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250 Best Road Trip Songs (With Links To Genre-Orientated Playlists)

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This article contains the definitive list of the best road trip songs to entertain any type of music lover on a long car ride! Being prepared with some awesome tunes is a sure way to have the trip of a lifetime!

We have constructed a number of easy-to-use road trip playlists to fill the car with musical mayhem whilst you charge down the highway. There are country road trip songs, sing-along songs and of course some classics.

This is the ultimate post if you are looking for the top guide to the best driving songs available. Looking for something different? We also have posts on the best podcasts for road trips and the best audiobooks for road trips.

Each Road Trip Playlist has a direct link to Spotify, under its title, just click and it will take you there. The first playlist you can see on the image is how it appears when you open it. You can shuffle each playlist rather than play it in the order I have provided.

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25 Best Road Trip Songs (Mixed Playlist)

Here is the first playlist which is our top 25 road trip songs. You can either select the songs you want from our lists and make your own playlists or click the link below to jump straight to ours!

Go ahead and open the 25 Best Road Trip Songs (Mixed Playlist) on Spotify.

  • Born To Be Wild, Steppenwolf
  • Dreams, Fleetwood Mac
  • Ring of Fire, Johnny Cash
  • Electric Relaxation, A Tribe Called Quest
  • Heartbeats, José González
  • Ocean Drive, Duke Dumont
  • Sex on Fire, Kings Of Leon
  • Come As You Are, Nirvana
  • I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles), The Proclaimers
  • Holiday Road – National Lampoon’s Vacation, Lindsey Buckingham
  • Time After Time, Cyndi Lauper
  • no tears left to cry, Ariana Grande
  • Africa, TOTO
  • I Want To Break Free, Queen
  • Truckin’, Grateful Dead
  • Sweet Home Alabama, Lynyrd Skynyrd
  • Total Eclipse of the Heart, Bonnie Tyler
  • Take Me Home, Country Roads, John Denver
  • We Built This City, Starship
  • American Pie, Don McLean
  • Don’t Stop Believin’, Journey
  • Summer of ’69, Bryan Adams
  • Danger Zone, Kenny Loggins
  • Livin’ On A Prayer, Bon Jovi
  • Dancing in the Moonlight, Toploader

Check out our other things to do on a road trip if you’re on an extensive adventure!

25 Classic Country Road Trip Songs

Here are our top 25 classic country road trip songs which are perfect for a sing-along as you reminisce!

Here is quick access to the best Country Road Trip Songs on Spotify.

  • Jesus Take The Wheel, Carrie Underwood
  • Ring of Fire, Johnny Cash
  • Always on My Mind, Willie Nelson
  • Jolene, Dolly Parton
  • 9 to 5, Dolly Parton
  • Islands In The Stream, Dolly Parton & Kenny Rogers
  • Coward Of The Country, Kenny Rogers
  • Fist City, Loretta Lynn
  • Sweet Home Alabama, Lynyrd Skynyrd
  • Don’t Come Home A-Drinkin (With Lovin’ On Your Mind), Loretta Lynn
  • I Don’t Need Your Rockin’ Chair, Mark Chesnutt, George Jones, Vince Gill, Patty Loveless, Garth Brooks, Clint Black, Alan Jackson, Travis Tritt, Joe Diffie, Pam Tillis, Graham Brown
  • Crazy, Patsy Cline, The Jordanaires
  • Amarillo By Morning, George Strait
  • Rocky Mountain High, John Denver
  • Wildwood Flower, The Carter Family
  • I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry, Hank Williams
  • Mama Tried, Merle Haggard
  • I Walk The Line, Johnny Cash
  • Honky Tonk Heroes, Waylon Jennings
  • Friends In Low Places – Live, Garth Brooks
  • In The Jailhouse Now, Jimmie Rodgers
  • Act Naturally, Buck Owens
  • Take Me Back To Tulsa, Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
  • Stand By Your Man, Tammy Wynette
  • Old Dogs, Children And Watermelon Wine, Tom T Hall

25 Classic Rock Road Trip Songs

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Classic rock music is one of the genres if you are looking to create a playlist of the best driving music! Here are 25 awesome tunes to get you going.

