It has been said that life is a highway. However, that has never been truer than when one hits the open road, gathers their friends or family, and sets out on an epic road trip. Grab your favorite snacks, a magazine or two, and put together a playlist that is worthy of the adventure of your dreams. Everyone has to have all of the best songs for their adventure or the mood just won’t be set right. The car has to be entertained with the right music, or the trip will be off to a bad start. This is a very critical part of the trip.
What songs would everyone put on their road trip playlist? Who knows what songs the car would respond to? Who knows what songs are best for downtime and which songs are best for when everyone is awake and pounding energy drinks? Everyone has to read the car and figure out which songs everyone will respond to, which can be really tough! Take our quiz and pick which songs to put on your road trip playlist and we will tell you where to travel to next!
“Born to Run” by Bruce Springsteen
“Born to Run” is one of those anthems that you can not get out of your head, and it is an absolute must if you are putting together a road trip within the United States. It is almost like leaving out "Born in the U.S.A." you just can't do it. Springsteen really just lays on the lyrics hard in this one.
“Little Red Corvette” by Prince
Okay, maybe you aren't driving a red Corvette, but that should not stop you from throwing this song on your playlist. Everyone knowns at least the chorus of this hit. Plus, the song just feels like it is out on the open road while you are listening to it. It is a great song to travel with.
“Here I Go Again” by Whitesnake
“Here I Go Again” is especially great if you are taking a road trip because you just got dumped and you need to get away. It is basically the anthem for people to regain themselves without a significant other and hit the road to find themselves. It is a great song to scream in the car with some friends.
“Where the Streets Have No Name” by U2
You know when you are driving along in a desolate area and you hit some roads that have seemingly been forgotten, so they have been given some really strange names? An example is Zzyzx Road if you are driving from Southern California to Las Vegas. Yeah, this song encompasses that feeling.
“Sweet Home Alabama” by Lynyrd Skynyrd
"Sweet home Alabama. Where the skies are so blue! Sweet home Alabama! Lord, I'm comin' home to you!" Wouldn't this be the best if you were driving in the deep South literally heading to Alabama? Well, maybe you aren't taking that trek, but it still is a great road trip song.
“Hotel California” by the Eagles
If you are on a dark desert highway with cool wind in your hair...you know what I am talking about. This song is all about an odd hotel in the middle of California...that you can never leave. Yeah, maybe that's not the situation you want to be in, but what a great song to sing along to.
“Route 66” by Chuck Berry
"Get your kicks on Route 66!" Tons of people take road trips on the ever so famous Route 66. It is actually a great location to see some really cool stuff. What is a more appropriate song to listen to than this one if you are driving along Route 66 any way? Yeah, pretty awesome, right?
"Lake of Fire" by Johnny Cash
Sometimes you just want to get into some trouble while you are on the open road. Maybe you want to find a road house to visit, or you want to just find an interesting pit stop. Whatever it may be, if you are looking for trouble you might as well be playing "Lake of Fire" along with it.
“Holiday Road” by Lindsey Buckingham
Doesn't "Holiday Road" remind you of the movie Vacation? Come on now? Think of that poor family struggling through their road trip trying to get to Wally World. This is the perfect road trip song if I have ever heard one. The Griswolds would have to agree as well.
“Mr. Blue Sky” by Electric Light Orchestra
Who wants to be traveling on a road trip during a rainy or overcast day? No one! You want to be out on the road while the sun is shining, so it makes your trip all the more exciting and amazing! "Mr. Blue Sky" by ELO is a great way to get everyone pumped about the weather.
“I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)” by The Proclaimers
Okay, maybe you won't be walking 500 miles, but you will certainly be driving it. Plus, imagine everyone in the car freaking out when the "duh duh duh!" part comes up. Yeah, everyone will get super into that. This is a great song to sing along to, especially in the car.
"Rock Lobster" by The B-52s
I am sure I am not the only one asking...what the heck is this song about? It is a weird mix of a bunch of sea animals, which eventually goes back to a rock lobster for some reason. However, everyone gets super excited whenever it comes on, so it makes for a great song for a sing along.
“Ramblin’ Man” by the Allman Brothers Band
Boy oh boy, this is a great song to cruise some country roads to. You don't need to be singing along to it, but you can put it on repeat just venturing down some lonely roads. It is a mellow song that is good for those down times in the car. you know when nothing exciting is going on.
“On the Road Again” by Willie Nelson
No road trip is complete without this gem of a road trip play list song. Think of open roads a head and not a car in sight. You are hitting that road because you have a destination to get to...eventually. But for now you are just driving and looking at the road around you.
“Born to Be Wild” by Steppenwolf
"Get your motor running. Head out on the highway! Lookin' for adventure, or whatever comes our way." It says it all right there in the opening line of the song. It is a great road trip song because it sounds like Steppenwolf literally is out on a road trip as they are making the song.
“Don’t Stop Believin’” by Journey
Whoever does not like this song is banned from road tripping. This song will get the whole car rilled up, especially during the late night hours when you want to get a few extra miles in before settling in for the night, but you want to stay awake without the whole car turning in. You know what I mean.
