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?