There’s no denying it – there’s just something about a road trip that can feel so – well – magical. And part of that excitement and adventure is always about the music. It’s what helps get you pumped up, energetic, and alert when the road stretches for hours ahead of you.
So what songs are the best road trip songs of all time? Well, in our opinion, your road trip playlist just isn’t complete without these famous tunes. Sit back and enjoy the ride!
10. The Distance – by Cake.
The second single released from the album Fashion Nugget, The Distance is considered to be one of Cake’s most popular songs. You’ll see why.
9. I Drove All Night – by Cyndi Lauper.
Originally intended for Roy Orbison, it was Lauper’s version that quickly became a top 10 hit on both sides of the Atlantic in 1989. Covered by many other artists since, Lauper’s version remains a true classic.
8. Running on Empty – by Jackson Browne.
Ranked by Rolling Stone as one of the “500 Greatest Songs of All Time,” we couldn’t have a top songs list without including it!
7. Don’t Stop Believin’ – by Journey.
Everyone loves this song. It’s catchy, inspirational, and downright fun. You can’t have a road trip without believin’, and no road trip is complete without it!
6. On the Road Again – by Willie Nelson.
A song about life on tour, anyone on a longhaul trip will relate to this song – one of Nelson’s most popular and recognizable tunes.
5. Born to be Wild – by Steppenwolf.
Everyone’s favorite line that’s become an icon for highway travel ever since the 60s:
“Head out on the highway, lookin’ for adventure.”
4. Keep the Car Running – by Arcade Fire.
Just like the song suggests, there must be something better down the road. And you’re about to find it as you drive along to this popular tune.
3. Ramblin’ Man – by the Allman Brothers.
There’s just something about the rambling lifestyle that’s so appealing. So as you roll down the highway, listen to this song and enjoy that coveted taste of freedom.
2. Graceland – by Paul Simon.
The soundtrack to every road trip in the 80s and 90s, the entire Graceland album is a car ride must-have. A song about the singer’s thoughts during a road trip of his own, it’s the perfect driving song.
1. Hit the Road Jack – by Ray Charles.
Also one of Rolling Stone’s “500 Greatest Songs of All Time,” you’ll need this song on repeat as you hit the road – every time.
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