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Your Ultimate Road Trip Playlists: Songs for Travel

Your GPS is set. The suitcases are full. And you’ve bought snacks and munchies for the road. Your road trip is right around the corner! All that’s left to do is to choose some tunes that’ll set the tone for the trip. Having the perfect songs to get you in the right mood for your trip, whether it’s a solo journey, a family vacation, or anything in between, is what makes the miles fly by! Here are some to get you started! Happy road tripping!

Family Fun Road Trip Playlist

Load up the minivan and strap the kids into their seats for a fun family road trip! Make sure you have plenty of snacks, games, and of course these great family-friendly tunes you can all sing along to.

  • Life is a Highway by Rascal Flatts

  • Home by Phillip Phillips

  • All Star by SmashMouth

  • I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) by the Proclaimers

  • Sweet Home Alabama by Lynyrd Skynyrd

  • Roam by the B-52’s

  • Walking in Memphis by Marc Cohn

  • Friday I’m in Love by The Cure

  • Brighter than the Sun by Colbie Caillat

  • If I Had a Million Dollars by The Barenaked Ladies

  • Holiday Road by Lindsay Buckingham

  • Let It Go by Idina Menzel

  • Real Gone by Sheryl Crow

Not-All-Who-Wander-Are-Lost Playlist

Every soul-searching journey needs a playlist of thought-provoking and inspiring songs. Sing your heart out … no one’s listening!

  • Standing Still by Jewel

  • Wide Open Spaces by The Dixie Chicks

  • American Girl by Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers

  • Runnin’ Down a Dream by Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers

  • Somewhere Over the Rainbow by Israel Kamakawiwo’Ole

  • Solsbury Hill by Peter Gabriel

  • Carry On Wayward Son by Kansas

  • Run Around by Blues Traveler

  • Take Me Home Tonight by Eddie Money

  • Go Your Own Way by Fleetwood Mac

  • Round Here by the Counting Crows

  • She Talks to Angels by The Black Crows

  • One Headlight by The Wallflowers

Songs for the Traveling Couple

Hand in hand, you’re hitting the open road without a care in the world. Whether you’re setting up camp in the Great Smokies or have booked a couple’s massage at a 5-star resort, this time is all about you! So gaze into each other’s eyes (but not on the highway!) and feel the love!

  • Love Shack by The B-52s

  • Into the Great Wide Open by Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers

  • Brighter than the Sun by Colbie Caillat

  • Wagon Wheel by Darius Rucker

  • Lucky by Jason Mraz and Colbie Caillat

  • Blister in the Sun by Violent Femmes

  • Adventure of a Lifetime by Coldplay

  • I Would Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That) by Meatloaf

  • Dream On by Aerosmith

  • Californication by The Red Hot Chili Peppers

  • One Headlight by The Wallflowers

  • Runaway Train by Soul Asylum

Toes-in-the-Sand Playlist

With just a swimsuit, towel, and sunscreen tossed in a beach bag, you’re off to hit the sandy shores and soak up some much-needed sunshine! Get in a beachy mood before you even leave your neighborhood by putting the windows down and cranking up these hot songs! Surfs up!

  • Under the Boardwalk by The Drifters

  • Margaritaville by Jimmy Buffett

  • Soak Up the Sun by Sheryl Crow

  • Walking on Sunshine by Katrina & the Waves

  • Miami by Will Smith

  • Cruel Summer by Bananarama

  • Beach in Hawaii by Ziggy Marley

  • Fins by Jimmy Buffett

  • Sun Tan City by Luke Bryan

  • Wipeout by Surfaris

  • California Girls by The Beach Boys

  • Summer by Calvin Harris

  • Boys of Summer by Don Henley

What songs are you always sure to include on your road trip playlists? Share them with us in the comments!

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