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50+ Top Road Trip Songs for the Ultimate Road Trip Playlist!

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So, you’re all set for your big road trip. You’ve planned your route, packed the car and are ready to hit the highway with a top road-tripping companion. But there’s one vital element that makes any road trip perfect: a top road trip playlist packed with epic road trip songs to help make for an amazing adventure and hopefully leaving you with memories that last a lifetime.

We’re pretty sure we have collated a list of the BEST road trip songs, so no matter if you prefer classics like Steppenwolf’s Born To Be Wild or something a little more mellow like Lana Del Rey, we’ve got you covered with our countdown of the top 50+ roadtrip songs to help you create the ultimate road trip playlist.

Road Trip songs for the Ultimate Road Trip Playlist

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50+ Crowd Pleasing Road Trip Songs to help make the Ultimate Road Trip Playlist!

Classic Road trip songs you won’t be able to help but sing along to

  • I’m So Excited – The Pointer Sisters
    When you hit the road and put your foot on the gas we can’t think of a better song get to you in the road trip spirit.
  • Go Your Own Way – Fleetwood Mac
    The perfect lyrics for your adventurous road trip, especially when it’s time to throw caution to the wind and go your own way Stevie Nicks style!
  • We Didn’t Start The Fire – Billy Joel
    If you don’t know the words to this epic road trip songs, now is the time to learn!
  • Paradise City – Guns N’ Roses
    You know it’s time for this hard rock classic when you’ve finally found your paradise city during your travels.
  • Don’t Stop Me Now and/or Bohemian Rhapsody – Queen
    Who could stop you when you’ve got these epic rock songs pounding out your speakers?! (I’d vote for both too!)
  • Born to be Wild – Steppenwolf
    We mentioned this hit in our intro to this guide and we’ll mention it again because it’s a true classic, has a fantastic driving beat and your playlist wouldn’t be complete without it.

 

  • Hotel California – The Eagles
    “On a dark desert highway, cool wind in my hair..” will you end up in your own Hotel California?! (this is also one of my favorite songs of all time – those guitar riffs!)
  • I Love Rock n Roll – The Black Jets
    Not only is this a great sing-along but if you do love rock n roll it’s going to be your fave road trip hit
  • Waterloo – Abba
    How could we compile a classic road trip playlist without a bit of Abba!?
  • Summer Loving – Grease
    When the sun is shining and you have a travel buddy to sing along with, Grease is our go-to soundtrack.
  • Start Me Up – The Rolling Stones
    And I can’t Get No Satisfaction – two of the best road trip songs on the planet!
  • When the Going gets tough – Billy Ocean
    You are likely to feel the pressure on any road trip, we feel you! So when the going gets tough, whack this song on the stereo.
  • I Drove all night – Roy Orbison
    We’re not suggesting you drive all night but for when there’s a long road ahead, this song is here for you.

Roadtrip Songs

  • Sweet Home Alabama – Lynyrd Skynyrd
    This 1974 hit is an obvious choice for your all-American road trip.
  • Heaven Is A Place On Earth – Belinda Carlisle
    The no.1 song to put on when you finally come across your true heaven on earth
  • Like a Rolling Stone – Bob Dylan
  • River Deep, Mountain High – Tina Turner
    What road trip would be complete without a bit of Tina Turner, especially when you have some winding roads to tackle.
  • In the Air Tonight – Phil Collins
    A song to pop on when you need something a little more soothing to leave you feeling chilled out when the traffic is getting to you this beautiful love song is just what you need.
  • ABC – Jackson 5
    It’s a feel-good classic we all love and one nobody can resist singing along to.
  • Redemption Song – Bob Marley & The Wailers

 

  • Take me Home, Country Roads – John Denver
    Something a little nostalgic for when it’s time to head on home.
  • Highway to Hell – ACDC
    We hope you don’t end up on the highway to hell, but rocking out to this would certainly make the journey more fun!
  • I Get Around – Beach Boys
    Such a perfect road trip song & an epic addition to a summer road trip playlist.
  • Life is a Highway by Tom Cochrane
    Although I am partial to the Rascall Flatts version myself. Both because it’s Disney & Country; and I’m a Disney geek who loves country music at heart.
  • Midnight Rider – Allman Brothers Band
  • Little Red Corvette – Prince
    You can’t have a road trip playlist without including a song about a little red corvette – I mean, what an epic car for a road trip!
Road trip music with friends

Choose your road trip companions wisely :)

  • Born To Run – Bruce Springsteen
    No matter how far you are going, this Bruce Springsteen classic is one of the great driving songs for any length of journey. Baby you were born to run!!
  • Ticket To Ride – The Beatles
    Any Beatles song is great road trip fodder, so I’d also go ahead and include Hey Jude, Yellow Submarine or She Loves You too!
  • Small Town – John Mellencamp
  • I would walk 500 Miles – The Proclaimers
    Ok, so not quite a song about driving – but if you’re going to walk 500 miles, that’s dedication to a road trip!
  • On The Road Again – Willie Nelson
    For car and road puns, this Willie Nelson song is pretty self explanatory!
  • American Pie – Don Mclean
    “A long long time ago, I can still remember, how that music used to make me smile…” and I know you know the rest of the words!

