Engine-check! Petrol/Diesel-check! Road food-check! Music system-check! Road trip journey songs? Not ready? No worries. We got your back.
How often do we listen to music in our daily life? An hour, less than an hour, never? Music is that one ingredient that would make your road trip all the more enjoyable. It allows you to let go of your inhibitions and sing along, let your hair down and enjoy the moment.
Seriously, what’s a road trip without music? An almost empty highway, cool breeze, pleasant weather and the right company with an endless playlist does make the road trip very memorable indeed.
Here we will list different genres of songs for the journey that would want you to want to hum along.
Let’s begin with some classics (Which by definition, should appeal to one and all no matter what generation they belong to)
Top 10 Classic Road Trip Songs (in no particular order)
There is no getting away from classics because they are here to stay. Individual preferences apart, you will find yourself grooving to these numbers as you make your way through the highway.
- ‘Life in the fast lane’ by Eagles – A perfect number to pump up the adrenalin and start the journey!
- ‘Nothing’s gonna stop us now’ by Starship – A perfect foot tapping number to sing along with!
- ‘Desert Rose’ by Sting – A perfect soulful road trip and the husky voice of Sting to keep you company. What more would you need?
- ‘The Great Escape’ by Boys Like Girls – Doesn’t matter if you don’t know the lyrics so long as you scream ‘great escape’ along with the boys.
- ‘Born to run’ by Bruce Springsteen – Get into the high gear with Bruce and scream your way through the highway!
- ‘I drove all night’ by Cyndi Lauper – Sing along with Cyndi as you drive all night
- ‘Smooth’ by Rob Thomas, Santana – A crying shame if you don’t have this number. A perfect headbanger if ever there was one!
- ‘Motorcycle Emptiness’ by Manic Street Preachers – A lovely rhythm to set the pace for your drive!
- ‘Runaway Train’ from Soul Asylum – A perfect number for those adrift, neither here nor there!
- ‘Take Me Home, Country Roads’ by John Denver – No matter where you drove, you would want to listen to this on your way back.
Top 10 Boys Road Trip Songs (in no particular order)
Road Trips are defined by bad boys, adrenalin pumping, head banging, loud music on a hot wheel. This playlist is for young men who love to drive cross-country, taking a road trip that would provide food for conversation for many years to come.
- ‘Highway to Hell’ by AC/DC – A head banging, foot tapping, soul screaming number to begin the journey!
- ‘Born to be wild’ by Steppenwolf – This might be a classic 68 rock but trust me, your sons and grandsons would still have it on their playlist for some serious headbanging!
- ‘Chasing Cars’ by Snow Patrol – Pick up the pace along with the music and drive away!
- ‘The High Road’ by Broken Bells – Strum up that imaginary guitar and the drums and get into high gear along with this number.
- ‘Can’t Hold Us’ by Macklemore – With a perfect clapping beat, this number is vibrant and infectious!
- ‘Hitchin’ a Ride’ by Green Day – A perfect bad boys number that might just make you hunt for the nearest pub/bar!
- ‘Sweet child o’ mine’ by Guns n’ Roses – You got a classic headbang here. Go for it!
- ‘Summer Love’ by Justin Timberlake – A perfect number with yet another clapping beat. Discover your karaoke skills while on the road.
- ‘On the Road Again’ by Willie Nelson – A peppy country number that would get you singing along!
- ‘Californication’ by Red Hot Chili Peppers – A foot tapping rap to sing along!
An All Girls Trip (In no particular order)
If you haven’t done this already then it should be on your bucket list. A road trip with just your girlfriends is an opportunity to – rant, discuss, gossip, cry, laugh and be yourself with people who know exactly what you are going through. And don’t forget to put these tracks on your songs playlist.
- ‘Paradise’ by Coldplay – You might think that Coldplay sat down and wrote this number just for you. (Trust me, you are not the only one who thought that.)
