Let me be very honest for a moment… when you have 5 people (and 2 dogs) packed into a car, surrounded by piles of snacks, drinks, road trip printables, electronics, suitcases, and travel games, your life can be a bit stressful. However, the radio can be a massive tension breaker. With research, input from the family (ages 7 to 39), and my own personal tastes, I have compiled this awesome list of the best road trip songs for Family travel. Not only the best songs, but the best versions of those songs.
Best Road Trip Songs List of All Time!
As with my list of 50 best Christmas songs ever… my age, geographical location, and heritage really show. From Southern Rock, to country, to top 40s – my preferences run the gamut! So, you should be able to find a few that you simply have to add to your road trip playlist.
Roll On (Eighteen Wheeler), Alabama – I have always loved this song, obviously since it is the first in my list! Alabama just knows how to write a VERY good song. Period!
Cruise (Remix) [feat. Nelly], Florida Georgia Line – This is one my current favorite. The boys and I sing this song all the time. It is perfect for “cruisin’ down the road!”
Real Gone, Sheryl Crow – From the Cars Movie Soundtrack. Your kids know it and you love it from “back in the day” perfect!
Life is a Highway, Rascal Flatts – Another Cars soundtrack song!
Baby Lets Cruise, Gweneth Paltrow & Huey Lewis – From the movie Bounce. I just love the way she sings 🙂
No Particular Place To Go, Chuck Berry
Travelin’ Band – Yes, no one does music like CCR, but I really like this version by Caleb Johnson! Plus, it feels more “current” and my kids like current!
Free Bird (Original Version) – Lynyrd Skynyrd Being from Alabama, I am very partial to Lynyrd – you know? Sweet Home Alabama and such 😉
On The Road Again – Willie Nelson My brother has one of those old Casio keyboards a million years ago. It had a few songs programmed in it and the keys would light up telling you which key to press and when. This song was one of those songs. So, in addition to being a GREAT song it also brings back fond memories of fighting with my brother because he just wasn’t “doing it right”!
I’ve Been Everywhere – Johnny Cash In addition to being a great song, this is on one of those little dog commercials. So, the kids no and love it, too!
Ramblin’ Man – Allman Brothers
Troubadour, George Straight – When I first heard the song he wrote for me (Baby Blue, LOL!) I fell in love with this Silver Fox and have been ever since. To me, he embodies everything a true Cowboy is! I swear, this man just gets better with age.
Fancy [feat. Charli XCX] [Clean], Iggy Azalea – This ain’t Reba, but it is pretty good. Plus, the kids love it. Bad news? This is the type of song that gets stuck in your head. LOL!
It’s A Beautiful Day – Michael Buble
Hitchin’ A Ride– Greenday
Take Me Home, Country Roads, John Denver – What is it about this song that makes people just want to sing along?
Paradise City (currently on $0.69), Guns and Roses – Take things back just a few years (or Decades) and blast this fun song!
Dirt Road Anthem Remix (feat. Ludacris), Jason Aldean – Oh yeah! Every good country person blasts this one in their truck, car, hotrod, or just while chilling on the couch. 😉
Road Trippin, Josh Abbott Band – Never heard of them? Don’t delay! If Country is your choice of music, you need to know the Josh Abbott Band!
Good Riddance [Time Of Your Life], Green Day – There is just something about the sound of Green Day. It ain’t Country, but I LOVE it. LOL!
Route 66, John Mayer – Personally, I like the Chuck Berry version best. However, Thomas (age 7) says it isn’t the “real” one. He prefers the Car Soundtrack version. aka, the John Mayer version. LOL!
I Get Around, Beach Boys – When I think beaches and summer fun, I ALWAYS think Beach Boys (well and Jimmy Buffett). Don’t you?
Little Deuce Coupe, The Beach Boys
Fun, Fun, Fun, The Beach Boys
California Girls, The Beach Boys
Surfin’ U.S.A., Beach Boys – If you are gonna do Beach Boys, you have to do the best of them! Period. 😉
Red Dirt Road, Brooks & Dunn – You don’t hear a ton by them anymore – or at least not as many hits as they had in the 90s, but this is stick one VERY good group and this song proves it!
