video)

Even if this wasn't the Formula One theme tune for years, this would still be the ultimate driving song.

Roy Orbison - 'I Drove All Night'

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Roy Orbison - I Drove All Night (Official Video)

The clue is in the title.

Rod Stewart - 'Young Turks'

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Rod Stewart - Young Turks (Official Video)

"Young hearts, be free tonight". Absolutely, Rod!

The Doobie Brothers - 'Long Train Runnin''

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Long Train Runnin'

We almost went for 'What a Fool Believes', but this summery track by the Doobies just about clinches a spot on the road trip list.

Van Halen - 'Jump'

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Van Halen - Jump (Official Music Video)

"I get up, and nothin' gets me down..." Nothing but positive vibes, here.

America - 'Ventura Highway'

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Ventura Highway

The ideal song to be driving with the roof down on a summer's day without a care in the world.

Golden Earring - 'Radar Love'

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We're pretty sure the term 'driving song' was invented after this song was released.

Steppenwolf - 'Born to be Wild'

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Steppenwolf - Born To Be Wild (Easy Rider) (1969)

Normally associated with motorbikes rather than cars, but it's all the same ballpark, right?

Prince - 'Little Red Corvette'

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Prince - Little Red Corvette (Official Music Video)

A classic Prince driving anthem, and it's just a bonus that there's a car make in the title.

Bruce Springsteen - 'Born to Run'

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Bruce Springsteen - Born to Run (Official Music Video)

Or drive, even. A freedom anthem perfect for the road.

The Proclaimers - 'I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)'

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HIMYM - 500 Miles

Just don't have this as the only song in your tape deck (see above!).

Kenny Loggins - 'Danger Zone'

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Kenny Loggins - Danger Zone (Video)

The song to make you feel like you're peak Tom Cruise in Top Gun on the way to a top secret mission.

ELO - 'Mr Blue Sky'

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Electric Light Orchestra - Mr. Blue Sky (Official Video)

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You won't fail to have a massive grin on your face as you head on down the highway to this pop/rock/opera anthem.

Christopher Cross - 'Ride Like the Wind'

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Christopher Cross - Ride Like The Wind

Yacht rock at its absolute best.

Willie Nelson - 'On the Road Again'

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Willie Nelson - On The Road Again (Official Audio)

If there's anyone who sums up 'life on the ol' dusty trail', it's Willie.

Bruce Hornsby - 'The Way It Is'

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The Way It Is

The piano riff alone just makes us want to be out in our car as the sun sets for hours on end.

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The Best Road Trip Songs to Blast in the Car (+Playlists)

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There's nothing like taking an epic road trip. Veering off the highway, enjoying the scenery, rolling down your windows, and blasting an epic playlist on your car's radio. Every good road trip needs a good road trip soundtrack. So what are the best road trip songs to add to your playlist? Add any of these to your road trip playlist (or just play any of our pre-populated road trip Spotify playlists!) and get ready to pump up the volume! #RoadTrip #RoadTripSongs #RoadTripPlaylist #RoadTripMusic

There’s nothing like taking an epic road trip. Driving by the seat of your pants, veering off the highway to explore the undiscovered roads, enjoying the surrounding scenery, rolling down all your windows, and, of course, blasting an epic playlist on your car’s radio. Every good road trip needs a good road trip soundtrack. So what are the best road trip songs to add to your playlist?

A good road trip song taps into how it feels to be traveling the open road: whether that is excitement, wistfulness, or nostalgia. We’ve compiled lists and playlists full of the perfect road trip songs, songs that mention driving or cars, music that is just plain fun to listen to while driving, and songs you can listen to in whichever US state you’re traveling in.

What is the number one road trip song? You’ll have to decide that for yourself! But we have plenty of options for you to choose from. Add any of these to your road trip playlist (or just play any of our pre-populated road trip Spotify playlists!) and get ready to pump up the volume!

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Everyone has different music tastes, so what you listen to in the car is up to you. But still, there are a few road classic road trip songs that will have everyone singing along in the car. The best road trip music invokes the emotions of traveling the open road with references to driving, exploring, or adventuring. Stuck on what to add to your playlist? These are fifteen of the best road trip songs to add to your playlist mix.

by The Proclaimers

“I’m Gonna Be” is the ultimate song about traveling far distances. Plus, it is just plain fun to sing along to in the car! While the Proclaimers might prefer to walk, we prefer to drive. But you know this song will be blasting on our car radio. (And for a more wistful drive, check out the Sleeping at Last cover.)

by Tom Petty

There are lots of places to run to and this song makes a good soundtrack to any of them. For anyone dreaming of that next adventure, this road trip song is always fun to sing along to with the windows down and the wind in your hair.

by The Red Hot Chili Peppers

Road Trippin’ is an anthem of the band’s Pacific Coast Highway road trip. But it is a good song to accompany any of the Best USA Road Trip Ideas Routes .

by Johnny Cash

No matter where your road trip is taking you, chances are that this song mentions it. “I’ve Been Everywhere” is the quintessential road trip song about a man who has been…well…everywhere! (92 places are mentioned in the song, if you’re keeping track). Check out this interactive map to see everywhere the singer visits in the song.

by Tom Cochrane (or Rascal Flatts)

Though more of a metaphor for the ups and downs of life, there is no better song to score a long drive on the highway. Check out the Tom Cochrane version or Rascal Flatt’s version from the movie Cars .

by Simon & Garfunkel

America is a song about two young lovers hitchhiking their way across the United States, in search of “America.” Full of adventure and optimism this song reminds us that everyone is on their own journey.

Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zero

Though not really about traveling, this feel-good song takes us on a journey about love. It reminds us that no matter how far or wide we drive, home is based on who you’re with. It also makes the perfect last song in a road trip playlist, to play as you’re coming home.

by Willie Nelson

While “On the Road Again” was originally written about being on tour, it has morphed into a road trip anthem. It’s a song about going new places and seeing new things, making it the perfect tune to blast while you’re on the road (again).

by Chuck Berry

Get your kicks to this classic road trip song that takes you on a journey on the Mother Road. While it might not be the essential song for every road trip, if you’re planning a Route 66 road trip , this song has to be at the top of your playlist.

by Lindsey Buckingham

“Holiday Road” cemented its place as the quintessential road trip song when it was used as the theme song to the quintessential road trip movie , National Lampoon’s Vacation , in 1983.

by Miley Cyrus

“Party in the USA” is more about moving across the country than driving across the country. But we all know that butterflies-in-our-stomach feeling that comes with experience something new for the first time. This song evokes both that adrenaline nervousness and wide-eyed wonder that can come with taking a chance, and how a good song can put you in the right mindset for anything. Plus it is just a fun song to sing in the car!

by Bruce Springsteen

We often travel to escape our normal routine and seek the adventure that is out of our bounds. Bruce Springsteen’s “Born to Run” has become an ultimate road trip anthem to the restlessness that keeps us on the road searching for something new.

by Sheryl Crow

Life has twists and turns, just as a road trip does. Using the metaphors of the road, this song evokes the ups and downs of a bumpy life and a bumpy highway. Plus the chorus is fun to sing along to in the car. It will surely get you a little bit closer to feeling fine.

For those times on the road when you just want to take it easy, this song is for you. This is the perfect driving song for any road trip, but especially if you plan to be standin’ on a corner in Winslow, Arizona (there’s even a Standin’ on a Corner roadside attraction on Route 6 based off of this famous road trip song!).

by Fleetwood Mac

“Go Your Own Way” was originally a break up song but it has morphed into a song that means so much more to those who love to go, or travel, their own way. Any Fleetwood Mac song rounds out a road trip playlist and belting out, “go your own way,” makes this song a must add.

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Music for road trips has to last for hours. You don’t want to end up listening to the same song over and over again (unless it’s your favorite song ever, in which case you might not mind!). Round out your music playlist with one of these songs about driving and cars. Each of these songs makes some mention to something you’ll find on the road!

  • Behind the Wheel by Depeche Mode
  • Chasing Cars by Snow Patrol
  • Drive by The Cars
  • Drive My Car by The Beatles
  • Don’t Stop Believin’ by Journey
  • Fast Car by Tracy Chapman
  • Here I Go Again by Whitesnake
  • Hit the Road Jack by Ray Charles
  • I Drove All Night by Cyndi Lauper
  • Interstate Love Song by Stone Temple Pilots
  • Into the Great Wide Open by Tom Petty
  • Jesus Take The Wheel by Carrie Underwood
  • Keep the Car Running by Arcade Fire
  • King of the Road by Roger Miller
  • Little Red Corvette by Prince
  • Movin’ Right Along by Alkaline Trio
  • Mustang Sally by Wilson Pickett
  • One Headlight by The Wallflowers
  • Paradise by the Dashboard Light by Meatloaf
  • Ramblin’ Man by The Allman Brothers
  • Road to Nowhere by Talking Heads
  • Shut Up and Drive by Rihanna
  • Slow Ride by Foghat
  • Society by Eddie Vedder
  • Stickshifts and Safetybelts by Cake
  • Take Me Home, Country Roads by John Denver
  • Truckin’ by Grateful Dead
  • The Way by Fastball

Road trip songs son’t have to be about driving, locations, or America to make them road trip songs. Sometimes the best songs are ones that fit the mood of whatever part of your journey you’re on: a karaoke-level banger for when you’re speeding down the highway with your windows down, a melancholy ballad that matches the scenery-for-miles national park, or an oldie-but-goodie that takes you on a nostalgic blast to the past. Any song you love can be a road trip song. But here are some of our favorites.

  • 1979 by The Smashing Pumpkins
  • Africa by TOTO
  • All Star by Smash Mouth
  • All the Small Things by Blink 182
  • American Pie by Don McLean
  • Animal by Neon Trees
  • As It Was by Harry Styles
  • Baba O’Riley by The Who
  • …Baby One More Time by Britney Spears
  • Back to You by Bryan Adams
  • Basket Case by Green Day
  • Bitch by Meredith Brooks
  • Blinding Lights by The Weeknd
  • Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen
  • Born To Be Wild by Steppenwolf
  • The Boys of Summer by Don Henley
  • Brown Eyed Girl by Van Morrison
  • Call Me Maybe by Carly Rae Jepsen
  • Closer by The Chainsmokers
  • Complicated by Avril Lavigne
  • Come As You Are by Nirvana
  • Counting Stars by OneRepublic
  • Cut to the Feeling by Carly Rae Jepsen
  • Crazy in Love by Beyonce
  • Creep by Radiohead
  • Dancing in the Dark by Bruce Springsteen
  • Dancing in the Moonlight by Toploader
  • Dog Days Are Over by Florence + The Machine
  • Don’t Stop Me Now by Queen
  • Down by the Water by The Decemberists
  • Down on the Corner by Credence Clearwater Revival
  • Dream On by Aerosmith
  • Dreams by Fleetwood Mac
  • Edge of Seventeen by Stevie Nicks
  • Everybody Wants to Rule the World by Tears for Fears
  • Fade Into You by Mazzy Star
  • Fell in Love with a Girl by The White Stripes
  • Follow You Into the Dark by Death Cab for Cutie
  • Free Fallin’ by Tom Petty
  • Good Vibrations by The Beach Boys
  • Happy by Pharrell Williams
  • Have You Ever Seen the Rain by Creedence Clearwater Revival
  • Heartbeats by José González
  • Hear Comes the Sun by The Beatles
  • Hello by Adele
  • Heroes by David Bowie
  • Hey, Soul Sister by Train
  • Hey Ya by Outkast
  • Ho Hey by The Lumineers
  • Hold On by Wilson Phillips
  • I Bet My Life by Imagine Dragons
  • I’m Still Standing by Elton John
  • I Wanna Be Sedated by The Ramones
  • I Will Wait by Mumford and Sons
  • Jack & Diane by John Mellencamp
  • Jolene by Dolly Parton
  • Juice by Lizzo
  • July, July by The Decemberists
  • J ust What I Needed by The Cars
  • Like a Prayer by Madonna
  • Livin’ On A Prayer by Bon Jovi
  • Love Shack by The B-52s
  • Lust for Life by Iggy Pop
  • Made You Look by Meghan Trainor
  • More Than a Feeling by Boston
  • Mr. Blue Sky by Electric Light Orchestra
  • Mr. Brightside by The Killers
  • Mr. Jones by Counting Crows
  • My Sharona by The Knack
  • No Diggity by Backstreet
  • No Scrubs by TLC
  • Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now by Starship
  • Old Town Road by Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus
  • One Week by The Barenaked Ladies
  • Perfect by Ed Sheeran
  • Rebel Yell by Billy Idol
  • Redemption Song by Bob Marley
  • Riptide by Vance Joy
  • Ring of Fire by Johnny Cash
  • Rolling In The Deep by Adele
  • Running Up That Hill (A Deal with God) by Kate Bush
  • Say It Ain’t So by Weezer
  • Scar Tissue by Red Hot Chili Peppers
  • Semi-Charmed Life by Third Eye Blind
  • Seven Nation Army by The White Stripes
  • Sex on Fire by Kings Of Leon
  • Shape of You by Ed Sheeran
  • Should I Stay or Should I Go by The Clash
  • Shut Up and Dance by Walk the Moon
  • Summer of ’69 by Bryan Adams
  • Sweet Child O’ Mine by Guns N Roses
  • Teenage Dream by Katy Perry
  • The Golden Age by Beck
  • This Is Me from The Greatest Showman
  • Total Eclipse of the Heart by Bonnie Tyler
  • Toxic by Britney Spears
  • Umbrella by Rhianna
  • Under Pressure by Queen and David Bowie
  • Uptown Funk by Mark Ronson Featuring Bruno Mars
  • Valerie by Amy Winehouse
  • Wake Me Up by Avicii
  • Watermelon Sugar by Harry Styles
  • Welcome Home, Son by Radical Face
  • Where the Streets Have No Name by U2
  • Wonderwall by Oasis
  • We Are Young by fun. featuring Janelle Monáe
  • What’s Up by 4 Non Blondes
  • Wild World by Yusuf / Cat Stevens
  • You Give Love a Bad Name by Bon Jovi
  • You Oughta Know by Alannis Morisette
  • You Shook Me All Night Long by AC/DC

Road Trip Songs Playlist

We’ve added all of the music above to some special Spotify playlists you can listen to on your vacation. Add these to your favorites so you always have access to the best music to listen to in the car. Put them on shuffle for a surprise at every turn!

This Spotify road trip playlist contains all the best road trip songs and songs about driving and cars to provide a fun soundtrack to your travels. With more than 40 songs, it will keep yu entertained for three hours of driving!

This Spotify playlist contains all the music on our driving music playlist, plus over 100 more fun songs to listen to in the car! With over 170 songs, this playlist will run for 11 hours so you’ll never get bored on the road.

Road Trip Songs for Every State

Sometimes you just want to get in the mood for where you’re traveling to. These themed road trip playlists have songs for any US state you’re traveling to. From Alabama to Wyoming, these songs mention the state names, reference the state, are all about the state, or have some deeper meaning that ties them to the location. Use these US state playlists as the soundtrack to your Great American road trip, wherever that journey is taking you!

