35 English Travel Songs For The Road Trip - Ultimate Travel Playlist

Music defines life. Music pretty much defines the essence of travel. It does not matter whether you’re on a trip in an open jeep with 5 other people and are blasting it in your car, or whether you’re travelling by bus to your wishlist place and are lost in a world of your own with your earplugs on, music makes travel much more worthwhile! To make your process of song search easy, we have put together a list of 35 travel songs, which have withstood the test of time and are now ethereal travel classics. So, dust your speakers, pull out your headphones, and let the journey begin! You can also check out this:

Playlist of Hindi Travel Songs

Here is a list of 35 English Travel Songs for your next road trip: 

1. Fast Car- Tracy Chapman

This song isn’t about a speed. It is about a couple wanting to get away from everything else and start afresh. It is about change and wanting to escape. Road trips tend to do that, don’t they? There does come a moment when you wish you could abandon everything else and just live life travelling across cities.

2. Hit The Road, Jack- Ray Charles

Can anyone every get bored of this classic? I don’t think so! This is the perfect song for you and your friends to sing along on your way and just enjoy the ride.  The enthusiasm with which Charles sings the song is really infectious and by the time the speakers blare out this song, you realize that it is too late for you to stop grooving a humming to it!

3. Home-Chris Daughtry

This song has just that extra something which makes you want to leave everything else and go home to your loved ones. It gives off that certain sense of nostalgia and a bittersweet feeling that reminds you of all the years that you have been away from home, wandering around. It is then when you feel like starting the engine and head to that place which you call home.

4. Life is a highway- Rascal Flatts

Life is a highway, I wanna ride it all night long / If you’re going my way, I wanna drive it all night long.” That’s how the song begins. This song is one of those songs which an make a long ride seem a little shorter and on the way, a few strong bonds are made as well (and some mended too).  This song reminds you how long this life is and it is useless to fret upon stupid things. So, share what you have and spread happiness! P.S. – “Life Is a Highway” was originally written and recorded by Canadian songwriter Tom Cochrane, and the Flatts covered it for the Cars soundtrack, so it’s loved by little kids and grownups alike.

5. Cruise- Florida Georgia Line

This song is the ultimate windows down sing-along. Just when you think your party on the road is starting to fall slack a little, turn up the volume on this song and everyone’s enjoying the road again!

6. The Zephyr Song- Red Hot Chilli Peppers

This song has the capacity to make one feel the moment from the guts. Your hands immediately start thumping any surface that’s near you and before you know it, you love the song! The feeling of anticipation of reaching the destination and yet enjoying the ride is what this song gives you. If this song had to make you feel anything, it would be the sense of abandonment and an aspect of youth that you might have missed out on.

7. Paradise-Coldplay

There isn’t one single person who doesn’t know the lyrics to this amazing song by Coldplay. This song is guaranteed make you forget about your worries (or diesel/pertrol). Carry on and you’ll reach paradise soon!

8. Home- Phillip Phillips

The magical voice of Phillip Phillips can almost make you miss ‘home’ through this song. The beats that carry through this song furthermore adds to the urgency to be home.

9. Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds- The Beatles

How could we forget The Beatles when we are making any playlist? This song by the Beatles is one of their catchiest songs and will definitely get you grooving to its saxophone. Sing along to the song and share the happiness and love that you feel!

10. Route 66- Chuck Berry

This song easily captures the love for travelling and the urgency to hit the accelerator pedal! Route 66 will get you dancing on your seat and sing along with Chuck Berry.

You can also check out this Playlist of Hindi Travel Songs

11. Roadhouse Blues- The Doors

The ultimate heroes of Rock and Roll on your road trip playlist…I don’t see anything wrong in that! When Jim Morrison tells you to “keep your eyes on the road and your hands on the wheel” you obey him while you let him carry you to another world with this amazing song. Let it roll…all night long!

12. Stayin’ Alive- Bee Gees

It is impossible to control yourself from dancing to this ever green song from 1977 by the Bee Gees. No matter, how old you are you have got to love it! The infectious beats of this song instantly makes you feel young and want to remain young! So, stop your car and get out on the road and dance a little!

13. Paradise City- Guns N’ Roses

This song will charge you up in a moment if you thought you were tired of driving on the road for a long time. The sheer energy in this song makes you want to take control of the steering wheel. If you’re a bunch of friends, cruising down the road, then this song will get all of you pumped up! Make note to have this song on your playlist for sure!

