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The Ultimate Road Trip Playlist


The Open Road.

Is there anything better than getting in your car and heading out on a kick-ass road trip? For me, a road trip is one of the best ways to travel because the journey is the destination. (Profound… I know.)

I’m a big fan of creating playlists to accompany my travels and set the tone for my trips. So as my parents, who are celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary this year, embark on a 6 week road trip across the country to visit our nation’s best national parks, I thought it was only fitting that I pull together the ultimate road trip playlist for their travels.

This playlist is designed to have the best foot-tappin’, top of your lungs singin’, ultimate road-trippin’ tunes that will help you enjoy the ride… and may even make you want to keep driving a little longer, just so you can hear the next song.

  • Route 66 –Chuck Berry
  • Ramblin’ Man – The Allman Brothers Band**
  • Holiday Road – Lindsey Buckingham
  • Roam – The B-52’s
  • Ticket to Ride – The Beatles
  • Ants Marching – Dave Matthews Band**
  • Thank God I’m a Country Boy – John Denver**
  • Sweet Caroline – Neil Diamond
  • Listen to the Music – The Doobie Brothers
  • Rockin’ Down the Highway – The Doobie Brothers
  • Jackson – Johnny Cash with June Carter Cash
  • Hotel California – The Eagles
  • The Way – Fastball
  • Rockafeller Skank – Fatboy Slim
  • Life is a Highway – Rascal Flatts
  • Rich Girl – Hall & Oates**
  • Boys of Summer – Don Henley
  • Rock and Roll – Eric Hutchinson
  • Better Together – Jack Johnson
  • Don’t Stop Believing – Journey
  • The Cave – Mumford & Sons**
  • On the Road Again – Willie Nelson
  • Crazy Game of Poker – O.A.R.**
  • American Girl – Tom Petty**
  • Free Fallin’ – Tom Petty
  • California – Phantom Planet
  • I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) – The Proclaimers**
  • Scar Tissue – Red Hot Chili Peppers
  • The Gambler – Kenny Rogers**
  • Reelin’ in the Years – Steely Dan
  • Sweet Home Alabama – Lynyrd Skynyrd
  • Magic Carpet Ride – Steppenwolf
  • Semi-Charmed Life – Third Eye Blind
  • Drive By – Train
  • Free Ride – Edgar Winter**

** My Top 10

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE ROAD TRIP TUNES?

And check out my post over at the Huffington Post for some of America’s best roadside attractions you might find along the way.

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8 Responses to The Ultimate Road Trip Playlist

  1. Peter October 19, 2012 at 3:05 am #

    Anything by the White Stripes makes my road trip list aswell

    • Chris November 3, 2012 at 3:39 pm #

      I feel like a good road trip has to have that motivating, pumping music, and White Stripes delivers on that for sure.

  2. D.J. - The World of Deej October 21, 2012 at 11:02 am #

    Great list…nice to see Hotel California on there:)

    • Chris November 3, 2012 at 3:40 pm #

      I had to… it’s a classic! 🙂

  3. Stephanie - The Travel Chica October 25, 2012 at 10:12 pm #

    Good call on O.A.R. I also love some upbeat Ben Folds,

    • Chris November 3, 2012 at 3:48 pm #

      O.A.R. just makes me want to turn up the radio and sing along. And I’m a big fan of Ben Folds and “Brick.”

  4. Turtle November 2, 2012 at 6:34 pm #

    I don’t why why I love it so much as a road trip song, but personally I can’t go past Neil Young – Heart of Gold.

    • Chris November 3, 2012 at 3:49 pm #

      That is a FANTASTIC addition… and now it’s going to be stuck in my head all day- ha!

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