100 Best Road Trip Songs For Your Next Family Driving Adventure

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Hitting the road for a family road trip just isn’t the same without a rockin road trip playlist to set the mood! Upbeat tunes and sing-alongs can be some of the best entertainment when passing the time. So we have put together 100 best road trip songs for families, to save you time.

After all, you’ve got plenty of other things to organise for your family road trip without having to plan the music too!

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Music is such a powerful trigger for memories and you want to make this road trip one to remember always.

That means introducing the kids… or whoever your road trip buddies happen to be, to some of the classic driving songs

But don’t worry… these 100 songs aren’t all about driving. Some are just simply too awesome not to include on the ultimate road trip playlist!

Plus we’ve added them all to a Spotify playlist, so you can listen straight away!

Now let’s check out the list of the best road trip songs playlist and see if your favourite road trip songs to sing made the cut!

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Here are the perfect songs for your next road trip, with great songs to take you from the parking lot to the country roads, on a classic sing along, with the car window down and a long journey ahead:

  1. Drive My Car – The Beatles
  2. Road Trippin’ – Red Hot Chilli Peppers
  3. Highway To Hell – ACDC
  4. Fast Car – Tracy Chapman
  5. Nutbush City Limits – Ike & Tina Turner
  6. My Sharona – The Knack
  7. Rockin’ All Over The World – Status Quo
  8. A Thousand Miles – Vanessa Carlton
  9. Born To Run – Bruce Springsteen
  10. The Boys Are Back In Town – Thin Lizzy
  11. Get The Party Started – Pink
  12. Bohemian Rhapsody – Queen
  13. Don’t Stop Believin’ – Journey
  14. Life Is A Highway – Tom Cochrane
  15. One Way Or Another – Blondie
  16. Sweet Home Alabama – Lynyrd Skynyrd
  17. Go Your Own Way – Fleetwood Mac
  18. Paradise City – Guns N Roses
  19. Highway Star – Deep Purple
  20. All The Small Things – Blink 182
  21. Drive – The Cars
  22. I’m On My Way – The Proclaimers
  23. Shut Up and Drive – Rihanna
  24. Running On Empty – Jackson Browne
  25. American Pie – Don McLean
  26. Youngblood – 5 Seconds of Summer
  27. Girls Just Wanna Have Fun – Cyndi Lauper
  28. Wake Me Up Before You Go Go – Wham
  29. Plans – Bird of Tokyo
  30. Come Alive – The Greatest Showman
  31. Can’t Stop The Feeling – Justin Timberlake
  32. Like a Rolling Stone – Bob Dylan
  33. Hotel California – Eagles
  34. Cars – Fear Factory
  35. Chasing Cars – Snow Patrol
  36. Since U Been Gone – Kelly Clarkson
  37. Copperhead Road – Steve Earle
  38. Eye Of The Tiger – Survivor
  39. Teenage Dirtbag – Wheatus
  40. Believer – Imagine Dragons
  41. Firework – Katy Perry
  42. Happy – Pharrell Williams
  43. The Long And Winding Road – The Beatles
  44. Ironic – Alanis Morissette
  45. I Get Around – Beach Boys
  46. The Anthem – Good Charlotte
  47. Blister In The Sun – Violent Femmes
  48. Jump – Van Halen
  49. Start Me Up – The Rolling Stones
  50. Island In The Sun – Weezer
  51. How Bizarre – OMC
  52. Semi-Charmed Life – Third Eye Blind
  53. Drive – Incubus
  54. Tik Tok – Kesha
  55. I Got A Feeling – The Black Eyed Peas
  56. Summer of 69 – Bruce Springsteen
  57. All About That Bass – Meghan Trainor
  58. Tubthumping – Chumbawamba
  59. Sweet Dreams – Eurythmics
  60. Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life) – Greenday
  61. Ice Ice Baby – Vanilla Ice
  62. Hey Brother – Avicii
  63. Poker Face – Lady Gaga
  64. Road To Nowhere – Talking Heads
  65. Leaving Home – Jebediah
  66. Party In The USA –  Miley Cyrus
  67. Roadhouse Blues – The Doors
  68. Hey Soul Sister – Train
  69. Hit The Road Jack – Ray Charles
  70. Livin’ On A Prayer – Bon Jovi
  71. Long Road to Ruin – Foo Fighters
  72. Just Ace – Grinspoon
  73. Life Is A Highway – Rascal Flatts
  74. I Knew You Were Trouble – Taylor Swift
  75. Cotton Eye Joe – Rednex
  76. I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) – The Proclaimers
  77. We Built This City – Starship
  78. Rock and Roll All Nite – Kiss
  79. Little Red Corvette – Prince
  80. I’ll Be There For You – The Rembrandts
  81. I Don’t Want to Miss A Thing – Aerosmith
  82. Call Me Maybe – Carly Jepson
  83. Under Pressure – Queen
  84. ABC – The Jackson 5
  85. Moves Like Jagger – Maroon 5
  86. Come As You Are – Nirvana
  87. Crocodile Rock – Elton John
  88. Original Prankster – The Offspring
  89. Lifestyles Of The Rich & Famous – Good Charlotte
  90. Dreams – The Cranberries
  91. Just A Girl – No Doubt
  92. All I Know – Birds Of Tokyo
  93. This Is Me – Keala Settle
  94. Survivor – Destiny’s Child
  95. One Way Or Another – Blondie
  96. Learn To Fly – Foo Fighters
  97. Welcome To The Jungle – Guns N Roses
  98. Don’t You Forget About Me – Simple Minds
  99. Rolling In The Deep – Adele
  100. Just The Way You Are – Bruno Mars

