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Your Official Road Trip Playlist: 150 Best Songs to Sing Along To

best songs to sing - road tripTaking a road trip can be the best way to enjoy a vacation, since driving makes getting there half the fun! Planning a road trip involves thinking ahead to sleep, snacks, ideally a rotation of multiple drivers, and – of course – picking out your playlist of the best songs to sing along to! Singing along with fun music is a great way to prevent drowsiness, and worse, highway hypnosis or outright falling asleep. Make your trip safer, and a lot more fun, with our 150 best songs to sing along to (by 150 unique artists!)

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Tunes About Traveling

Songs about going places (or at least wanting to), so you can stay awake and topical at the same time

“Life is A Highway (cover)” – Rascal Flatts
“Back in the Saddle” – Aerosmith
“Life in the Fast Lane” – the Eagles
“Roam” – B-52s
“Sweet Home Alabama” – Lynyrd Skynyrd
“Livin’ on A Prayer” – Bon Jovi
“Here I Go Again” – Whitesnake
“I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)” – the Proclaimers

Dancin’ and Drivin’

Guaranteed to get you wiggling in your seat

“Blue (Da Ba Dee)” – Eiffel 65
“Doctor Jones” – Aqua
“Raise Your Glass” – P!nk
“Dancing Queen” – ABBA
“Dark Horse” – Katy Perry
“Crazy in Love” – Beyonce and Jay-Z
“Gold Digger” – Kanye West featuring Jamie Foxx
“Around the World” – Daft Punk
“Since U Been Gone” – Kelly Clarkson
“Hey Ya” – Outkast

’90s Nostalgia

Tunes from the ’90s and ’00s, for the millennial in everyone

“Quit Playin’ Games With My Heart” – Backstreet Boys
“Jack & Diane” – John Mellencamp
“You’re Still the One” – Shania Twain
“Tearin’ up My Heart” – *NSync
“Free Fallin’” – Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
“Roll to Me” – Del Amitri
“Ocean Avenue” – Yellowcard
“I Miss You” – Blink-182
“Jane Says” – Jane’s Addiction
“Welcome to Paradise” – Green Day
“Only Wanna Be with You” – Hootie & the Blowfish
“Champagne Supernova” – Oasis
“Just A Girl” – No Doubt
“Absolutely (Story of A Girl)” – Nine Days
“Man in the Box” – Alice in Chains
“Drops of Jupiter” – Train
“Gives You Hell” – All-American Rejects
“1985” – Bowling for Soup
“Stacy’s Mom” – Fountains of Wayne
“Here It Goes Again” – OK Go
“Save Tonight” – Eagle-Eye Cherry

Beats with a Bounce

Spunky, yet chill, rock and alternative tunes to keep you focused

“The Guitar Man” – Cake
“Scar Tissue” – Red Hot Chili Peppers
“What I Got” – Sublime
“One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer” – George Thorogood
“Girls Don’t Like Boys” – Good Charlotte
“(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (To Party!)” – The Beastie Boys
“The Joker” – Steve Miller Band
“Zombies Ate My Neighbors” – Single File
“Mr. Jones” – Counting Crows
“Sugar, We’re Going Down” – Fall Out Boy
“Feel Good, Inc.” – the Gorillaz
“Sex and Candy” – Marcy Playground
“Are You Gonna Be My Girl?” – Jet
“It’s the End of the World As We Know It” – R.E.M.
“The Impression That I Get” – the Mighty Mighty Bosstones
“Float On” – Modest Mouse
“Ain’t No Rest for the Wicked” – Cage the Elephant
“Hey There Delilah” – Plain White T’s
“99 Red Balloons” – Nena
“White & Nerdy” – “Weird Al” Yankovic
“I’m on A Boat” – the Lonely Island featuring T-Pain
“Party Like A Rockstar” – Shop Boyz
“Ice Ice Baby” – Vanilla Ice
“Someday” – Sugar Ray
“Seven Nation Army” – the White Stripes

