Road trips aren’t complete without a stellar playlist. Whether you’re traveling a few hours or a few days these songs that are meant to on full blast in your car. This list is dedicated to some of the best road trips songs. Make sure you download these tunes so you can listen to them wherever you go.
1. Highway To Hell by ACDC
Now this song may remind most of the second Final Destination but that doesn’t mean it still isn’t a great road trip song. This song is perfect if this is your first real road trip separate from your parents. It’s designed to be sung with the windows down and the wind blowing in your hair at the highest volume your care will allow.
2. Sir Duke by Stevie Wonder
This song is just pure fun. From the brass at the beginning to Wonder’s upbeat voice, there isn’t a part of this song that won’t make you want to dance. It’s perfect for a car ride because the lyrics are also pretty simple, making it perfect to sing along with. You’ll find yourself car dancing through states with this song.
3. Wagon Wheel by Old Crow Medicine Show
While there are many versions of this song, and this isn’t the actual original song, it’s probably the best road trip version. The song itself describes being a traveling soul, born for leaving. You can’t help but sing while this song plays. This is one of those road trip songs that will get the whole car harmonizing in their best box car band voices.
4. Go Your Own Way by Fleetwood Mac
One of arguably the most iconic classic rock songs is this little number by the impressive Fleetwood Mac. Although this is a wildly upbeat song, it’s actually a breakup song. The band wrote this when they were barely speaking to each other. If you just went through your own breakup this song is for you. It’s a road trip song you’ll be sing/screaming to the highway.
5. Take It Easy by Eagles
This song is for everyone who just wants to sit back, relax and watch the world go by behind a car window. “Take It Easy” is a song you can just hum, harmonize and bob your head along with. It’s a beautifully mellow song meant for the road.
6. Ventura Highway by America
This song is meant to be played bright and early in the morning when you get on your way. Trust me, it will be pretty magical to hear the soothing voice of Daniel Milton Peek singing to you while you watch the sun rising over the horizon.
7. One Way Or Another by Blondie
Even though you may be on a simple vacation this is one of those road trip songs that will make you feel like you’re going on a true adventure. Bonus points if you can manage to sing the sped up part towards the end of this song.
8. Listen to the Music by The Doobie Brothers
If you’re traveling through the typical fly over states you need to listen to this song. It’s a feel good song that was made to make you smile, literally. It will kick any sort of driving blues you may have with its upbeat message and melody.
9. Summerboy by Lady Gaga
Although this song is significantly more modern than the others on this list it doesn’t mean it isn’t good. This song is in fact kind of great. The last track off of her debut album, “Summerboy” is just the kind of fun song you’ll want to listen to when you’re traveling to a new town.
10. Bennie And The Jets by Miguel, Wale
This is a modern twist on a classic. It’s an unexpected cover, many don’t actually know that it exists. Despite that, it might be overlooked it still definitely deserves to be on your road trip playlist. The lyrics are the same, and the extra rap bit by Wale is just a cherry on top. The added bass in the background and electronic sound throughout the song will make you look at this song entirely different, in the best possible way.
11. Take Me Home, Country Roads by John Denver
Being from Colorado I couldn’t help but put in a song by the late and great John Denver. Arguably one of the greatest country songs ever written this road trip song is meant to be sung along with with all your might. This is the song you should listen to when you begin your trip back to your house. Traveling is fun, but sometimes coming back home can be better.
12. Slow Ride by Foghat
Regardless on what version you listen to, I recommend the original long version, you’ll still have a great time traveling down a highway to this song. This classic rock song will have you intensely shoulder dancing for a good seven minutes.
13. Love by Lana Del Rey
Another modern song is by a very vintage woman, “Love” by Lana Del Rey. This song celebrates the beautiful simplicity of youth. It’s the perfect song to listen to while going on a road trip with your childhood or college friends.
14. Ramblin’ Man
When you’re on the road you may feel a kinship to this song. Sometimes there’s nothing like just driving through cities and seeing where you end up. This road trip song was meant for people with a travelers soul.
15. A Thousand Miles by Vanessa Carlton
Last but certainly not least is a song that was made famous for cars by a very specific vehicle scene. Although this song has become kind of a joke since then it’s still a pretty great song. You’ll get the chance to pull out your air piano skills with this number.