The Ultimate Road Trip Playlist: Music to Enhance Your Journey

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Picture this: it’s summertime, your schedule is completely open and you’ve planned a road trip with a group of your friends. You’ve loaded the car with your bags, snacks, and drinks. You’ve filled up the tank with gas and now you’re ready to hit the road. No road trip is complete without music. There’s nothing quite like a car full of friends shouting out lyrics to your favorite songs. Gone are the days of you searching through your massive cassette tape or cd collection looking for the perfect song while driving down the road. Thankfully, technology has come a long way and you can fit hours of music into a playlist on your phone to have handy for the entire trip. Read on for our top 10 songs to put on the ultimate road trip playlist. 

#1 “Life is a Highway” 

This jam will put anyone in a good mood. The original version of the song was performed by Canadian musician, Tom Cochrane, and was released in 1991. In 2006, Rascal Flatts released a new version for the Disney movie “Cars.” No matter which version you choose, this song is one to get your blood pumping and lift your spirits. 

#2 “Love Shack” 

Always a crowd pleaser and the perfect song to pump up a carload going away for a girl’s weekend. This song by the B-52s was released in 1989 and can still be heard playing occasionally on some radio stations. Proof that it’s just as fun now as it was when it was first released! 

#3 “Don’t Stop Believin’” 

Almost everyone recognizes the first few chords of this song by Journey and nearly everyone knows the lyrics. This one has a fun beat and will get even the quietest traveler to break out in song. Found on nearly every top playlist of the past decade, you can’t go wrong with Journey. 

#4 “Sweet Home Alabama” 

This iconic song by Lynard Skynard is always a crowd pleaser. Released in 1974, this one is frequently found near the top of any modern playlist. If you need something upbeat, this classic should definitely be on your list. From the time you hear the opening guitar, you’ll be hyped up and ready to rock out! 

#5 “Grease” Soundtrack 

If you and your road buddies are fans of musicals, the “Grease” soundtrack is a winner every time. Full of the perfect mix of upbeat songs and ballads, there’s something for everyone included on this one. Assign each of the passengers characters and have everyone sing their respective parts. Have a sing-a-long and see who knows the most songs. The possibilities are endless when an entire soundtrack is at your fingertips. 

#6 “Rapper’s Delight” 

This tune is another fun throwback to the 80’s. Released in 1980 by the Sugar Hill Gang, the beat and lyrics are the perfect pair to any road trip. Turn up the volume and try to keep up with the lyrics that will come at you quickly. It takes a special skill to sing along to this one. Have a little contest to see who can get the most correct lyrics! 

#7 “Born to be Wild” 

If you’re ready to release all the stress of day to day life, “Born to be Wild” by Steppenwolf is the perfect choice. This classic was released in 1964 and is still a hit all over the world. This song captures the true essence of being free on the open road and embracing life and the adventures that come along with it. Roll down the windows and shout the lyrics as loud as you want with this one! 

#8 “Shut up and Drive” 

In 2007, Rihanna shook things up with the release of this song. It is played in clubs everywhere and is a great song to bring up the energy level of your group on a long car ride. The beat and lyrics will definitely have you and your crew partying and “car dancing” all the way to your destination. 

#9 “I Will Survive” 

This hit song by Gloria Gaynor will give everyone in the car a flashback to the 70’s disco era. The song opens slowly with a piano and slow lyrics. The beat quickly picks up and you’ll definitely want your bass turned up for this one. This song is so much fun for anyone to sing along to.

#10 “Livin’ On A Prayer” 

Bon Jovi scored huge when this song was released. The beat is perfect for road trips and the lyrics are great to shout out into the wild as you roll down the open road. “Livin’ On A Prayer” is another great 80’s hit still played frequently today. 

Musical Paradise 

Whether your road trip will take several hours or several days, you can’t go wrong with any of the songs on this list. Of course, these are just a few and a playlist should be personal to your taste in music. It doesn’t matter if you like country, hip hop, classical, or pop music; each genre has something for everyone. Create a playlist of 80’s or 90’s music only or feel free to mix and match. The options are endless and the choice is yours. Either way, don’t leave home without a playlist to enhance your journey.