The Road Trip Playlist You'll Want to Listen to Even If You're Not in the Car

Best Road Trip Songs

Nothing can kill the fun of road trips like listening to static on the radio or repeatedly playing the decade-old CD you randomly found in the glovebox compartment. Plus, driving is the best time to listen to music; you can sing along as loudly as you want without having to face judgment or getting a noise complaint (except maybe from your passengers), and long drives give you enough time to fully listen to your favorite album.

With this in mind, we made an extensive playlist composed of the best road trip songs ever to keep you singing whenever you embark on the ultimate road trip. We decided to organize them by mood instead of genre, so you can choose between pump-up songs, mellow ditties, oldies, ballads, and recent hits depending on the vibe in the car (or the treadmill, party, shower, and anywhere else, really). Pick and choose from our 41-song playlist below to make your own before you hit the road. Happy trails!


Like a Prayer” — Madonna

The Passenger” — Iggy Pop

“Yes Sir I Can Boogie” — Baccara

Crimson & Clover” — Tommy James and the Shondells

Bette Davis Eyes” — Kim Carnes

Uptown Girl” — Billy Joel

You Can’t Hurry Love” — The Supremes

Start Me Up” — The Rolling Stones

Pump-Up Songs

Ridin Round” — Kali Uchis

Blister in the Sun” — Violent Femmes

Drew Barrymore” — SZA

Sexotheque” — La Roux

Norf Norf” — Vince Staples

Past Lives” — Børns

Tied Up” — Casey Veggies

One Million Lovers” — The Growlers

Ballads to Belt

Figures” — Jessie Reyez

Unchained Melody” — Lykke Li

“Tomorrow Never Came” — Lana Del Rey

The Cure” — Rotana

Choose Me” — James Blake

Don’t Wait” — Mapei

“Higher” — Rihanna

Bodyache” — Purity Ring

Mellow Music

The Glow” — Sylvan Esso

In the Aeroplane Over the Sea” — Neutral Milk Hotel

L.E.S. Artistes” — Santigold

Santa Fe” — Beirut

Kanye” — Bogan Via

Oblivion” — Grimes

Ivy” — Frank Ocean

Lover, Lover, Lover” — Leonard Coen

Trebular” — Akiine

The Hits

It Ain’t Me” — Selena Gomez and Kygo

Kiss It Better” — Rihanna

Writer in the Dark” — Lorde

Wild for the Night” — A$AP Rocky

Fade” — Kanye West

Bad Romance” — Lady Gaga

Santeria” — Sublime

Get Ur Freak On” — Missy Elliott

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