Do you have a road trip coming up that you need to plan for? An overlooked piece of the perfect road trip is your playlist. Sometimes the radio just doesn’t cut it. And sometimes, if you’re traveling through some barren parts of the country, you may not have any service. (So always remember to download your favorite songs, too!)
We know music is subjective. We’re not here to tell you that these are the perfect road trip songs, but we do think they come pretty close and have all stood the test of time.
While this list is in no way exhaustive, and definitely won’t last for a cross country trek, we do recommend you peppering these songs with some of your personal favorites for the best road trip playlist out there.
Without further adieu, here are twenty must-play songs to create the perfect road trip playlist.
1. On The Road Again – Willie Nelson
Nelson’s classic will have you and your traveling companions excited for the trip ahead.
2. I’ve Been Everywhere – Johnny Cash
Play Johnny Cash’s “I’ve Been Everywhere,” and see how many places you’ve been in comparison!
3. Road to Nowhere – Talking Heads
If you’re feeling more mellow, tune in to Talking Heads. They’ll be sure to keep the energy calming.
4. Everyday Is A Winding Road – Sheryl Crow
If the weather’s right, roll down the windows and let the wind fly through your hair with Sheryl Crow’s famous ballad.
5. The Long and Winding Road – The Beatles
For the more somber, reflective portion of your trip, play The Beatles “Long and Winding Road,” maybe when you’re close to your destination?
6. I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) – The Proclaimers
We don’t know anything more romantic than this Proclaimer’s song!
7. Baby, You Can Drive My Car – The Beatles
Belt out with Paul McCartney to this Beatles’ classic.
8. Born to Run – Bruce Springsteen
If you need a little pick-me-up, this one is sure to re-energize!
9. Little Red Corvette – Prince
No matter where you’re going, Prince is a must-play.
10. Where the Streets Have No Name – U2
Add to your adventurous side with this U2 hit.
11. Keep The Car Running – Arcade Fire
One of the newer songs on the list will keep the young ones entertained.
12. Sweet Home Alabama – Lynyrd Skynyrd
We’re not really sure why we added this, but it is really fun to sing along to.
13. Truckin’ – The Grateful Dead
One Grateful Dead album could probably get you through a couple of states.
14. Take It Easy – The Eagles
If Winslow, Arizona is in your road trip plan this is probably the perfect song.
15. America – Simon and Garfunkel
Another slow and steady song to bring out all the chill vibes.
16. Route 66 – Chuck Berry
An American classic, Chuck Berry’s energizing Route 66 gives us all the nostalgia.
17. Ramblin’ Man – The Allman Brothers Band
Lord, he was born a ramblin’ man! Another great song that everyone knows.
18. Runnin’ Down A Dream – Tom Petty
Tom Petty keeps breakin’ hearts with this great road trip hit.
19. Born To Be Wild – Steppenwolf
This is just a given, right?
20. Don’t Stop Believin’ – Journey
And finally, to get everyone on board and belting out at the top of their lungs, this must-play by Journey is perfect to turn on when you know you’re getting close to your final destination.
So there you have it. Twenty songs are quintessential for a long road trip. We know some of these are a bit older, but they are classics! Take your favorite songs and add these among them to put together the ultimate road trip playlist!
We guarantee that adding these twenty songs to your playlist will add flavor and fun to an otherwise boring trip. They’re popular enough that most everyone in the car will know them. So roll down the windows, turn up the volume, and drive your heart out!