From classic to current Top 40 hits, here is a list of road trip songs for you to add to your playlist next time you pack your bags and hit the road.
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Music has always been a huge part of my life. My dad loved music, so I grew up listening bands like the Beatles, Reo Speedwagon and the Eagles blaring from our trusty 8-track player that was in the stereo that took up half the living room.
While I appreciate the tunes from the 60’s and 70’s, it’s the big hair bands from the 80’s and early 90’s that hold my heart. Def Leppard’s “Love Bites” became my senior year anthem. I may call my kids’ by the wrong names some days, but I can proudly belt the lyrics to the song that blared through the windows and sunroof of my ride back in 1990.
I’m proud to say that my eldest son has developed a love of music to rival mine. And he has a growing collection of vinyl records, which he blares from his new, but vintage style record player. When I decided to pull together a list of road trip worthy songs, I knew he’d be a great resource.
So with no rhyme or reason, other than we like them, here is the list of songs that we deem road trip worthy.
Songs that evoke images of the open road.
Songs that make you want to pack your bags and drive into the sunset.
Songs that make you wish you could jump in the car and go.
Songs that make you want to roll your window down and bellow at the top of your lungs.
The best road trip music we could come up with.
And just to round out the list, we’ve added a few songs to help you over the rough patches that we all face on a road trip. Just click on the title of the song and you can hop on over to Amazon to listen to them or download these road trip songs for your own road trip playlist.
Classic Road Trip Songs
Life is a Highway by Rascal Flatts
Sweet Home Alabama by Lynard Skynyrd
On the Road Again by Willie Nelson
Life in the Fast Lane by The Eagles
I’ve Been Everywhere by Johnny Cash
Ramblin’ Man by the Allman Brothers Band
Little Red Corvette by Prince
Road Trip Songs for the Begining of your Road Trip
Fast Car by Tracy Chapman
Maps by Maroon 5
This is how we Roll by Florida Georgia Line with Luke Bryan
Here I go Again by Whitesnake
Rather Be by Clean Bandit
Summer of ’69 by Bryan Adams
Get this Party Started by Pink
Free and Easy (Down the Road I Go) by Dierks Bentley
Runaway by Bon Jovi
Cruise by Florida Georgia Line
Location by Khalid
Road Trip Songs when you’re not getting along with your Road Trip Companions
RESPECT by Aretha Franklin
Should I Go or Should I Stay by The Clash
Don’t Stop Believin’ by Journey
I Would Walk 500 Miles by Desmond Bale
Danger Zone by Kenny Loggins
Highway to Hell by AC/DC
Road Trip Songs Just Because
Sharp Dressed Man by ZZ Topp
Dust in the Wind by Kansas
Radioactive by Imagine Dragons
Glad you Came by The Wanted
Sail by AWOLNATION
A Thousand Miles by Vanessa Carlton
Best Day of my Life by the Glee Cast
I Can’t Stop by Flux Pavilion
Classic by MKTO
Down Under by Men at Work
Amarillo by Morning by George Strait
Road Trip Songs when you Need a Pick Me Up
Dirt Road Anthem by Jason Aldean
Born to be Wild by Steppenwolf
Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen
Mud on the Tires by Brad Paisley
Paradise City by Guns-n-Roses
Come with me Now by Kongos
Take a Back Road by Rodney Atkins
Panama by Van Halen
Gotta be Somebody by Nickleback
The Devil Went Down to Georgia by the Charlie Daniels Band
Road Trip Songs Guaranteed to Drive You Crazy
What Does the Fox Say by Ylvis
I’m Sexy and I Know It by LMFAO
Road Trip Songs when You’re at the End of your Rope..err…Road Trip
Almost Home by Craig Morgan
Running on Empty by Jackson Brown
Take Me Home Tonight by Eddie Money
Jesus, Take the Wheel by Carrie Underwood
Welcome to the Jungle by Guns –n- Roses
Wanted Dead or Alive by Bon Jovi
On the Road Again by Canned Heat
Hit the Road Jack by Ray Charles
I Will Survive by Gloria Gaynor
Eye of the Tiger by Survivor
Stayin’ Alive by the BeeGees
Take me Home Country Roads by John Denver
Time for me to Fly by REO Speedwagon
What songs would you add to your road trip playlist?
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Friday 22nd of January 2016
How could you leave off Willie???? You've got George Strait on there, so "no country" is no excuse. Willie Nelson's On The Road Again is the ONLY way to start the first leg of the first day of any road trip anywhere. IMHO. :-)
Tuesday 26th of January 2016
I know Willie's song is a road trip anthem, but I can't stand that song! :) I used to have it autoplay on my blog in the early days and I think I burnt myself out on it.
Friday 13th of March 2015
"Trucker" by the Danish band D.A.D (formerly known as Disneyland After Dark) ... "driving my 18 wheeler across the USA" "Dancing in the Dark" by the Boss - because of the energy. "This is how you remind me" - Nickleback Rod Stewart's Great American song book - mainly because we bought the CD's on a roadtrip in the Virginias & Carolinas.
Friday 13th of March 2015
Great suggestions! I love Nickleback. I think I could listen to them on the entire road trip. ;)
Thursday 5th of March 2015
I love finding the location-specific songs or artists in our iPod as we're driving through. John Denver in Colorado, Rat Pack in Las Vegas, Route 66 by Nat King Cole or Depeche Mode...
Wednesday 11th of March 2015
How did I forget to add John Denver to my list? And Depeche Mode....love them!