  • Alabama by The Louvin Brothers 
  • Alabama Getaway by Grateful Dead
  • Alabama Pines by Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit
  • Alabama Rain by Jim Croce
  • Alabama Song by The Doors
  • Alabama Waltz by Hank Williams
  • Ala-Freakin-Bama by Trace Adkins
  • All In Alabama by Hank Williams Jr.
  • All Summer Long by Kid Rock
  • Angel from Montgomery by John Prine
  • Birmingham by Randy Newman
  • Midnight In Montgomery by Alan Jackson
  • My Home’s in Alabama by Alabama
  • Old Alabama by Brad Paisley
  • Paint Me a Birmingham by Trace Lawrence
  • Stars Fell on Alabama by Frank Perkins and Mitchell Parish
  • Sweet Home Alabama by Lynyrd Skynyrd
  • Alaska by Dr. Dog
  • Alaska by Little Hurt
  • Alaska by Maggie Rogers 
  • Alaska by Pinegrove
  • Alaska and Me by John Denver
  • Alaska Highway by Dan Bern
  • The Alaska Song by Lacy J. Dalton
  • American Child by John Denver
  • Caroline Says II by Lou Reed
  • Fairbanks, Alaska by The Front Bottoms
  • Far Alaska by Jethro Tull
  • From Alaska To L.A. by Wanda Jackson
  • Home to Alaska by Lee Greenwood
  • I’ll See Alaska by Black Irish Band
  • North To Alaska by Johnny Horton
  • Road to Alaska by the Bee Gees
  • Talkin’ Goin’ to Alaska Blues by Shawn Mullins
  • To the Wild Country by John Denver
  • When It’s Springtime In Alaska (It’s Forty Below) by Johnny Horton
  • Arizona by Josh Kerr
  • Arizona By Kings Of Leon
  • Arizona by Scorpions
  • Arizona Skies by Los Lobos
  • The Ballad Of Boot Hill by Johnny Cash
  • Big Iron By Marty Robbins
  • Bobby in Phoenix by Gorillaz (Featuring Bobby Womack)
  • By The Time I Get To Phoenix By Glen Campbell
  • Closer by the Chainsmokers
  • Flagstaff by Morning by Joshua Kadison
  • (Get Your Kicks on) Route 66 by Nat King Cole
  • Grand Canyon by Drive-by Truckers
  • I Love You, Arizona by Rex Allen Jr.
  • Mesa Town by Authority Zero
  • Ocean Front Property By George Strait
  • Painted Desert by Pat Benatar
  • Phoner To Arizona by Gorillaz
  • Sedona Sunrise by Aerosmith
  • Send Me Down to Tucson by Mel Tillis
  • Summer Running by Billy Idol
  • Take It Easy By Eagles
  • There Is No Arizona by Jamie O’Neal
  • Tucson Train by Bruce Springsteen
  • Arkansas by Chris Stapleton
  • Arkansas by Damien Jurado
  • Arkansas by Jimmy McCracklin
  • Arkansas Farmboy by Glen Campbell
  • Arkansas Heat by Gossip
  • Arkansas Lovin’ Man by Johnny Cash
  • Five Feet High and Rising by Johnny Cash
  • Going Back to Arkansas by Big Bill Broonzy
  • Home by Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
  • Little Rock by Hayes Carll
  • The Lord God Bird  by Sufjan Stevens
  • Mary Queen of Arkansas by Bruce Springsteen
  • Sweet Southern Comfort by Buddy Jewell
  • They Caught the Devil and Put Him in Jail in Eudora, Arkansas by Tony Joe White
  • Beverly Hills by Weezer
  • California by Blink-182
  • California by Childish Gambino
  • California By Delta Spirit
  • California by Joni Mitchell
  • California by Phantom Planet
  • California Dreamin’ by The Mamas & The Papas
  • California Girls by The Beach Boys
  • California Gurls by Katy Perry
  • California Kids by Weezer
  • California Love by Tupac Shakur featuring Dr. Dre
  • California Nights by Sweet
  • California Soul by Marlena Shaw
  • California Stars by Billy Bragg & Wilco
  • Californication By Red Hot Chili Peppers
  • Coming Into Los Angeles by Arlo Guthrie
  • Going Back to Cali by The Notorious B.I.G.
  • Going to California by Led Zeppelin
  • Hotel California by Eagles
  • I Left My Heart In San Francisco by Tony Bennett
  • I Love LA by Randy Newman
  • It Never Rains in Southern California by Albert Hammond
  • La La Land by Bryce Vine
  • Lights by Journey
  • Malibu by Miley Cyrus
  • Queen of California by John Mayer
  • San Francisco (Be Sure To Wear Flowers In Your Hair) by Scott McKenzie
  • Santa Monica By Everclear
  • Ventura Highway by America
  • Altitude Adjustment by Midland
  • Boulder To Birmingham by Emmylou Harris
  • Colorado by Alex Guthrie
  • Colorado by Chevy Chase
  • Colorado by Chuck Pyle
  • Colorado by Florida Georgia Line
  • Colorado by Infamous Stringdusters
  • Colorado by Linda Ronstadt
  • Colorado by Lotus
  • Colorado by Paper Bird
  • Colorado Bluebird Sky by The String Cheese Incident
  • Colorado Girl by Townes Van Zandt
  • Colorado Sunrise by 3OH!3
  • Closer by Chainsmokers featuring Halsey
  • Denver by Willie Nelson
  • Driving Back to Denver by The Railbenders
  • Forty Miles From Denver by Yonder Mountain Spring Band
  • Get Out Of Denver by Bob Seger
  • Goodbye in Telluride by Dierks Bentley
  • I-70 Westbound by The Railbenders 
  • I Guess He’d Rather Be In Colorado by John Denver
  • I’m Leavin’ Colorado by Hillbilly Hellcats
  • Intentions by Justin Bieber
  • Lucky Denver Mint by Jimmy Eat World
  • Lucky Old Colorado by Merle Haggard 
  • A Mile High In Denver by Jimmy Buffett
  • My Proud Mountains by Townes Van Zandt
  • Rocky Mountain High by John Denver
  • Rocky Mountain Way by Joe Walsh
  • You Wild Colorado by Johnny Cash
  • Connecticut by Artie Shaw
  • Connecticut by Judy Garland and Bing Crosby
  • Connecticut by Superchunk
  • Connecticut Fun by Punkestra
  • Connecticut Oberek by Jimmy Sturr
  • Connecticut Snow by David Stephens
  • The Connecticut Song by Kristen Graves
  • Kylie from Connecticut by Ben Folds
  • The Wives Are In Connecticut by Carly Simon
  • Delaware by Arbour Season
  • Delaware by Perry Como
  • Delaware Slide by George Thorogood And The Destroyers
  • Dover by John Flynn
  • Down Home by Jimmie Allen
  • Hello, I’m in Delaware by City And Colour
  • Hot Time In Delaware by Saves The Day
  • I’m From Delaware by Todd Chappelle
  • All Signs Point to Lauderdale by A Day to Remember
  • Backflip by The Front Bottoms
  • Celebration, Florida by Chumbawamba
  • Don’t Let Me Die in Florida by Patty Griffin
  • The Everglades by Waylon Jennings
  • Florida by Modest Mouse
  • FloriFda Blues by Ricky Skaggs
  • FloriDada by Animal Collective
  • Florida Kilos by Lana Del Rey
  • Florida Man by Blue Oyster Cult
  • The Florida Song by Ricky Sylvia
  • Florida Time by Bob Seger
  • Floridays by Jimmy Buffett
  • Gainesville by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
  • Goin’ Back to Daytona by Floyd Miles
  • Heaven’s Gate (Sad & Sober) by The Wonder Years
  • If I Could Do It Again by Corey Smith
  • Jacksonville by Josh Turner
  • Key Largo by Bertie Higgins
  • Kokomo by The Beach Boys
  • Mainline Florida by Eric Clapton
  • Miami 2017 by Billy Joel
  • Move to Miami by Enrique Iglesias (Featuring Pitbull)
  • Ocean Avenue by Yellowcard
  • Only the Ocean by Jack Johnson
  • The State of Florida by Less Than Jake
  • Summer Nights by Rascal Flatts
  • Swimming in Miami by Owl City
  • Talk Me Out Of Tampa by Joe Nichols
  • Tallahassee Lassie by Freddy Cannon
  • Trying to Reason With Hurricane Season by Jimmy Buffet
  • Cedartown, Georgia by Waylon Jennings
  • Chattahoochee by Alan Jackson
  • The Devil Went Down to Georgia by The Charlie Daniels Band
  • Georgia by Elton John
  • Georgia on My Mind by Ray Charles
  • Georgia Peaches by Lynyrd Skynyrd
  • Georgia Rain by Trisha Yearwood
  • Georgia Woods by Keith Urban
  • Highway 20 Ride by Zac Brown Band
  • I Been to Georgia on a Fast Train by Billy Joe Shaver
  • Lonely Night In Georgia by Marc Broussard
  • Love Shack by The B-52’s
  • Me and You and a Dog Named Boo by Lobo
  • Meet in the Middle by Diamond Rio
  • Midnight Train to Georgia by Gladys Knight & The Pips
  • The Moon Over Georgia by Shenandoah
  • The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia by Reba McEntire
  • Oh, Atlanta by Alison Krauss and Union Station
  • Peaches by Justin Bieber
  • Rainy Night in Georgia by Brook Benton
  • Sweet Augusta Darlin’ by Vince Gill
  • Sweet Georgia Brown by Ella Fitzgerald
  • Walkin’ Back to Georgia by Jim Croce
  • Watermelon Crawl by Tracy Byrd
  • Why Georgia by John Mayer
  • Aloha ‘Oe by Queen Liliuokalani
  • Blue Hawaii by Elvis Presley
  • Fish and Poi by Sean Na’auao
  • Hawaiian Roller Coaster Ride by Kamehameha Schools Children’s Chorus and Mark Kealiʻi Hoʻomalu
  • Honolulu City Lights by Keola Beamer
  • Island Style by John Cruz
  • Kona Red by Ho`aikāne
  • Pearly Shells (Pupu o Ewa) by Don Ho
  • Pua `Ahihi by The Kahauanu Trio
  • Rolling Down To Old Maui by Stan Rogers
  • Somewhere Over the Rainbow by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole
  • Tiny Bubbles by Don Ho
  • To You Sweetheart, Aloha by Bing Crosby, Dick McIntire, and His Harmony Hawaiians
  • White Sandy Beach by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole
  • Idaho by Bryan Lanning
  • Idaho by BoDeans
  • Idaho by Delta Spirit
  • Idaho by Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons
  • Idaho by Gorillaz
  • Idaho by Gregory Alan Isakov
  • Idaho by Josh Ritter
  • Idaho by Nerina Pallot
  • Idaho by Reckless Kelly
  • Idaho by Train
  • Idaho by Yonder Mountain String Band
  • Idaho Cowboy by Reckless Kelly
  • Idaho State Fair by Johnny Granger
  • Idaho (Where I’m From) by Equaleyes
  • Nowhere in Idaho by Rednex
  • Private Idaho by B-52s
  • Twin Falls by Built to Spill
  • 65th And Ingleside by Chance The Rapper
  • 100 Chicagos by Lupe Fiasco
  • 2120 South Michigan Avenue by The Rolling Stones
  • Ballad of the Illinois Opry by REO Speedwagon
  • Cairo, Illinois by Pokey LaFarge
  • Chicago by Sufjan Stevens
  • Chicago (That Toddlin’ Town) by Frank Sinatra
  • Come on! Feel the Illinoise! by Sufjan Stevens
  • Effington by Ben Folds
  • The Giant of Illinois by The Handsome Family
  • Illinois by Dan Fogelberg
  • Illinois by Everly Brothers
  • Illinois Blues by Skip James
  • J ohnsburg, Illinois by Tom Waits
  • Lake Shore Drive by Aliotta, Haynes, and Jeremiah
  • Lookin’ Out My Back Door by Creedence Clearwater Revival
  • Made in the USA by Lupe Fiasco
  • Meet Me in Chicago by Buddy Guy
  • Moline by Pearl Jam
  • My Kind Of Town by Frank Sinatra
  • Someday We’ll Go All The Way by Eddie Vedder
  • Sweet Home Chicago by The Blues Brothers
  • Tonight, Tonight by The Smashing Pumpkins
  • Via Chicago by Wilco
  • Back Home Again in Indiana by Jim Nabors
  • Back To Indiana by The Elms
  • Can’t Get Indiana Off My Mind by Crystal Gale
  • Fly Over States by Jason Aldean
  • Gary, Indiana by Meredith Willson
  • Going Back To Indiana by The Jackson 5
  • Henrietta, Indiana by Josh Ritter
  • Indiana by Jon McLaughlin
  • Indiana Sky by Josh Garrels
  • Indiana by Melissa Ethridge
  • Indiana by The Samples
  • Indiana By Sean Kelly
  • Indiana Wants Me by R. Dean Taylor
  • Mary Jane’s Last Dance by Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers
  • On The Banks Of The Wabash, Far Away by Paul Dresser
  • Pizza King by Wussy
  • Small Town by John Mellencamp
  • Springtime Indiana by Sandra McCracken
  • Birth of Serpents by The Mountain Goats
  • The Drycleaner From Des Moines by Joni Mitchell
  • Iowa by Dar Williams
  • Iowa Corn Song by Percy Faith
  • Iowa Gold by Jane Roman Pitt
  • The Iowa Song by Josh Connor
  • It Sure Can Get Cold In Des Moines by Tom T. Hall
  • Stranded by Manfred Mann’s Earth Band
  • Belexes by Kansas
  • Home on the Range by Roy Rogers
  • Kansas Rain by John Stewart
  • One’s On The Way by Loretta Lynn
  • On The Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe by Judy Garland
  • On the Road to Kansas by W.G. Snuffy Walden
  • Ringing in the Year by Turnpike Troubadours
  • Sunflower by Russ Morgan
  • We’re Not in Kansas by Big Country
  • Wichita Lineman by Glen Campbell
  • Wichita Skyline by Shawn Colvin
  • You’re Not in Kansas Anymore by Jo Dee Messina
  • Blue Kentucky Girl by Emmylou Harris
  • Blue Moon Of Kentucky by Bill Monroe And The Bluegrass Boys
  • Bourbon In Kentucky by Dierks Bentley
  • Coal Miner’s Daughter by Loretta Lynn
  • Dumas Walker by The Kentucky Headhunters
  • Ghost of Floyd Collins by Black Stone Cherry
  • It’s Got To Be Kentucky For Me by Tom T. Hall
  • Kentucky Dirty by Laura Bundy
  • Kentucky Gambler by Dolly Parton
  • Kentucky In The Morning by Tom T. Hall
  • Kentucky Means Paradise by Merle Travis
  • Kentucky Moon by Jake Ousley
  • Kentucky Rain by Elvis Presley
  • Kentucky Skies by Leftover Salmon
  • Kentucky Straight by Johnny Cash
  • Kentucky Waltz by The Blue Grass Boys
  • Kentucky Woman by Neil Diamond
  • Long Hard Road by Tyler Childers
  • Mountain Parkway by Sundy Best
  • Old Kentucky Farmers by Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out
  • Old King Coal by Sturgill Simpson
  • Paradise by John Prine
  • Run for the Roses by Dan Fogelberg
  • Whitehouse Road by Tyler Childers
  • You’ll Never Leave Harlan Alive by Patty Loveless
  • Adalida by George Strait
  • Apache Rose Peacock by Red Hot Chili Peppers
  • Born on the Bayou by Creedence Clearwater Revival
  • Cajun Born by Johnny Cash
  • Callin’ Baton Rouge by Garth Brooks
  • Down at the Twist and Shout by Mary Chapin Carpenter
  • Down Louisiana Way by George Strait
  • House of the Rising Sun by The Animals
  • Iko Iko by the Dixie Cups
  • Jambalaya (On the Bayou) by Hank Williams
  • Leaving Louisiana in the Broad Daylight by Oak Ridge Boys
  • Louisiana by Tim McGraw
  • Louisiana Man by Lucinda Williams
  • Louisiana Moon by Alabama
  • Louisiana Rain by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
  • Louisiana Saturday Night by Mel McDaniel
  • Proud Mary by Creedence Clearwater Revival
  • Queen of New Orleans by Jon Bon Jovi
  • Royal Orleans by Led Zeppelin
  • Tryin’ to Get New Orleans by The Tractors
  • Walking to New Orleans by Fats Domino
  • The King Of Maine by Spose
  • King Of The Road by Roger Miller
  • Long Time Sunshine by Weezer
  • Maine Stein Song by Rudy Vallée
  • Nothing But Time by Jackson Browne
  • Portland, Maine by Donovan Woods
  • Portland Town by Schooner Fare
  • The Reach by Dan Fogelberg
  • So You Think You Know Maine by Wicked Good Band
  • That Jane from Maine by Doris Day
  • A Tombstone Every Mile by Dick Curless
  • Baltimore by Prince
  • Baltimore by Randy Newman
  • Going To Maryland by The Mountain Goats
  • Maryland by Vonda Shepard
  • Maryland Memories by Ronnie Dove
  • Raining In Baltimore by Counting Crows
  • Silver Springs by Fleetwood Mac
  • Six Feet Under The Stars by All Time Low
  • There’s A Girl In The Heart Of Maryland by Bing Crosby
  • There She Goes by Good Charlotte
  • Together In Maryland by Tony Cavallo
  • What’s New In Baltimore? by Frank Zappa
  • B ack to Boston by The Rosebuds
  • Boston by Augustana
  • Boston by The Byrds
  • Boston by Kenny Chesney
  • Dirty Water by The Standells
  • Massachusetts by Aaron Lewis
  • Massachusetts by Bee Gees
  • Mass Pike by The Get Up Kids
  • Midnight Rambler by The Rolling Stones
  • M.T.A. by The Kingston Trio
  • My Sister by The Juliana Hatfield Three
  • Old Cape Cod by Patti Page
  • Please Come to Boston by Dave Loggins
  • Roadrunner by Jonathan Richman
  • Rock and Roll Band by Boston
  • Shipping Up To Boston by the Dropkick Murphys
  • Sweet Baby James by James Taylor
  • They Came to Boston by The Mighty Mighty Bosstones
  • Walcott by Vampire Weekend
  • Whoever’s in New England by Reba McEntire
  • America by Simon & Garfunkel
  • Back to Ypsilanti by Lee Osler
  • The Big Three Killed My Baby by The White Stripes
  • Dancing in the Street by Martha and the Vandellas
  • Detroit ‘67 by Sam Roberts
  • Detroit Rock City by Kiss
  • Especially in Michigan by Red Hot Chili Peppers
  • For The Widows In Paradise, For The Fatherless In Ypsilanti by Sufjan Stevens
  • Going to Michigan by The Extra Glenns
  • Half Acre by Hem
  • Hello Detroit by Sammy Davis, Jr.
  • I Want to go Back to Michigan by Irving Berlin
  • Lake Michigan by Rogue Wave
  • Michicant by Bon Iver
  • Michigan by The Milk Carton Kids
  • Michigan and Again by The Accidentals
  • Michigan Left by Arkells
  • Mona and Emmy by Frontier Ruckus
  • Night Moves by Bob Seger
  • One Piece at a Time by Johnny Cash
  • Panic in Detroit by David Bowie
  • Roll Me Away by Bob Seger
  • The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald by Gordon Lightfoot
  • The Biggest Ball of Twine in Minnesota by Weird Al Yankovic
  • Big River by Johnny Cash
  • Drown Soda by Hole
  • Duluth by Trampled By Turtles
  • Escapade by Janet Jackson
  • Girl From The North Country by Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash
  • Good Old Days by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
  • Lake of Fire by Nirvana
  • Minnesota by Lil Yachty
  • Minnesota Girl by Green Day
  • On A Bus To St. Cloud by Trisha Yearwood
  • Outshined by Soundgarden
  • Rock ‘n’ Roll is Alive (And It Lives in Minneapolis) by Prince
  • Say Shh by Atmosphere
  • Skyway by The Replacements
  • Truth Hurts by Lizzo
  • Uptown by Prince
  • Walls of Red Wing by Bob Dylan
  • Biloxi by Jimmy Buffett
  • Black Water by The Doobie Brothers
  • Child of the Mississippi by Old Crow Medicine Show
  • Down in Mississippi (Up to No Good) by Sugarland
  • Ghosts of Mississippi by The Steeldrivers
  • Here’s to the State of Mississippi by Phil Ochs
  • In the Mississippi River by Mavis Staples
  • Jackson, Mississippi by Kid Rock
  • Living for the City by Stevie Wonder
  • Louisiana Woman, Mississippi Man by Conway Twitty, Loretta Lynn
  • Mississippi by Afroman
  • Mississippi by Bob Dylan
  • Mississippi by Charlie Daniels
  • Mississippi by Pussycat
  • Mississippi by Train
  • Mississippi by Rising Appalachia
  • Mississippi Girl by Faith Hill
  • Mississippi Kid by Lynyrd Skynyrd
  • Mississippi Mud by Hank Williams III
  • Mississippi Queen by Mountain
  • Mississippi Sand by Johnny Cash
  • Mister and Mississippi by Patti Page
  • My Head’s in Mississippi by ZZ Top
  • Sunrise on the Mississippi by Bruce Cockburn
  • Uptown Funk by Mark Ronson (featuring Bruno Mars)
  • California, Missouri by Kassi Ashton
  • Cold Missouri Waters by James Keelaghan
  • Missing Missouri by Sara Evans
  • Missouri by David Nail
  • Missouri Moon by Rhonda Vincent
  • Missouri Waltz by Johnny Cash
