Driving Songs: The 80 Best Road Trip Songs

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If you travel by car every day and always have to cover the same distance, you long for variety. For this reason, we have compiled a list of songs that will provide musical entertainment during the car ride.

No matter whether it’s a sunny road trip, a family outing, or a night drive on the autobahn: with the right songs on your ears, every drive becomes much more pleasant. The Beatles, Deep Purple, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and Bruce Springsteen have published particularly famous songs, which are still heard today while driving with pleasure.

If you want to warble along to a song or two yourself, you can’t miss the classic “Freeway” from the German band “Kraftwerk” not around. The song provides on almost 23 minutes the appropriate sounds for longer trips on Germany’s roads. The catchy refrain also invites the passengers to sing along because with a “Wir fahr’n, fahr’n, fahr’n auf der Autobahn” even the longest drive goes by like a flash.

Another song that encourages you to sing along is called “300 HP” by the Austrian pop-rock band “Erste Allgemeine Verunsicherung”. The lyrics of this song are simple, but that’s what makes it a good choice for the cassette deck in the car. Cult lines like “My first word was a car, the second was tutu” can still be sung along by people over 30 – and those who don’t know the lyrics will be brought up to 300 hp by the rocking melody.

Among the best road trip songs, of course, is “Born to Run” by “Bruce Springsteen”, “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)” by “The Proclaimers”, or else “Highway to Hell” by the Australian band “AC/DC”.

In our playlist of the best songs for driving, we’ve compiled 80 songs that are especially good for having a good time in the car. From classic songs to let yourself drift with the rhythm of the music to current hits that make long car rides fly by, this playlist offers the right soundtrack for every musical taste.

(At the end of the article, we’ve created a Spotify playlist for you with all the songs listed here.)

Playlist: 80 songs for a varied car ride:

Each song is linked to the corresponding music video via the title.

Song: Performer: Listen:
1. The Passenger Iggy Pop
2. Keep the Car Running Arcade Fire
3. Born to Be Wild Steppenwolf
4. Drive-In Saturday David Bowie
5. Free Bird Lynyrd Skynyrd
6. I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) The Proclaimers
7. Panama Van Halen
8. I’m In Love With My Car Queen
9. The Distance Cake
10. Holiday Road Lindsey Buckingham
11. Highway to Hell AC/DC
12. I Drove All Night Cyndi Lauper
13. Don’t Stop Believin Journey
14. Speed King Deep Purple
15. Mr. Blue Sky Electric Light Orchestra
16. On the Road Again Willie Nelson
17. Born to Run Bruce Springsteen
18. Shut Up and Drive Rihanna
19. I’ve Been Everywhere Johnny Cash
20. Thunder Road Bruce Springsteen
21. Feeling Good Muse
22. Where the Streets Have No Name U2
23. Wouldn’t It Be Nice The Beach Boys
24. Interstate Love Song Stone Temple Pilots
25. Going Up the Country Canned Heat
26. Love Shack The B-52’s
27. Going Back to Cali LL Cool J
28. Little Red Corvette Prince
29. Can’t Stop Red Hot Chili Peppers
30. King of the Road Roger Miller
31. Runnin’ Down a Dream Tom Petty
32. Hit the Road Jack Ray Charles
33. Whole Lotta Love Led Zeppelin
34. Sweet Home Alabama Lynyrd Skynyrd
35. Roadrunner Modern Lovers
36. The Golden Age Beck
37. Ride Like the Wind Christopher Cross
38. Let Me Ride Dr. Dre
39. Chicago Sufjan Stevens
40. Cars Gary Numan
41. Here I Go Again Whitesnake
42. Free Ride Edgar Winter
43. Joker And The Thief Wolfmother
44. No Particular Place To Go Chuck Berry
45. Radar Love Golden Earring
46. The Ballroom Blitz Sweet
47. Truckin’ Grateful Dead
48. Take It Easy Jackson Browne
49. Home Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
50. Jack & Diane John Cougar Mellencamp
51. Life Is a Highway Tom Cochrane
52. Road to Nowhere Talking Heads
53. Eye Of The Tiger Survivor
54. Scar Tissue Red Hot Chili Peppers
55. Radar Love Golden Earring
56. Two of Us The Beatles
57. Wild Thing The Troggs
58. The Way Fastball
59. Green Onions Booker T. & the M.G.’s
60. Fade Into You Mazzy Star
61. Queen Of The Highway The Doors
62. Graceland Paul Simon
63. Everyday Is a Winding Road Sheryl Crow
64. California Phantom Planet
65. Walk On The Wild Side Lou Reed
66. The Chain Fleetwood Mac
67. Fast Car Tracy Chapman
68. Mustang Sally Wilson Pickett
69. Take It Easy The Eagles
70. Welcome To The Jungle Guns N’ Roses
71. Running on Empty Jackson Browne
72. Route 66 Chuck Berry
73. Autobahn Kraftwerk
74. Wheels Foo Fighters
75. Mercedes Benz Janis Joplin
76. Don’t Stop Me Now Queen
77. Joyride Roxette
78. Fast Car Tracy Chapman
79. 300 PS Erste Allgemeine Verunsicherung
80. Highway Star Deep Purple

Car Ride Spotify Playlist:

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