Best Road Trip Songs to Fuel Up Your Mood

Hitting the highway this summer? No road trip is complete without those killer songs that get everyone in the adventurous mood. This selection is the perfect playlist for your next adventure.

1. “Road to Nowhere” by Talking Heads

The best part of a road trip is having no clue where you’ll end up that night. David Byrne’s 80s classic celebrates the journey rather than the destination and is the perfect start to your road trip mix.

2. “Green Onions” by Booker T. & the M. G. ‘s

Best Road Trip Songs to Fuel Up Your MoodThis R&B instrumental from the swinging sixties is perfect for a relaxed cruising speed. The steady beat and soulful hammond jazz will keep everybody in the car smiling as you take in the beautiful changing scenery outside.

3. “Hit the Road Jack” by Ray Charles

Continuing with the early sixties R&B vibe, this classic and catchy melody will get the car screaming along with Ray Charles’s soulful voice. “Hit the Road Jack” has been a road trip staple since 1961.

4. “Stand by Me” by Ben E. King

Featured in the soundtrack of the 1986 Rob Reiner film “Stand By Me” with River Phoenix, Wil Wheaton, Corey Feldman & Jerry O’Connell, Ben E. King’s heartwarming melody is the perfect tale of friendship and adventure to accompany your own.

5. “California” by Phantom Planet

No millennial can help themselves sing along to this rock classic from Los Angeles band Phantom Planet. Featured as the theme song to The O.C. this anthem will get everybody in the car doing air guitar.

6. “Going Up the Country” by Canned Heat

Best Road Trip Songs to Fuel Up Your MoodCanned Heat’s foot stomping 1968 hit was adapted from a 1920s blues classic. The famous single still carries a sluggish, smile-inducing rhythm straight out of America’s Deep South.

7. “On the Road Again” by Willie Nelson

There’s no better sight that the image of an endless road disappearing in front of you. This 1980 country classic is the ultimate motivation to escape the hustle and bustle of city life and get out onto the wild open road.

8. “I Drove All Night” by Cyndi Lauper

Cyndi Lauper’s 1980s hit single from her album ‘A Night to Remember’ has been a karaoke hit for decades. Her pop-punk sound and catchy lyrics are the perfect expression of a yearning to get in the car and escape.

9. “Fast Car” by Tracy Chapman

Tracy Chapman’s beautiful 1988 single is the ideal tune for speeding into a new town at night under the city lights. Romantic and escapist, the haunting guitar chords accompany bitter-sweet lyrics which will lull everybody in the back of the car into a happy sleep.

10. “Home” by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros

Originally a love song, this feel-good tune about returning home will get your feet and fingers tapping. Turn up the volume, put your foot down on the pedal and enjoy the perfect end to a summer road tripping.