Its summertime and you are ready to hit the road, only one problem - what do you listen to on the drive? Our team gathered up some of our favorite hits for summer road trips and as you will hear, our taste is quite eclectic!
Song: Drive My Car
Artist: The Beatles
Why: Besides the traveled-themed title, this Beatles hit sounds like sunshine + begs to be sung along with!
Song: Born In The USA
Artist: Bruce Springsteen
Why: You can’t go wrong with The Boss! Roll your windows down + let the wind mess up your hair as you cruise to your destination.
Song: This Will Be (An Everlasting Love)
Artist: Natalie Cole
Why: As soon as you hear the trumpet in this song, you’ll know you’re on your way to make some (ever)lasting memories!
Song: Bennie And The Jets
Artist: Elton John
Why: The way Elton plays the piano will transport you to a dimly lit dive bar in some far off city, which just might be where you’re headed!
Artist: The Carters
Why: The Carters will make you want to fall in love all over again with this ballad celebrating summer romance.
Song: Send Me on My Way
Artist: Rusted Root
Why: Even the song’s writer, Michael Glabicki, was thinking about summertime sunshine when he wrote this 90s hit!
*Extra points for being a fellow Pittsburgh, PA based group!
Song: Don’t Take the Money
Artist: The Bleachers
Why: The tempo and melody of this song gives you the feeling of walking through a new city for the first time + being surrounded by new possibilities!
Song: Miss You
Artist: Born Ruffians
Why: From the guitar to the shout-out-loud lyrics, this tune will make you want to slide on a pair of sunglasses and dance in the sunshine!
Song: Ridin’ Around
Artist: Kali Uchis
Why: The confidence espoused by Kali in the lyrics are a great mid road-trip bop to remind you that you don’t need anyone else to ride around + feel fly.
Song: Take Me Home, Country Roads
Artist: John Denver
Why: Even if you aren’t a Mountain Mama, you can’t help but feel called to the places John Denver sings about in this classic track.
Song: Somebody Loves You
Artist: Betty Who
Why: A summer bop if we’ve ever heard one, this jam must be played surrounded by warm weather + good vibes!
Song: Big Sur
Artist: The Thrills
Why: This tune sounds like a cool breeze on a summer day!
Song: What’s It Gonna Be?
Why: This bop is reminiscent of all the uncertainty + fast-paced emotions that come with a new romance!
Song: Runnin’ Down A Dream
Artist: Tom Petty
Why: The perfect song to motivate you through the long, open road to your destination!
Song: You Can Call Me Al
Artist: Paul Simon
Why: You can’t help but smile during this song (and music video), so let it lift your spirits during a dull part of your journey!
Song: Free Spirit
Why: Let the soothing voice of Khalid transport you to a place of acceptance + free spirited fun in this smooth ballad.
Why: We believe that you can make it through even the most boring parts of your drive + you should too!
Song: Come and Get Your Love
Why: Upbeat + carefree, we can’t imagine a better song for a road trip!
Song: Hooked on a Feeling
Artist: Blue Suede
Why: You might not think you know this classic hit, but the opening “ooga chaka” will be sure to hook you + hold your focus for this love filled bop.
Song: Bohemian Rhapsody
Why: Everyone knows all the words to this classic jam, which makes it perfect for a dramatic, mid-drive rendition.
Song: It’s Gonna Be Me
Why: Sometimes you just need a moody boy-band song to realign your focus and maintain your motivation through the drive.
Song: Summer Girls
Why: 20 years of celebrating summer girls, frosted tips and a love of Abercrombie & Fitch can’t be wrong.
Song: Wagon Wheel
Artist: Old Crow Medicine Show
Why: Perfect for singing in the car, around a fire, or with a large group of friends. The lyrics are simple + infectious, just try not singing along!
Song: Go Your Own Way
Artist: Fleetwood Mac
Why: You are going your own way, on the open road, exploring what the world has to offer, so why not sing about it?
Song: Summertime Magic
Artist: Childish Gambino
Why: Maybe your road trip co-pilot fell asleep. Maybe it got a little cloudy + you want a song to match. Maybe you just want to chill for a while. Whatever the reason, this is the perfect song.
Song: Wide Open Spaces
Artist: Dixie Chicks
Why: This song celebrates the lessons we will learn and the people we will meet when we take a chance on the wide open road.
What do you think of our list? What’s your must-play song on road trips? Comment below and let us know!