Road Trip Playlist

~ Lauren

I recently moved from Memphis, TN to Tallahassee, FL, and I knew I would get bored quickly on the long drive. So what did I do? I made a road trip playlist of course!

When you're going to be in a moving truck all day, you need good playlist!

When you’re going to be in a moving truck all day, you need good playlist!


If you are looking for a playlist that includes artists ranging from Rihanna to AC/DC to Johnny Cash to The Music Man, you have come to the right place. Below I have organized for you Songs about Places, Songs About Traveling, and Fun Bonus Songs. Enjoy!

Songs about Places

On a road trip you might find yourself in any number of places. So here are songs about many different cities and states across the USA:


  1. Born in the USA, Steppenwolf
  2. American Pie, American Boys
  3. Party in the U.S.A., Miley Cyrus
  4. We’re an American Band, Grand Funk Railroad
  5. America, Simon & Garfunkel
  6. Kids in America, Kim Wilde

The South:

  1. Country Nation, Brad Paisley
  2. Sweet Southern Comfort, Buddy Jewell
  3. Where I Come From, Alan Jackson
  4. Little Bitty, Alan Jackson
  5. Way Out Here, Josh Thompson


  1. Sweet Home Alabama, Lynyrd Skynyrd


  1. Mary Queen of Arkansas, Bruce Springsteen
  2. Arkansas Lovin’ Man, Johnny Cash


  1. California Girls, Beach Boys
  2. Lights, Journey
  3. Hotel California, Eagles
  4. California Gurls, Katie Perry
  5. California Dreamin’, The Mamas & the Papas
  6. San Francisco, Foxygen
  7. Do You Know the Way to San Jose, Dionne Warwick


  1. Rocky Mountain High, John Denver


  1. Delaware, Perry Como


  1. Florida, Vic Chesnutt


  1. Midnight Train to Georgia, Gladys Knight and the Pips
  2. The Devil Went Down to Georgia, The Charlie Daniels Band


  1. Blue Hawaii, Elvis Presley


  1. Sweet Home Chicago, Blues Brother Experience
  2. Chicago, Frank Sinatra


  1. Gary, Indiana, The Music Man


  1. Iowa Stubborn, The Music Man


  1. The Train from Kansas City, The Shangri-Las


  1. Blue Moon of Kentucky, Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys


  1. House of the Rising Sun, The Animals
  2. The City of New Orleans, Arlo Guthrie


  1. Good Morning Baltimore, Hairspray


  1. All Summer Long, Kid Rock


  1. Crossroad Blues, Robert Johnson
  2. Mississippi Queen, Mountain
  3. Stuck Inside of Mobile with the Memphis Blues Again, Bob Dylan


  1. Viva Las Vegas, Elvis Presley

New Mexico:

  1. New Mexico, Johnny Cash

New York:

  1. New York, New York, Duke Ellington
  2. New York State of Mind, Billy Joel

North Carolina:

  1. Carolina in My Mind, James Taylor


  1. Escape From Ohio, Electric Six


  1. Walking in Memphis, Marc Cohn
  2. Memphis, Liz Longley
  3. Queen of Memphis, Confederate Railroad
  4. Graceland, Paul Simon
  5. Last Train to Clarksville, The Monkees


  1. All My Ex’s Live in Texas, George Straight
  2. T for Texas, Robert Earl Keen

Songs about Traveling

These songs include songs about going home, being on the road, and cars.

