Ultimate Road Trip Playlist

Jenna Wiley

To be used after quarantine during COVID-19.

Spring is finally here! And with summer just around the corner, you might be planning a road trip.

Whether it’s a long drive to the beach with your friends or you are just cruising around town at night, here’s the ultimate feel good ultimate road trip playlist.

1.“Don’t Stop Believin’” by Journey

Just because this song is a Paulson Stadium tradition doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy it on the road.

Best Line: Strangers waitingUp and down the boulevard / Their shadows searching in the nightStreetlights, peopleLiving just to find emotion / Hiding somewhere in the night

2. “Hotel California – 2013 Remaster” by the Eagles

This one is just a classic, with a twist.

Best Line: This could be heaven or this could be hell / Then she lit up a candle and showed me the way.

3. “All Star” by Smash Mouth

If you don’t know what movie this iconic song was in, I have pity for you.

Best Line: Hey now you’re a all star / Get your game on, go play

4. “Highway to Hell” by AC/DC

Name a better road trip song… I’ll wait.

Best Line: No stop signs, speed limit/ Nobody’s gonna slow me down/Like a wheel, gonna spin it

5. “Hey, Soul Sister” by Train

Best listened to with the widows rolled down.

Best Line; Hey soul sister/ain’t that Mr. Mister on the radio, stereo/The way you move ain’t fair you know

6. “Take Me Home, Country Roads” by John Denver

I’m not even from West Virginia, but I belt this song.

Best Line: Country roads, take me home to the place I belong/West Virginia, mountain momma, take me home, country roads.

7. “Viva La Vida” by Coldplay

Any song by Coldplay should be in rotation on a road trip to be honest.

Best Line: Be my mirror, my sword and shield/My missionaries in a foreign field

8. “Pumped Up Kicks” by Foster The People

I don’t recommend trying to “outrun a bullet,” but, if you do, listen to this song while you do it.

Best Line: All the other kids with the pumped up kicks/You better run, better run, outrun my gun

9. “Sweet Caroline” by Neil Diamond

Another classic.

Best Line: Reaching out/Touching me, touching you/ Sweet Caroline, good times never seemed so good

10. “Eye of the Tiger” by Survivor

Thank you Rocky for being the only thing I can think of when I hear this song.

Best Line: It’s the eye of the tiger/It’s the thrill of the fight/Rising up to the challenge of our rival

11. “Circles” by Post Malone

A great one for listening to while cruising at night.

Best Line: Seasons change and our love went cold/Feed the flame because we can’t let go/Runaway but we’re running in circles

12. “Adore You” by Harry Styles

This song is just great.

Best Line:Walk in your rainbow paradise/Strawberry lipstick state of mind/I get so lost inside your eyes

13. “Sunday Best” by Surfaces

Maybe a little less known but still a great song nonetheless.

Best Line: Feeling good, like I should/Went and took a walk around the neighborhood/Feeling blessed, never stressed

14. “You should be sad” by Halsey

Also a great one to add to a breakup playlist.

Best Line: I wanna start this out and say/I gotta get it off my chest/Got no anger, got no malice/Just a little bit of regret

15. “ROXANNE” by Arizona Zervas

I give thanks to TikTok for introducing me to this song.

Best Line: Roxanne/Roxanne/All she wanna do is party all night

16. “What A Man Gotta Do” by Jonas Brothers

The Jonas Brothers are making a comeback!

Best Line: So, what a man gotta do?/What a man gotta do?/To be totally locked up by you

17. “Kiss Me Thru The Phone” by Soulja Boy and Sammie


Best Line: Baby you know that I miss you/I wanna get with you tonight but I cannot baby girl/And that’s the issue

18. “Beautiful Soul” by Jesse McCartney

Another throwback, you can never have too many!

Best Line: I don’t want another pretty face/I don’t want just anyone to hold

19. “Fergalicious” by Fergie and will.i.am

An absolute BOP.

Best Line: My body stay vicious/I be up in the gym just working on my fitness/He’s my witness

20. “Eenie Meenie” by Justin Bieber and Sean Kingston

I just had to throw in some Justin Bieber.

Best Line: You seem like the type/To love ’em and leave ’em/And disappear right after this song

21. “Gives You Hell” by The All-American Rejects

Perfect for drives to the beach with the windows down.

Best Line: Now where’s your picket fence love/And where’s that shiny car/And did it ever get you far

22. “Sk8er Boi” by Avril Lavigne

Another throwback classic.

Best Line: He was a skater boy./She said, “See ya later, boy./He wasn’t good enough for her.

23. “Here’s to Never Growing Up” Avril Lavigne

Another one from Avril!

Best Line: Singing Radiohead at the top of our lungs/With the boom box blaring as we’re falling in love

24. “A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri

Thanks Twilight!

Best Line: I have died everyday, waiting for you/Darling, don’t be afraid, I have loved you for a thousand years/I’ll love you for a thousand more

25. “Take Me to Church” by Hozier

Come back, Hozier!

Best Line:My lover’s got humor/She’s the giggle at a funeralKnows everybody’s disapproval/I should’ve worshiped her sooner

26. “Stacy’s Mom” by Bowling For Soup

I’m going to name my daughter Stacy.

Best Line: You know, I’m not the little boy that I used to be/I’m all grown up now/Baby, can’t you see?

27. “Seven Nation Army” by The White Stripes

You can never go wrong with this one.

Best Line: I’m gonna fight ’em all/A seven nation army couldn’t hold me back/They’re gonna rip it off

28. “American Idiot” by Green Day

Green Day never disappoints.

Best Line: Don’t wanna be an American idiot/Don’t want a nation under the new mania/And can you hear the sound of hysteria?

29. “Demons” by Imagine Dragons

You’ve probably forgotten about Imagine Dragons but add this to your rotation!

Best Line: When the days are cold/And the cards all fold/And the saints we see/Are all made of gold

30. “I Gotta Feeling” by Black Eyes Peas

Lastly, a truly great song!

Best Line: I gotta feel-/I gotta feeling, that tonight, that tonight

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