Here is the Spotify link for the 25 Classic Rock Road Trip Songs

  • Highway to Hell, AC/DC
  • Gimme Shelter, The Rolling Stones
  • Stairway to Heaven – Remaster, Led Zeppelin
  • Sweet Child O’ Mine, Guns N’ Roses
  • Little Wing, Jimi Hendrix
  • I Love Rock ‘N Roll, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts
  • Walk This Way (feat. Aerosmith)
  • School’s Out, Alice Cooper
  • Beautiful Day, U2
  • Should I Stay or Should I Go, The Clash
  • Killing In The Name, (E) Rage Against The Machine
  • Times Like These, Foo Fighters
  • Even Flow, Pearl Jam
  • Sex on Fire, Kings of Leon
  • Don’t Bring Me Down, Electric Light Orchestra
  • Another Brick In The Wall, Pt. 2 – 2011, Pink Floyd
  • Paranoid, Black Sabbath
  • We Will Rock You – Remastered, Queen
  • Come As You Are, Nirvana
  • Californication, Red Hot Chilli Peppers
  • Go With The Flow, Queens of the Stone Age
  • Creep, Radiohead
  • Say It Ain’t So, Weezer
  • Live Forever, Oasis
  • Mayonaise – Remastered, The Smashing Pumpkins

25 Classic Road Trip Songs

This road trip playlist includes 25 classics which everyone will enjoy. Whether you are on your own or with a companion, click the link below to start this playlist.

Click the link for the 25 Classic Road Trip Songs playlist on Spotify.

  • In The Air Tonight, Phil Collins
  • Manic Monday, The Bangles
  • I Want It All, Queen
  • Tainted Love, Soft Cell
  • Glory Days, Bruce Springsteen
  • The Boys Of Summer, Don Henley
  • Hungry Eyes, Eric Carmen
  • Greased Lightnin’, Jon Travolta, Jeff Conaway
  • Dreams – 2004 Remaster, Fleetwood Mac
  • Edge of Seventeen, Stevie Nicks
  • I Can Dream About You, Dan Hartman
  • Sweet Home Alabama, Lynyrd Skynyrd
  • Born To Run, Bruce Springsteen
  • Truckin’, Grateful Dead
  • Graceland, Paul Simon
  • Route 66, Chuck Berry
  • Going Up The Country, Canned Heat
  • I’ve Been Everywhere, Johnny Cash
  • Holiday Road – National Lampoon’s Vacation, Lindsey Buckingham
  • Mr Blue Sky, Electric Light Orchestra
  • Love Shack, The B-52’s
  • Ride Like The Wind, Christopher Cross
  • On the Road Again, Willie Nelson
  • Runnin’ Down A Dream, Tom Petty
  • Livin’ On A Prayer, Bon Jovi

25 Chilled Road Trip Songs

If you have a long highway drive ahead then sometimes chilled songs can help you relax behind the wheel. This road trip playlist includes the best chilled music around.

This is the 25 Chilled Road Trip Songs on Spotify

  • I Need A Dollar, Aloe Blac
  • Better Together, Jack Johnson
  • More Than Enough, Alina Baraz
  • Higher Love, James Vincent McMorrow
  • Retrograde, James Blake
  • Your Song, Elton John
  • The Pressure, Jhené Aiko
  • ocean eyes, Billie Eilish
  • Ain’t No Sunshine, Bill Withers
  • Ain’t No Love In The Heart Of The City, Bobby “Blue” Bland
  • Baltimore, Nina Simone
  • Hey Now, London Grammar
  • Desperado, Rihanna
  • Hey Baby, Stephen Marley, Mos Def
  • Nightcall, London Grammar
  • Secret Smile, Semisonic
  • One More Night, Phil Collins
  • bringmesun, Psalm Trees, Guillaume Muschalle
  • Dive, Moo Latte
  • Blue Jeans, Lana Del Ray
  • Put Your Records On, Corrine Bailey Rae
  • Georgia, Vance Joy
  • Love on the Weekend, John Mayer
  • Time, Hans Zimmer
  • Heartbeats, José González

25 Classic Songs About Road Trips

These songs are all about road trips. If you are on a long journey, see if you can get through all our playlists!

Here is a link for the 25 Classic Songs About Road Trips on Spotify!

  • The Passenger, Iggy Pop
  • Road Trippin’, Red Hot Chilli Peppers
  • On The Road Again, Willie Nelson
  • Ocean Drive, Duke Dumont
  • Shut Up And Drive, Rihanna
  • Fast Car, Tracy Chapman
  • Cars, Gary Newman
  • Born To Be Wild, Steppenwolf
  • Road To Nowhere, Talking Heads
  • Hit The Road Jack, Ray Charles
  • Life Is A Highway, Rascal Flatts
  • Everyday Is A Winding Road, Sheryl Crow
  • Take Me Home, Country Roads, John Denver
  • I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles), The Proclaimers
  • Drive My Car, The Beetles
  • Running on Empty, Jackson Browne
  • I Get Around, The Beach Boys
  • Brand New Cadillac, The Clash
  • Stickshifts and Safetybelts, Cake
  • Driving In My Car, Madness
  • Keep The Car Running, Arcade Fire
  • Holiday Road – National Lampoon’s Vacation, Lindsey Buckingham
  • Cruisin’, Smokey Robinson
  • The Boys Of Summer, Don Henley
  • My Favourite Game, The Cardigans

25 Best Driving Songs

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If you are someone that loves driving, this is the playlist for you! These are the 25 best driving songs to entertain you on a long drive.

Here we have created the 25 Best Driving Songs on Spotify

  • Budapest, George Ezra
  • Golden, Harry Styles
  • Little Deuce Coupe, The Beach Boys
  • Riptide, Vance Joy
  • Friday I’m In Love, The Cure
  • Always On Time, (E) Ja Rule, Ashanti
  • Teardrops, Womack & Womack
  • Everybody Wants To Rule The World, Tears For Fears
  • Let’s Stay Together, Al Green
  • Peaches, Justin Bieber, Daniel Caeser, Giveon
  • Blinding Lights, The Weeknd
  • Put Your Records On, Ritt Momney
  • Born To Run, Bruce Springsteen
  • Paradise, George Ezra
  • Little Red Corvette, (E) Prince
  • Sweet Home Alabama, Lynyrd Skynyrd
  • Here I Go Again, Whitesnake
  • Dreams, Fleetwood Mac
  • The Road To Hell, Chris Rea
  • Owner Of A Lonely Heart, Yes
  • More Than A Feeling, Boston
  • Last Request, Paulo Nutini
  • All Along The Watchtower, Jimi Hendrix

25 Best Girls Road Trip Songs (For A Singalong)

If you are on a girls’ road trip then this is the list of tunes for you. Perfect for a singalong and sure to pick up the atmosphere in the car!

Click here to open the 25 Best Girls Road Trip Songs (For A Singalong) on Spotify.

  • Holiday, Madonna
  • Time After Time, Cyndi Lauper
  • I Kissed A Girl, Katy Perry
  • Don’t Cha, The Pussy Cat Dolls & Busta Rhymes
  • no tears left to cry, Ariana Grande
  • Run The World (Girls), Beyonce
  • Since You Been Gone, Kelly Clarkson
  • Complicated, Avril Lavigne
  • Genie In A Bottle, Christina Aguilera
  • Girls Just Want To Have Fun, Cyndi Lauper
  • Can’t Fight The Moonlight, LeAnn Rimes
  • Diamonds, Rihanna
  • This Is Me, The Greatest Showman
  • Can’t Be Tamed, Miley Cyrus
  • Bang Bang, Jesse J, Ariana Grande, Nikki Minaj
  • Hello, Adele
  • Black Widow, (E) Iggy Izalea, Rita Ora
  • Dancing Queen, Abba
  • Proud Mary, Tina Turner
  • Confident, (E) Demi Lovato
  • That Don’t Impress Me Much, Shania Twain
  • No Scrubs, TLC
  • Jenny From The Block, Jennifer Lopez, Jadakiss, Styles P
  • No Air, Jordin Sparks, Chris Brown

25 Hip Hop Road Trip Songs

Get ready to sway side to side as you blast out this ultimate playlist of hip-hop road trip songs.

Here is a link to the top 25 Hip Hop Road Trip Songs on Spotify

  • Let’s Ride, Q-Tip
  • Drive Slow, Kanye West, Paul Wall, GLC
  • Let Me Ride, (E) Dr Dre, Jewell
  • Changes, (E) 2Pac, Talent
  • Lowrider, (E) Cypress Hill
  • Going Back to Cali, LL Cool J
  • Paper Planes, M.I.A
  • Juicy, The Notorious B.I.G
  • Electric Relaxation, A Tribe Called Quest
  • So Fresh, So Clean, (E) Outkast
  • 93 ‘Til Infinity, Souls Of Mischief
  • Tonight’s Da Night, (E) Redman
  • Rock Co.Kane Flow, (E) De La Soul, ft MF Doom
  • Ms. Fat Booty, (E) Mos Def
  • You Got Me, (E) The Roots, Tariq Trother, Erylkah Badu, Eve
  • Atliens, (E) Outkast
  • Chek Yo Self – Remix, (E) Ice Cube, Das EFX
  • Shook Ones Pt 2, (E)Mobb Depp
  • Fight The Power, Public Enemy
  • Doo Wop (That Thing), Ms. Lauryn Hill
  • 22 Two’s, (E) Jay Z
  • Gin N Juice (feat. Dat Nigga Daz), (E) Snoop Dogg, Daz Dillinger
  • C.R.E.A.M, (E) Wu-Tang Clan
  • N.Y. State Of Mind, (E) Nas
  • The Next Episode, (E) Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg

25 Best Summer Road Trip Songs

Here is a link to the 25 Best Summer Road Trip Songs on Spotify

  • Calafornia Soul, Marlena Shaw
  • Weather With you, Crowded House
  • Summertime, DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince
  • Ocean Drive, Duke Dumont
  • Cake By The Ocean, (E) DNCE
  • Shotgun, George Ezra
  • Riptide, Vance Joy
  • Youngblood, 5 Seconds of Summer
  • Dancing In The Moonlight, Toploader
  • Mama, Jonas Blue, William Singe
  • One Dance, Drake, Wizkid, Kyla
  • Good Feeling, Flo Rida
  • Call Me Maybe, Carly Rae Jepson
  • Turn Me On, Kevin Lyttle
  • Sorry, Justin Bieber
  • We Found Love, Calvin Harris, Rihanna
  • Summer Nights (Grease), John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John
  • Sunflower – Spider-Man, Post Malone, Swae Lee
  • Lush Life, Zara Larsson
  • Best Day Of My Life, American Authors
  • Malibu, Miley Cyrus
  • Waves, Mr Probz, Robin Shulz
  • Love Me Again, John Newman
  • Cheerleader, Omi, Felix Jaehn

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Holly is an animal lover with a passion for travel and living a plant-based lifestyle. She enjoys practicing and teaching yoga, cooking, and visiting new places. She currently delivers self-care sessions that utilize EFT (emotional freedom technique) to support people struggling with their breakups. She enjoys writing about travel topics including road trips with pets and maintaining a vegan lifestyle on the road. She gained valuable experience during an epic road trip to Valencia from the UK!