101 Best Road Trip Songs Of All Time

There's nothing quite like hitting the open road with nothing but good vibes, the windows down and your favorite songs driving you onwards.

In fact, the right playlist can make or break a road trip, so it's worth getting it right - especially if you have a few friends with different music tastes. Well - we've got you covered with this extensive list of 101 best road trip songs that are truly timeless.

So buckle up, roll down the windows and get ready to sing along to these must-have tracks.

101 Road Trip Song List

  1. "Born to Run" by Bruce Springsteen
  2. "Life is a Highway" by Tom Cochrane
  3. "Take Me Home, Country Roads" by John Denver
  4. "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)" by The Proclaimers
  5. "Route 66" by Chuck Berry
  6. "Hit the Road Jack" by Ray Charles
  7. "On the Road Again" by Willie Nelson
  8. "Don't Stop Believin'" by Journey
  9. "Sweet Home Alabama" by Lynyrd Skynyrd
  10. "Go Your Own Way" by Fleetwood Mac
  11. "California Dreamin'" by The Mamas and the Papas
  12. "Running on Empty" by Jackson Browne
  13. "Free Fallin'" by Tom Petty
  14. "Hotel California" by Eagles
  15. "Fast Car" by Tracy Chapman
  16. "All Along the Watchtower" by Jimi Hendrix
  17. "Thunder Road" by Bruce Springsteen
  18. "Sweet Child o' Mine" by Guns N' Roses
  19. "Little Red Corvette" by Prince
  20. "Walking in Memphis" by Marc Cohn
  21. "King of the Road" by Roger Miller
  22. "Ventura Highway" by America
  23. "Take It Easy" by Eagles
  24. "American Girl" by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
  25. "Rocky Mountain High" by John Denver
  26. "The Joker" by Steve Miller Band
  27. "Good Vibrations" by The Beach Boys
  28. "Radar Love" by Golden Earring
  29. "Life in the Fast Lane" by Eagles
  30. "Sweet Emotion" by Aerosmith
  31. "Roundabout" by Yes
  32. "Drive" by The Cars
  33. "Layla" by Derek and the Dominos
  34. "Every Breath You Take" by The Police
  35. "No Scrubs" by TLC
  36. "Rhiannon" by Fleetwood Mac
  37. "Smooth" by Santana feat. Rob Thomas
  38. "More Than a Feeling" by Boston
  39. "Start Me Up" by The Rolling Stones
  40. "All Summer Long" by Kid Rock
  41. "Highway to Hell" by AC/DC
  42. "Stuck in the Middle with You" by Stealers Wheel
  43. "Kryptonite" by 3 Doors Down
  44. "Sweet Caroline" by Neil Diamond
  45. "The Chain" by Fleetwood Mac
  46. "I'm a Believer" by The Monkees
  47. "Werewolves of London" by Warren Zevon
  48. "Jump" by Van Halen
  49. "Bohemian Rhapsody" by Queen
  50. "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough" by Michael Jackson
  51. "Bennie and the Jets" by Elton John
  52. "Jessie's Girl" by Rick Springfield
  53. "Sweet Jane" by The Velvet Underground
  54. "Scar Tissue" by Red Hot Chili Peppers
  55. "Dream On" by Aerosmith
  56. "Life During Wartime" by Talking Heads
  57. "Proud Mary" by Creedence Clearwater Revival
  58. "Livin' on a Prayer" by Bon Jovi
  59. "Gimme Shelter" by The Rolling Stones
  60. "Blister in the Sun" by Violent Femmes
  61. "Running Down a Dream" by Tom Petty
  62. "Margaritaville" by Jimmy Buffett
  63. "Born to Be Wild" by Steppenwolf
  64. "Sultans of Swing" by Dire Straits
  65. "I Want to Hold Your Hand" by The Beatles
  66. "Roadhouse Blues" by The Doors
  67. "Brown Eyed Girl" by Van Morrison
  68. "One Headlight" by The Wallflowers
  69. "Sweet Disposition" by The Temper Trap
  70. "Everybody Wants to Rule the World" by Tears for Fears
  71. "Shut Up and Drive" by Rihanna
  72. "Just What I Needed" by The Cars
  73. "Sledgehammer" by Peter Gabriel
  74. "Rock and Roll All Nite" by Kiss
  75. "Born on the Bayou" by Creedence Clearwater Revival
  76. "Uptown Funk" by Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars
  77. "The Weight" by The Band
  78. "Take Me Out" by Franz Ferdinand
  79. "Free Bird" by Lynyrd Skynyrd
  80. "Little Talks" by Of Monsters and Men
  81. "Sweet Child o' Mine" by Guns N' Roses
  82. "I'm Still Standing" by Elton John
  83. "Hey Ya!" by Outkast
  84. "My Sharona" by The Knack
  85. "Satisfaction" by The Rolling Stones
  86. "Come Sail Away" by Styx
  87. "September" by Earth, Wind & Fire
  88. "Rebel Yell" by Billy Idol
  89. "Can't Stop" by Red Hot Chili Peppers
  90. "All I Wanna Do" by Sheryl Crow
  91. "How Far We've Come" by Matchbox Twenty
  92. "Rock the Casbah" by The Clash
  93. "We Built This City" by Starship
  94. "Jumpin' Jack Flash" by The Rolling Stones
  95. "Rock You Like a Hurricane" by Scorpions
  96. "Nothing Else Matters" by Metallica
  97. "Wanted Dead or Alive" by Bon Jovi
  98. "The Boys of Summer" by Don Henley
  99. "Take It to the Limit" by Eagles
  100. "Ramble On" by Led Zeppelin
  101. "Take It Easy" by Eagles

6 Tips For Creating A Road Trip Play List Everyone Will Love

1. Consider Your Audience

To please everyone is a hard task. However, understanding the music tastes of those who you're going to be sitting with for hours on end can really help you choose the right kinda music. Generally, the classics listed in this article are a great place to start, but you might want to add in some specialty songs you know your friends or family will love.


2. Mix It Up

Keeping the genre open and with variety will help keep the drive get monotonous and, excuse the pun, one track.


3. Consider The Mood

The type of road trip you're going on may dictate the genre and vibe of songs you should choose. While most road trips are fun, adventurous and freeing, some may be a little less so. If you're traveling with your great-grandma, the vibe may call for something totally different.


4. Don't Ignore The Classics

The beauty of timeless music is everyone knows the songs... whether you like or loathe them, once they get going, you cannot help to singalong. So throw in some classics and they'll work a charm.


5. Consider The Trip Length

Make sure your playlist isn't too short for your road trip. If you're building a playlist on a platform like Spotify, you can see how many hours and minutes of music your playlist adds up to. Ideally, you'll want to aim for about double the amount of minutes of music in relation to your travel. This will help account for skipping songs, listening to songs while not driving and so on. Also, remember if you have a return drive, to add in those hours too.


6. Download Your Playlist To Play Offline

Whether or not your road trip is going rural or not, it's a great idea to download the playlist to ensure the music won't stop when you lose signal.

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