 

  • Fast Car – Tracy Chapman
    Smooth and sultry, Tracy’s voice can help pass the time in the car – even if your only in the parking lot!
  • Don’t Stop Believin’ – Journey
    Perfect for any occasion, this song should be included on any playlist on the planet!
  • Hit the Road Jack – Ray Charles
    A classic, this is the perfect song to play on a roadtrip.
  • Running on Empty – Jackson Browne
    Although I hope your vehicle doesn’t end up running on empty!
  • Free Fallin’ or Running Down a Dream – Tom Petty
    No playlist would be complete without these two Tom Petty classics.

Road Trip Songs for your Road Trip Playlist

Modern-day roadtrip songs that will make you turn up the volume

  • It’s a Beautiful Day – Michael Buble
    Because what day isn’t a beautiful day when you’re on a road trip adventure of a lifetime!
  • Road Trippin’ – Red Hot Chili Peppers
    An obvious choice for your road trip playlist but it’s a soothing hit that is one for when you just need to chill out and reflect
  • Happy – Pharell Williams
    It was the biggest song of the year and still doesn’t fail to make us feel anything but happy!
  • On Top Of The World – Imagine Dragons
    This song will have you singing out to the steering wheel as you cruise down the road on a summer day. It’s perfect, happy, feel good, road trip music.
  • Can’t Hold Us – Macklemore
    For when you are getting pumped for a night on the town after a long days drive (just don’t forget to keep your hands on the wheel).
  • Save The World Tonight – Swedish House Mafia
    For all the dancing in the car vibes, this is one of those road trip songs to sing your heart out to!

 

  • Rolling In The Deep – Adele
    Sing your heart out with Adele by your side as you hit the highway. This is one of my best road trip songs!
  • Castle on the Hill – Ed Sheeran
    Oh Ed how we love you, especially when we are driving down those country lanes!
  • All the Small Things – Blink 182
    Depending on how old you are, this hit may already be a classic… but who cares, it’s a top song to sing your heart out to.
  • The Dog Days Are Over – Florence + The Machine
    When you need a release and need that little bit of inspiration during your road trip, Florence is there for you.
  • Monster – The Automatic
    We hope you won’t come across a monster on your road trip but you know what song to play if you do!
  • Truckin – Grateful Dead
  • Stole the Show – Kygo ft. Parson James 
    To be honest any Kygo song is an ideal chillout option for your road trip playlist but we love this one as a feel-good number.

Road Trip Tips to get you from A to B

  • Single Ladies – Beyoncé
    For when you’re on a road trip with the girls, it’s the one and only Queen Bey all the way!
  • California Gurls – Katy Perry ft. Snoop Dogg 
    “You could travel the world but nothing comes close to the golden coast”
  • Where The Streets Have No Name – U2
  • Gold Digger – Kanye West 
    Or for another of Kanye Wests hits, you could substitute this for Jesus Walks
  • Shotgun – George Ezra
    When it’s time to ride shotgun, put on some George Ezra – it’s the perfect sing-a-long song for a girls road trip playlist.
  • I Will Wait – Mumford and Sons
    Embrace your inner folk when you sing along with Marcus Mumford & Co.
  • Oops!…I Did It Again – Britney Spears
    We certainly won’t be apologizing for including Britney in our playlist because a road trip isn’t worth going on without her.

 

  • Shut up and Drive – Rhianna
    You tell them RiRi!
  • Let Me Ride – Dr Dre
    It’s a road trip anthem, and what road trip playlist would be complete without a bit of 90s rap?!
  • Girls Just Wanna Have Fun – Cyndi Lauper
    Heading out on an adventure with your girls? This is the song for you.
  • Keep the Car Running – Arcade Fires
  • Cruel World – Lana Del Rey
    A 90s classic, I dare you not to sing-a-long!
  • A Thousand Miles – Vanessa Carlton
    Because you could indeed be driving a thousand miles, and who wouldn’t want to sing about that?!
  • Everyday is a Winding Road – Sheryl Crow
    Because songs about the open road to nowhere make perfect sense on any road trip playlist!

 

So how did we do? Aren’t these just the greatest songs for the perfect road trip playlist!? Whether we’ve reminded you of some amazing driving songs and road trip classics or introduced you to some brand new road trip songs, we hope they are just the start of your next amazing road trip!

Where are you headed on your road trip this year? Do you already have a road trip songs playlists in mind that we have added to? Are you journeying around your home-country or exploring pastures new? Tell us in the comments below, along with your all-time favorite no.1 road trip song and if it’s not already on our list, we cant wait to hear it!

Road Trip Songs for Your Road Trip Playlist

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