Blastin’ Backbeats

For when you want to turn it up to eleven

“Sorrow” – Bad Religion
“Should I Stay or Should I Go” – the Clash
“I Wanna Be Sedated” – the Ramones
“The Four Horsemen” – Metallica
“Fear of the Dark” – Iron Maiden
“Peace Sells” – Megadeth
“Ten Thousand Fists” – Disturbed
“Shout at the Devil” – Mötley Crüe
“You’ve Got Another Thing Comin’” – Judas Priest
“Fat Lip” – Sum 41
“Come Out and Play (Keep ‘Em Separated)” – the Offspring
“Smells Like Teen Spirit” – Nirvana
“Beverly Hills” – Weezer
“Too Many Puppies” – Primus
“This Is Not A Song, It’s A Sandwich” – Psychostick

Rollin’ Retro

Good tempos for travel from back in the day

“My Girl” – The Temptations
“Wipeout” – The Surfaris
“Have You Ever Seen the Rain?” – Creedence Clearwater Revival
“Bang the Drum All Day” – Todd Rundgren
“California Dreamin’” – The Mamas and the Papas
“Welcome to the Jungle” – Guns N’ Roses
“Panama” – Van Halen
“Fun, Fun, Fun” – the Beach Boys
“American Pie” – Don McLean
“Rock Around the Clock” – Bill Haley and His Comets
“Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” – Cyndi Lauper
“Mother” – Danzig
“Purple Haze” – Jimi Hendrix
“One Love (People Get Ready)” – Bob Marley
“Take On Me” – A-Ha
“No More Mr. Nice Guy” – Alice Cooper
“I Know It’s Only Rock ‘n Roll (But I Like It)” – the Rolling Stones
“Once in A Lifetime” – Talking Heads
“Stuck in the Middle with You” – Stealers Wheel
“Cheeseburger in Paradise” – Jimmy Buffett
“Ring of Fire” – Johnny Cash
“It’s Raining Men” – the Weather Girls
“Hound Dog” – Elvis Presley

Songs Worth Singing

Addictive melodies to sharpen and show off your skills

“Piano Man” – Billy Joel
“All These Things That I’ve Done” – the Killers
“Send the Pain Below” – Chevelle
“Closer to Fine” – Indigo Girls
“I Write Sins Not Tragedies” – Panic! At the Disco
“Knights of Cydonia” – Muse
“No One Knows” – Queens of the Stone Age
“Stairway to Heaven” – Led Zeppelin
“Piece of My Heart” – Janis Joplin
“All Along the Watchtower” – Bob Dylan
“Interstate Love Song” – Stone Temple Pilots
“Pardon Me” – Incubus
“Rocket Man” – Elton John
“Black Hole Sun” – Soundgarden
“Birdhouse in Your Soul” – They Might Be Giants
“Ziggy Stardust” – David Bowie
“Dog Days Are Over” – Florence and the Machine
“Layla” – Eric Clapton
“Imagine” – John Lennon
“Someone to Watch Over Me” – Ella Fitzgerald (music by George and Ira Gerschwin)
“I Ain’t Superstitious” – Willie Dixon
“Rolling in the Deep” – Adele

Awesome Anthems

Classic favorites that everyone can agree on

“In the Street” – Cheap Trick
“I Will Survive” – Gloria Gaynor
“Don’t Stop Believin’” – Journey
“Born to Be Wild” – Steppenwolf
“Rock and Roll All Night” – KISS
“Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” – the Supremes
“We’re Not Gonna Take It” – Twisted Sister
“Crazy Train” – Ozzy Osbourne
“Dancin’ in the Street” – Martha and the Vandellas
“Ballroom Blitz” – The Sweet
“Rock You Like A Hurricane” – the Scorpion
“Eye of the Tiger” – Survivor
“Cum on Feel the Noize” – Quiet Riot
“Carry On, Wayward Son” – Kansas
“Thriller” – Michael Jackson
“You Shook Me All Night Long” – AC/DC
“Soak Up The Sun” – Sheryl Crow
“Pinball Wizard” – the Who
“Juke Box Hero” – Foreigner
“Summer of ’69” – Bryan Adams
“The Time Warp” – Rocky Horror Picture Show
“Another Brick in the Wall (pt. 2)” – Pink Floyd
“The Twist” – Chubby Checker
“Do You Love Me” – the Contours
“Old Time Rock and Roll” – Bob Seger

And of course …

“Bohemian Rhapsody” – Queen

Singing is good for your heart and spirit — and you and your friends will have a blast with these ideal travel tunes to sing along with.

And remember, it’s never too late to get into singing! Once you get home, when those karaoke nights just aren’t enough, consider taking some voice lessons to improve your skills before the next road trip. You just might show up everyone else in the car with your golden pipes!