  1. Shut Up and Drive, Rihanna
  2. Hit the Road Jack, Ray Charles
  3. Highway to Hell, AC/DC
  4. I’ve Been Everywhere, Johnny Cash
  5. Route 66, Chuck Berry
  6. Born to be Wild, Steppenwolf
  7. Life is a Highway, Tom Cochrane (or Rascal Flatts, whichever version you prefer)
  8. Mustang Sally, Buddy Guy
  9. I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles), The Proclaimers
  10. Home, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
  11. Ramblin’ Man, The Allman Brothers Band
  12. Road Trippin’, Steve Wariner
  13. I’m Already There, Lonestar
  14. Ticket to Ride, The Beatles
  15. Wanted Dead or Alive, Bon Jovi
  16. Road to Nowhere, Talking Heads
  17. Should I Stay or Should I Go, KT Tunstall (or The Clash)
  18. Who Says You Can’t Go Home, Bon Jovi
  19. Drift Away, Uncle Kracker
  20. Danger Zone, Kenny Loggins
  21. On the Road Again, Willie Nelson
  22. I Can’t Drive 55, Sammy Hagar
  23. I’m Your Captain/Closer to Home, Grand Funk Railroad
  24. Carefree Highway, Gordon Lightfoot
  25. I Got a Car, George Straight
  26. I Drive Your Truck, Lee Brice
  27. Highway Don’t Care, Tim McGraw
  28. Highway 20 Ride, Zac Brown Band
  29. All Over the Road, Easton Corbin
  30. Dirt Road Anthem, Jason Aldean
  31. Cups, Anna Kendrick
  32. Proud Mary, Creedence Clearwater Revival
  33. Take Me Home, Country Roads, John Denver
  34. Free, Zac Brown Band
  35. Renegades, X Ambassadors
  36. Two of Us, The Beatles
  37. Good Directions, Billy Currington
  38. Ramble On, Led Zeppelin
  39. Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right, Bob Dylan
  40. Take the Money and Run, Steve Miller Band
  41. Roundabout, Yes
  42. Up Around the Bend, Creedence Clearwater Revival
  43. Running on Empty, Jackson Browne
  44. Road Trippin’, Dan + Shay
  45. Road Trippin’, Red Hot Chili Peppers
  46. Everyday is a Winding Road, Sheryl Crow
  47. Home, Phillip Phillips
  48. Home, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros
  49. Coming Home, Diddy – Dirty Money
  50. Homeward Bound, Simon & Garfunkel
  51. Grease Lightning’, Grease
  52. Maybellene, Chuck Berry
  53. Cars, Gary Newman
  54. Real Gone, Sheryl Crow
  55. I Get Around, Beach Boys
  56. Little Honda, Beach Boys
  57. I Can Never Go Home Anymore, The Shangri-Las
  58. Ain’t No Mountain High Enough, Marvin Gaye
  59. Vacation, The Go-Go’s

Bonus Songs

These aren’t about traveling in particular but I think they are fun to listen to in the car.

  1. Green Onions, Booker T. and the M.G.’s
  2. Fun, Fun, Fun, Beach Boys
  3. Back in Black, AC/DC
  4. All Star, Smash Mouth
  5. Bohemian Rhapsody, Queen
  6. Another One Bites the Dust, Queen
  7. Anyway You Want It, Franky Dee
  8. Don’t Stop Believin’, Journey
  9. Carry on My Wayward Son, Kansas
  10. Eye of the Tiger, Survivor
  11. Hit Me with Your Best Shot, Pat Benatar
  12. The Final Countdown, Europe
  13. We Built This City, Starship
  14. Bad to the Bone, George Thorogood & the Destroyers
  15. Black Horse and the Cherry Tree, KT Turnstall
  16. Fortunate Son, Creedence Clearwater Revival
  17. More Than a Feeling, Boston
  18. Ain’t No Rest for the Wicked, Cage the Elephant
  19. Uptown Funk, Mark Ronson

The total time for the playlist is eight hours and twenty seven minutes. I am still adding on to the playlist as I hear of songs. So I would love to hear suggestions in the comments! Do you have any favorite road trip songs that I have not included? What do you think of my playlist? Please comment below.  Keep up with all of our travel, camping, and cycling tips by following us on FacebookInstagramTwitter, and Pinterest.  Leave us your email (blue box at the bottom of the post) to subscribe to our weekly newsletter and never miss a post!

~ Lauren


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