“Interstate Love Song” by Stone Temple Pilots
Stone Temple Pilots might not have ever gotten their Grunge street cred, but they sure did get their road trip street cred with "Interstate Love Song" that is for sure. It is an easy listener that is great for the down time in the car because you aren't alway going to be having a wild adventure.
“Life Is a Highway” by Tom Cochrane
"Life is a highway! I wanna ride it all night long!" Yes, this song is a must for any and all road trips. The whole car will be screaming this song from the top of their lungs because this song is about none other than...road trips. If you don't have this on your play list, get out of the car.
“The Way” by Fastball
"They made up their minds, and they got a packing. They left before the sun came up that day." Yeah, this is a good road trip song, although it really is not about road trips. It still has enough road trip metaphors to pass as a classic road trip song nonetheless.
“Fade Into You” by Mazzy Star
"Fade Into You" is a romantic kind of road trip song that is good for the open roads, especially if you are traveling with your significant other. If you both are planning a romantic trip while you are out on the roads getting there, this song is great for your play list.
“Scar Tissue” by Red Hot Chili Peppers
Do you remember exactly what the Red hot Chili Peppers are doing during "Scar Tissue?" They are going on a road trip! Obviously, the mood of this song goes along with road trips if the band is going on one during the music video! Gather your buddies and hit the open roads with this one!
“Everyday Is a Winding Road” by Sheryl Crow
“Everyday Is a Winding Road” is all about the winding roads of life, and what do you find out about during a road trip? Yourself. You really find out about your inner workings because you have so much time to spend with yourself, sometimes even with nothing more than music in the car.
“Jack & Diane” by John Cougar Mellencamp
Let's be serious; you are going to hit some lulls during your road trips. There will be some times when everyone in the car is passed out, or tired. Maybe no one feels like talking, or it is just plain quiet in the car. “Jack & Diane” is a great song to play during that time because it is a story about two people.
“Hit the Road Jack” by Ray Charles
Who knew that Ray Charles would have such a great road trip song for your car to listen to? This is a great one because everyone knows all of the words to the song, especially the chorus. It is also just an easy, and fun song to listen to. it will put everyone in a fun and lighthearted mood.
“Mustang Sally” by Wilson Pickett
"Mustang Sally, you better slow your Mustang down." Maybe you won't be slowing your car down, but everyone in the car will be singing along to the song anyway. This is a great song to have on your play list because, hey, he is singing about a girl with a Mustang!
“Shut Up and Drive” by Rihanna
Okay, maybe you do not want your driver to just shut up and drive, but it is a fun song to have on the road regardless. Although your driver might not appreciate the sentiment, they will appreciate the beat that goes along with "Shut Up and Drive" that is definitely for sure.
“The Distance” by Cake
"The Distance" is a really quirky song by the band Cake. They might have some really weird music, but this one takes the cake (hah) when it comes to road trip music. Well, you are going the distance when it comes to driving to your destination, so why not use this song to inspire you?
"Sympathy For the Devil" by the Rolling Stones
There are so many "Woo Woos" in this song, but everyone will be singing them anyway. "Sympathy For the Devil" is one of those songs that is great for getting everyone energized after they have been napping for a while. Everyone has to come out of their slumber at some point.
"Dream On" by Aerosmith
Before Steven Tyler sold his soul to television and the band totally sold out, "Dream On" was a killer hit for them and it really put them on the map. This song is also great for road trips because everyone knows it and it gets everyone pumped to see their upcoming destination.
"Bohemian Rhapsody" by Queen
"Bohemian Rhapsody" is a song where everyone gets to play a part. It gets everyone up and energized in the car. It is a perfect song for a road trip whether you are traveling with friends, your family, or your significant other. It is a fun song that pretty much everyone knows.
"You Oughta Know" by Alanis Morissette
Yeah, it is another one of those great sing along songs for the car. That chorus is pretty epic. It is also great for if you have just broken up with your significant other and you are gathering up your buddies and going on a drive to forget about things for a little while. yeah, this song will do it.
"Good Vibrations" by The Beach Boys
Hopefully you are picking up good vibrations during your entire trip. This song shoots out positive vibes to the whole group and gets everyone in a good mood while the car is heading to its destination. How can you not have a smile on your face while "Good Vibrations" is playing?
"November Rain" by GunsN'Roses
You have to have a great ballad during the road trip and "November Rain" is it. You don't want rain on your trip and as the song says, "Nothing lasts forever, even cold November rain." Everyone will be air guitaring the solos throughout the song as well. It will be epic.
"No Time" by The Guess Who
"No Time" is a classic song to be blasting while you are out on the open road. They have a few songs that pretty much everyone knows, not to mention a few that have been remade about a thousand times. It is a feel good song that gets everyone pumped up.
"Back in Black" by ACDC
There are so many great songs that everyone knows that can be used as a sing along of sorts in the car while you are road tripping. "Back in Black" is another example of a great song that everyone will song along to. It is one of those epic songs from the classic rock era that will get everyone pumped.