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20 Best Songs For a Road Trip

July 19, 2018, 12:05pm EDT

It’s a classic American tradition to hit the highway for a good old-fashioned road trip. Whether you love city life, or live in the suburbs or country, there is nothing like taking a liberating escape across the country in your car. Of course, you don’t want to drive in total silence. That would be about as fun as getting a flat tire!

So we have compiled a list of what we believe are the 20 best road trip songs to keep your motor running and ignite your journey into a higher gear.


1. Life is a Highway by Rascal Flatts

This classic rhythm with soaring guitar solos and chunky riffs is great to celebrate your driving excursion.

2. Little Red Corvette by Prince

You can’t help but sing this song at the top of your lungs with it’s metaphors and anthemic chorus.

3. Fun, Fun, Fun by The Beach Boys

This is a catchy hot rodding song from the 1960’s that is impeccable to hear while cruising down a beach road.

4. Ventura Highway by America

You can’t help but smile with this song playing and daydreaming about life.

5. Where the Streets Have No Name by U2

Feel inspired to make it happen with this song about adventure and discovery.

6. I’m Gonna Be (500 miles) by The Proclaimers

Channel your inner mojo and turn this song up.

7. Start Me Up by The Rolling Stones

You’ll want the windows rolled down and this song cranking out your car’s stereo system.

8. Life in the Fast Lane by The Eagles

Perfect for a long stretch of road with few other vehicles as this one will make you want to hit the gas.

9. Chasing Cars by Snow Patrol

When you want to drive into your own personal reflection, play this song.

10. I Ran (So Far Away) by Flock of Seagulls

Having nostalgia and renaissance, you’ll enjoy wailing along with this 80’s classic.

11. A Thousand Miles by Vanessa Carlton

Your mind is bound to attach this song to someone special in your life.

12. Greased Lightning by Grease Soundtrack

Relive those hot rod days while mimicking those Travolta moves.

13. Here I Go Again by Whitesnake

If you’ve been dumped recently, you may want to play this song loud and proud.

14. Road To Nowhere by Talking Heads

Pump this song up at the beginning of your road trip and take a happy look at fate.

15. Ride Like The Wind by Christopher Cross

For the cool and dangerous ride with bongos, electric piano, wind effects and oily guitar licks, this is the perfect cruise song.

16. On the Road Again by Willie Nelson

Escape the stress of work, bills and city life and just be a free man (or woman). This is the ultimate get-away anthem.

17. Don’t Stop Believin’ by Journey

It may seem overplayed, but once you do turn it on you will love listening to it all over again.

18. Love Shack by the B-52’s

Spending most of your day inside your car stumbling to get to your love-getaway, this is your melody.

19. Sweet Home Alabama by Lynyrd Skynyrd

Jam out to Southern boogie rock with this classic ditty.

20. Jack & Diane by John Cougar Mellencamp

When you hit that lull in your road trip, pop this song on and it will have your journey back on course for sure!

You can now bring on the horizon because you’ve got the tunes for miles. Grab your keys and call your travel chums, it’s time to roll downs those windows and let the music soar. It’s time for a road trip!  And when you want an upgraded road-trip vehicle, remember you can donate an old car to Kidney Cars and help save a life.

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