  • Shovelin’ Coal in Missouri by Jimmie Rodgers
  • Songs About Missouri by Michael Tyler
  • Southwest Missouri by The Mark Chapman Band
  • Walkin’ To Missouri by Sammy Kaye
  • 200 Miles From Montana by Greensky Bluegrass
  • All Through Montana by John Craigie
  • Big City by Merle Haggard
  • Cut Bank, Montana by Hank Williams Jr.
  • Goodnight Montana by David Walburn
  • Hey Montana by Eve 6
  • Home is Where Montana Is is Bruce Anfinson
  • Livingston Saturday Night by Jimmy Buffett
  • Montana by Justin Timberlake
  • Look for Me in Butte by Utah Philips
  • Meet Me in Montana by Dan Seals and Marie Osmond
  • Midnight in Missoula by Nanci Griffith
  • Montana by Daya
  • Montana by Frank Zappa
  • Montana by John Linnell
  • Montana by Liz Carlisle
  • Montana by Sons of the Pioneers
  • Montana Lullaby by Ken Overcast
  • Montana on My Mind by Shane Clouse
  • Montana Rodeo by Chris LeDoux
  • Montana Song by Hank Williams Jr
  • Montana Sky by White Heart
  • My Home’s in Montana by Wylie & The Wild West
  • Wild Montana Skies by John Denver
  • Calamity Song by The Decemberists
  • Colder Weather by Zac Brown Band
  • Egg & Daughter Nite, Lincoln, Nebraska, 1967 by John Prine
  • Little Nebraska Town by Rachael Price
  • My Guardian Angel by Pistoleros
  • Nebraska by Bruce Springsteen
  • Nebraska by Cash Brothers
  • Nebraska by moe.
  • Nebraska Sunrise by Buddy Knox
  • North Platte, Nebras-katte by Harry Partch And The Kronos Quartet
  • Omaha by Counting Crows
  • Omaha by Damien Jurado
  • Omaha, Nebraska by Groucho Marx
  • Tarkio Road by Brewer & Shipley
  • There Is No Place Like Nebraska by Harry Pecha
  • You And I by Lady Gaga
  • Plains Of Nebrasky-O by Eric Anderson
  • All The Way To Reno (You’re Gonna Be A Star) by R.E.M.
  • Friend of The Devil by Grateful Dead
  • Hell Before Reno by Big in Japan
  • Leaving Las Vegas by Sheryl Crow
  • Nevada by Deer Tick
  • Nevada by YoungBoy Never Broke Again
  • Nighttime in Nevada by Adrian Brannan
  • Old Nevada Moon by Patsy Montana
  • Sam’s Town by The Killers
  • Sands of Nevada by Mark Knopfler
  • Stop in Nevada by Billy Joel
  • Viva Las Vegas by Elvis Presley
  • Waking Up In Vegas by Katy Perry
  • Welcome to Nevada by Jerry Reed
  • Emperor of New Hampshire by James Parkington
  • Escape From New Hampshire by Boscoden
  • Granite State of Mind by The Super Secret Project
  • Leaving New Hampshire by Andy Leftwich
  • Live Free or Die by Bill Morrissey
  • New Hampshire by John Linnell
  • New Hampshire by Sonic Youth
  • New Hampshire You’re My Home by Beverly Rush
  • Okayalright by moe.
  • White Mountain Fever by Jimmy Lehoux
  • 4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy) by Bruce Springsteen
  • Atlantic City by The Band
  • Atlantic City by Bruce Springsteen
  • Fake Blues by Real Estate
  • Hackensac k by Fountains of Wayne
  • I Like Jersey Best by John Pizzarelli
  • I’m From New Jersey by John Gorka
  • Jersey Bounce by Ella Fitzgerald
  • Jersey Boy by Eddie Rabbitt
  • Jersey Girl by Tom Waits
  • Night Falls On Hoboken by Yo La Tengo
  • Open All Night by Bruce Springsteen
  • Palisades Park by Freddy Cannon
  • Raise Your Hands by Bon Jovi
  • Who Says You Can’t Go Home by Bon Jovi
  • Wildwood Days by Bobby Rydell
  • You Can’t Catch Me by Chuck Berry
  • You Vandal by Saves the Day
  • Albuquerque by Neil Young
  • Arriba Nuevo Mexico by Roberto Griego
  • Corner Of The Heart by Colin Raye
  • Feels Like Home (New Mexico True) by Richmond
  • Hearts And Bones by Paul Simon
  • Motorway To Roswell by The Pixies
  • New Mexican Rose by The Four Seasons
  • New Mexico by Johnny Cash
  • New Mexico Rain by Bill And Bonnie Hearne
  • New Mexico’s No Breeze by Iron And Wine
  • Point Me In the Direction Of Albuquerque by The Partridge Family
  • Taos, New Mexico by R. Dean Taylor
  • Worst Comes To Worst by Billy Joel
  • The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin’ Groovy) by Simon & Garfunkel
  • Autumn In New York by Billie Holiday
  • Big Apple Dreamin’ (Hippo) by Alice Cooper
  • Chelsea Morning by Joni Mitchell
  • Empire State Of Mind by JAY-Z Featuring Alicia Keys
  • Englishman In New York by Sting
  • Fairytale Of New York by The Pogues Featuring Kirsty MacColl
  • First We Take Manhattan by Leonard Cohen
  • Give My Regards To Broadway by James Cagney
  • Harlem Blues by Nat King Cole
  • Manhattan by Ella Fitzgerald
  • New York by Ed Sheeran
  • New York by St. Vincent
  • New York At Night by Willie Nile
  • New York City by The Chainsmokers
  • New York City by They Might Be Giants
  • New York City Boy by Pet Shop Boys
  • New York City Rhythm by Barry Manilow
  • New York, I Love You, But You’re Bringing Me Down by LCD Soundsystem
  • New York, New York by Frank Sinatra
  • New York Serenade by Bruce Springsteen
  • New York’s Not My Home by Jim Croce
  • New York State Of Mind by Billy Joel
  • No Sleep Till Brooklyn by Beastie Boys
  • N.Y. State of Mind by Nas
  • The Only Living Boy In New York by Simon & Garfunkel
  • Rockaway Beach by The Ramones
  • Safe In New York City by AC/DC
  • Seventeen by Sharon Van Etten
  • Take The ‘A’ Train by Duke Ellington Orchestra
  • Talkin’ New York by Bob Dylan
  • Welcome To New York by Taylor Swift
  • Carolina by Corey Smith
  • Carolina by Eric Church
  • Carolina Calling by Mipso
  • Carolina Girls by Des Ark
  • Carolina Drama by The Raconteurs
  • Carolina in My Mind by James Taylor
  • Carolina in the Morning by Dean Martin
  • Chapel Hill by Sonic Youth
  • Carolina Low by The Decemberists
  • Carolina Moon by Scotty McCreery
  • Charlotte’s in North Carolina by Keith Whitley
  • Crop Comes In by Chatham County Line
  • Crow Jane by Etta Baker
  • Foggy Mountain Breakdown by Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs
  • Freight Train by Elizabeth Cotten
  • Gone to Carolina by Shooter Jennings
  • Heads Carolina, Tails California by Jo Dee Messina
  • If the River Was Whiskey by Charlie Poole
  • Leaving Eden by Carolina Chocolate Drops
  • North Carolina Way by Hogjaw
  • Oh Carolina by Shaggy
  • Oh, My Sweet Carolina by Ryan Adams
  • Poor Ellen Smith by Neko Case
  • Pretty Girl from Raleigh by The Avett Brothers
  • Raise Up by Petey Pablo
  • Southbound by Doc Watson
  • Southern Sadness by American Aquarium
  • Traveling From North Carolina by Paleface
  • Wagon Wheel by Old Crow Medicine Show
  • Highway Headin’ South by Dolly Parton
  • I Gotta Gal I Love (In North And South Dakota) by Frank Sinatra
  • My Home In North Dakota by Adam Taylor
  • My North Dakota Home by Lawrence Welk
  • Nellie Kane by Phish
  • North Dakota by Chris Knight
  • North Dakota by Lyle Lovett
  • North Dakota by Mako
  • North Dakota by Tigirlily Gold
  • North Dakota Boy by Doc Walker
  • Summer Hands by Chuck Suchy
  • Winds of North Dakota by Mike Piper
  • You’ve Never Been To North Dakota by Brennen Leigh
  • Back Home by The Beach Boys
  • Banks of the Ohio by Joan Baez
  • Bloodbuzz Ohio by The National
  • Boy in Ohio by Phil Ochs
  • Carry Me Ohio by Sun Kil Moon
  • Cleveland Rocks by Ian Hunter
  • Cuyahoga by R.E.M.
  • Dayton, Ohio – 1903 by Randy Newman
  • Escape from Ohio by Electric Six
  • Four Days by Counting Crows
  • Girl From Ohio by The Outlaws
  • Going to Cleveland by The Mountain Goats
  • Hang On Sloopy by The McCoys
  • In Ohio by Joseph Arthur
  • In Ohio on Some Steps by Limbeck
  • Look at Miss Ohio by Gillian Welch
  • Look Out Cleveland by The Band
  • My City Was Gone by The Pretenders
  • Oh, Cincinnati by The Seedy Seeds
  • O-H-I-O by Ohio Players
  • Ohio by The Black Keys
  • Ohio by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
  • Ohio by Damien Jurado
  • Ohio by Modest Mouse
  • Ohio (Come Back To Texas) by Bowling For Soup
  • Ohio is for Lovers by Hawthorne Heights
  • Saturday Night in Toledo, Ohio by John Denver
  • South of Cincinnati by Dwight Yoakam
  • Youngstown by Bruce Springsteen
  • Blown Away by Carrie Underwood
  • Crazy About Oklahoma by Jimmy Reed
  • Does The Wind Still Blow In Oklahoma by Reba McEntire and Ronnie Dunn
  • Do Re Mi by Woody Guthrie
  • Down In Oklahoma by Ginger Prince
  • I Ain’t In Checotah Anymore by Carrie Underwood
  • If You’re Ever in Oklahoma by JJ Cale
  • My Oklahoma Home by Bruce Springsteen
  • Nowhere Road by Steve Earle & The Dukes
  • Okie From Muskogee by Merle Haggard
  • Oklahoma Dust by The Notorious Cherry Bombs
  • Oklahoma Hills by Jack Guthrie
  • Oklahoma Morning by Charley Pride
  • Oklahoma Sky by Miranda Lambert
  • Oklahoma Sunday Morning by Glen Campbell
  • Oklahoma Sunshine by Waylon Jennings
  • Oklahoma USA by The Kinks
  • Tell Me Something Bad About Tulsa by George Strait
  • Tulsa Jesus Freak by Lana Del Rey
  • You’re the Reason God Made Oklahoma by David Frizzell and Shelly West
  • Alameda by Elliott Smith
  • Back to Oregon by Broadway Calls
  • City Of Roses by Esperanza Spalding
  • Carry & Lowell by Sufjan Stevens
  • Coming Home by Mat Kearney
  • Don’t Take Me Alive by Steely Dan
  • Eugene Oregon by Dolly Parton
  • Better Company by Horse Feathers
  • Light Rail Coyote by Sleater-Kinney
  • Live Long In Oregon by Laura Gibson
  • Lumberjack by Johnny Cash
  • Mt. St. Helens by Mirah
  • Night of the Living Rednecks by Dead Kennedys
  • Oregon Girl by Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin
  • Oregon Trail by Woody Guthrie
  • Rose Parade by Elliott Smith
  • Pastures of Plenty by Woody Guthrie
  • Portland by The Replacements
  • Portland, Oregon by Loretta Lynn
  • Portland Town by Joan Baez
  • Portland Water by Michael Hurley
  • So Long, Astoria by the Ataris
  • Twin Rocks, Oregon by Shawn Mullins
  • 30,000 Pounds of Bananas by Harry Chapin
  • Allentown by Billy Joel
  • Fall in Philadelphia by Hall & Oates
  • Harrisburg by Josh Ritter
  • Motownphilly by Boyz II Men
  • Pennsylvania by Bloodhound Gang
  • Pennsylvania by Heart
  • Pennsylvania Polka by Frank Yankovic
  • Philadelphia Freedom by Elton John
  • Philly, Philly by Eve
  • Pittsburgh by the Lemonheads
  • Pittsburgh by They Might Be Giants
  • Pittsburgh Sound by Wiz Khalifa
  • Pittsburgh Town by Pete Seeger
  • South Street by the Orlons
  • Streets of Philadelphia by Bruce Springsteen
  • Summertime by Will Smith (DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince)
  • You’ve Got A Friend In Pennsylvania by New Found Glory
  • Holiday In Rhode Island by The Softies
  • The Last Great American Dynasty by Taylor Swift
  • The Last Resort by Eagles
  • Psycho Killer by Talking Heads
  • Poor Little Rhode Island by Guy Lombardo
  • Rhode Island by The Front Bottoms
  • Rhode Island by The Innocence Mission
  • Rhode Island Is Famous For You by Jack Haley
  • Summertime In Rhode Island by Someday Providence
  • Sweet Rhode Island Red by Ike & Tina Turner
  • Beers and Sunshine by Darius Rucker
  • Carolina Can by Chase Rice
  • Carolina Girls by General Johnson
  • Carolina In The Morning by Judy Garland
  • Charleston, South Carolina by Lovie Austin and Her Blue Serenaders
  • Coast of Carolina by Jimmy Buffett
  • Dancin’, Shaggin on The Boulevard by Alabama
  • Just a Little Bit South of North Carolina by Dean Martin
  • She’s Carolina by Cody Webb
  • South Carolina by The Outlaws
  • South Carolina Blues by Junior League Band
  • South Carolina Low Country by Josh Turner
  • Sumter County Friday Night by Lee Brice
  • Waltz for a Girl From South Carolina by Brett Shady
  • Badlands by Bruce Springsteen
  • Big Foot by Johnny Cash
  • Deadwood, South Dakota by Nanci Griffith
  • Everything by Eve 6
  • Fire by Autumn Hill
  • Hills of South Dakota by Becky Schlegel
  • Kadoka, South Dakota by The Living Sisters
  • Misfits by Neil Young
  • Rapid City, South Dakota by Dwight Yoakam
  • South Dakota by Afroman
  • South Dakota by Jakey
  • South Dakota Morning by Bee Gees
  • Back to Tennessee by Billy Ray Cyrus
  • Back Where I Come From by Kenny Chesney
  • Crazy Town by Jason Aldean
  • Dixieland Delight by Alabama
  • Girl Named Tennessee by NeedToBreathe
  • Me and Tennessee by Tim McGraw and Gwyneth Paltrow
  • Memphis, Tennessee by Elvis Presley
  • My Tennessee Mountain Home by Dolly Parton
  • Nashville by Noah Gundersen
  • Nashville Blues by the Everly Brothers
  • Nashville Without You by Tim McGraw
  • Rocky Top by the Osborne Brothers
  • Smoky Mountain Rain by Ronnie Milsap
  • Tennessee by Arrested Development
  • Tennessee by Johnny Cash
  • Tennessee by Sugarland
  • Tennessee by The Wreckers
  • Tennessee Homesick Blues by Dolly Parton
  • Tennessee River Run by Darryl Worley
  • Tennessee Rose by Emmylou Harris
  • Tennessee Stud by Johnny Cash
  • Tennessee Waltz by Patti Page
  • Tennessee Whiskey by Chris Stapleton
  • This Ain’t Tennessee by Garth Brooks
  • Walking in Memphis by Marc Cohn
  • Wrong Side of Memphis by Trisha Yearwood
  • All My Exes Live in Texas by George Strait
  • Amarillo by Morning by George Strait
  • Austin by Blake Shelton
  • Beautiful Texas by Willie Nelson
  • Blame It On Texas by Mark Chesnutt
  • The Bluest Eyes In Texas by Restless Heart
  • Dallas by The Flatlanders
  • Deep in the Heart of Texas by Gene Autry
  • Dime Store Cowgirl by Kacey Musgraves
  • Does Fort Worth Ever Cross Your Mind? by George Strait
  • Galveston by Glen Campbell
  • Girls From Texas by Pat Green featuring Lyle Lovett
  • God Blessed Texas by Little Texas
  • Houston Is Hot Tonight by Iggy Pop
  • If You’re Gonna Play in Texas (You Gotta Have a Fiddle in the Band) by Alabama
  • La Grange by ZZ Top
  • London Homesick Blues by Jerry Jeff Walker & Gary P. Nunn
  • Lubbock or Leave It by The Chicks
  • Luckenbach, Texas (Back to the Basics of Love) by Waylon Jennings
  • Miles and Miles of Texas by Bob Wills
  • My Texas by Josh Abbott Band featuring Pat Green
  • Streets of Laredo by Johnny Cash
  • Texas by Charlie Daniels Band
  • Texas Flood by Stevie Ray Vaughan
  • Texas Pride by Miranda Lambert
  • Texas Sun by Khruangbin & Leon Bridges
  • Texas (When I Die) by Tanya Tucker
  • Too Far From Texas by Stevie Nicks
  • Travis County by Gary Clark Jr.
  • Waltz Across Texas Tonight by Emmylou Harris
  • Ballad for a Friend by Bob Dylan
  • The Ballad of Billy the Kid by Billy Joel
  • Don’t Get So Down On Yourself by Chris Isaak
  • Friend of the Devil by the Grateful Dead
  • The Great Salt Lake by Band of Horses
  • The History of Utah by Camper Van Beethoven
  • I Lost My Sugar in Salt Lake City by Johnny Mercer
  • Palace Of The Brine by Pixies
  • The Promised Land by Bruce Springsteen
  • The Red Hills of Utah by Marty Robbins
  • Salt Lake City by the Beach Boys
  • Salt Lake City by Bobby & the Midnites
  • Salt Lake City by Bob Weir
  • Salt Lake City by Dwarves
  • Salt Lake City by Hank Williams Jr.
  • Utah by The Osmonds
  • Utah Carol by Marty Robbins
  • Utah Tribute by Chris LeDoux
  • Yin & Yang by Adam Ant
  • Carolina by Ferdinand The Bull
  • Green Mountain State by Trevor Hall
  • J ust Give Me Moonlight In Vermont by Amy Allison
  • Moonlight In Vermont by Frank Sinatra
  • Parking Lots and Mountain Tops by James Kochalka Superstar
  • Vermont by Dead Winter Carpenters
  • Vermont Girl by Joan of Arc
  • The Vermont Song by The Breakfast
  • T he Vermont Waltz by Steve Gillette and Cindy Mangsen
  • Clinch Mountain Backstep by Ralph Stanley
  • East Virginia by Pete Seeger
  • The Ghost Of Virginia by Justin Townes Earle
  • I Went Down To Virginia by Frank Sinatra
  • James River Blues by Old Crow Medicine Show
  • Longing For Old Virginia by The Carter Family
  • Meet Virginia by Train
  • My Old Virginia Home by The Carter Family
  • Night Train by James Brown
  • Old Virginia by America
  • Sweet Virginia by The Rolling Stones
  • Sweet Virginia Breeze by The Robbin Thompson Band
  • Virginia by Tori Amos
  • Virginia by Whiskey Myers
  • Virginia Is For Lovers By Jordin Sparks
  • Virginia Moon by Foo Fighters
  • Virginia Plain by Roxy Music
  • Aurora by Foo Fighters
  • Belltown Ramble by Robyn Hitchcock
  • Black Ball Ferry Line by Bing Crosby
  • Dark Moon by Bonnie Guitar
  • Frances Farmer Will Have Her Revenge On Seattle by Nirvana
  • Hello Seattle by Owl City
  • I Love Seattle by Tacocat
  • My Oh My by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
  • Posse On Broadway by Sir-Mix-A-Lot
  • Seattle by Perry Como
  • The Shadow Of Seattle by Marcy Playground
  • Sunny In Seattle by Blake Shelton
  • Talkin’ Seattle Blues by Todd Snider
  • This Place Is A Prison by The Postal Service
  • Thrice All American by Neko Case
  • Walk, Don’t Run by The Ventures
  • Waitsburg by Bob Frank
  • Working Titles by Damien Jurado
  • Charleston Girl by Tyler Childers
  • Come Home to West Virginia by Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr.
  • Jamboree Jones by Johnny Mercer
  • Last Public Hanging in West Virginia by Flatt & Scruggs
  • Leaving West Virginia by Kathy Mattea
  • Morning Morgantown by Joni Mitchell
  • Remember by Mac Miller
  • Sixteen Tons by Tennessee Ernie Ford
  • Union, God, and Country by Steve Earle
  • West Virginia My Home by Hazel Dickens
  • You Remind Me of West Virginia by Wyatt Turner
  • Alcohol by Brad Paisley
  • Jump Around by House of Pain
  • Man From Milwaukee by Hanson
  • Milwaukee by The Both
  • Milwaukee, Here I Come by George Jones and Brenda Carter
  • My Cousin in Milwaukee by Ella Fitzgerald
  • River in the Pines by The Deep, Dark Woods
  • Turntable by Dead Horses
  • Welcome to Janesville by Smoking Popes
  • What’s Made Milwaukee Famous (Has Made a Fool Out of Me) by Jerry Lee Lewis
  • Wisconsin by Bon Iver
  • The Beaches of Cheyenne by Garth Brooks
  • Happy Birthday (from Wyoming) by Mario Matteoli
  • I Can Still Make Cheyenne by George Strait
  • July in Cheyenne by Aaron Watson
  • Leaving Wyoming by Northcote
  • My Sweet Wyoming Home by Bill Staines
  • Neon by Chris Young
  • Paint Me Back Home in Wyoming by Chris LeDoux
  • Song of Wyoming by John Denver
  • What Happened in Wyoming by Envoi
  • Why, Oh Why, Did I Ever Leave Wyoming by Roy Rogers
  • Wyoming Wind by Chancey Williams & The Younger Brothers Band

