100 Best Roadtrip Songs

When leaving for a roadtrip, the first thing we do (after clicking our seat belts in, naturally) is slap on a pair of shades and turn on the tunes. We know we’re inevitably going to come to a part of the trip where there’s no radio reception, there are only commercials, or the kids need a distraction- so we have a carefully cultivated playlist of songs that will keep us going for hours (or days).

It’s a little bit country and a lot of rock-n-roll; yesterday’s Top 40’s mixed with today’s Indie flow. This is a roadtrip playlist for anyone. So, buckle-up and enjoy the ride.

Most of the songs on the list are family friendly- there’s no Disney, but they’re songs that our kids love signing along to as much, if not more, than we do. I’ve put an asterisk * by the few that have swearing or questionable subject matter, to give you a heads up before you crank it up for all ears to hear.

Desert Night Roadtrip

  1. Mr. Brightside- The Killers (sing it with all your heart)
  2. You Were Meant for Me- Jewel
  3. Merry Happy- Kate Nash (bum 😄… must be sung by a Brit)
  4. Cool Kids- Echosmith
  5. American Woman- Lenny Kravitz
  6. Like a G6- Far East Movement
  7. Steal My Kisses- Ben Harper
  8. Treat You Better- Shawn Mendes
  9. Girls Just Want to Have Fun- Cyndi Lauper (guys, you know you want to sing along)
  10. We Belong- Pat Benatar (it’s okay to sing this one at the top of your lungs!)
  11. Pirate Flag- Kenny Chesney
  12. Lola- The Kinks (Hadley has a friend named Lola, so this is required listening in our car)
  13. Follow Your Arrow- Kacey Musgraves
  14. I’m an Albatraoz- AaronChupa* (such a fun song, but watch out, the F words just pop up out of nowhere)
  15. Body Like a Back Road- Sam Hunt
  16. Emporer’s New Clothes- Panic! At the Disco
  17. The Night Chicago Died- Paper Lace (a surprisingly upbeat song considering what it’s about)
  18. California Girls- Katy Perry
  19. Rehab- Amy Whinehouse
  20. Screems from Da Old Plantation- King Kapisi (a little taste of Samoa)
  21. Wherever Is Your Heart- Brandi Carlile
  22. Vindicated- Dashboard Confessionals
  23. Jack and Diane- John Mellencamp
  24. We Are Going to Be Friends- The White Stripes
  25. Take a Chance- Abba (give everyone in the car a part to sing)Safari Roadtrip
  26. No Scrubs- TLC (just wait for the kids to ask, “What’s a scrub?”)
  27. We’ll Be Alright- Travie McCoy
  28. Havana- Camila Cabello
  29. I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)- The Proclaimers
  30. Carry On- Fun (keep watching, there’s another Fun song coming up)
  31. Believe- Cher
  32. Magic Carpet Ride- Steppenwolf
  33. Pepper- Butthole Surfers* (no swearing, but I’ll let you decide if you want your kids listening to it)
  34. Who’d Have Known- Lily Allen (one of my absolute favorites!)
  35. Giddy On Up- Laura Bell Bundy
  36. Basket Case- Green Day* (again, questionable subject matter for the kiddos)
  37. Cover of the Rolling Stone- Dr. Hook
  38. Cousins/Cape Cod- Vampire Weekend (two options for you)
  39. Jackson- Johnny Cash & June Carter (I dare you not to sing along)
  40. Marry You- Bruno Mars
  41. Sober Up- AJR
  42. The Auctioneer- Diamond Rio
  43. Feel It Still- Portugal. The Man
  44. Come Together- Aerosmith
  45. California- Phantom Planet
  46. Bohemian Rhapsody- Queen (this one’s for you Kris and Diana Jones 😂)
  47. Don’t Wanna Know/Sugar/Wait- Maroon 5 (I couldn’t choose just one! I could listen to Maroon 5 for two days, straight)
  48. SOB- Nathaniel Rateliff & the Nightsweats* (Definitely some language, but if you’re looking for something cleaner try, I Need Never Get Old, also by Nathaniel Rateliff)
  49. Smooth Criminal- Michael Jackson/Alien Ant Farm (both versions are worth listening to)
  50. This Is What You Came For- Calvin HarrisWinter Roadtrip
  51. Just a Girl- No Doubt
  52. Gives You Hell- The All-American Rejects* (yep, it’s right there in the title)
  53. You Don’t Know Me- Ben Folds* (some versions have the F-bomb)
  54. Play that Song- Train
  55. The End of the World as We Know It- REM
  56. Little Red Wagon- Miranda Lambert
  57. Sweet Caroline- Neil Diamond (bah, bah, bah- sing it!)
  58. Sexy Back- Justin Timberlake
  59. Mama’s Broken Heart- Miranda Lambert
  60. Yours and Mine- Dawn and Hawkes
  61. That Man- Caro Emerald
  62. The Middle- Maren Morris
  63. Bennie and the Jets- Elton John
  64. Leaving On a Jet Plane- John Denver
  65. Shake It Off- Taylor Swift
  66. The Way I Am- Ingrid Michaelson
  67. Folsom Prison Blues- Everlast (of course, you could always go with the original, Johnny Cash)
  68. The Boys of Summer- The Ataris (or the original, Don Henley)
  69. American Kids- Kenny Chesney
  70. Carried Away- Passion Pit
  71. Never Be the Same- Camila Cabello (can you hit all those notes?)
  72. Sweat- The All-American Rejects* (no swearing, but definitely suggestive… if ya know what I mean)
  73. Back Home- Andy Grammer
  74. Cupid- Sam Cooke
  75. Long Hot Summer Days- Turnpike Troubadours (this can get repetitive, but I promise it’s worth it)Forest Roadtrip
  76. Paradise- George Ezra (yes, another George Ezra song, because, let’s be honest, this man has the sexiest voice alive, excepting Nate, of course)
  77. We Are Young- Fun
  78. Torn- Natalie Imbruglia
  79. Hey There Delilah- Plain White T’s (a little slow-down, but still good enough to keep you rolling)
  80. Zombie- The Cranberries
  81. Turn Down for What- DJ Snake (your car dancing can’t possibly be as embarrassing as mine 🤗, just ask Nate)
  82. Ho Hey- The Lumineers
  83. Plagpole Sitta- Harvey Danger
  84. Clint Eastwood- Gorillaz
  85. Can’t Stop the Feeling- Justin Timberlake
  86. This Is Me- Keala Settle (Let’s be real, any and all songs from The Greatest Showman)
  87. Castle On the Hill- Ed Sheeran
  88. We Found Love- Rihanna
  89. Magic Man- Heart
  90. Drinkin’ Problem- Midland (every time we get in the car, Holden asks for this 😆)
  91. I’m Shakin- Rooney
  92. You and I- Ingrid Michaelson
  93. Billie Jean- Michael Jackson
  94. Cruel Summer- Bananarama
  95. So What- P!nk
  96. Grace Kelly- MIKA
  97. Love Is a Battlefield- Pat Benetar
  98. Marry You- Bruno Mars
  99. It’s Good to Be In Love- Frou Frou (another slow down, and again, totally worth it)
  100. Thunder- Imagine Dragons (feel free to use the steering wheel as your drum,,, or the roof… or your legs… or your little brother’s head, it’s all allowed)

Big Sur Coastal Roadtrip

I know there are still so many more great roadtrip songs, and this is just a taste of our playlists. Maybe there was something that you didn’t like, but I dare you not to sing along to at least one of them. Better yet, I dare you to sing along to them all!

Tell me: Which songs are your go-to’s for roadtrips? Then keep your eyes open for more lists like this.

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