Are you planning a road trip? Then you need the ultimate road trip playlist!
No road trip is complete without some great songs to help the miles fly by.
Plus, an amazing playlist creates a soundtrack for your road trip experience. These songs will stay with you and will trigger great memories years later when you hear the songs again.
Both Amazon Music and Spotify allow you to download songs to play offline on your phone. Use the songs below to help you create your own road trip playlist, download the songs to your phone, and then hit the road!
So let’s start building your ultimate road trip playlist!
1. Born to Be Wild
“Born to Be Wild” is a fantastic song to start your ultimate road trip playlist. “Get your motor runnin’…head out on the highway”. And let the road trip begin!
2. I’ve Been Everywhere
As this map will show you, Johnny Cash really has been everywhere. Bring Johnny Cash along for your own road trip to everywhere.
3. Here I Go Again
Whether you’re traveling solo or with a big group, this song is sure to get people singing. Let the miles fly by as you leave behind the “only road I’ve ever known”.
4. Hit the Road Jack
Ray Charles is a fantastic road trip companion. And he might need a ride since he’s been told, “don’t cha come back no more no more no more”!
5. I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)
Hopefully, you’ll be driving and not walking your 500 miles. But this song is a perfect car singalong song (even if you’re the only one singing along!).
6. Life Is a Highway
“Life is a highway…I want to ride it all night long”! No road trip playlist is complete without “Life Is a Highway”. You could have an entire playlist with just this song on repeat.
7. Shut Up and Drive
Rihanna wants you to drive, so get to it! Just watch the gas pedal so you don’t get too carried away during this song!
8. On the Road Again
Willie Nelson knows a thing or two about road trips. Bring Willie along for the ride when you hit the road again.
9. Take Me Home, Country Roads
While in Germany for Oktoberfest, a friend took a video of the entire crowd singing along to “Take Me Home, Country Roads”. Looks like John Denver has universal, world-wide appeal!
You’ll find yourself singing along to this song, too. Make sure to add it to your ultimate road trip playlist.
10. Take It Easy
“Standing on the corner in Winslow, Arizona”…I loved this song before I had a chance to stand on that corner. Now that I’ve stood on that corner, the song has taken on a whole new meaning for me.
Whether driving through Arizona or anywhere else in the world, this song is a great reminder to not “let the sound of your own wheels drive you crazy…take it easy”.
11. Running on Empty
Here’s hoping that you’re never truly “running on empty” during your road trip. But since you’ve probably been in that position before, this song will remind you to never reach that point again!
This song epitomizes the ultimate dream of hitting the road to find a dream. “Pedal to the floor, thinking of the roar…gotta get us to the show…California here we come”.
Whatever your road trip dream might be, this song has a great way of lifting your spirits and pushing you forward along your drive.
13. East Bound and Down
“We’ve got a long way to go and a short time to get there”, so let’s hit the road!
This theme song from “Smokey and the Bandit” makes you want to pack up, start driving, and make some good memories!
14. Going Up the Country
For anyone living in the city, put this song on as you’re leaving the city lights behind.
“I’m gonna leave this city, got to get away…all this fussin’ and fightin’ man, you know I sure can’t stay.” Head on up to the country and get away from it all!
15. Rocky Mountain High
Why yes, I did include two John Denver songs on this list.
If you’re on a road trip, John Denver’s songs will have you singing along, no matter if you’re in West Virginia, Colorado, or anywhere else in this world!
16. I Want to Break Free
So you’re stuck in a traffic jam. Freddie will get you through it. Roll down your window and sing at the top of your lungs, “I want to break free!”
If “I Want to Break Free” is what you sing when you’re stuck in traffic, then “Freedom” is what you sing when you finally do break free!
“Freedom” is my anthem whenever I finally get out of traffic and can drive freely!
18. Born to Run
Since we started with “Born to Be Wild”, “Born to Run” is a fitting end to our ultimate road trip playlist.
Now, get out there and make some road trip memories!