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Road Trip Sing-Along Songs for Every Type of Adventure

The three things every road trip needs are snacks, buddies, and a soundtrack! That’s why we’ve gathered the best road trip sing-along songs for you!

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There’s nothing that encompasses a sense of freedom like the open road! A road trip with your besties, your family, or your greatest love is the perfect way to blow off some steam and deepen your relationships. While the whole point is to venture into the unknown and enjoy an unbridled adventure, a successful road trip takes a little planning. You’re going to need some traditional snacks and a phenomenal playlist. Music can set the tone for your whole vacation! That’s why we’ve gathered all the best road trip sing-along songs for your listening pleasure. Open up your Spotify and start downloading, this is going to be epic!

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Choosing the Best Songs for Your Road Trip

Like most categories in life, “the best songs” will be entirely different for each person. You certainly won’t like all the songs on this list, but our road trip songs can’t just be a list of your favorite ditties. There are parameters here. When searching for the best road trip songs, here are some tips to make sure your playlist is a hit.

1. Pick songs that are easy to sing along with.

The whole point of a great road trip sing-along is to well… sing along! You want to pick songs that have an easy melody and well-known words so you all belt it out together! You might not know all the words, but at least the chorus should sound familiar.

2. What is your vibe?

You want to choose songs that fit the vibe of your trip. If you are taking a trip with the girls after a bad breakup, then you don’t want to load your list with power ballads all about love. Sure, they are great to sing along with, but they are kind of the opposite of what you need right now. If you are going to the beach, you wanna choose tropical, reggae, or surging-inspired songs to get you in the laid-back, beach-sitting mood. Just think about the purpose of your trip, and find songs that evoke the emotion you want to get out of your trip!

3. Include some variation.

You don’t want to make a playlist with all the same kinds of music or one that’s too short. Make sure to include a good mix of current and classic. Mix up the genres. Keep them guessing what’s next! This is also a great way to ensure that your list has something on it for everyone.

4. Think about your mates.

Part of going on a road trip together is enjoying time with your favorite people. When you make your playlist, think about the people who will be in the car. What are their favorite songs or genres of music? What artists do they love? If you don’t know, have each road tripper send you a list of 10-15 songs that they want to include on the list!

How to Utilize this Guide

Taking into account all these tips, we’ve chosen songs that fit specific types of road trips. We’ve divided our master list into groupings for girls’ trips, romantic getaways, trips to the beach, trips with kiddos, and a general list for the best road trip song ever! Find the list that fits your vibe and enjoy!

The Best General Road Trip Playlist

If your family is anything like most, agreeing on music across generations is a tricky task. While you will certainly have to compromise, a good long road trip is also a great time to teach your kids about classic rock or bust out the best karaoke songs of all time. In this section, we’ve gathered all the belters. You know what we are talking about, those songs that are best sung with the speakers blaring and absolutely no skill necessary. Here’s our list of the best songs to annoy your kids with!

  • “Sweet Home Alabama”—Lynyrd Skynyrd
  • “On The Road Again”—Willie Nelson
  • “Born to be Wild”—Steppenwolf
  • “American Pie”—Don Mclean
  • “Don’t Stop Believin’”—Journey
  • “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)”—The Proclaimers
  • “Life is a Highway”—Rascal Flatts or the original by Tom Cochrane
  • “Highway to Hell“—AC/DC
  • “Hit the Road Jack”—Ray Charles
  • “Here I Go Again”—Whitesnake
  • “Running on Empty”—Jackson Browne
  • “Mustang Sally”—Wilson Pickett
  • “Road to Nowhere”—Talking Heads
  • “Little Red Corvette”—Prince
  • “Purple Rain”—Prince
  • “I’ve Been Everywhere”—Johnny Cash
  • “Born to Run”—Bruce Springsteen
  • “Jack and Diane”—John Mellencamp
  • “Free Fallin’”—Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers
  • “Bohemian Rhapsody”—Queen
  • “We are the Champions”—Queen
  • “Another One Bites the Dust”—Queen
  • “Friends in Low Places”—Garth Brooks
  • “All My Exes Live in Texas”—George Strait
  • “Sweet Caroline”—Neil Diamond

Author note: As a consummate world traveler, I swear I have heard this favorite sung in more countries than I can count. From folk fairs in Scotland to road trips through Nepal, everyone seems to know the chorus to “Sweet Caroline”, and it is acceptable worldwide to sing it at the top of your lungs!

  • “The Devil Went Down to Georgia”—The Charlie Daniels Band
  • “Jackson”—Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash
  • “Swingin’”—John Anderson
  • “Family Tradition”—Hank Williams

“ Family Tradition” is one of the best sing-along songs of all time. With its “extra lyrics,” the song lends itself perfectly to tone-deaf songbirds who find their place screaming the somewhat naughty interjections. Granted, people are usually drunk when they karaoke to this fine tune, but given this is a road trip, you are going to have to yell your interjections without liquid help!

  • “Take Me Home, Country Roads”—John Denver
  • “Johnny B. Goode”—Chuck Berry
  • “Blaze of Glory”—Jon Bon Jovi
  • “Is This Love”—Whitesnake
  • “Welcome to the Jungle”—Guns n’ Roses
  • “Paradise City”—Guns n’ Roses
  • “Africa”—TOTO
  • “Signs”—Tesla
  • “You’re The One That I Want”—John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John”
  • “Y.M.C.A”—The Village People
  • “Dancing Queen”—ABBA
  • “Uptown Girl”—Billy Joel
  • “I Love Rock n’ Roll”—Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
  • “Jessie’s Girl”—Rick Springfield
  • “Baby Got Back”—Sir Mix-A-Lot
  • “Ice, Ice Baby”—Vanilla Ice
  • “Hotel California”—Eagles
  • “Livin’ on a Prayer”—Bon Jovi
  • “It’s Raining Men”—The Weather Girls
  • “Go Your Own Way”—Fleetwood Mac
  • “Stayin’ Alive”—The BeeGees
  • “What a Feelin’”—Irene Cara
  • “Gansta’s Paradise”—Coolio and Kylian Mash
  • “Footloose”—Kenny Loggins
  • “Men in Black”—Will Smith
  • “Eye of the Tiger”—Survivor
  • “Happy”—Pharell Williams
  • “Can’t Stop the Feeling!”—Justin Timberlake
  • “I’m Bringing Sexy Back”—Justin Timberlake
  • “Gettin’ Jiggy Wit it”—Will Smith
  • “We Didn’t Start the Fire”—Billy Joel
  • “Paradise by the Dashboard Light”—Meatloaf
  • “Like a Rolling Stone”—Bob Dylan
  • “Proud Mary”—Ike and Tina Turner
  • “The Ride”—David Allen Coe
  • “Fast Car”—Tracy Chapman
  • “Shut Up and Drive”—Rihanna
  • “All the Small Things”—Blink-182
  • “Island in the Sun”—Weezer
  • “Midnight Rider”—The Allman Brothers Band
  • “No Particular Place… ”—Chuck Berry
  • “The Dog Days are Over”—Florence + The Machine
  • “Where the Streets Have no Name”—U2
  • “Every day is a Winding Road”—Sheryl Crow
  • “Billie Jean”—Michael Jackson

“ Billie Jean” has been voted on several poles as the most popular karaoke song of all time! The 1983 classic was a #1 Billboard hit for M.J. Though Michael is gone, his music lives on from karaoke stages the world over. Although, we are not sure if he would be proud of that fact, or cringe at us all butchering his classic hit!

  • “Don’t Bring Me Down”—Electric Light Orchestra
  • “I Want to Break Free”—Queen
  • “ Hey Ya”—Outkast
  • “Interstate Love Song”—Stone Temple Pilots
  • “The Way”—Fastball
  • “King of the Road”—Roger Miller
  • “1979”—The Smashing Pumpkins
  • “Carolina in my Mind”—James Taylor
  • “Long Train Runnin’”—The Doobie Brothers
  • “Peace Train”—Cat Stevens
  • “C’Mon n’ Ride It (The Train)”—Quad City DJ’s
  • “Midnight Train to Georgia”—Gladys Knight & The Pips
  • “Ramblin’ Man”—The Allman Brothers Band
  • “Let Me Ride”—Dr. Dre
  • “Radar Love”—Golden Earring
  • “Hooked on a Feeling”—Blue Swede
  • “Escape (The Piña Colada Song)”—Rupert Holmes
  • “The Way You Make Me Feel”—Michael Jackson
  • “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’”—The Righteous Brothers
  • “Wake Up Little Susie”—The Everly Brothers
  • “The Gambler”—Kenny Rogers
  • “Walk Like an Egyptian”—The Bangles
  • “Georgia on my Mind”—Ray Charles
  • “America the Beautiful”—Ray Charles
  • “Mr. Brightside”—The Killers

The Best Road Trip Songs for a Girl’s Trip

If you are taking a summer road trip across the United States with your best gal pals, you are going to need some fun chick tunes that evoke a sense of female empowerment and good vibes! Think epic, top-of-your-lungs power ballads and iconic girl groups! Here are our best picks in no particular order.

  • “No Scrubs”—TLC
  • “Creep”—TLC
  • “Waterfalls”—TLC

Oh TLC… nobody does “Crazy, Sexy, Cool” like you ladies, the original boss babes!

  • “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun”—Cyndi Lauper
  • “True Colors”—Cyndi Lauper
  • “Time After Time”—Cyndi Lauper
  • “…Baby One More Time”—Britney Spears
  • “Oops…I Did it Again”—Britney Spears
  • “Toxic”—Britney Spears
  • “Oh, Pretty Woman”—Roy Orbison
  • “I Wanna Dance With Somebody”—Whitney Houston
  • “I Will Always Love You”—Whitney Houston
  • “I’m Every Woman”—Whitney Houston
  • “I’m Your Baby Tonight”—Whitney Houston
  • “Bills, Bills, Bills”—Destiny’s Child
  • “Bootylicious”—Destiny’s Child
  • “Survivor”—Destiny’s Child
  • “Independent Women”—Destiny’s Child

If TLC were the originals, then Destiny’s Child wasn’t far behind on the female empowerment game. Man, they make ya proud to be a powerful lady!