14. Leaving on a jet-plane – Peter, Paul & Mary

This beautiful song is perhaps the ultimate symbol of melancholy felt between two departing lovers. The simple lyrics along with a simple tune perfectly and very aptly conveys the pain that comes attached to departures.

15. Blowin’ in the wind – Bob Dylan

Yet another ofthe magical Dylan songs, Blowin’ in the wind is a masterpiece. The song is about the journey called ‘life’ and how the answer to all the questions is around us and we just need to go with the flow.

16. Here I am – Bryan Adams

One of the most favourite songs by Bryan Adams, Here I Am is a sort of declaration of one’s being. Definitely one of Adams’ best!

17. Shut up and drive- Rihanna

What else can be a better song if you are on a road trip will all your girl friends! This song by Rihanna really pumps up the mood and makes you want to hit the accelerator and drive! Get your swagger on and feel like a boss and just…shut up and drive.

18. Ridin’- Chamillionaire

Just when you thought that your ride’s getting boring, this song can instantly pump up your mood! The catchy beats of this song can get anybody to wake up from their slumber and get back into the ‘road trip zone’.  You’ve been sitting for a while now, so maybe it’s time for a twerk break to stretch your legs.

19. Highway to Hell – AC/DC

Pump up your energy with this song every time you feel low on your trip. Sing along the chorus and feel good about being daring enough to take upon a drive through nights and days just for the sake of travelling! You’re on your highway to hell…in a good way.

20. Hotel California – The Eagles

There is not a single person on this earth who isn’t well versed with the lyrics of this song. Hotel California just doesn’t let you down! Tired and twisted, you drive across the road and as soon as the song comes up, you know it’s time to join the madness.

You can also check out this Playlist of Hindi Travel Songs

21. Born to be Wild- Steppenwolf

Born to be Wild, the quintessentially celebration song of life. You’re young, free and on the road! Can there be anything else that you’d want?

22. Come Fly With Me – Frank Sinatra

It’s always good to have some Sinatra on your playlist. Afterall, everyone needs a nice, mellow song once in a while.

23. Sweet Home Alabama – Lynard Skynard

Sweet Home Alabama is perhaps on everyone’s lips. This catchy, energetic song is definitely something that you should have on your road trip playlist!

24. Free Bird- Lynrd Skynrd

Again, one of the most beautiful songs by Lynrd Skynrd and no matter how hard you try, your ears will get pulled towards the sweet rhythm of this song.

25. Around the World- Red Hot Chilli Peppers

26. Homeward Bound- Simon and Garfunkel

Simon and Garfunkel can never let you down when it comes to making you happy. And it’s a bonus if it about homecoming

27. Paper Planes- M.I.A.

M.I.A.’s hypnotizing voice and the groovy beats of this song immediately take you to a dreamy state of mind. It is a relaxed song, most definitely for the road trip, when everyone can enjoy their time alone.

28. Born to Run- Bruce Springsteen

The scrunchy voice in which Springsteen sings, makes you want to believe him when he sings ‘Born to Run’

29. Like a Rolling Stone- Bob Dylan

Like a Rolling Stone, is everything that a good song should have. Resonating the familiar idea of Unpredictability, Dylan has touched many lives with this song.

30. The Passenger- Iggy Pop

“I am the passenger/ I stay under glass I look through my window so bright/I see the stars come out tonight/ I see the bright and hollow sky/ Over the city’s ripped backsides/ And everything looks good tonight.” These lines best describe the song

You can also check out this Playlist of Hindi Travel Songs

31. Proud Mary- Creedence Clearwater Revival

The spirit of this song has touched everyone who has heard this song. And the simple yet meaningful beats just make it all the more easier to like it.

32. Take Me Home, Country Roads – John Denver

Nothing can make you miss home more than this song. The beautiful reminisces of the countryside in this song make you immediately feel connected to it and no matter in which corner of the world you live in, you would pack your bags and rush home!

33. What a Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong

Louis Armstrong’s enchanting voice is like cherry on top in this song. Just a celebration of how wonderful this life and this world is, the song succeeds in making you smile.

34. I Have Been Everywhere- Johnny Cash

Johnny Cash’s name is enough to make you listen to the song. It catches the spirit of travelling perfectly in the song!

35. In the summertime - Mungo Jerry

To round it up here is peppy number from the 70′s that will get you grooving and feet tapping. A perfect song to start things off. Time to pack your bags :D

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You can also check out this Playlist of Hindi Travel Songs




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