The Key To The Perfect Road Trip Playlist

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An essential holiday playlist should be loaded with upbeat tunes and energetic vocals. The last thing you want when you’re driving those long roads is a sombre collection of songs to wind you down.

Save those for when you’re chilling at your end destination!

Instead, you want great road trip songs that will pump you up and keep you energised on the open road. We think this mix does a great job of doing that.

It has a little bit of something for everyone, from classic rock n roll to modern pop.

There are country songs and love songs. Greatest hits and many you may not have heard for a while!

And there’s a good chance some of the songs may even make the bigger kids cringe a bit during the long drive, but that’s half the fun!

And if they get a bit whiny, you can turn the music up louder.

I’m joking…

Best of all, this road trip soundtrack is bound to have you singing along to the best family trip songs and grooving your way down the highway towards your family holiday destination!

Related: 6 Tips For Surviving Road Trips With Kids

The best road trip songs for families.

Get the Road Trip Playlist on Spotify

We want to make sure your road trip planning goes smoothly, so we have taken one job off your list by creating the car songs for you!

We have even created a top road trip playlist with all the songs included in this list on Spotify, so you can add it to your own account straight away!

Get the 100 best road trip songs to download for Spotify.

If you don’t already have a Spotify account, it’s completely free to sign up.

Not sure what Spotify is? It is essentially a music streaming service. A bit like Netflix for music. You will find most of your favourite artists and albums are on Spotify and you can listen to them or create your own playlists for every occasion too.

Get the FATW Road Trip Spotify Playlist 

If you won’t have any network coverage during your road trip… which is highly possible, you can download the playlists to your phone if you have a paid subscription with Spotify. They are really affordable.

We share a family account and it’s great value because there’s no need to buy CDs now, as everything is right there in your account, making it a great way to enjoy music, podcasts and radio streaming.

There are loads of other music streaming services too, including Apple Music and Amazon Prime Music.

We haven’t added the playlist to the other streaming services yet, but let us know if you’d like us too and we can likely make it happen!


Road Trip Planning Resources

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Speaking of road trips, now you’ve got no excuse not to set off soon for your own road trip adventure!

We’ve got some great road trip inspiration and planning tips to help you create the perfect road trip experience for you and your family members, as you spend time together on your next driving adventure.

From what snacks and meals to pack for your trip to itineraries to inspire your next driving holiday! And of course, the essential road trip packing list!

Here’s some great road trip inspiration for your next escape:

For fun between sing alongs, grab our mega road trip activity bundle, loaded with 16 pages of themed games and activities that the whole family can join in with.

printable road trip activities.

Need Some More Playlist Inspiration?

We have a few different playlists on Spotify that you might enjoy if you need a bit of a change or need to please a different audience.

If you are travelling with younger kids, we’ve got you covered with our ultimate kid’s music playlist – the best car songs to keep the kids happy!

It’s probably not what you want to hear for 8 hours straight on the road, but sometimes a few Disney classics are just what you need to keep the youngsters in the back happy! Especially if you’re taking a road trip to Disneyland!

But even if you’re not, here’s our Best Kids Party Mix, because road trips should totally feel like a party and it’s full of fun car ride songs!

If it is empowered women and positive vibe songs you are looking for, this motivation mix is another favourite for family road trip songs to sing! Especially for a road trip with the girls!

Make your road trip more fun with these road trip games! Check out our Would You Rather questions, road trip conversation starters and road trip trivia questions that are fun for the whole family! And don’t forget the car activities and road trip snacks!

Is your favourite roadtrip song missing from the playlist? Comment below and let us know what it is!

100 Best road trip songs for families.