  • “Soak up the Sun”—Sheryl Crow
  • “All I Wanna Do”—Sheryl Crow
  • “If It Makes You Happy”—Sheryl Crow
  • “Some Days You Gotta Dance”—The Dixie Chicks
  • “Wide Open Spaces”—Dixie Chicks
  • “Cowboy Take Me Away”—Dixie Chicks
  • “Diamonds”—Rihanna
  • “Umbrella”—Rihanna
  • “You Oughta Know”—Alanis Morissette
  • “Head Over Feet”—Alanis Morissette
  • “Jagged Little Pill”—Alanis Morissette

It doesn’t get more angsty than Alanis. Her Jagged Little Pill album was one of the female albums of all time, and it has held up to time. It’s still fun to listen to. Especially if you’re angry!

  • “Dark Horse”—Katy Perry
  • “California Gurls”—Katy Perry
  • “I Kissed A Girl”—Katy Perry
  • “Teenage Dream”—Katy Perry
  • “Roar”—Katy Perry

Katy Perry may or may not be your favorite artist, but she has some great, scream-it-out-the-window jams for a girl’s trip!

  • “Vogue”—Madonna
  • “Material Girl”—Madonna
  • “Like a Virgin”—Madonna
  • “Like a Prayer”—Madonna
  • “Lucky Star”—Madonna
  • “Bad Guy”—Billie Eilish
  • “Rolling in the Deep”—Adele
  • “Rumour Has It”—Adele
  • “Set Fire to the Rain”—Adele
  • “Man! I Feel Like A Woman!”—Shania Twain
  • “Any Man of Mine”—Shania Twain
  • “Who’s Bed Have Your Boots Been Under?”—Shania Twain
  • “Royals”—Lorde
  • “Kerosene”—Miranda Lambert
  • “Somethin’ Bad”—Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood
  • “Gunpowder and Lead”—Miranda Lambert
  • “Church Bells”—Carrie Underwood
  • “Before He Cheats”—Carrie Underwood
  • “All-American Girl”—Carrie Underwood
  • “Independence Day”—Martina McBride
  • “My Heart Will Go On”—Celine Dion
  • “All By Myself”—Celine Dion
  • “Run the World”—Beyonce
  • “Single Ladies”—Beyonce
  • “Just a Girl”—No Doubt
  • “Don’t Speak”—No Doubt
  • “Spiderwebs”—No Doubt
  • “Hella Good”—No Doubt

Second to maybe Alanis, nobody does jilted-lover anger quite like Gwenny. These firey, female anthems are still so, so good!

  • “Girl on Fire”—Alicia Keys
  • “Superwoman”—Alicia Keys
  • “I Will Survive”—Gloria Gaynor
  • “I’m Coming Out”—Diana Ross
  • “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough”—Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell
  • “Born This Way”—Lady Gaga
  • “Bad Romance”—Lady Gaga
  • “Stronger”—Kelly Clarkson
  • “Killing Me Softly With His Song”—Lauryn Hill
  • “Doo Wop”—Lauren Hill
  • “Family Affair”—Mary J. Blige
  • “Respect”—Aretha Franklin
  • “A Natural Woman”—Aretha Franklin
  • “Hips Don’t Lie”—Shakira
  • “Whenever, Wherever”—Shakira
  • “Wannabe”—Spice Girls
  • “Say You’ll Be There”—Spice Girls
  • “If You Wanna Be My Lover”—Spice Girls
  • “Push It!”—Salt—N—Pepa
  • “Whatta Man”—Salt-N-Pepa
  • “Shoop”—Salt-N-Pepa
  • “Lady Marmalade”—Moulin Rouge Soundtrack
  • “Dirty”—Christina Aguilera
  • “Genie in a Bottle”—Christina Aguilera
  • “Come on Over Baby”—Christina Aguilera
  • “I Got You Babe”—Sonny and Cher
  • “If I Could Turn Back Time”—Cher
  • “About Damn Time”—Lizzo
  • “Always Be My Baby”—Mariah Carey
  • “Havana”—Camila Cabello
  • “Let’s Hear it for the Boy”—Deneice Williams
  • “Look What You Made Me Do”—Taylor Swift
  • “Bad Blood”—Taylor Swift
  • “Shake it Off”—Taylor Swift
  • “I Knew You Were Trouble”—Taylor Swift

That Taylor sure does write a catchy tune! Like her or not, you can’t help but sing along!

  • “Jolene”—Dolly Parton
  • “Holding Out for a Hero”—Bonnie Tyler
  • “Zombie”—Cranberries

The Best Road Trip Songs for Your Romantic Getaway

A long winding road, windows down, radio blaring, and just you and your boo to enjoy it. Sounds pretty perfect, doesn’t it? A good road trip is the ultimate way to test a new romance, or rekindle an old one! All that time in the car gives you time to talk about life’s important stuff and remember why you fell in love in the first place. A romantic playlist will help set the tone for a week of lovin’. This one is tricky. We need romantic, but also good for singing along, and we can’t get too hot and heavy.

You might find that your conversation needs a little boost if you are taking a long road trip. We got you covered. Here are “52 Conversation Prompts for Couples” to get your dialogue back on track!

  • “My Girl”—The Temptations
  • “Brown Eyed Girl”—Van Morrison
  • “Love Shack”—The B52s
  • “Your Body Is a Wonderland”—John Mayer
  • “She’s So High”—Tal Bachman
  • “Do You Believe in Magic?”—The Lovin’ Spoonful
  • “Accidentally in Love”—Counting Crows
  • “Kiss Me”—Sixpence None The Richer
  • “Love Story”—Taylor Swift
  • “Lucky”—Jason Mraz
  • “Perfect”—Ed Sheeran
  • “Wonderful Tonight”—Eric Clapton
  • “(Everything I Do) I Do It For You”—Bryan Adams
  • “Truly, Madly, Deeply”—Savage Garden
  • “(I Can’t Help) Falling in Love With You”—UB40 or Elvis Presley
  • “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life”—Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes
  • “Unchained Melody”—The Righteous Brothers
  • “If I Aint’ Got You”—Alicia Keys
  • “Just The Two of Us”—Grover Washington and Bill Withers
  • “Endless Love”—Lionel Richie and Diana Ross
  • “Your Song”—Elton John
  • “A Groovy Kind of Love”—Phil Collins
  • “I Knew I Loved You”—Savage Garden
  • “You Are So Beautiful”—Joe Cocker
  • “I Don’t Wanna Miss A Thing”—Aerosmith
  • “All My Life”—K—Ci & JoJo
  • “I’ll Make Love to You”—Boyz II Men
  • “On Bended Knee”—Boyz II Men
  • “End of the Road”—Boyz II Men
  • “Hero”—Mariah Carey
  • “Fantasy”—Mariah Carey
  • “Thank God I Found You”—Mariah Carey
  • “I’ll Stand by You”—The Pretenders
  • “Lean on Me”—Bill Withers
  • “You’re Still the One“—Shania Twain
  • “Carrying Your Love With Me”—George Strait
  • “Love Without End, Amen”—George Strait
  • “Run”—George Strait
  • “Carried Away”—George Strait
  • “I Swear”—All-4-One
  • “The Way You Look Tonight”—Frank Sinatra
  • “At Last”—Etta James
  • “When A Man Loves A Woman”—Michael Bolton

If you can’t belt out to Michael Bolton, then you are broken, and we can’t fix you!

  • “Saving All My Love for You”—Whitney Houston
  • “I’ll Be There”—Jackson Five
  • “Take My Breath Away”—Berlin
  • “Aint’ No Other Man”—Christina Aguilera
  • “River Deep, Mountain High”—Celine Dion
  • Red Light Special”—TLC
  • “Sexual Healing”—Marvin Gaye
  • “Get It On Tonite”—Montell Jordan
  • “Pony”—Ginuwine
  • “Nobody”—Keith Sweat, featuring Athena Cage
  • “You Make Me Wanna”-Usher
  • “My Way”—Usher
  • “Hungry Eyes”—Eric Carmen
  • “I Want Your Sex”—George Michael
  • “No One” Alicia Keys
  • “Peaches & Cream”—112, P Diddy
  • “Sugar”—Maroon 5
  • “Every Breath You Take”—The Police
  • “Just The Way You Are”—Bruno Mars
  • “Crazy Little Things Called Love”—Queen
  • “Love Me Like You Do”—Ellie Goulding
  • “In Your Eyes”—Peter Gabriel
  • “Love On Top”—Beyonce
  • “I Wanna Know What Love Is”—Foreigner
  • “Come Away With Me”—Norah Jones
  • “She’s Always A Woman”—Billy Joel
  • “Be My Baby”—The Ronettes
  • “I Want it That Way”—The Backstreet Boys
  • “A Thousand Years”—Christina Perry
  • “Bleeding Love”—Leona Lewis
  • “Linger”—The Cranberries
  • “Sweet Emotion”—Aerosmith
  • “Meet Virginia”—Train
  • “You Make My Dreams”—Hall & Oates
  • “Nothing Else Matters”—Metallica

James Hetfield, frontman for Metallica, wrote this sappy tune while on tour and missing his girl. It was a far cry from the normal Metallica headbang, and it got the band some major flack. However, the ballad was a fresh take on romantic and went on to be one of Metallica’s top songs of all time.

  • “Smooth”—Santana, featuring Rob Thomas
  • “In the Still of the Night”—The Five Satins
  • “Stand by Me”—Ben E. King
  • “Me and Bobby McGee”—Janis Joplin
  • “Beast of Burden”—The Rolling Stones
  • “You’re in my Heart”—Rod Stewart
  • “Me and Charlie Talking”—Miranda Lambert
  • “You’ve Never Even Called Me By My Name”—Waylon Jennings
  • “Sweet Child O’ Mine”—Guns n’ Roses
  • “I’ll be There for You”—Bon Jovi
  • “Faithfully”—Journey
  • “Open Arms”—Journey
  • “Dancing in the Dark”—Bruce Springsteen
  • “There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back”—Shawn Mendes
  • “Making Love Out of Nothing at all”—Air Supply
  • “Hey Jude”—The Beatles

Is it really a road trip playlist, or any playlist at all, if you don’t include a little Beatles? We think not!

  • “Chasing Cars”—Snow Patrol
  • “Your Love Keeps Lifting Me Higher”—Jackie Wilson
  • “ My Best Friend”—Tim McGraw
  • “You’re My Best Friend”—Queen
  • “Good Hearted Woman”—Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson

Whew… we are 300 songs in! Are you tired yet? Well, hang tight because we are just getting started!

The Best Road Trip Songs for Little Ones

If you have little ones in tow, then you’ll spend most of your trip trying to keep them entertained in one fashion or another. There’s nothing worse than being trapped in a car with a screaming toddler. Parents the world over know, that you will sing any stupid song and do any number of silly dances just to keep the peace. In this section, we have rounded up songs that small children will love, and some that mom and dad will know too! We’ve got everything from classic nursery rhymes to Disney favorites, and honestly, we would listen to some of these babies even if we didn’t have kids in the backseat!

  • “Just Around the Riverbend”—From Pocahontas, the movie, sung by Judy Kuhn
  • “A Whole New World”—From Aladdin , sung by Lea Salong and Brad Kane
  • “Circle of Life”—From The Lion King , sung by Carmen Twillie and Lebo M.
  • “Beauty and the Beast”—From the movie of the same name, sung by Angela Lansbury
  • “Kiss the Girl”—From the Little Mermaid, sung by Samuel E. Wright
  • “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious”—From Mary Poppins , sung by Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke
  • “Cruella De Vil”—From 101 Dalmations , sung by Bill Lee
  • “You Can Fly”—From Peter Pan , sung by Bobby Driscoll et. all
  • “Hakuna Matata”—From The Lion King , sung by Nathan Lane, etc. all
  • “Be Our Guest”—From Beauty and the Beast , sung by Angela Lansbury and Jerry Orbach
  • “The Bare Necessities”—From Jungle Book , sung by Phil Harris and Bruce Reitherman
  • “Can You Feel the Love Tonight”—From The Lion King , sung by Elton John
  • “Let’s Go Fly a Kite”—From Mary Poppins , sung by David Tomlinson, Dick Van Dyke, and the Londoners
  • “I’m Still Standing”—From Sing , sung by Taron Egerton
  • “Shake it Off”—From Sing , sung by Nick Kroll, Reese Witherspoon
  • “Do You Want to Build a Snowman?”—From Frozen , sung by Kristen Bell, Agatha Lee Monn, and Katie Lopez
  • “Let it Go”—From Frozen , sung by Idina Menzel
  • “When Will My Life Begin”—From Tangled , sung by Mandy Moore
  • “Try Everything”—From Zootopia, sung by Shakira
  • “I Just Can’t Wait to Be King”—From The Lion King , JD McCrary, Shahadi Wright Joseph, John Oliver
  • “Surface Pressure”—From Encanto , sung by Jessica Darrow
  • “How Far I’ll Go”—From Moana , sung by Auli’i Cravalho
  • “Un Poco Loco”—From Coco , sung by Anthony Gonzales
  • “Friend Like Me”—From Aladdin —Sung by Will Smith
  • “Over the Rainbow”—From The Wizard of Oz , sung by Judy Garland
  • “I Like to Move it”—From Madagascar 2 —
  • “Pete the Cat and His White Shoes”—Mr. Eric
  • “Wheels on the Bus”—Old Town School of Folk Music
  • “Row, Row, Row Your Boat”—Old Town School of Folk Music
  • “Baby Shark”—Pinkfong
  • “Drivin’ in my Car”—Ralph’s World
  • “John Jingleheim Schmidt”—The Kiboomers
  • “ABC’s”—Blippi, Nicky Notes
  • “The Excavator Song”—Blippi

If your children have somehow not discovered Blippi yet, congratulations! If you are stuck with him like the rest of us, you might as well learn the lyrics to “The Excavator Song,” cuz it’s a toddler Billboard chart-topper. Get ready to hit repeat, or just download the complete collection and spend hours singing about monster trucks, trains, and garbage trucks. Most of his songs are about machines and transportation, so we guess they are kind of perfect for a road trip.

  • “Bingo”—Cocomelon
  • “Hot Potato”—The Wiggles
  • “Itsy Bitsy Spider”—Cocomelon
  • “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star”—Cocomelon
  • “Skidamarink”—Cocomelon
  • “Old McDonald Had a Farm”—The Countdown Kids

Okay, we made it through the toddler tunes. Hopefully, forty is enough, and they are snoozing soundly by now. Moving on!

The Perfect Playlist for Your Beach Trip

Bring on the cool Caribbean beats. Perfect white sand, clear turquoise water, and a fruity drink in hand… at least, that’s the vibe we are going for, though the reality is sometimes different, especially if you have children. Either way, the best chance you have at a restorative beach trip is to get yourself at ease before you get there! Let’s round up the reggae!

  • “Red, Red Wine”—UB40
  • “Jump in the Line”—Harry Belafonte
  • “Banana Boat (Day-O)”—Harry Belafonte
  • “Margaritaville”—Jimmy Buffet
  • “Surfin’ U.S.A”—The Beach Boys
  • “Wouldn’t it Be Nice?”—The Beach Boys
  • “Good Vibrations”—The Beach Boys
  • “California Girls”—The Beach Boys
  • “Kokomo”—The Beach Boys
  • “Fun, Fun, Fun”—The Beach Boys
  • “Over the Rainbow”—Israel Kamakawiwo’ole
  • “Steal my Sunshine”—LEN
  • “Walkin’ On the Sun”—Smash Mouth
  • “Two Tickets to Paradise”—Eddie Money
  • “Pass the Dutchie”—Musical Youth
  • “Peaceful Easy Feeling”—Eagles
  • “Under the Boardwalk”—The Drifters
  • “Caribbean Queen”—Billy Ocean
  • “Miami”—Will Smith
  • “Conga”—Gloria Estefan and Miami Sound Machine
  • “Rhythm Is Gonna Get You”—Gloria Estefan and Miami Sound Machine
  • “Get on Your Feet”—Gloria Estefan and Miami Sound Machine
  • “Santeria”—Sublime
  • “Here Comes the Sun”—The Beatles
  • “(Sittin’ On) the Dock of the Bay—Otis Redding
  • “California Dreamin’”—The Mamas & The Papas
  • “Could You Be Loved”—Bob Marley & The Wailers
  • “Three Little Birds”—Bob Marley & The Wailers
  • “One Love/People Get Ready”—Bob Marley & The Wailers
  • “Buffalo Soldier”—Bob Marley & The Wailers
  • “Get Up, Stand Up”—The Wailers
  • “I Can See Clearly Now”—Jimmy Cliff
  • “True to Myself”—Ziggy Marley
  • “Black Magic Woman”—Santana
  • “Coconut”—Harry Nilsson
  • “Knee Deep”—Zac Brown Band, featuring Jimmy Buffet
  • “No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems”—Kenny Chesney
  • “Beachin”—Jake Owen
  • “Toes”—Zac Brown Band
  • “Buy Me a Boat”—Chris Janson
  • “Somewhere On a Beach”—Dierks Bentley
  • “Two Pina Coladas”—Garth Brooks”
  • “Coastline”—Hollow Coves
  • “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere”—Alan Jackson, Jimmy Buffet
  • “When the Sun Goes Down”—Kenny Chesney, Uncle Kracker
  • “Some Beach”—Black Shelton
  • “Pontoon”—Little Big Town
  • “One Kiss”—Calvin Harris with Dua Lipa
  • “Sunshine”—OneRepublic
  • “Dancing in the Moonlight”—Looking Glass
  • “Brandy (You’re a Fine Girl)”—Looking Glass
  • “Come Sail Away”—Styx
  • “Sailing”—Christopher Cross
  • “Upside Down”—Jack Johson
  • “Take it Easy”—Eagles
  • “In the Summertime”—Mungo Jerry
  • “Happy Together”—The Turtles
  • “Down on the Corner”—Creedence Clearwater Revival
  • “Doctor My Eyes”—Jackson Browne
  • “Summer Breeze”—Seal and Crofts

Seatbelts, everyone!

