Summer is that fantastic season that nature gives up just once a year; a season full of pool parties, long nights with your best friends and road trips! But what’s a road trip without a killer playlist to send you on your way? We’ve put together the perfect summer road trip playlist for you and your mates to blast out. Imagine it; the windows are down, the sun is shining and there’s a whole stretch of road out before you, and these are the songs that are playing; the songs that will make your road trip of Summer 2019 the best yet!
1. “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)” – The Proclaimers
Did you even go on a road trip if you didn’t listen to this song even once? With a beat you can confidently pump your fist to, this will be the song that sets you off on your journey with bright spirits!
2. “Shotgun” – George Ezra
George Ezra’s song “Shotgun” is the perfect addition to your road trip playlist. In the very first line of the song, Ezra throws up a shaka and chucks a cheeky ‘see you later!’ to his mates, telling them he’s hitting the road for a bit. He’ll be riding shotgun, so if you need him, you’ll know where he’ll be.
3. “Cool” – Jonas Brothers
It’s official; the Jo Bro’s are back, baby! In 2019, they’ve served up a couple of bangers straight off the bat. Their second single will definitely make you feel cool while you’re rolling down the highway, the wind blowing through your hair, Ray Bans at the ready. What better way to stay cool during the Summer?
4. “Cake By The Ocean” – DNCE
Joe Jonas is gonna come with us on this next song, if you don’t mind. DNCE’s “Cake by the Ocean” is definitely a tune that serves up some serious Summer vibes! Let it loose on your speakers while you drive by a horizon of blue…
5. “Riptide” – Vance Joy
The opening sounds of the ukulele in “Riptide” will set you in the Summer mood and make the perfect addition to your Summer road trip playlist! This song is so uplifting and sets a smile on your face anytime you hear it! Which means this is a song you can repeat over and over and over again!
6. “I Will Wait” – Mumford & Sons
This fast paced song by the always fun Mumford & Sons will get you to give up a little knee-slapping! With a folky mix of guitars, drums and banjos, there is no way that this song won’t make you think of starting an adventure!
7. “This Girl” – Kungs, Cookin’ On 3 Burners
“This Girl” involves a sick beat, brass instruments and requires a whole lot of dancing from your backseat bandits! This is the perfect song to play when you’ve been on the road a while and need a little pick-me-up tune; this is the one to go for!
8. “Boomin’ In Your Jeep” – Crystal Fighters
Everybody knows that Jeep is pretty much the unofficial sponsor of rad road trips, so this song is to dedicate to your ride. With a chill, happy beat and lyrics that are all about having a sick Summer in your Jeep, this is a tune to add to your road trip playlist!
9. “Mr. Brightside” – The Killers
Once those opening notes of the electric guitar start (you know the ones) of this unforgettable banger, I guarantee the whole car will explode in applause for your ability to choose the best songs for your road trip. “Mr. Brightside” is one of those songs that will get everyone singing along at the top of their lungs!
10. “You Get What You Give” – New Radicals
This is an oldie, but a goodie. “You Get What You Give” by New Radicals is a great song for singing along to when it seems you’ve been on the road for years. This song will get you through the long stretches with its nostalgic and uplifting chorus and sick guitar solo.
11. “Sign of the Times” – Harry Styles
Harry Styles’ first solo single, “Sign of the Times”, is truly a masterpiece, and is a great addition to your road trip playlist. While it starts off with a melancholy piano intro, it slowly builds into an epic ballad that you and your friends will be belting as you roll out of the city and into the great unknown.
12. “She’s So High” – Tal Bachman
You’re probably thinking you don’t know this song, but trust me, once it starts playing, you’ll know it. Bachman’s hit of 1999 is a plucky tune that will set you off to a great start, especially as the iconic chorus of “she’s so hiii-eeeiigh” comes around. If that’s the only part of the song you recognise, you’re already in the know of a great song.
13. “Jump N’ Move” – The Brand New Heavies
If you’re into funky beats, then this is a song that you’ll definitely want on your road trip playlist. “Jump N’ Move”, which features Jamalski, is a reggae tune that will turn a tired car into a lively Jamaican party! Mad respect if you can sing all the lyrics of the verses!
14. “You And Me Song” – The Wannadies
While this song starts off as almost an elevator song, it quickly turns into a summer-vibey tune that you won’t be able to live without on your road trip! This Wannadies song gives you the feeling of living your best life in the heat of Summer, which is what we’re all about!
15. “One Week” – Barenaked Ladies
This is the ultimate fun road trip song because of its sweet and sometimes manic lyrics. The chorus is truly a headbanger, while the verses are so incredibly creative, you’ll want to play this song on repeat so by the time your road trip ends, you’ll know all the words. Or, play it beforehand so you can look like a total badass out on the road nailing those lyrics!