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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 long vacation – 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 a road trip playlist of the best songs to sing along to.

Singing along to road trip music is a great way to prevent drowsiness, and worse, outright falling asleep. Make your trip safer and a lot more fun with these 150 best songs to sing along to.

150+ Best Songs to Sing Along to

Best Road Trip Songs

Need to stay awake during a long trip? Here are some of the best road trip songs of all 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

Road Trip Songs that Make You Dance

These popular road trips songs are 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
“Uptown Funk” – Mark Ronson
“Hey Ya” – Outkast

’90s Nostalgia Road Trip Songs

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

“Quit Playin’ Games With My Heart” – Backstreet Boys
“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 add to your road trip playlist

“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

Retro Road Trip Music

Good tempos for your road trip playlist 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

Best Road Trip Songs for Singers

Addictive melodies to show off your vocal 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

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Awesome Anthems

Classic favorites that everyone in the car can agree on

“In the Street” – Cheap Trick
“I Will Survive” – Gloria Gaynor
“Don’t Stop Believin’” – Journey
“Bohemian Rhapsody” – Queen
“Jack & Diane” – John Mellencamp
“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

Songs Everyone Knows

If you’re looking for more recent hits, here’s some more popular road trip music

“Work” – Rihanna ft. Drake
“No Broken Hearts” – Bebe Rexha ft. Nicki Minaj
“Cheap Thrills” – Sia
“Wild Things” – Alessia Cara
“Can’t Stop the Feeling!” – Justin Timberlake
“Ride” – Twenty One Pilots
“Cake by the Ocean” – DNCE
“Kill Em With Kindness” – Selena Gomez

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.

Remember, it’s never a bad time to work on your singing voice. If you want to really “wow” your passengers, consider taking free online singing classes to improve your skills!

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51 replies
  1. Jacksass
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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. KGOOD
    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.

  15. Oliver
    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.

  16. Paul Mainwaring
    Paul Mainwaring says:

    This is a populist, trite MOR list that includes some of the worst examples of popular music listened to today. There are a small number that I would respond to positively if they came on the radio but most of these are so over exposed they merit merely ridicule. I cannot imagine driving to these I would be cringing and rolling my eyes too much to concentrate. Any credibility as a music lover is gone if this is what you like. Sorry and yes I am a snob and yes I do have taste.

  17. aaron
    aaron says:

    Give it a rest people! You aren’t going to like all of her song choices and certainly there are many that could be added (to YOUR list). Give her some credit for taking the time to compose this list. Wow! So much arrogance in the world. Grow up.

  18. scott
    scott says:

    Any list will be subjective. I just listened to quite a few, and she did a fine job.
    This is not something curated from the worlds great music critics(of which I dont think
    much of anyway, they having never written or sung anything themselves, add play as well).
    Just another list. I think it better than average as well. What lists have the people that complained compiled? I see not a one downloaded or linked to one, so it looks like zero.
    At least she went on a limb and made one, and I enjoyed it. I saw some discrepancies, and I am 53, but this is not grading a college course, just fun, and I thank the person that made it.

  19. Leandra Wilson
    Leandra Wilson says:

    You could use Tunesnapper to get tracks direct to your phone for free. This site uses youtube to stream the audio and then youtubeinmp3 to do the conversion to mp3 format

  20. Tor
    Tor says:

    Suitable for a slow and long walk: “Animals – House of rising sun” from 1964. And slow drivin’ trip: “Rag’N’Bone Man – Human” of 2016 . For a travel BY Train I even suggest “PINK FLOYD – Welcome to the machine” of 1975. Each song set to loop +1. Remixed songs and versions of original tunes (higher beats rate) are suitable for related trip speeds depending BY the speed You’re going at.

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  22. Samantha L
    Samantha L says:

    This is an awesome list as I keep on traveling solo. There are moments that I’m bored already and the music in my playlist are outdated. I agree with the songs that are really the best to sing along to. This is great. 😀


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