What are the best road trip songs? Keep reading to hear my choices for the best road trip songs to blast as you’re traveling around the country.
Since I’m obsessed with music, I decided I need to start working more music articles into my travel blog. Thus, the creation of my new Rock & Roll Travel Series. I’ve already written a Guide to the Bonnaroo Music Festival and a review of the Beale Street Music Festival. Now, it’s time to get serious about road trip music.
I take road trip songs very seriously. Now that everyone has an iPod, mixtapes and mix CDs are becoming less common. But when I set out on my 46-state road trip in 2009, I needed the ultimate road trip mix.
The Golden Rule: Road trip songs must be about traveling
If you Google “road trip songs,” you’ll get a bunch of lists containing random songs like “Back in Black” and “Bat Out of Hell.” While these are fun songs to blast from your stereo, they have nothing whatsoever to do with traveling. I only want songs that actually deal with having crazy travel adventures or being behind the wheel.
I also intentionally left out songs that focus on specific locations. “Sweet Home Alabama” is cool, but what if you’re driving through Oregon? Then it becomes completely irrelevant. The more universal the song, the better.
With those rules in mind, here’s my playlist of the best road trip songs:
1 Life is a Highway – Tom Cochrane
2 Roam – B-52’s
3 Born to be Wild – Steppenwolf
4 Driving My Life Away – Eddie Rabbitt
5 Moab – Conor Oberst
6 On the Road Again – Willie Nelson
7 Life in the Fast Lane – Eagles
8 No Particular Place to Go – Chuck Berry
9 Adventure – Be Your Own Pet
10 Everyday is a Winding Road – Sheryl Crow
11 Route 66 – Depeche Mode
12 Stickshifts and Safetybelts – Cake
13 I Can’t Drive 55 – Sammy Hagar
14 I’ve Been Everywhere – Johnny Cash
15 Road Trippin’ – Red Hot Chili Peppers
16 Roadworn & Weary – Supersuckers
17 Ramblin’ Man – Allman Brothers
18 Who Wouldn’t Wanna Be Me? – Keith Urban
Since this post was originally published, I’ve been reminded of a few other great road trip songs that I would consider adding to this list. Such as “Home” by Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, “Drive My Car” by the Beatles, and “No Particular Place to Go” by Chuck Berry.
Which ones did I miss? What are your favorite road trip songs? Leave a comment and let me know!