My top 40 road-trip songs

There is no way to describe the feeling of the open road. The freedom of adventure is endless and the best companion for the drive is the perfect playlist. Every travel playlist needs the perfect combination of songs that make you want to run, songs that make you want to sing and songs that make you want to just sit back and listen.

I decided to make a list of my favorite travel songs with a variety for every music lover. I’m not going to lie; my music taste is a little different, and you probably won’t hear most of these songs on the radio; however, I hope a few make it onto your next travel playlist.

Just Go:

I feel like I am bursting with the urge to travel, so it’s easy for songs to make me want to get in my car and drive wherever, whenever. These first 14 songs I would describe as my “pump up” songs. Whether you’re traveling for hours or you’re just getting a change of scenery for a few hours, these songs will definitely put you in the traveling mood.

  1. Wherever This Goes: The Fray
  2. Castle on the Hill: Ed Sheeran
  3. Happiness: NEEDTOBREATHE
  4. Find My Way: Jinja Safari
  5. You Know It: Colony House
  6. Summer: Vinyl Theatre
  7. Trojans: Atlas Genius
  8. Silhouettes: Colony House
  9. Runnin’ (Lose It All): Naughty Boy (featuring Beyonce) 
  10. Don’t Forget Me (When I’m Gone): Glass Tiger
  11. Cough Syrup: Young the Giant
  12. Could Have Been Me: The Struts
  13. Kickin’ da Leaves: Judah & The Lion
  14. Viva La Vida: Coldplay

Wild & Free:

One of the best feelings while being on the road is the sense of freedom and spontaneity. Anything is possible and the roads never end. Whether you’re traveling solo or with your loved one(s) this next list of songs will make you feel in the prime of your life.

  1. American Girl: Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
  2. Twenty-Somethings: Judah & The Lion  
  3. Can’t Stop This Thing We Started: Bryan Adams
  4. Louder Than Ever: Daughtry
  5. Island In the Sun: Weezer
  6. Alone Together: Fall Out Boy
  7. Fast In My Car: Paramore
  8. Golden Days: Panic! At the Disco
  9. The Kids Aren’t Alright: Fall Out Boy
  10. Wasted Time: Keith Urban
  11. Kids: OneRepublic
  12. Between the Raindrops: Lifehouse

Jammin’ Tunes:

Not all of the songs on this list have a direct correlation to traveling, but some are really fun to listen to on car rides. This last compilation of songs are my favorite extra songs to help keep you awake and jammin’ out.

  1. Chained to the Rhythm: Katy Perry
  2. 10,000 Emerald Pools: BORNS
  3. Kids: MGMT
  4. Ocean Drive: Duke Dumont
  5. Color: Finish Ticket
  6. Dog Days Are Over: Florence + The Machine
  7. Johnny Boy: Twenty One Pilots
  8. Different Colors: WALK THE MOON
  9. Steps: Handsome Ghost
  10. September Song: JP Cooper
  11. Ophelia: The Lumineers
  12. 80s Mercedes: Maren Morris
  13. The Cave: Mumford & Sons
  14. 1901: Phoenix

When I started this list, it was over 100 songs because there are so many amazing ones, but I hope this smaller list gives you at least a few new songs for your next trip.

Let me know your favorite travel song.


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