25 songs for the open road


Whether you’re planning a cross-country trip or a long drive to clear your head, the right song will take you on an epic adventure whatever your destination. From timeless classics to the catchy beats of modern pop, feel good music is a must to take on the road. Here’s our eclectic list (in no particular order because they’re all awesome) of the top 25 tunes that’ll rock your trip!

Caution: might scare other drivers on the road, can result in extreme happiness, head bopping and loss of voice due to signing at the top of your lungs.

  1. The Return Of the Mack by Mark Morrison

What would a road trip soundtrack be without a 90’s hit? We dare you not to dance to this catchy tune by the British R&B artist.

Best Line: I knew it from the start, baby, when you broke my heart, that I had to come again

 

  1. California by Phantom Planet

The ultimate Cali song, this tune by rock band Phantom Planet is the essence of what road trips are all about: wishful wanderlust.

Best line: California here we come, right back where we started from

 

  1. Born To Run by Bruce Springsteen

You’ll never feel as free as when you are behind the wheel with the road stretching before you and The Boss singing about love, breaking free and never looking back.

Best line:  ‘Cause tramps like us, baby we were born to run

 

  1. Fast Car by Tracy Chapman (Jonas Blue Ft Dakota Remix)

This soulful rendition of the 1988 hit is a beautiful lyric about having nothing to lose and the sweet escape to anywhere.

Best line: Is it fast enough so we can fly away…leave tonight or live and die this way

 

  1. Shook Me All Night Long by AC/DC

Roll down the windows and blast a little hard rock by the guys from down under. This jam is sure to get everyone in the car pumped up!

Best line: I’m working double time on the seduction line

 

  1. Send Me On My Way by Rusted Root

The catchy melody is a feel good, hum along song about being young and free.

Best line: I may see you, I may tell you to run

 

 

  1. Livin’ On A Prayer by Bon Jovi

This love anthem is great to get energized on the road. You won’t be able to resist singing along and it’s a great song to kick off your trip.

Best line: Whoa, livin’ on a prayer, take my hand and we’ll make it I swear

 

  1. Scar Tissue by Red Hot Chilli Peppers

One of the best driving songs, this melodic alternative rock tune is a bittersweet ode to loneliness.

Best line: With the bird I’ll share this lonely view

 

  1. Californication by Red Hot Chilli Peppers

You can’t hit the road without this nostalgic rendition that marked the return of guitarist John Frusciante.

Best line: It’s understood that Hollywood sells Californication

 

  1. Girls Just Want To Have Fun by Cyndi Lauper

No road trip is complete without a catchy pop tune. This eighties hit is upbeat and fun and will get even the grumpiest of travel companions signing along!

Best line:  Some boys take a beautiful girl and hide her away from the rest of the world. I wanna    be the one to walk in the sun

 

  1. Life Is A Highway by Rascal Flatts

Hit the road with this remix of Tom Cochrane’s classic with amazing vocals by Gary LeVox. This song will have you pressing on the gas pedal and leaving nothing but dust behind.

Best line: Life is a highway, I wanna ride it all night long

 

  1. Highway To Hell by AC/DC

This Australian rock band’s classic is a must for the open road. Angus Young’s guitar riff alone is enough to send you into uncontrollable head banging.

 Best line: Livin’ easy, livin’ free, season ticket on a one-way ride

 

  1. Hold On by Alabama Shakers

The soulful voice of Brittany Howard is like a rich cup of coffee for the open road, perfect for when darkness starts falling and the asphalt melts into nothingness.

Best line: Bless my heart, bless my soul, didn’t think I’d make it to 22 years old

 

  1. Africa by Toto

A romantic ode to a place one has never been to but dreams about. The rich imagery will have you stopping your car by the side of the road to dance.

Best line: The moonlit wings reflect the stars that guide me towards salvation

 

  1. Where The Streets Have No Name by U2

This beautiful anthem about social class is full of lyrical lines that will make you forget where you are.

Best line: And our love turns to rust, we’re beaten and blown by the wind, trampled into dust

 

  1. Breathless by The Corrs

Because every road trip needs a little pop rock and this song is a feel good breath of fresh air.

Best line: The daylight’s fading slowly, the time with you is standing still

 

  1. Hit The Road by Ray Charles

It’s the proverbial hymn about hitting the road. Although it’s more of a breakup odyssey rather than a travel one, Ray Charles’ gusto and distinctive vocals make this a road trip classic.

Best line: Hit the road Jack, and don’t you come back no more, no more

 

  1. Born To Be Wild by Steppenwolf

No soundtrack could be complete without THE song about the open road. The original, more than any of the covers, by Steppenwolf truly captures one’s desire to travel.

Best line: Like a true nature’s child, we were born, born to be wild

 

  1. Like A Prayer by Madonna

At the height of her power, Madonna delivered one of the best pop songs ever, cementing her status as a pop queen. When the road is starting to wind you down, this song will lift you up, guaranteed.

Best line: Life is a mystery, everyone must stand alone

 

  1. I Took A Pill In Ibiza by Mike Posner (SeeB Remix)

Although the original version features beautiful acoustics, it’s the remix by the Norwegian duo that’s a must that will leave you entranced.

Best line: You don’t ever wanna step off that roller coaster and be all alone

 

  1. Hotel California by Eagles

This classic by Eagles is a road trip serenade. You can’t help but visualize the eerier lyrics coming to life and the duelling guitar coda by Don Felder and Joe Walsh is a masterpiece, recognized as one of the all-time best guitar solos.

Best line: How they dance in the courtyard, sweet summer sweat. Some dance to remember, some dance to forget.

 

  1. MMMBop by Hanson

If you hit puberty in the nineties you will always remember this impossible to resist hit from the Hanson brothers.

Best line: So hold on to the ones who really care, in the end they’ll be the only ones there

 

  1. The Pina Colada Song by Rupert Holmes

You’ll want to keep this upbeat ballad on repeat (even if you’re only going to down the road).

Best line: If you like Pina Coladas and getting caught in the rain…If you like making love at midnight, in the dunes of the cape

 

  1. Good Life by OneRepublic

The boy band from Colorado sings about traveling and living in the moment, letting go, enjoying life and being the author of your own story.

Best line: Day turns to night, night turns to whatever we want, we’re young enough…

 

  1. Don’t Stop Believin’ by Journey

Another oldie that’s just too good to get left behind, it’s the quintessential song for your journey: the timeless mantra of following your dream and never giving up.

Best line: Strangers waiting, up and down the boulevard, their shadows searching the night

 

You might encounter bumps and mishaps along your way, but with so many great songs to choose from, you will always, at least, be in good company.