There you have it, all the best songs for your next road trip! It should only take you a month or so to download them all… better get busy. Did we miss your favorite road trip jam? Drop it in the comments!

Are you taking a road trip with your offspring? Make sure to take a look at our new travel guide “15 Must-Haves for a Road Trip With Kids.” We’ve got all the secrets for making your family road trip part of the fun and not just a means to an end! And if you’re stuck for things to see along the way, this handy list of quirky roadside attractions could be for you.

Planning a road trip can feel like a daunting task! If you are struggling a bit, or don’t know where to even start, we got ya covered! Here’s “How to Plan a Road Trip: A Comprehensive Guide.” We’ve lined it our from start to finish, so you will be ready to roam in no time!

Frequently Asked Questions

The best songs for a road trip are songs that you love, that are easy to sing along to, and that put you in vacation mode! Try “Life is a Highway, “Bohemian Rhapsody” or “Go Your Own Way.”

The greatest sing-along songs are instantly recognizable. Popular picks are “Sweet Caroline,” “Billie Jean,” and “Sweet Child O’ Mine.”

A successful road trip needs a fantastic playlist, plenty of good snacks, and some age-appropriate games. It also helps to plan a few adventure stops along the way!

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So, make sure your gas tank is full and that you have all your essential road snacks ready because we've got you covered with the best car songs to listen to, regardless of your destination.

Harry Styles - "Golden"

Harry said himself that this song is meant for driving down the coast. "It feels so Malibu to me," he said in an interview with Zane Lowe for Apple Music. Whether you're in Malibu or Montana, this is a banger perfect for driving down the highway.

Ice Spice - "In Ha Mood"

You're a baddie with your baddie friends in the car, so blast Ice Spice on full volume.

Taylor Swift - "Cruel Summer"

Although Taylor's Versions have since taken over the world, Taylor Swift's "Cruel Summer" is a whole vibe. This bridge was made to be sung at the top of your lungs.

Charli XCX - "Vroom Vroom"

Not only has this song become a staple in Charli XCX 's discography, but it is literally about driving. Once you hear that "Let's ride" in the intro, you know it's time to go hard.

Miley Cyrus - "Jaded"

This track off of Endless Summer Vacation is begging to be belted in the backseat.

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This K-Pop tune will get stuck in your head immediately.

Britney Spears - "Toxic"

When it doubt, always Britney it out.

Chloe x Halle - "Do It"

The sisters never miss when it comes to feel-good bops. This one will definitely make you dance in the passenger seat.

Dua Lipa - "Levitating"

When I tell you that everyone loves this song... I mean it. Sing this with your sugar boos for an extra good time.

The Killers - "Mr. Brightside"

If you haven't belted out to this song in a car full of your BFFs, then this is the perfect time to finally cross it off your bucket list. Trust me, whoever stops next to you on the next red light will also join in and sing-along too.

The Aces - "Girls Make Me Wanna Die"

The indie-pop quartet switches gears toward pop-punk with this track inspired by frustrations they've faced with crushes throughout their lives, and we must say the vibes are immaculate.

BTS - "Dynamite"

If you don't dance whenever you hear this song, I don't think I can trust you. The award-winning banger by BTS has deserved a road trip scream-sing all this time.

Olivia Rodrigo - Deja Vu

Olivia is driving down the coast in this video, so *I* want to drive down the coast and sing about how I'm annoying when I watch reruns of Glee .

Tate McRae - "She's All I Wanna Be"

Why wouldn't you want to scream "Stupid boy" at the top of your lungs?

Aly & AJ - "Potential Breakup Song"

Everybody say "thank you" to Aly & AJ for this masterpiece of a pop song that's still going strong 15+ years later.

MUNA ft. Phoebe Bridgers - "Silk Chiffon"

Odds are this track hit your TikTok FYP and is already stuck in your head, so you might as well play it with the top down.

Katy Perry - "Teenage Dream"

Not only is this song one of the greatest pop anthems of all time, it's also just an all-around favorite to play especially in the summer time.

Doja Cat - "Get Into It (Yuh)"

Trust us: skip the Starbucks run and play this instead. That second verse will give you the same amount of energy as a Venti cold brew.

Taylor Swift - "All Too Well (10 Minute Version) (Taylor's Version) (From The Vault)"

This was a cultural reset, and the new lyrics are worth every moment.

Conan Gray - "Maniac"

Because how can you not yell "Tell all of your friends that I'm crazy and drive you mad"?

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Best road trip songs

The best road trip songs of all time

These road trip songs will make your next excursion a memorable one, whether you’re driving for few hours or a few days

Nick Levine

Don’t get us wrong—we really love city life. But sometimes day-tripping to a nearby summer music festival doesn’t quite satiate our need for escape, and that’s where these classic road trip songs come in. When the urge strikes, it’s time to hit the highway/motorway/ whatever for a good, old-fashioned road trip. Of course, you can’t drive in complete silence—well, you can, but the very thought is giving us a flat tyre—so we’ve compiled our list of the best road trip songs to get your motors running and propel your journey into fifth gear. Crank up classics from the Boss, the Dead and Prince, and even some Whitesnake, as you cruise along the open road, forgetting every care in the world.

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Best road trip songs, ranked

‘Born to Run’ by Bruce Springsteen

1.  ‘Born to Run’ by Bruce Springsteen

Like Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Born in the U.S.A.,’ ‘Born to Run’ is darker than it may seem. Embedded in the scuffed poetry of the lyrics is a potent combination of rebellion, sex, disgust and determination—brought to life by the throaty passion of Springsteen’s voice, the liberating wail of Clarence Clemons’s sax and the sheer propulsive force of the E Street Band’s backup. “Someday girl, I don’t know when/We’re gonna get to that place where we really wanna go,” Springsteen promises. ‘Born to Run’, for all its spikes, takes you there. It’s a love song, an urban-jungle cry and a perfect anthem of pedal-to-the-metal escape.

‘Little Red Corvette’ by Prince

2.  ‘Little Red Corvette’ by Prince

It doesn’t take a B.A. in poetry to figure this ditty’s got nothing to do with cars. In the world of Prince, coupés are women, horsepower is a pack of Trojan condoms, and gas is stamina in the sheets. The beat takes its time, synthetic drums echoing into the distance, just as the Purple One implores his one-night stand to take it slow, to make it two, three or more nights. Dez Dickerson peels out in the guitar solo, but she’s the one driving here. Perfect choice of car model—elusive, American, curvy, risky. It wouldn’t work as a Ferrari or Rolls.

‘Here I Go Again’ by Whitesnake

3.  ‘Here I Go Again’ by Whitesnake

Been dumped recently? You need to go for a drive (preferably in a Jaguar XJ). You’ve made up your mind. You ain’t wasting no more time. So tease your hair, don your pleather, and crank up the volume on this 1982 hit—just try not to get stuck in traffic. This power ballad works better on the open road (with no adjacent drivers to judge your Coverdale cover moves).

‘Where the Streets Have No Name’ by U2

4.  ‘Where the Streets Have No Name’ by U2

This anthemic opening track from U2’s landmark 1987 LP, The Joshua Tree, is an ideal kick-starter for any road trip (particularly if you're wandering about the California desert where the titular yucca plant is commonly found). From a whisper, the sound of an organ builds up like a spiritual beacon being unveiled. It’s well over a minute before the Edge’s churning guitar and Adam Clayton’s propulsive bassline kick in, and another 40 seconds before Bono’s vocals touch down. By then, you’re ready to hit top gear and wail along: ‘I want to run/I want to hide/I want to tear down the walls that hold me inside.’ Though this road trip song is about Bono’s vision of an Ireland free from class boundaries, it has inspired countless highway warriors to venture out to those places that maybe aren’t on the map.

‘Love Shack’ by the B-52s

5.  ‘Love Shack’ by the B-52s

‘Hop in my Chrysler! It’s as big as a whale, and it’s about to set sail!’ booms Fred Schneider on this all-time great party song . Admittedly, it’s hard to dance like no one’s watching when you’re behind the wheel of a Chrysler (or a Fiat Punto, for that matter), but ‘Love Shack’ will liven up any road trip. If your bum’s getting numb, just whack it on and have yourself a little front or backseat disco. 

‘Sweet Home Alabama’ by Lynyrd Skynyrd

6.  ‘Sweet Home Alabama’ by Lynyrd Skynyrd

American football possibly killed off Southern boogie rock. Hear us out. Because of college pigskin rivalries, this song could not be made today. College football is a matter of life and death down there, literally. Iconic trees and people have been murdered over games. Skynyrd was born deep in SEC country: The boogie-rock brothers were from Jacksonville, not Alabama, and cut the track in Georgia. Could you imagine a bunch of Gators fans cutting a tune that could in any way be construed as ‘Roll Tide’? Yankees and rivals love to mock and loathe the Crimson Tide, but when this ditty plays, every human in the room, no matter the allegiance, becomes a temporary, gen-u-wine Mobile redneck.

‘I Drove All Night’ by Cyndi Lauper

7.  ‘I Drove All Night’ by Cyndi Lauper

The irreverent thrift-shop spunk that defined Cyndi Lauper’s persona in the 1980s sometimes overshadowed her killer range and sensitivity as a vocalist, but ‘I Drove All Night’—from her third album, 1989’s ‘A Time to Remember’—finds her in a different mode. Driven by a feverish desire, she takes the wheel and makes her own way to her lover’s bed. (She may coyly ask, ‘Is that all right?’ but by that time she’s already done it.) And Lauper’s impressively sustained last note is a perfect expression of the song’s sense of undeterrable yearning.

‘Fast Car’ by Tracy Chapman

8.  ‘Fast Car’ by Tracy Chapman

Tracy Chapman’s beautifully direct 1988 hit, from her eponymous debut album, gives escapism an especially poignant twist. The speeding car and its romantic freedom (‘City lights stretched out before us/Your arm felt nice wrapped 'round my shoulder’) can’t be separated from what it’s speeding from: a life of urban poverty, trapped taking care of deadbeats—first a drunk father and then, at the end, the very driver that she had dreamed might carry her to rescue.

‘Keep the Car Running’ by Arcade Fire

9.  ‘Keep the Car Running’ by Arcade Fire

If there’s one quality that characterizes Arcade Fire’s sound, it’s urgency—and nowhere is that more evident than on ‘Keep the Car Running’ from the band’s super noir, grandiose 2007 ‘Neon Bible’ album. Based on singer Win Butler’s childhood nightmares (‘Men are coming to take me away!’ he pines), ‘Keep the Car Running’ expands these fears into a sense of global anxiety, and the certainty that there must be something better down the road (‘Don’t know why, but I know I can’t stay’). On its release, the song was likened to prime-era Bruce Springsteen; imagine fans’ joy when Butler and Régine Chassagne made a surprise showing at the Boss’s stadium gig to bust out the song with him. Warning: You will need to be super-careful not to break the speed limit if you play this song while driving.

‘Truckin’’ by Grateful Dead

10.  ‘Truckin’’ by Grateful Dead

Let us pause, and acknowledge the fact that this road trip song has been recognised by the U.S. Library of Congress as a national treasure. Mmmm. Written and performed communally by Jerry Garcia, Phil Lesh, Bob Weir and lyricist Robert Hunter, the catchy, bluesy shuffle turns the band’s misfortunes on the road into a metaphor for getting through life’s constant changes. And really, what’s a good trip—or a good life—if you can’t exclaim at the end, ‘What a long, strange trip it’s been’?

‘Road to Nowhere’ by Talking Heads

11.  ‘Road to Nowhere’ by Talking Heads

The gospel-choir intro to this upbeat single, off 1985’s ‘Little Creatures’ LP , makes for a great start to any road-trip mix. The song celebrates the journey over the destination—as frontman David Byrne puts it, ‘I wanted to write a song that presented a resigned, even joyful look at doom.’ (Typical of him.) Not every end point is a good one, but we’ll be damned if this march doesn’t have us enjoying the ride.

‘Graceland’ by Paul Simon

12.  ‘Graceland’ by Paul Simon

Road trips are a time for contemplation, whether we expect it (or like it) or not. Paul Simon’s 1986 single is a perfect, toe-tapping example—we’re treated to what’s basically his stream of consciousness on a drive to Graceland with his son after the failure of his marriage to the late, great Carrie Fisher. At turns both nostalgic and hopeful, it runs the gamut of emotions we always seem to experience a little more profoundly on the road.

‘Take It Easy’ by the Eagles

13.  ‘Take It Easy’ by the Eagles

The Eagles took flight in 1972 with their debut single: a quick but mellow paean to the romance of the road, where a world of troubles—romantic and otherwise—can be shucked at the mere sight of a girl (my lord!) in a flatbed Ford. Cowritten by frontman Glenn Frey and his friend Jackson Browne, the song’s rejection of worry and release into insouciant adventure are perfect for relieving tension on a drive. As the lyrics gently urge: ‘Don’t let the sound of your own wheels drive you crazy.’

‘America’ by Simon and Garfunkel

14.  ‘America’ by Simon and Garfunkel

Add this one to your bucket list: Everyone should be required (at least once) to listen to their restless side, hitchhike, board a bus and go to another city/state/country to find something better—as described in Simon and Garfunkel’s 1968 classic, which follows two young lovers on a Greyhound in search for America. Take your sweetie along for the ride, smoke cigarettes on the side of the road, chat with the weirdos you meet on your journey, and by all means, indulge in a few slices of all-American pie.

‘Route 66’ by Chuck Berry

15.  ‘Route 66’ by Chuck Berry

This R&B standard, written in 1946 by Bobby Troup, has been covered by everyone from the Rolling Stones to John Mayer and Depeche Mode. We’re partial to Chuck Berry’s 1961 rendition, which matches the 2,400-mile pilgrimage on the L.A.–Chicago-connecting titular highway to a T. Who better than the father of rock & roll to accompany a trip past greasy-spoon diners, tiny towns frozen in time and striking Americana landscapes?

‘Home’ by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros

16.  ‘Home’ by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros

First and foremost a love song, the L.A. troupe’s jingly-jangly 2010 smash single is also, obviously, about coming home – making it the perfect road trip song. Naturally, the feel-good tune should be played at the end of your voyage, when you’re speeding a bit because you just can’t wait to get home to your significant other/parents/puppy/comfy bed.

‘Going Up the Country’ by Canned Heat

17.  ‘Going Up the Country’ by Canned Heat

Released in 1968 and adapted from a 1920s blues song, Canned Heat’s highest-charting single was the unofficial anthem of Woodstock—and even after all this time, it’s the perfect track to kick off a road trip, a steering-wheel-tapping, grin-inducing song that makes you immediately pine for sun-drenched fields: “I’m going where the water tastes like wine, we can jump in the water, stay drunk all the time.” Those dudes had their priorities straight…just so long as they had a designated driver.

‘I’ve Been Everywhere’ by Johnny Cash

18.  ‘I’ve Been Everywhere’ by Johnny Cash

Music has always had the power to educate. Billy Joel’s ‘We Didn’t Start the Fire’ taught us more 20th-century American history than a year’s worth of school hisoty lessons. For a CliffsNotes anatomy lesson, we turned to Professor Sir Mix-a-Lot. And when it comes to geography, there is no better musical resource than this name-dropping country ditty, first released with North American locales in 1962 by Canadian crooner Hank Snow. In four verses, 91 places are rattled off in rapid-fire succession—destinations both big (Chicago and Nashville) and small (Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, and Haverstraw, New York). This road trip song has been covered many times and adapted for different regions of the globe, but we’re partial to the Man in Black’s 1996 rendition, simply because his weathered, gravelly bass-baritone suggests a man who has indeed been everywhere.

‘Hit the Road Jack’ by Ray Charles

19.  ‘Hit the Road Jack’ by Ray Charles

Fiendishly simple with its descending piano chords, ‘Hit the Road Jack’ is sung from the perspective of a philanderer being ejected by his lady. By all rights this 1961 R&B classic should win a prize for being impossible not to sing along to: ‘What you say?!’ screams soul hero Charles to his velvet-voiced Raelettes. Later he complains, ‘You can’t mean that,’ about as convincingly as a cat picking bird feathers from between its teeth. The track's most memorable use in a road trip appears in the 1989 comedy movie The Dream Team .