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30 replies
  1. Jacksass says:

    You will probably agree that there are so many others that could be included. The one specific song I would call out for singing along with is Paradise by the Dashboard light – Meatloaf. I remember singing along to this song as a teenager at one of so many teen parties that I held/attended.

    That is all

  2. Gary says:

    Emily – It says in the description for that section “Tunes from the ’90s and ’00s, for the millennial in everyone”

  3. Tom Cochrane says:

    Don’t ever give Rascal Flatts credit for my work ever again. This article is absolutely terrible. Are you an 18 year old sorority girl just now discovering music???

  4. dontpanic42 says:

    All in all a depressingly middle-of-the-road list. I’d hoped for at least vaguely interesting.

    And btw Tom, it does say (cover) letting us all know that Rascal was singin’ somebody else’s tune.

  5. Erica says:

    omg, these are all of the songs that are already playing on the boring radio…worst list ever…you lost me at Rascal Flatts…they’re terrible…worse than a poor excuse for music.

  6. Alisha says:

    What happened to Radar Love by Golden Earring? And Jack and Diane by John Mellencamp came out in the 80’s, not the 90’s

  7. Jody VanSickle says:

    how could have possibly left out RADAR LOVE by Golden Earring???
    The best driving song of all time!
    Also, Alice Cooper’s SCHOOL’S OUT

  8. Mary says:

    This list is missing some fun songs ….

    King of the Road – Roger Miller …anything by Roger
    Bad Bad Leroy Brown – Jim Croce …again anything
    Fancy – Bobby Gentry
    so many others

  9. JerryO says:

    I’m with Cochrane..It’s so sad that you know so little about –uh–music. still, there’s no accounting for “taste”. Personally, i go for long stuff, like Beethoven sonatas, or his concerti, or symphonies….even the Egmont Overture. Also, I like to provide a Dead concert or two as a soundtrack for my trip. You know, something that requires a little ATTENTION SPAN.

  10. CookeMD says:

    Good list. However, “Life is a highway” is not a Rascal Flatts tune. They ripped it off of Tom Cochrane whose original version is infinitely better than Rascal Flatts’ “version.”

  11. whocares says:

    I’m only writing to clear something up. Country music is shite. That’s a given. But give credit where credit is due, Rascal Flatts covered Life is a Highway BETTER than the original as far as vocal talent and entertainment value are concerned.

    The list specifically says it is a cover so why are people commenting as if the author never heard of Tom Cochrane?

  12. C C says:

    These songs are BANAL, and many of them are HORRIBLE! Who in the world ever sings along to “Mr. Jones”, much less with others on a road trip? Moreover, NO one sings the whole song on most of these, they only know the chorus, such as:
    -“One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer” – George Thorogood
    “In the Street” – Cheap Trick
    “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” – the Supremes
    “We’re Not Gonna Take It” – Twisted Sister
    “Crazy Train” – Ozzy Osbourne (wtf….?)
    “Rock You Like A Hurricane” – the Scorpion
    “Cum on Feel the Noize” – Quiet Riot
    “Carry On, Wayward Son” – Kansas
    “The Time Warp” – Rocky Horror Picture Show
    “Send the Pain Below” – Chevelle
    “Pardon Me” – Incubus
    “Ziggy Stardust” – David Bowie
    “Dog Days Are Over” – Florence and the Machine
    “Layla” – Eric Clapton
    “Someone to Watch Over Me” – Ella Fitzgerald (music by George and Ira Gerschwin)
    “I Ain’t Superstitious” – Willie Dixon

    “Layla”? seriously? This list is garbage. And now I know “Take Lessons” had no competence. They just discredited themselves.

  13. Anonymous says:

    rock you like a hurricane was voted one of the most pointless song lyrics wise! I mean what does it even mean?!

  14. doug says:

    A lot of that “90’s Nostalgia” was released after 2000. My 5 year old nephew could pick out better tunes.

  15. KGOOD says:

    Yeah I was going to read this, but putting the Rascal Flats version of life is a highway as the first item totally destroyed any credibility you might have had.

  16. Oliver says:

    How many “thank you” to say? I think this is the best collection i have ever seen. ALthough some tracks are missing, i vote for stairway to heaven as the best of all you mention above.

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