The Ultimate Road Trip Play List

The Ultimate Road Trip Playlist for Families

No road trip is epic unless it has the ultimate road trip playlist. If you are planning a road trip, it is never too early to start looking up your favorite songs to enjoy during the drive! 

With so many genres of music, it can be difficult to make everyone happy at all times — but I’ve got you covered, with my top picks from across the last four decades of music!

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Awesome Anthems

  1. Steppenwolf – Born to be wild
  2. Bryan Adams – Summer of 69
  3. The Proclaimers – I’m Gonna Be (500 miles)
  4. Survivor – Eye of the Tiger
  5. Bruce Springsteen – Born in the USA
  6. Beach Boys – Good Vibrations
  7. Def Leppard – Pour Some Sugar on Me
  8. Joan Jett & the Blackhearts – I Love rock ‘n’ roll
  9. Whitesnake – Here I Go Again
  10. Ed Sheeran – Castle on a Hill

Best Singalong Songs

  1. George Ezra – Shotgun
  2. Cyndi Lauper – Girls Just Wanna Have Fun
  3. Shania Twain – That Don’t Impress Me Much
  4. Ray Charles – Hit the Road Jack
  5. Trolls Soundtrack – Get Back Up Again
  6. The Mamas & The Papas – California Dreamin’
  7. Joan Osborne – One of Us
  8. Del Amitri – Roll to Me
  9. Creedence Clearwater Revival – Bad Moon Rising
  10. Queen – Bohemian Rhapsody
  11. Toy Story Soundtrack – You’ve Got a Friend in Me
  12. Moana Soundtrack – How Far I’ll Go
  13. Mother Goose Club – Driving in my car
  14. George Ezra – Budapest
  15. Don Mclean – American Pie
  16. Maroon 5 – Girls Like you

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Songs Everyone Knows

  1. Frozen Soundtrack – Let it Go
  2. Lynyrd Skynyrd – Sweet Home Alabama
  3. Pinkfong – Baby Shark
  4. Super Simple Songs – The Wheels on the Bus
  5. The Jungle Book Soundtrack – The Bare Necessities
  6. The Lion King Soundtrack – Hakuna Matata
  7. Dire Straits – Sultans Of Swing
  8. The Jackson 5 – ABC
  9. Lady Gaga – Poker Face

Songs that Make You Dance

  1. Walk The Moon – Shut Up and Dance
  2. Kenny Loggins – Footloose
  3. Katrina & The Waves – Walking on Sunshine
  4. Elvis Vs. JXL – A Little Less Conversation
  5. Justin Timberlake – Can’t Stop the Feeling
  6. Pharrell Williams – Happy
  7. David Guetta – Memories
  8. Rhianna – Pon de Replay
  9. P!nkSo What
  10. Taylor Swift – Shake It Off
  11. Glee Cast – Greased Lightning 
  12. Outkast – Hey Ya

Backseat Blastin’

  1. Jonas Blue feat. Jack & Jack – Rise
  2. Smash Mouth – I’m a Believer
  3. Katy Perry – Roar
  4. Sia – Cheap Thrills
  5. Imagine Dragons – Thunder
  6. Green Day – Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)
  7. Lenny Kravitz – Are You Gonna Go My Way
  8. The White Stripes – Seven Nation Army
  9. Gorillaz – Feel Good, Inc.
  10. The Cardigans – My Favorite Game
  11. Dido – Sand in my Shoes
  12. Panic! At The Disco – High Hopes

Road Trip Tips for Families

Singing road trip music is good for the heart and soul. You’ll have a blast with this road trip playlist that you can sing along with. So load up your music player and hit the road.

Don’t forget to add your favorite road trip songs in the comments!



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12 thoughts on “The Ultimate Road Trip Playlist for Families”

  1. Playing my  favorite music makes me feel on top of the world each time am on a trip. I so much like good music.Music is the food for my soul and I wonder how life would have been without music. I love to play gospel songs but not all gospel songs each time I wanner be on a lighter mood.

  2. Nice song collection in your article…. singing is the “go to” thing to do whenever i wanna distract my kids from all the whining in the car. As soon as they start, are we there yet? You gotta pull out your favorite songs 🙂

    1. Hi Candida,

      I know the feeling! I tend to the driving in my family and wife sits with the kids at the back and makes them sing and laugh. I guess thats why the like her more than me! lol

  3. I wholeheartedly second the sentiment that a good playlist is absolutely essential for any road trip no matter the distance. In fact, I can’t even imagine driving more than a few miles without putting on some good tunes. I have several different playlists that I listen to depending on the mood, people I’m with, location and even the weather. I’m kind of a playlist nerd. 

    Out of all your suggestions, my favorite is the awesome anthems list. Pretty much all of those songs are on one of my playlists or another!

    1. Hi mariah!

      those anthems songs will be anthems for any generation even if the current one’s taste of music is bit crap at the moment lol

  4. Emotions! Been away from family for a long while, the post brought sweet memories.

    Thanks for putting this together, I guess these are your favorites, we had a special liking for the Lion King soundtrack and even till today, it remains so.

    Hopefully, we’ll get make a family trip very soon.

    I had a great read, hope to come around some other time

    1. Hi Festus

      Yes some of them are my favourite and some of them are my kids – Frozen and Baby Shark! If I had a choice I never play them again for the rest of time! lol

      What are your favourite songs?

  5. Music is the food to the soul, so play it on. Imagine traveling on a long journey in a car loaded with music

    The greatest way to get rid of stress and boredom is to listen to nice music both at home and while on a journey. It changes your mood and it give you better inspiration’

    Thank you for this music collections.

  6. These are some great tunes for when you are traveling. I especially like Shotgun, has a catchy beat. My family is constantly in need of some good music for the road. I love the idea you have presented here! We’ve often brought CD’s with us, and one of our favorites was a giant megamix of music. I think it is time for some new music like this. Thanks for putting this together, this is awesome!

    1. Hi Jacob,

      Glad you liked the list. Yes, Shotgun is a very catchy tune. My 6-year-old sings it non stop.

      I’m curious, what songs were on your megamix giant CD?

  7. A family trip should ideally carry everyone along, with no one left out. A good way to do this is certainly through a good collection of music. Just like most families, mine is extremely diverse when it comes to the choice of music.While I’m a die-hard rock fan, the others seem to love a mix of R&B, Country, Jazz, and Pop. So, my family collection will have some selections from Green Day, Three Doors Down, Bryan Adams, Nickel Back, Dave Koz, Kenny Rogers, Backstreet Boys, NSYNC, Boyz 2 Men, Celine Dion and some soundtracks from favorite children cartoons like The Lion King and The Jungle Book.

    Our favorite sing-along song for everyone is the Lion King Sound Track, “We Are One.”

    1. Hi Phreanell,

      That is a great list! Im gonna borrow it and call it The Ultimate Road Trip Playlist for Families 2!! 🙂

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