Best Road Trip Songs

The only road trip music playlist you will ever need

Who says road trips are just for the summer? There's no better way to start the New Year than embarking on an adventure with your closest friends. Snacks and drinks are important for a long drive, but what's really essential for a successful road trip is the perfect music playlist.

Sure, the goal of a road trip is to reach your destination, but half of the fun is getting there. And there's no better way to keep your spirits high than singing and dancing along to your favorite songs. Research has shown that listening to music while driving can positively impact your mood and keep you alert during long trips.

Here are 12 road trip songs that will keep you and your friends entertained as you reach your journey's end.

Upbeat Tunes

"Runaway Renegade"

Artist: Carrie Underwood

"A Sky Full of Stars"

Artist: Coldplay


Artist: Lorde

"Shake It Off"

Artist: Taylor Swift

Singalong Jams


Artist: Oasis

"Like I'm Gonna Lose You"

Artist: Meghan Trainor featuring John Legend


Artist: Matchbox Twenty

"Sunday Morning"

Artist: Maroon 5

Chill Out Songs

"Washing Dishes"

Artist: Jack Johnson


Artist: The Smashing Pumpkins

"Mr. Jones"

Artist: Counting Crows

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