Highway To Hell (Made Famous By AC/DC), Iron Man – OK, so this might not be the most appropriate of the songs, but that is up to you. My kids are older and past the “repeat everything you hear” stage. So, I have decided this is fine. You might not make that same decision. That is OK! Simply leave this one off the play list. You still have over 50 songs to choose from 🙂 Besides, it is from Iron Man!
Hotel California, Eagles – You can never leave certain places, you know… 😉
Fast Car, Tracy Chapman – I gotta plan to get us outta here. I know I keep saying it over and over, but I really love this song. LOL! I am kinda a music person, in case you couldn’t tell. I have so many channels on Pandora. So many songs on my ipod and my cellphone and would listen to music way more than watch TV. It soothes me, it makes me smile, it makes me cry, it helps me let loose. I LOVE music!
Go Your Own Way, Fleetwood Mac
On Top Of The World, Imagine Dragons – Heading to the Mountains? This is a good one. LOL! Seriously, my 14 year old is a HUGE Imagine Dragons fan. We have to include at least one of their songs in the list.
Take A Back Road, Rodney Atkins – Things are just better on the back roads than they are on the interstate. Aren’t they?
Party In The U.S.A., Miley Cirus (yes, I know! But, this was a good song and it was before she went nuts on us :-))
Every Mile A Memory, Dirks Bentley – We have been forsaking the country a bit, huh? Time to get back into the Country groove 😉
I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles), Proclaimers – 2006 was a long time ago to the young ones in our families, but really this is still a fairly new song and perfect! How far is 500 miles?
Car Wash, Christina Aguilera feat. Missy Elliott – From the Shark Tale movie soundtrack. Perfect for kids! You can even get the movie and throw it into the DVD player to really change things up.
Mercury Blues, Alan Jackson – From 1995, this is straight up my music! At the time this came out, I was dreaming of getting my driver’s license and thinking I would be cruisin’ in my Mercury. 🙂
G.T.O., Ronny & the Daytonas – The 60’s really brought us some awesome people from the Beatles to Elvis, to THe Beach Boys. Turn it up and embarrass your kids. LOL!
Mustang Sally, Wilson Pickett
American Pie, Don McLean – Over 8 minutes of bliss – seriously! I remember riding in my Daddy’s old powder blue 1982 Ford Ranger pulling the 17 ft Wahoo on the way to the docks singing this at the top of my lungs. Well, this and pretty much any 3 Dog Night song. He blasted the Golden Oldies at deafening volume and I loved every second of my fun summer days with Daddy. He is still with me, but I still smile and remise about being Daddy’s Girl when a song from the oldies plays.
Summertime, Kenny Chesney – There are so many different songs with the same title and you could really put any of them on your road trip playlist without being disappointed. However, I especially like this one.
Don’t Stop Me Now, Queen
King Of The Road, Randy Travis – I know he is not the original, but man he can croon! Randy Travis has one of those smooth milk chocolate voices and I love hearing him sing. Beautiful, oh so beautiful!
One Way or Another, Blondie – Many have tried, but no one can pull it off quite like Blondie can!
Margaritaville, Jimmy Buffett & Alan Jackson – I just love the chatter in this Duet by two awesome-sauce singers.
Joyride, Roxette – Your kids might even recognize this song since it has been on a few soundtracks!
Everywhere, Michele Branch – She has such a sweet and young sounding voice that if the kids don’t know her yet, they will!
Fast Cars And Freedom, Rascal Flatts
Good Directions, Billy Currington
Jesus, Take the Wheel, Carrie Underwood
Riding With Private Malone, David Ball – This is a tear jerker, but it makes us think and I like that. 🙂
Free And Easy (Down The Road I Go), Dierks Bentley – Yep! A nice free and easy road trip. 🙂
Have fun setting up your playlist for your next road trip!