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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!
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 playlist and see if your favourite road trip songs to sing made the cut!
100 BEST ROAD TRIP SONGS FOR YOUR FAMILY TRIP
Drive My Car – The Beatles
Road Trippin’ – Red Hot Chilli Peppers
Highway To Hell – ACDC
I’m A Believer – Smashmouth
Nutbush City Limits – Ike & Tina Turner
My Sharona – The Knack
Rockin’ All Over The World – Status Quo
A Thousand Miles – Vanessa Carlton
Born To Run – Bruce Springsteen
The Boys Are Back In Town – Thin Lizzy
Get The Party Started – Pink
Bohemian Rhapsody – Queen
Don’t Stop Believin’ – Journey
Life Is A Highway – Tom Cochrane
One Way Or Another – Blondie
Sweet Home Alabama – Lynyrd Skynyrd
Go Your Own Way – Fleetwood Mac
Paradise City – Guns N Roses
Highway Star – Deep Purple
All The Small Things – Blink 182
Drive – The Cars
I’m On My Way – The Proclaimers
Shut Up and Drive – Rihanna
Running On Empty – Jackson Browne
American Pie – Don McLean
Youngblood – 5 Seconds of Summer
Girls Just Wanna Have Fun – Cyndi Lauper
Wake Me Up Before You Go Go – Wham
Plans – Bird of Tokyo
Come Alive – The Greatest Showman
Can’t Stop The Feeling – Justin Timberlake
Shake It Off – Taylor Swift
Hotel California – Eagles
Cars – Fear Factory
Chasing Cars – Snow Patrol
Since U Been Gone – Kelly Clarkson
Copperhead Road – Steve Earle
Eye Of The Tiger – Survivor
Teenage Dirtbag – Wheatus
Believer – Imagine Dragons
Firework – Katy Perry
Happy – Pharrell Williams
The Long And Winding Road – The Beatles
Ironic – Alanis Morissette
The Reason – Hoobastank
The Anthem – Good Charlotte
Blister In The Sun – Violent Femmes
Jump – Van Halen
Come Out And Play – The Offspring
Island In The Sun – Weezer
How Bizarre – OMC
Semi-Charmed Life – Third Eye Blind
Drive – Incubus
Tik Tok – Kesha
I Got A Feeling – The Black Eyed Peas
Summer of 69 – Bruce Springsteen
All About That Bass – Meghan Trainor
Tubthumping – Chumbawamba
Sweet Dreams – Eurythmics
Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life) – Greenday
Ice Ice Baby – Vanilla Ice
Hey Brother – Avicii
Poker Face – Lady Gaga
Road To Nowhere – Talking Heads
Leaving Home – Jebediah
Party In The USA – Miley Cyrus
Roadhouse Blues – The Doors
Hey Soul Sister – Train
Hit The Road Jack – Ray Charles
It’s My Life – Bon Jovi
Long Road to Ruin – Foo Fighters
Just Ace – Grinspoon
Life Is A Highway – Rascal Flatts
I Knew You Were Trouble – Taylor Swift
Cotton Eye Joe – Rednex
I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) – The Proclaimers
We Built This City – Starship
Rock and Roll All Nite – Kiss
Little Red Corvette – Prince
I’ll Be There For You – The Rembrandts
I Don’t Want to Miss A Thing – Aerosmith
Call Me Maybe – Carly Jepson
Under Pressure – Queen
ABC – The Jackson 5
Moves Like Jagger – Maroon 5
Come As You Are – Nirvana
Crocodile Rock – Elton John
Original Prankster – The Offspring
Lifestyles Of The Rich & Famous – Good Charlotte
Dreams – The Cranberries
Just A Girl – No Doubt
All I Know – Birds Of Tokyo
This Is Me – Keala Settle
Survivor – Destiny’s Child
One Way Or Another – Blondie
Learn To Fly – Foo Fighters
Welcome To The Jungle – Guns N Roses
Don’t You Forget About Me – Simple Minds
Rolling In The Deep – Adele
Just The Way You Are – Bruno Mars
The Key To The Perfect Road Trip Playlist
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. And there’s a good chance some of the songs may even make the bigger kids cringe a bit, but that’s half the fun! And if they get a bit whiny, you can turn the music up louder.
Best of all, this road trip soundtrack is bound to have you singing along to the best family songs and grooving your way down the highway towards your family holiday destination!
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 playlist with all the songs included in this list on Spotify, so you can add it to your own account straight away!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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. 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 road trip songs to sing! Especially for a road trip with the girls!
Is your favourite roadtrip song missing from the playlist? Comment below and let us know what it is!