‘Holiday Road’ by Lindsey Buckingham

20.  ‘Holiday Road’ by Lindsey Buckingham

Hard to hear this seemingly happy little sock hop without thinking of the Griswold family station wagon zooming to Walley World. As its dark video helps to underline, the lyrics speak more of feeling trapped than free. The Fleetwood Mac man was an ace at hiding his boyish ache behind melodic smiles. Which is why this road trip song is such simple genius: It works the same whether you’re chained to a desk and longing for a vacation or finally on the highway, shooting to God knows where with no deadlines.

‘Mr. Blue Sky’ by Electric Light Orchestra

21.  ‘Mr. Blue Sky’ by Electric Light Orchestra

The sweet spot is 176 beats per minute. That’s a giddy run, the pace of your footsteps hitting the pavement as you jog home after a first kiss. Though we haven’t tested this, we theorise it is the precise cadence of fence posts whipping past your window as you motor down a highway just above the speed limit. ‘Mr. Blue Sky’ is 176 beats per minute, which is why, whenever it plays, you have the urge to run like a big dumb puppy dog to a boyfriend/girlfriend, or let the wind blow through your hair at 76mph, as you croon along to the vocoder like a robot. Warning: When ‘Mr. Blue Sky’ is used without such outlets, it can cause deep wanderlust.

‘I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)’ by the Proclaimers

22.  ‘I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)’ by the Proclaimers

If there’s one road trip song that can unite everyone in the car in the simple act of thumping whatever surface is near them in time with a ludicrously catchy tune, it’s this one—a hit in 1988 for Scottish twins the Proclaimers. Fun fact: The ‘havering’ referred to in the first verse (‘And if I haver, I know I’m gonna be the man who’s havering to you’) is Scots slang for babbling foolishly. So now you know.

‘Ride Like the Wind‘ by Christopher Cross

23.  ‘Ride Like the Wind‘ by Christopher Cross

Take your EGOT and stuff it. Chris Cross has the transportation trifecta—mega-hits for the sea (‘Sailing’), sky (‘Arthur’s Theme’) and road (‘Ride Like the Wind’). People condescendingly pigeonhole the guy as yacht rock (the pink flamingo on his smash album doesn’t help), but he’s truly yacht-jet-and-rental-car rock. Despite its lily-white reputation, ‘Ride‘ is cool and dangerous. It’s possibly—no, probably—about drug smuggling. Racing away to Mexico with Michael McDonald as the devil on your shoulder. Hearing those percolating bongos, wind effects, electric piano and oily guitar licks, it could fit right on Daft Punk’s ‘Random Access Memories’ album . It remains DJ gold. Call it ‘Get Unlucky’.

‘Ramblin’ Man’ by the Allman Brothers Band

24.  ‘Ramblin’ Man’ by the Allman Brothers Band

We may not have been born in the backseat of a Greyhound bus (thanks, mum!), but for whatever reason, the idea of being a ramblin’ man (or woman) is endlessly appealing. And when we play this 1973 hit—based on Hank Williams’s 1951 song of the same name—on the open road, that’s exactly who we are. At least until Monday.

‘On the Road Again’ by Willie Nelson

25.  ‘On the Road Again’ by Willie Nelson

Nothing beats hitting the open road, where you can escape the stress of work, family, bills, city life and just be free, man. Just ask tireless road dog Willie Nelson. The Red Headed Stranger penned this 1980 country hit—the ultimate get-the-hell-out-of-town anthem—not in the back of a tour bus but rather, of all places, on a barf bag midflight.

‘Runnin’ Down a Dream’ by Tom Petty

26.  ‘Runnin’ Down a Dream’ by Tom Petty

Some would argue that we could have built this entire list solely out of Petty tunes—but we had to make a choice, and we picked this 1989 single from the song man’s first solo record, ‘Full Moon Fever’. Not only does it take place in a car, but the tune’s reference to Del Shannon’s ‘Runaway’ and killer guitar solo make it a perfect fit for blasting out of your speakers while cruising down the interstate in pursuit of the American dream, your future destination or simply that next roadside burger.

‘Let Me Ride’ by Dr. Dre

27.  ‘Let Me Ride’ by Dr. Dre

Dr. Dre’s ‘The Chronic’ album arrived on the heels of the 1992 South Central riots. Folks in Compton were looking to escape and could not—and not just because of the traffic on the 110 and 405. This was a cry for cruising with the bucket seats dropped back, slow rolling on a resting-heart-rate rhythm and those G-funk dog-whistle keyboards. ‘Swing down, sweet chariot, stop, let me ride,’ goes the chorus lifted from Parliament’s ‘Mothership Connection,’ itself based on a slave spiritual. But just because the song hides a deeper political meaning the way lowriders hide a subwoofer in the trunk, there’s no reason Dre can’t roll in style. Specifically, in a 1964 Chevy Impala shoed with Dayton rims (a.k.a. ‘Ds,’ as in ‘Throw some Ds on that bitch’).

‘Born to Be Wild’ by Steppenwolf

28.  ‘Born to Be Wild’ by Steppenwolf

The riff, like the rev of a motorcycle throttle, has become so terribly commonplace, it’s hard to imagine what it must have been like to hear its ‘heavy-metal thunder’ with virgin ears during the opening credits of Easy Rider . Today, Steppenwolf’s monster hit is a movie-trailer cliché on par with ‘Bad to the Bone’ and ‘I Got You (I Feel Good).’ What was once-tough biker rock is now Viagra-ad fodder. Still, if you can wash out the soundtrack memories of Problem Child, Dr. Dolittle 2, Rugrats Go Wild, et al., the dirty little number still rips, along with a deep huff of exhaust fumes and jazz cigarettes.

‘Don’t Stop Believin’’ by Journey

29.  ‘Don’t Stop Believin’’ by Journey

A thousand terrible karaoke performances have somewhat dulled the lustre of this once-gleaming classic ’80s song , but once it comes on in the car, you’ll be in love with it all over again within seconds. Just don’t use it as a road map—there is no such place as South Detroit. Okay, there is, but it’s in Ontario, Canada, so you might need your passport. 

‘Interstate Love Song’ by Stone Temple Pilots

30.  ‘Interstate Love Song’ by Stone Temple Pilots

The underrated STP (hey, that’s a fuel additive) was never truly a grunge band. The ‘Core’ album was a trend-surfing foot in the door, the American equivalent to Blur’s baggy-riding ‘Leisure’. Really, the bands have more melodic ambitions. Scott Weiland, as his solo albums and pink fur coat proved, had far more Bowie in him than his peers. ‘Interstate Love Song’  was the lifting of the veil, when the Pilots announced, Hey, we actually listen to the Beatles , not the Melvins. It chugs along with drop-top bliss, even if the chorus is oddly about trains, not driving.

31.  ‘Radar Love’ by Golden Earring

Appropriately for a song about driving, this 1973 cut from Dutch rockers Golden Earring is one of the best road trip songs ever written. ‘The road has got me hypnotised, I’m speeding into a new sunrise!’ wails singer Barry Hay, as that bassline gets your head nodding and your foot instinctively pressing down on the gas. ‘Radar Love’ also has the best breakdown of any rock song ever. This is an indisputable scientific fact.

‘Life Is a Highway’ by Tom Cochrane

32.  ‘Life Is a Highway’ by Tom Cochrane

Okay. We know how heavy-handed these metaphors are. And how forced the rhymes are. We never said every song on this list was a masterpiece. But we dare you not to sing along with the chorus of this 1991 cheesefest— especially on a highway. Maybe no one ever listens to the song in its entirety (sorry Tom), but one or two ‘life is a highway’s are pretty much mandatory. Give in.

‘The Way’ by Fastball

33.  ‘The Way’ by Fastball

Alt-rock band Fastball had a breakout 1998 hit with this fast-driving tale of a married pair that ditches its conventional home and family, in favour of a dream life on the highway with no destination. The feel-good, sing-along optimism of the chorus—‘They’ll never get hungry, they’ll never get old and grey’—has a dark undercurrent: Weeks after their disappearance, the bodies of the real-life Texas couple who inspired the song were discovered in an Arkansas ravine. But all of life’s roads hit a dead-end eventually: Better, maybe, at least to leave the driveway.

‘California’ by Phantom Planet

34.  ‘California’ by Phantom Planet

Contrary to popular belief, the hair-metal power ballad did not die by grunge’s bullet. The hair just got shorter and the trousers got looser. Case in point: this 2002 theme from The O.C. It is emo made only from the emotion of uncut nostalgia. It is basically Motley Crüe’s ‘Home Sweet Home’ for mollycoddled millennials, right down to the video compiled from sentimental tour footage. And it is oddly reminiscent of Al Jolson’s ‘California, Here I Come.’ That’s some feat, finding the common ground between Jolson and the Crüe. Man, remember when Ryan became a cage fighter after Marissa died?

‘Shut Up and Drive’ by Rihanna

35.  ‘Shut Up and Drive’ by Rihanna

This electro bop from 2007 isn’t a top-tier Rihanna tune, but it still kinda rips. Driven – pun definitely intended – by a crafty sample from New Order’s club classic ‘Blue Monday’, it’s an unashamedly fluffy new wave pastiche that’s as much about sex as hitting the open highway. Don’t even pretend you can resist it – especially when the chance of RiRi releasing new music any time soon seems to get slimmer with each passing year. 

‘Running on Empty’ by Jackson Browne

36.  ‘Running on Empty’ by Jackson Browne

There’s a reason this song soundtracks the Forrest Gump  protagonist’s famous transcontinental jog: Few pop tunes capture the rush of earthbound travel—by foot, by car or, in Jackson Browne’s case, by tour bus—better than this autobiographical FM-radio staple. But what makes it a classic is the ambiguity in Browne’s message. ‘I don’t know where I’m running now; I’m just running on,’ he sings, perfectly summing up how the desire for escape can be its own kind of trap.

‘Two of Us’ by the Beatles

37.  ‘Two of Us’ by the Beatles

The Fab Four’s back catalogue is replete with songs about travelling around: ‘Drive My Car,’ ‘Day Tripper,’ ‘Ticket to Ride,’ ‘Yellow Submarine’—the list goes on and on like a long and winding road. No Beatles track, though, captures the feeling of setting off into uncharted territory with someone special better than ‘Two of Us,’ penned by Paul McCartney in 1969. There is debate as to whether McCartney’s partner in crime in this song is future wife Linda Eastman, as he claims, or John Lennon, which some of the nostalgia-infused lyrics would suggest. No matter—an impromptu road trip is a good time whether your passenger-seat companion is your new flame or your counterpart in the greatest songwriting tandem of all time.

‘Chicago’ by Sufjan Stevens

38.  ‘Chicago’ by Sufjan Stevens

Some songs make your heart beat faster from the get-go, and 2005 road-trip song ‘Chicago’ is just such a gem, announcing its entrance in a whirlwind of strings and a rush of percussion. The backing cuts suddenly to Stevens’s voice, whispering that most universal human sentiment: ‘I fell in love again—all things go, all things go,’ and then later, another familiar feeling: ‘I made a lot of mistakes, I made a lot of mistakes.’ It’s this acknowledgement of our frailty, coupled with our irrepressible capacity for hope and excitement that gives  ‘Chicago’ its electrifying, driving charge. That and the fact it features in the ridiculously touching road movie Little Miss Sunshine .

‘Fade Into You’ by Mazzy Star

39.  ‘Fade Into You’ by Mazzy Star

Night driving found a shimmering musical complement in this ethereal 1994 track from dream popsters Mazzy Star. In a rare bit of sonic magic, it seems that no matter how fast you’re driving, the low beats per minute on ‘Fade Into You’ always manage to sync up perfectly with the passing dividing lines visible from your car’s two headlights. And a night drive, preferably undertaken as you’re pining for an unrequited love, wouldn’t be complete without Hope Sandoval’s dusk, haunting vocals echoing throughout your ride. Two-lane highway bliss, by moonlight.

‘The Golden Age’ by Beck

40.  ‘The Golden Age’ by Beck

This 2002 road trip song, off Beck’s desolate, heartbreaking ‘Sea Change’ , is one of the most perfect and profound illustrations of driving as a means of escape. It’s best played at night, in the desert if you’ve got one handy, when you feel like crap but have pretty much come to terms with it. And when, as Beck says, ‘You've gotta drive all night just to feel like you’re okay.’ Go forth, drive and wallow. Maybe you’ll feel better in the morning.

‘Scar Tissue’ by Red Hot Chili Peppers

41.  ‘Scar Tissue’ by Red Hot Chili Peppers

The L.A.-bred Peppers clearly know a thing or two about hitting the highways, as evidenced by a song catalogue riddled with Cali-inspired, crank-up-the-dial tunes. For a journey out on the open road, we like this lead track off the band’s 1999 album, ‘Californication’, due to its lilting desert-by-twilight vibe. The song’s main attraction is John Frusciante’s wailing guitar solos, which achingly embody Anthony Kiedis’s lyrics about isolation and the twisted, drug-fuelled paths he’s traversed (‘With the birds I’ll share this lonely view’). Enter tumbleweed, stage right.

‘Every Day Is a Winding Road’ by Sheryl Crow

42.  ‘Every Day Is a Winding Road’ by Sheryl Crow

The little sister to Tom Cochrane’s ‘Life Is a Highway,’ Sheryl Crow’s 1996 hit unabashedly co-opts the use of automotive byways as metaphors for life’s ups and downs. (Billy ‘the world is a vampire’ Corgan apparently misread the memo.) The ‘wacky’ characters in Crow’s songs are often a bit too precious for our liking—in this case, a vending-machine repairman with a daughter he calls ‘Easter’ (what?)—but the chorus always gets us fired up for some hairpin turns, even when we’re cruising down a seemingly endless straightaway. This road trip song works perfectly when your destination is San Francisco’s iconic Lombard Street, whose residents probably have this tune swirling in their heads 24/7.

‘Jack & Diane’ by John Cougar Mellencamp

43.  ‘Jack & Diane’ by John Cougar Mellencamp

Inevitably, your road trip is going to hit some lulls: You’re fighting off the yawns, your passengers have passed out, and it's 57 miles to the next pit stop. When this happens, there’s one sure-fire way to get your journey back on course: Unleash the Cougar. Indiana’s favourite son specialiaes in songs about the heartland, and his crowning jewel is this 1982 chart topper about two high-school sweethearts and the twists and turns of their American Dream. Despite the jaunty beat and an epic drum breakdown rivaling the one in Phil Collins’s ‘In the Air Tonight,’ the tale is cautionary, urging us to savour those thrilling, carefree teenage years. Oh, to be young, in love and suckin’ on chilli dogs outside the Tastee Freez.…

‘King of the Road’ by Roger Miller

44.  ‘King of the Road’ by Roger Miller

Did our dads play this 1964 ditty on long car rides when we were little? You betcha. Do we think they contemplated the potential consequences of making penniless vagabonds sound super cool? Doubtful. Regardless, it’s a timeless everyman’s anthem, and darn if it isn’t catchy. We really like listening to it in our van down by the river.

‘Green Onions’ by Booker T. & the M.G.’s

45.  ‘Green Onions’ by Booker T. & the M.G.’s

This R&B instrumental, recorded in 1962, is the perfect soundtrack for an unhurried drive, when you’re sick of singing along and ready to just cruise. It’s repetitive, much like the open road, but with a steady beat and some soulful Hammond organ to keep things interesting. Widely considered to be one of the greatest songs of all time, it’s received accolades from Rolling Stone , Acclaimed Music, the Grammy Hall of Fame and the Library of Congress. If AAA had a greatest songs list, we’re sure ‘Green Onions’ would be on that, too.

‘Mustang Sally’ by Wilson Pickett

46.  ‘Mustang Sally’ by Wilson Pickett

You can probably blame censorship for our automobile sex fetishes. Early rock & rollers couldn’t sing about sex, so they sang about their cars…with not-so-subtle undertones. ‘Mustang Sally,’ the grandmother of ‘Little Red Corvette’ only wants to ‘ride around,’ and Pickett howls with his thumb out, looking to hitch. Don’t let this song’s karaoke staple status let you forget what it’s really about. 

‘Going Back to Cali’ by LL Cool J

47.  ‘Going Back to Cali’ by LL Cool J

From Al Jolson to Led Zeppelin and Phantom Planet, dozens of artists have tapped into the westward dream of the Golden State. Heck, the tradition stretches back to Gold Rush ditties of the mid 19th century, Smithsonian Folkways fodder like ‘Life in California.’ But only one man made the trip wrapped in precious metals, not seeking them. Cool J cruises to the coast, as he proclaims in verse, in a Corvette with a Laurents chrome chain steering wheel, Dayton wire rims and a gold-leaf convertible top. Rick Rubin’s stark 808 beats thunder under the extremely relaxed rhymes of Mr. Ladies Love. ‘I’m going back to Cali,’ he nearly whispers before shrugging it off. ‘Hmm, I don't think so’ He might go, he might not. With his riches, he is a walking California. That’s cool. Cool enough to pull off one of the few sax solos in hip-hop history.

‘The Distance’ by Cake

48.  ‘The Distance’ by Cake

With the band’s signature horns and a self-serious melody that practically requires head-bobbing and Speed Racer–esque intensity (you may even want to invest in racing gloves), this single off of 1996’s ‘Fashion Nugget’ album is irresistible. The album is filled with more on-the-nose driving songs than this one (‘Race Car Ya-Yas,’ ‘Stickshifts and Safetybelts’), but this is the money single—and got the album platinum status. Throw it on repeat and hit the open road. Just take an occasional break for track No. 7, the band’s excellent cover of Gloria Gaynor’s ‘I Will Survive.’

