The Best Road Trip Songs For Your Next Trip

May 10, 2017

road trip musicWe could happily drive 2,000 miles and never get the urge to hear “Life is a Highway.” Seriously. But good music is a must for any journey, and so we’ve compiled a few of the best road trip songs, whether you’re embarking on a solo cross-country trip or driving a vanload of friends to the beach.

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The Best Road Trip Songs For Leaving Your Old Life Behind

On a long and lonesome highway, east of Omaha, you can listen to the engine moanin’ out its one-note song… Or you can turn up your sound system and play some road-trip songs about how bittersweet it is to leave home. Just remember to pull over if you really have to bawl.

  • “Turn the Page,” Bob Seger or Metallica (depending on your mood)
  • “50 Ways to Leave Your Lover,” Paul Simon
  • “Free Bird,” Lynyrd Skynyrd
  • “The Night Before Life Goes On,” Carrie Underwood
  • “Turning Home,” David Nail
  • “Fly Away,” John Denver and Olivia Newton-John
  • “Time of Your Life,” Green Day
  • “Astronaut,” David Mead

The Best Road Trip Songs for Coming Home

After a long trip, a semester at college or a stint in a new city, there’s nothing like that feeling of coming home again — and everyone from Ozzy to Kanye has sung about it.

  • “Homecoming,” Kanye West
  • “Green, Green Grass of Home,” Elvis Presley
  • “Country Roads,” John Denver
  • “Can’t Find My Way Home,” Blind Faith
  • “Mama, I’m Coming Home” Ozzy Osbourne
  • “Home,” Michael Bublé
  • “More Than One Way Home,” Keb’ Mo’

The Best Road Trip Songs For Heading Out West

Maybe you’re cruising along Route 66 because you want to get your kicks. Maybe you’re heading for the border because you shot a man in Reno just to watch him die. Or maybe you’re just driving to Vegas for the weekend because you have nothing better to do. Whatever the reason, if your road trip takes you through deserts and canyons, you need a few of these songs on the playlist.

  • “El Paso,” Marty Robbins
  • “Tumbling Tumbleweeds,” Sons of the Pioneers
  • “Ghost Riders in the Sky,” Johnny Cash
  • “Rawhide,” Frankie Laine
  • “The Rebel Johnny Yuma,” Johnny Cash
  • “Buenas Tardes Amigo,” Ween
  • “Red River Valley,” Gene Autry

The Best Road Trip Songs For Singing Along

road trip songsIf you have a few friends along for the ride, make a playlist that will get everyone belting out their favorite songs. Karaoke standards are a good place to start. Or try these:

  • “Sweet Child of Mine,” Guns ‘n’ Roses
  • “Dark Horse,” Katy Perry
  • “Quit Playin’ Games With My Heart,” Backstreet Boys
  • “What I Got,” Sublime
  • “Ice Ice Baby,” Vanilla Ice
  • “Stairway to Heaven,” Led Zeppelin
  • “Hello,” Adele
  • “Just a Friend,” Biz Markie

The Best Road Trip Songs About Driving and Cars

Escapism? What’s that? If you’re driving a car, you want to hear songs about driving a car. Yes, your friends tell you that you take everything too literally, but you ignore them. Your favorite road trip song is “Drive,” and when The Cars sing “Who’s going to take you home?” you shout, “Me! I’m driving!”       

  • “Low Rider,” War
  • “Little Red Corvette,” Prince
  • “Bitchin’ Camaro,” The Dead Milkmen
  • “Mercedes Benz,” Janis Joplin
  • “I Can’t Drive 55,” Sammy Hagar
  • “Ignition (Remix),” R. Kelly

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