It’s the middle of summer … meaning road trip season is upon us. So whether you’re driving for few hours or a few days, these road trip songs will make your next excursion a memorable one.
25 Best Road Trippin’ Songs [Playlist]:
1. “On the Road Again” by Willie Nelson
Whether it’s the wistful lyric, restless melodies or up-temp beat, this is the ultimate road song.
2. “Life in the Fast Lane” by the Eagles
Get on the highway, slam on the gas and blare this song. Just be sure to make better choices than the couple the Eagles are singing about.
3. “Life is a Highway” by Rascal Flatts
There is no better way to celebrate the journey we’re all on than with soaring guitar solos, a thumping rhythm section, and a freeing chorus. This song is a summer road trip waiting to happen.
4. “King of the Road” by Roger Miller
Put this golden oldie on your list, drive a little slower than the speed limit, and see how good it feels to be the king of the road.
5. “Truckin'” by Grateful Dead
A lackadaisical, bluesy vibe that could give us all a lesson on what life’s all about — constant changes.
6. “I’ve Been Everywhere” by Johnny Cash
When it comes to geography, there is no better musical resource than this name-dropping country ditty. Cash’s commanding baritone suggests a man who has indeed been everywhere.
7. “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)” by the Proclaimers
There’s nothing really amazing about this song, but if there’s a song that can unite everyone in the car to a ludicrously catchy tune, it’s this one-hit wonder.
8. “Ramblin’ Man” by the Allman Brothers Band
For whatever reason, the idea of being a ramblin’ man (or woman) is endlessly appealing.
9. “Me and Bobby McGee,” Janis Joplin
Thank you, Janis Joplin, for putting your own desperate weary spin on this Kris Kristofferson classic.
10. “Take Me Home, Country Roads,” Toots & The Maytals
No offense to John Denver**, and as classic as it is, Toots does it better.
** Editor’s note: Since John Denver is long deceased he can’t take offense to this. And though we pride ourselves on letter writers at One Country having their own opinions and viewpoints, this one is hard to ignore. John Denver’s version of this is also on this list because a reggae version of “Take Me Home, Country Roads” is just a little weird.
11. “Wagon Wheel” by Old Crow Medicine Show
An old-time fiddle sound that plays over-and-over like a distant memory from a meaningful encounter.
12. “Low Rider” by War
Nice cowbell. This salacious groove can transform any car into a hydraulic love machine.
13. “Road to Nowhere” by Talking Heads
Whether lost on the road, in life or both, it’s times like these where “Road to Nowhere” is appropriate.
14. “Runnin’ Down a Dream” by Tom Petty
Just imagine listening to this song, on a beautiful day, with the sun beating down, and you’re driving.
15. “Cannonball” by The Breeders
This song is guaranteed to make the whole car happy, and isn’t that reason enough?
16. “No Sleep Till Brooklyn” by Beastie Boys
Regardless of whether or not you’re actually headed to Brooklyn, just substitute whatever your actual destination is and let the unhinged spirit of this anthem power your way.
17. “Hitch a Ride” by Boston
This song isn’t really about hitchhiking, it’s about getting away from your old life and journeying somewhere new. Which is exactly what you need to turn your road trip into an epic adventure?
18. “Shut Up and Drive” by Rihanna
Because every road trip needs a pop tune sing-a-long. Sure, it’s probably too apt when you’re actually driving, but that just adds to the fun.
19. “Ulysses” by Franz Ferdinand
While your road trip probably won’t involve cyclops, queens, or witches, but you can invoke the essence of epic adventure with this upbeat track that is perfect for cruising down the highway.
20. “Gin and Juice” by The Gourds
All road-trip playlists must include at least one monster ’90s hip-hop jam. And while Snoop Dogg’s version is an all-time classic, The Gourds bluegrass-vibe make this one perfect for those long stretches of flat farmland.
21. “Electric Avenue” by Eddy Grant
Take an electro-funk ride to this cool destination.
22. “Paradise City” by Guns N’ Roses
For anyone who wants to take it to the end of the line—where the grass is green and the girls are pretty.
23. “The Road Goes on Forever” by Robert Earl Keen
The classic tale of freedom found in living dangerously.
24. “Amarillo By Morning” by George Strait
The perfect road song for any lonesome cowboy.
25. “Home” by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
The feel-good tune played at the end of your trip, when you’re speeding a bit because you just can’t wait to get home.
25 Best Road Trippin’ Songs