- ‘Shut up and drive’ by Rihana – A perfect number for those who can handle all the curves. If you have a red Ferrari then you might want to put this number in the loop. Goes with the attitude!
- ‘You Oughta Know’ – Alanis Morissette – For others, this is a perfect number for the high gear but if you are a scorned/ditched girlfriend you could make this your anthem and loop it up for the rest of the drive.
- ‘Another travelin song’ by Bright Eyes – with a country feel, this number would wanna make you sing along.
- ‘I will always love you’ by Whitney Houston –Yep! There is a diva within all of us. You can prove that with this number.
- ‘Everyday is a winding road’ by Sheryl Crow – Do some soul searching with Sheryl Crow and beat some imaginary bass drums and groove away on your ride!
- ‘We danced anyway’ by Deana Carter – You would so enjoy this song especially on a drive and who says you can’t dance with your girlfriends?
- ‘Love on top’ by Beyonce – Perfect for some grooving, head-butting, clapping and carefree singing!
- ‘Wanderlust’ by The Weeknd – You might want to hold on to these lines in the song ‘Good girls go to heaven, and bad girls go everywhere’
- ‘Hold on we’re going home’ by Drake – Dreamy, buttery soft and a potent number. This might just remind you that there is someone waiting for you back home.
Bollywood Road Trip Gems
Love desi songs? Then make sure you stock up on these before you start. From melody to sing along, you can try to give the Sonu Nigams, Altaf Rajas (or the at very least Himesh Reshammiya) a run for his money.
- ‘Khwabon Ke Parindey’ from Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara
- ‘Tanha Dil’ by Shaan
- ‘Kabira’ by Ye Jawani Hai Deewani
- ‘Oh Gujaria’ from Queen
- ‘Yunhi chala chal raahi’ from Swades
- ‘Suhana Safar Aur Ye Mausam Haseen’ from Madhumati
- ‘Ham Jo Chalne Lage’ from Jab We Met
- ‘Sapno Se Bhare Naina’ from Luck By Chance
- ‘Dil Chahta Hai’ from Dil Chahta Hai
- ‘Aaj Kal Zindagi’ from Wake Up Sid
- ‘ILahi’ from Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani
- ‘Musafir Hoon Yaaron’ from Parichay
- ‘Ae Kabira’ from Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani
- ‘Ek Sanam Chahiye’ from Aashiqui
- ‘Tum To Thehre Pardesi’ from Altaf Raja
- ‘Saat Samundar Paar’ from Vishwatma
- ‘Patakha Guddi’ from Highway
- ‘Azaadiyan’ from Udaan
- ‘Chhod Aaye Hum Wo Galiyaan’ from Maachis
- ‘Zindagi Ek Safar Hai Suhana’ from Andaaz
South Indian Roadtrip Mix
(Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, and Kannada)
Nothing can beat a South Indian mix when it comes to desi road trips. Croon your way through the highway and have fun with these numbers.
- ‘Kaara Aattakkaara’ from OK Kanmani
- ‘Pudhu Vellai Mazhai’ from Roja
- ‘Urvasi Urvasi’ from Kadhalan
- ‘Maana Madura’ from Minsara Kanavu
- Kadhal Sadugudu from Alaipayudhe
- Kattre En Vasal from Rhythm
- Moongil Thotham from Kadal
- Dosth Bada Dosth Song from Saroja
- O Manasa Thondara Padakey Song from Oka Chinna Maata
- Innalu Ye Mabbullo Song from Ugadi
- Kurise Kurise Song from Vaishali
- Kili Poyi from Kili Poyi
- Doore Doore from Neelakasham Pachakadal Chuvanna Bhoomi
- Chinni Chinni from London Bridge
- Ee Poo Veyilil from Pakida
- Moovanthiyaay from Beautiful
- Evideyo from Law Point
- Belageddu from Kirik Party
- Nandu Nindu Yaavaaga from Dana Kaayonu
- Saalutillave from Kotigobba-2
Go on… stock up on these numbers and book your road trip now!
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