The Road Trip Playlist: 15 Songs For A Musical Travel

All my travels and rod trips are incomplete without music, and I am sure yours would be too because *sings merrily* Without a Song or A Dance What Are We, So I Say Thank You For The Music, The Song I’m Singing … Erm. 
You get the point. 

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I like all kind of music but my favorite is the kind I can effortlessly sing along. And every one knows that road trips are the best for sing along music! I love road trips a lot, especially driving. I love that driving for a road trip set you free in a lot ways, the car (because now we have a kid and car is the safest option till she grows up) becomes your home for a few days and I always say that I love the feeling of being in transit, even more than arriving. 

Recently I had a very important work meeting in Bangalore and I booked my tickets through Skyscanner. It was later refunded by my office, but I got an amazing deal that I didn’t see on any of the other tours and travel sites. A day before my trip, I made a fresh playlist for air travel and no, Leaving on a Jet Plane was not my first choice. (Though it is on the list).

But as I listened to my air travel list, I realized that my Road Trip list is way, way better. I’m not even bragging here. I love ’em and I try to make the most of my road trips, simple!

So, when preparing for a road trip, along with trying desperately to pack like a pro (read: pack light) and shopping for travel-staples, a lot of planning also goes in my travel play list. It might be lame, but it’s my comfort Musical Food-For-The-Mind – I tell my husband and after almost 6 years for driving throughout the country, we have now arrived at a balance of choices. Also known as, whichever one of us is driving, has no say in the music till the time we switch. It’s fair game bro.

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Last month, there was a discussion going on one of the million Facebook pages that I’ve joined – and though I can’t remember what page that was, the discussion stuck with me. What songs do you play on a road trip, was the question and hundreds of people, all die-hard travel addicts like me, responded with songs that made me go from OH YES THAT ONE! to GOOD TASTE, SISTER!

So, here I am, sharing my Road Trip Playlist with you, hoping to wow you with my musical taste slash make you shake your head in disagreement – whichever way, I am expecting you to tell me your road trip trippin’ songs okay? 
All these are SING-ALONGABLE, so that’s my category for this post. I’m calling it the Singalongable playlist which, may I say, I just made up and sounds incredibly cool. Might as well patent the term.

Since I cannot put the whole lot in one post, I’m going to do a list of 15 English songs, and I’m packing them from my most played list. I’ll do a Hindi list soon. For now, in now particular order because I love them all equally, here we go:
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My Road Trip Playlist, Top 15 Songs to trip on while on the road:

1. Lemon Tree – Fool’s Garden
For no reason at all, this one is our favourite travel song. It is not even a travel song, so this is funny. But hey, it’s addictive.


2. Hey Soul Sister – Train
Love, Love, Love this song. It’s also my writing song and is totally singalongable. