Road trips are about seeing the world, enjoying the open road and killer tunes! Your perfect songs might be based on the memories that a track evokes, the road trips, places and people they remind you of. These are the kind of songs that make a trip special but you have to start somewhere, so here are a list of songs that are perfect for any road trip – and might even become firm favorites in the future.
New York State of Mind – Alicia Keys
Something soft yet vocally powerful to get you started. Particularly potent when driving around New York City.
Hopeless Wanderer – Mumford and Sons
This song builds into a clash of guitar and banjo that will have you bopping around in your seat.
Pop 101 – Marianas Trench
Another terribly catchy song that gives you the perfect formula to a pop song. You’ll be singing this for days.
Vegas Skies – The Cab
This is one you can really sing-a-long to. Windows down, music up.
Godzilla – Blue Oyster Cult
A fun song that’s appropriate for all trips.
Mr Roboto – Styx
Feel for poor Mr Roboto while you sing and do robot arms.
The Road – Frank Turner
One of Frank Turner’s older songs, a great foot-tapping tune.
More than a Feeling – Boston
Power ballads should be included in all road trip playlists.
The Spirit of Radio – Rush
A song that will make you appreciate music more than ever.
Africa – Toto
Sing at the top of your voice to this amazing tune.
Hit me with Your Best Shot – Pat Benetar
This funky track is perfect for long drives when you need a bit of a pick me up.
Wish you Were Here – Incubus
An ode to all those who couldn’t make your trip.
Fireflies – Owl City
I’ll confess, while this is a great song, I’ve added it to this list because it reminds me of an amazing trip I took around the USA in 2010… It’s strange, soulful and the lyrics are poetic.
I Believe in a Thing Called Love – The Darkness
Fun lyrics, a bass line you can car-dance to and some killer guitar.
Automatic Overdrive – Slash
For those times where you just want to put your foot down and enjoy your car.
Propane Nightmares – Pendulum
A track that serves a similar purpose to the Slash track above, just in a different genre.
Barton Hollow – The Civil Wars
Finish the trip with melodic vocals that the whole car can try and match.
What’s your perfect road trip song?