Meaningful moments in your life deserve a soundtrack. These are my top 26 songs to make the best road trip playlist.
My list has an alarmingly high percentage of Disney songs, but I hope that doesn’t discourage you. Use these 26 songs to start your own road trip playlist.
26 Songs to Make the Best Road Trip Playlist
1. Bohemian Rhapsody-Queen
Every playlist needs this song. It’s a classic sing-a-long!
2. Born to Run-Bruce Springsteen
“Oh, baby this town rips the bones from your back, It’s a death trap, it’s a suicide rap
We gotta get out while we’re young, ‘Cause tramps like us, baby we were born to run”
3. Downtown-Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
“You don’t need a Uber, you don’t need a cab, Fuck a bus pass, you got a Moped man”
4. Easy Street-The Collapsable Hearts Club
That catchy song from “The Walking Dead”. You probably won’t like this one if you aren’t a fan of TWD.
5. Everyday Is a Winding Road-Sheryl Crow
“Everyday is a winding road, I get a little bit closer. Everyday is a faded sign, I get a little bit closer to feeling fine”
6. Gypsy-Lady Gaga
“So I just packed my baggage and, Said goodbye to family and friends, And took the road to nowhere on my own”
7. Gypsy in Me-Bonnie Raitt
“I’ve got the wanderlust, It’s somewhere else or bust. Yeah, I’m just a Hello, goodbye, honey It’s been good and I must be going. Restless, I guess. When I’m in one place for too long. I don’t know why But I’m like the wind and I just keep blowing free Must be the gypsy in me.”
8. Happy-Pharrell Williams
It may be overplayed, but it still makes me happy.
9. Heartbreak Road-Darius Rucker
“We can drive all night, we don’t need no plans. Remember that you’ve got my heart in your hands”
10. Holiday Road-Lindsey Buckingham
From the movie, “Vacation”. This is a must-have on your playlist.
11. I Get Around-The Beach Boys
“I’m gettin’ bugged driving up and down the same old strip
I gotta find a new place where the kids are hip”
12. I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)
“Da da da (da da da)” Need I say more?
13. I’ve Been Everywhere-Johnny Cash
‘And I said, “Listen, Bud I’ve traveled, Every road in this here land.”’
14. It’s Our World-Jacquie Lee
From Disney Nature’s “Monkey Kingdom.”
“Let’s go, let’s take a ride, Let’s go light up the night
I got you by my side, We’ll survive”
15. Life is a Highway-Rascal Flatts
From the movie “Cars”
“Life is a highway,I want to ride it all night long
If you’re going my way, I want to drive it all night long”
16. Mambo No. 5-Lou Bega
Because….”Ladies and Gentlemen, this is Mambo No. 5”
17. Nobody Else But You-Bill Farmer & Aaron Lohr
From the ultimate road trip movie, “A Goofy Movie.”
18. On My Way-Phil Collins
From the movie “Brother Bear”
“So tell ’em all I’m on my way, New friends and new places to see
And to sleep under the stars, Who could ask for more
With the moon keeping watch over me”
19. On the Open Road-Aaron Lohr, Chrous
Another song from “The Goofy Movie”.
“ Do ya need a break from modern livin’?,Do ya long to shed your weary load?
If your nerves are raw, And your brain is fried
Just grab a friend and take a ride, Together upon the open road”
20. On the Road Again-Willie Nelson
Because, I like living a cliché.
“On the road again, Goin’ places that I’ve never been
Seein’ things that I may never see again,,And I can’t wait to get on the road again.
On the road again, Like a band of gypsies we go down the highway”
21. Perfect Day-Hoku
It’s the perfect day, guys!
22. Radio-Darius Rucker
“Ridin’ down the highway, Who wants to be the DJ
I’ll find a spot on the side of the road, You find something on the radio.”
23. Ramblin’ Man-The Allman Brothers Band
“Tryin’ to make a livin’ and doin’ the best I can, And when it’s time for leavin’
I hope you’ll understand, That I was born a ramblin’ man”
24. Send Me On My Way-Rusted Root
You will remember this one from the movie “Ice Age”
25. The Trail We Blaze-Elton John
This one is from the movie “El Dorado”.
“The trail we blaze, is a road uncharted
Through terra incognita to a golden shrine
No place for the traveler, to be faint-hearted”
26. Welcome to New York-Taylor Swift
In case your road trip takes you through New York City. I played this one as we drove into the city for the first time. And I cried. And I’m not ashamed, either.
What songs do you think make the best road trip playlist? Let me know in the comments!
For tips on planning your road trip, check out The Best Road Trip Tips (Ever).
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