Great songs to listen to in the car on a road trip


For those of you who are planning a road trip or who are already there and wondering what they are missing, now is the time to pay close attention because coming up next might be exactly what you need. Everyone in the car is responsible for something. The driver gets you to your destination in one piece. The occupants of the back seat are in charge of the snacks, but for those of you who called “shotgun”, this article is for you and believe us when we say, we have got you covered. The duties of said “shotgun” occupant could be considered by many as the most important of all. These include navigation and last but certainly not least, music. Everyone knows that the making of an epic road trip is the playlist. In no particular order of importance, 9 songs that would be an absolutely essential addition to any road trip playlist:

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

This absolute gem of a song was recorded by the Scottish duo, the Proclaimers in 1998 and has been one of the most common go-to road trip songs ever since.

Life Is a Highway by Rascal Flatts:

Life Is a Highway, originally released in 1991 by Tom Cochrane and covered by Rascal Flatts in 2006 is the epitome of a road trip song, namely because it describes your exact situation!

Great songs to listen to in the car on a road trip

Send Me On My Way by Rusted Root:

For those of you who don’t know this song by name, we can almost guarantee you have heard it somewhere before. It’s the perfect song for a send-off and sure to set the mood for the start of your trip.

Californication by the Red Hot Chilli Peppers:

The Red Hot Chilli Peppers do have a song called Road Trippin’ but ironically wouldn’t be considered a song for this purpose due to its sombre sounds. Californication on the other hand, emphasizes a different point but it is on this list for a good reason.

Shotgun by George Ezra:

This song is a shout out to those in charge of making the road trip epic. This homage to the shotgun passenger celebrates the joy of road trips and fun in the sun.

Good Life by One Republic:

One Republic said what needed to be said, “this has gotta be the good life”. With the open road ahead, almost nothing in the world could be better.

Great songs to listen to in the car on a road trip

Beautiful Day by U2:

“You’re on the road but you’ve got no destination”. Life is about the journey and every day, for sure, is a beautiful day.

You Get What You Give by the New Radicals:

Released in 1998, this song is the most successful single from the New Radicals and can easily be considered as a great road trip song for its upbeat tempo but relaxing rhythm.

Best Day Of My Life by American Author:

For most people, the best day of their life is the day they graduate or the day they get married or the day their child is born but a road trip with the right tracks could definitely be considered to be the best day of their life.

Now for those of you reading this and thinking that there are so many more songs out there that would make the cut, you are definitely not wrong, and this is by no means an exhaustive list. It is however ensured to get you going.