My Top 10 Road Trip Songs

In this guide I've condensed the process into seven steps that will teach you how to plan the perfect road trip. The sooner you get the wheels in motion the sooner you can meet new people, find new getaways, and gain new experiences!

Road trips are never complete without music. It is the soundtrack of the adventure you are about to embark on. All the songs on your road trip playlist are tied to an important memory. When you listen to these songs, memories of your journey come flooding back. Here is our curated list of the top 10 road trip songs for your next big adventure.

1.”Where the Streets Have No Name” by U2

What better way to get into the adventuring mood than with a song about Irish class politics. Okay, so while the song is about something completely separate from road trips, it’s lyrics inspire us to travel to the unknown. With lines like, “I want to feel sunlight on my face/ I see that dust cloud disappear without a trace”, we’ll be searching for the places where the street have no names.

2.”Born to be Wild” by Steppenwolf

As this track opens, there is a motorcycle revving in the background and then the first verse comes in: “Get your motor runnin’/ Head out on the highway/Lookin’ for adventure/ And whatever comes our way.” This song gets you in the mood for a big adventure as soon as the beat drops. You are sure to sing this one at the top of your lungs with your top down.

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3.”Life is a Highway” by Rascal Flatts

This should be the theme song for any road trip. The lyrics say it all, “Life is a highway and I want to ride it all night long.” The chorus is so catchy you’ll have it stuck in your head the rest of the trip. Play this one cautiously or it could end up being the only song you get to on the road.

4.”Let Me Ride” by Dr. Dre

90’s hip hop has the beats for a long road trip and this Dr. Dre classic is perfect for your next journey. You could ride low and bop your head to this all the way to your destination and if you hit any traffic, you’ll be too busy grooving to notice it.

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5.”Hit The Road Jack” by Ray Charles

While this song is about a woman that is sick of her husband and kicks him out of the house, the chorus will have you wanting to travel somewhere and never come back. Playing this song when you are on a journey to find yourself is ideal. It might just be what you need to start anew.

6.”Drive Slow” by Kanye West

Another song that will have you driving around and bopping your head. The beat makes you want to drive around town aimlessly just listening to this song, so it is the perfect choice for a long journey somewhere or nowhere.

7.”Highway to Hell” by AC/DC

This is a road trip classic that everyone going anywhere should listen to on their adventure. A rock anthem that will get you pumped to travel all over the state in your car, you’ll feel invincible. A long journey will not be painful as long as you have AC/DC on your playlist.

8.”I Ran (So Far Away)” by Flock of Seagulls

When you just want to get away and run somewhere else, this is the anthem you need. Moody, catchy, and perfect for a road trip, this song will keep you entertained as you gear up for an adventure. Everyone in the car is sure to enjoy this classic tune, but unlike the song’s protagonist, you will be able to get away.

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9.” ’03 Bonnie&Clyde” by JAY Z ft. Beyonce

If you’re headed on a road trip with your honey, then this is the perfect song for the two of you to listen to as you ride down the highway. Listening to music’s power couple will make the two of  you feel like a power couple. Just please, no criminal activity. We don’t want to be held accountable.

10.”Desperado” by Rihanna

Rihanna sings about feeling restless and wanting to get away which will resonate with your restless soul. The drums and Rihanna’s lazy drawl will have you excited to be on the road and discovering new places on the road. It is a song that will awaken your inner wanderlust.

What are your go-to road trip songs? Comment below!
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