‘Roadrunner’ by the Modern Lovers

49.  ‘Roadrunner’ by the Modern Lovers

Talk about a brilliant juxtaposition: Jonathan Richman’s 1972 cut, written when he was 19, beautifully contrasts the Velvet Underground’s bare-bones, dirty-as-hell chugalug sound with a subject matter so suburban that Richman’s heroes Lou Reed & Co. wouldn’t dare touch it: The thrill of being young, driving in a car and blasting the radio. The song’s repetitive two-chord propulsion is a perfect late-night road-trip pick-me-up. And there’s a bangin’ cover by Joan Jett & the Blackhearts to check out, too.

‘Have Love, Will Travel’ by the Sonics

50.  ‘Have Love, Will Travel’ by the Sonics

At some stage in your life—at any point between getting your driver’s licence and getting married, really—you’ll drive from ‘Maine to Mexico’ for a piece of ass, as Gerry Roslie does in this proto-punk classic. The high-tension twang of the guitar sounds like the strings are about to snap, the perfect sonic emulation of sexual frustration. A recent ad for Mexican beer claims you need an ‘encyclopedic knowledge of garage rock’ to pull up this song, as if from some lost, dusty volume. Nah, this is Rock & Roll 101.

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The 25 Best Road Trip Songs to Keep Everyone in the Car Happy

Nothing beats windows down, music blasting, and zero complaints from the passenger seat.

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Rule No. 1 of any road trip I’ve been on is: "The driver is in charge of the music.” If you’re relinquishing the opportunity to sleep, eat, and read, you can at least captain the tunes along with the car. But that’s almost as tricky as trying to pass a slow semi on a one-lane road. You have to compile a playlist that agrees with multiple music tastes. It has to keep everyone awake, but not be too loud. It shouldn’t be genre specific; it should mix contemporary with classic, ultimately making it timeless. And it should complement the American heartland rushing past the window as you head down the highway. This is the perfect playlist—a mix of new and old, with plenty of references to the open road—to make everyone in your car happy. Unfortunately, podcasts are a different story.

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The roots, john legend, common, melanie fiona — “wake up everybody”, diet cig — road trip, prince — “little red corvette”, sufjan stevens — "chicago", lauryn hill — "to zion", ray charles — “hit the road jack”, beck — “loser”, erykah badu — “window seat”, sturgill simpson — “keep it between the lines”, sharon van etten — "every time the sun comes up", willie nelson — “on the road again”, a tribe called quest — “i left my wallet in el segundo”, the war on drugs — “under the pressure”, kanye west — “drive slow”, sheryl crow — “everyday is a winding road”, bright eyes — “four winds”, solange — "lovers in the parking lot", grizzly bear — “two weeks”, the internet — “roll (burbank funk)”.

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Your Official Road Trip Playlist: 150+ Songs Everyone Knows

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There’s nothing quite like a good road trip — it’s one of the best ways to spend time with friends and explore new scenery. To have a successful journey, you’ll need three things: a functioning vehicle, a full tank of gas, and (most importantly) an amazing road trip playlist! No more having to question “who sings this song?” 

After all, your playlist will be the soundtrack to your adventures. And is there anything better than belting out your favorite road trip songs with the open road ahead of you? We think not! 

Sharing music on the road is a great way to discover new artists and dive into styles that you normally wouldn’t listen to. Maybe you want to sing a song to keep you energized during your travels, or perhaps you prefer tunes that are calmer and more low-key.

Everyone has their own unique song picks that they like to put on the stereo, but having a playlist of songs everyone loves lets you all sing along and enjoy the experience together. Playing music and singing at the top of your lungs  is a great way to pass the time on any road trip. 

Whether you’re looking for a list of classic old songs everyone knows or the best sing-along songs of the 2000s and beyond, you’ve arrived at the right place. Crank up these tunes to prevent drowsiness on the road and make your journey more fun! With more than 150 sing-along songs to add to your playlist, you’ll have plenty of songs to get you from Point A to Point B. 

What Are Some Songs Everyone Likes? 

Even with a playlist full of songs, everyone knows it can be difficult to please everyone in the car, but on long road trips, do your best to find tunes that all of your passengers enjoy. Here are some of the best songs that are sure to get them singing along:

  • “Life is A Highway (cover)” – Rascal Flatts
  • “Back in the Saddle” – Aerosmith
  • “Blue (Da Ba Dee)” – Eiffel 65
  • “Doctor Jones” – Aqua
  • “Quit Playin’ Games With My Heart” – Backstreet Boys
  • “You’re Still the One” – Shania Twain
  • “What I Got” – Sublime
  • “One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer” – George Thorogood

Do your fellow passengers a favor, though, and don’t start belting out these tunes off-key! Before you hit the open road, fine tune those pipes by taking some singing lessons. Sign up here and check out this video for more inspiration to do so ASAP:

150+ Best Sing-along Songs for your Road Trip Playlist

Ready to hit the road? Not so fast! Check out this list of the best sing along songs for road trips first. 

Best Road Trip Songs

Need to stay awake during a long trip? Turn up the volume on eight of the best sing-along roadtrip songs , which include country tunes, rock ballads, and everything in between. Here are some of the most popular road trip songs to add to your roads trip playlist that everyone knows the words to. Just don’t be surprised if your passengers want to hear them on repeat! 

  • “Life in the Fast Lane” – the Eagles
  • “Roam” – B-52s
  • “Sweet Home Alabama” – Lynyrd Skynyrd
  • “Livin’ on A Prayer” – Bon Jovi
  • “Here I Go Again” – Whitesnake
  • “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)” – the Proclaimers

Road Trip Songs that Make You Dance

Roll down the windows, crank up the sound, and get ready to let loose with these danceable road trip songs . (Just keep your hands on the steering wheel!) With 90s favorites like Eiffel 65 and Aqua, along with more recent hits from   singers like Katy Perry and Kanye West, these popular road trips songs are guaranteed to get you wiggling in your seat.

  • “Raise Your Glass” – P!nk
  • “Dancing Queen” – ABBA
  • “Dark Horse” – Katy Perry
  • “Crazy in Love” – Beyonce and Jay-Z
  • “Gold Digger” – Kanye West featuring Jamie Foxx
  • “Around the World” – Daft Punk
  • “Uptown Funk” – Mark Ronson
  • “Hey Ya” – Outkast

’90s Nostalgia Road Trip Songs

Get ready to take a walk down memory lane. These sing-along songs will bring you back to some of your favorite times from grade school to college. And the best part? You’re sure to know every single word! Tunes from the ’90s and beyond , including the best sing-along song s of the 2000s offer the perfect soundtrack to any road trip adventure. 

  • “Tearin’ up My Heart” – *NSync
  • “Free Fallin’” – Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
  • “Roll to Me” – Del Amitri
  • “Ocean Avenue” – Yellowcard
  • “I Miss You” – Blink-182
  • “Jane Says” – Jane’s Addiction
  • “Welcome to Paradise” – Green Day
  • “Only Wanna Be with You” – Hootie & the Blowfish
  • “Champagne Supernova” – Oasis
  • “Just A Girl” – No Doubt
  • “Absolutely (Story of A Girl)” – Nine Days
  • “Man in the Box” – Alice in Chains
  • “Drops of Jupiter” – Train
  • “Gives You Hell” – All-American Rejects
  • “1985” – Bowling for Soup
  • “Stacy’s Mom” – Fountains of Wayne
  • “Here It Goes Again” – OK Go
  • “Save Tonight” – Eagle-Eye Cherry

Beats with a Bounce

Keep the mood upbeat and positive with these fun road trip songs . Grab a cup of coffee, press play on these songs, and you’re sure to cruise to your destination wide-eyed and bushy-tailed. Check out these spunky yet chill, rock , and alternative tunes to add to your road trip playlist. Your passengers will thank you later!

  • “The Guitar Man” – Cake
  • “Scar Tissue” – Red Hot Chili Peppers
  • “Girls Don’t Like Boys” – Good Charlotte
  • “(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (To Party!)” – The Beastie Boys
  • “The Joker” – Steve Miller Band
  • “Zombies Ate My Neighbors” – Single File
  • “Mr. Jones” – Counting Crows
  • “Sugar, We’re Going Down” – Fall Out Boy
  • “Feel Good, Inc.” – the Gorillaz
  • “Sex and Candy” – Marcy Playground
  • “Are You Gonna Be My Girl?” – Jet
  • “It’s the End of the World As We Know It” – R.E.M.
  • “The Impression That I Get” – the Mighty Mighty Bosstones
  • “Float On” – Modest Mouse
  • “Ain’t No Rest for the Wicked” – Cage the Elephant
  • “Hey There Delilah” – Plain White T’s
  • “99 Red Balloons” – Nena
  • “White & Nerdy” – “Weird Al” Yankovic
  • “I’m on A Boat” – the Lonely Island featuring T-Pain
  • “Party Like A Rockstar” – Shop Boyz
  • “Ice Ice Baby” – Vanilla Ice
  • “Someday” – Sugar Ray
  • “Seven Nation Army” – the White Stripes

Blastin’ Backbeats

For when you want to turn it up to eleven, you can’t go wrong with these ragers. With rock anthems from iconic artists like Nirvana and The Ramones, these road trip songs will bring your playlist to the next level. 

  • “Sorrow” – Bad Religion
  • “Should I Stay or Should I Go” – the Clash
  • “I Wanna Be Sedated” – the Ramones
  • “The Four Horsemen” – Metallica
  • “Fear of the Dark” – Iron Maiden
  • “Peace Sells” – Megadeth
  • “Ten Thousand Fists” – Disturbed
  • “Shout at the Devil” – Mötley Crüe
  • “You’ve Got Another Thing Comin’” – Judas Priest
  • “Fat Lip” – Sum 41
  • “Come Out and Play (Keep ‘Em Separated)” – the Offspring
  • “Smells Like Teen Spirit” – Nirvana
  • “Beverly Hills” – Weezer
  • “Too Many Puppies” – Primus
  • “This Is Not A Song, It’s A Sandwich” – Psychostick

Retro Road Trip Music

Throw it back to these classic songs. These good o ld songs that everyone knows, featuring classic tracks from back in the day, are always crowd-pleasers . Whether you’re road tripping with your grandfather or younger sister, there’s a good chance all your passengers will know the lyrics regardless of their age. Turn up the volume and get ready to belt out these lyrics!

  • “My Girl” – The Temptations
  • “Wipeout” – The Surfaris
  • “Have You Ever Seen the Rain?” – Creedence Clearwater Revival
  • “Bang the Drum All Day” – Todd Rundgren
  • “California Dreamin’” – The Mamas and the Papas
  • “Welcome to the Jungle” – Guns N’ Roses
  • “Panama” – Van Halen
  • “Fun, Fun, Fun” – the Beach Boys
  • “American Pie” – Don McLean
  • “Rock Around the Clock” – Bill Haley and His Comets
  • “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” – Cyndi Lauper
  • “Mother” – Danzig
  • “Purple Haze” – Jimi Hendrix
  • “One Love (People Get Ready)” – Bob Marley
  • “Take On Me” – A-Ha
  • “No More Mr. Nice Guy” – Alice Cooper
  • “I Know It’s Only Rock ‘n Roll (But I Like It)” – the Rolling Stones
  • “Once in A Lifetime” – Talking Heads
  • “Stuck in the Middle with You” – Stealers Wheel
  • “Cheeseburger in Paradise” – Jimmy Buffett
  • “Ring of Fire” – Johnny Cash
  • “It’s Raining Men” – the Weather Girls
  • “Hound Dog” – Elvis Presley

Best Road Trip Songs for Singers

If you really want to wow your passengers with your pipes, then slip in a few of these road trip songs that will show off your talent. From high-hitting notes to impressive range, these artists and their songs really pull out all the stops. Add these addictive melodies to your playlist to show off your vocal skills , and everyone will be in awe of your singing voice!

  • “Piano Man” – Billy Joel
  • “All These Things That I’ve Done” – the Killers
  • “Send the Pain Below” – Chevelle
  • “Closer to Fine” – Indigo Girls
  • “I Write Sins Not Tragedies” – Panic! At the Disco
  • “Knights of Cydonia” – Muse
  • “No One Knows” – Queens of the Stone Age
  • “Stairway to Heaven” – Led Zeppelin
  • “Piece of My Heart” – Janis Joplin
  • “All Along the Watchtower” – Bob Dylan
  • “Interstate Love Song” – Stone Temple Pilots
  • “Pardon Me” – Incubus
  • “Rocket Man” – Elton John
  • “Black Hole Sun” – Soundgarden
  • “Birdhouse in Your Soul” – They Might Be Giants
  • “Ziggy Stardust” – David Bowie
  • “Dog Days Are Over” – Florence and the Machine
  • “Layla” – Eric Clapton
  • “Imagine” – John Lennon
  • “Someone to Watch Over Me” – Ella Fitzgerald (music by George and Ira Gerschwin)
  • “I Ain’t Superstitious” – Willie Dixon
  • “Rolling in the Deep” – Adele

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Awesome Anthems

Were you born to be wild or do you want to soak up the sun? These are some classic sing-along anthems  that everyone knows and can agree on. Sing these loud and proud to show you mean business! Every good road trip song list needs these hits. 

  • “In the Street” – Cheap Trick
  • “I Will Survive” – Gloria Gaynor
  • “Don’t Stop Believin’” – Journey
  • “Bohemian Rhapsody” – Queen
  • “Jack & Diane” – John Mellencamp
  • “Born to Be Wild” – Steppenwolf
  • “Rock and Roll All Night” – KISS
  • “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” – the Supremes
  • “We’re Not Gonna Take It” – Twisted Sister
  • “Crazy Train” – Ozzy Osbourne
  • “Dancin’ in the Street” – Martha and the Vandellas
  • “Ballroom Blitz” – The Sweet
  • “Rock You Like A Hurricane” – the Scorpion
  • “Eye of the Tiger” – Survivor
  • “Cum on Feel the Noize” – Quiet Riot
  • “Carry On, Wayward Son” – Kansas
  • “Thriller” – Michael Jackson
  • “You Shook Me All Night Long” – AC/DC
  • “Soak Up The Sun” – Sheryl Crow
  • “Pinball Wizard” – the Who
  • “Juke Box Hero” – Foreigner
  • “Summer of ’69” – Bryan Adams
  • “The Time Warp” – Rocky Horror Picture Show
  • “Another Brick in the Wall (pt. 2)” – Pink Floyd
  • “The Twist” – Chubby Checker
  • “Do You Love Me” – the Contours
  • “Old Time Rock and Roll” – Bob Seger

Songs Everyone Knows

If you’re looking for more recent hits, here is popular road trip music from the last decade. Keep your playlist current with these chart-topping hits from today. You just can’t go wrong with good music from 2016 and good music from 2015. 

  • “Work” – Rihanna ft. Drake
  • “No Broken Hearts” – Bebe Rexha ft. Nicki Minaj
  • “Cheap Thrills” – Sia
  • “Wild Things” – Alessia Cara
  • “Can’t Stop the Feeling!” – Justin Timberlake
  • “Ride” – Twenty One Pilots
  • “Cake by the Ocean” – DNCE
  • “Kill Em With Kindness” – Selena Gomez

Fun Disney Sing Along Songs

These are the best sing along songs for Disney fans young and old. 

  • “The Bear Necessities” – The Jungle Book 
  • “Be Our Guest” – Beauty and the Beast 
  • “A Whole New World” – Aladdin
  • “How Far I’ll Go” – Moana
  • “Colors of the Wind” – Pocahontas
  • “Un Poco Loco” – COco
  • “Reflection” – Mulan
  • “I Just Can’t Wait to Be King” – The Lion King

Kids Sing Along Songs

Here are some of the best sing along songs if you have young kids along for the ride!

  • “This Old Man”
  • “The ABC Song” 
  • “Here Comes the Sun” – the Beatles
  • “She’ll Be Coming Round the Mountain” 
  • “Baby Beluga”
  • “Wheels on the Bus” 
  • “This Land is Your Land”

Tips for the Best Road Trip Ever

Everybody knows to pack lots of snacks, plan out the route, and fill up on gas before you leave for a long road trip in the car.

But what a lot of people don’t realize is that choosing the right sing along songs is just as important – after all, you need to have something to do, and singing is a fun, healthy way to pass the time. 

Use this list of the best sing along songs as a starting point to develop your own perfect road trip playlist.  And when it comes to listening to playlists like these in the car, there are two schools of thought: either the driver has full authority to skip a track or you go by majority vote. Whatever your listening style is, crank it up and sing along to make the most of your trip!

Being in the car also happens to be a great opportunity to work on your singing skills. Cruising alone with good songs to listen to? That means you can sing as loud as your heart desires! 

But if you want to impress your friends on your next road trip together, consider taking free online singing classes to improve your vocal abilities. With a private instructor, you can focus on vocal training to reach your highest potential. Sign up today for singing lessons , and you’ll be all set to blow your passengers away with your singing voice on your next road trip. 

Let us know below what your top road trip tracks are . C heck out even more songs to add to your playlist!

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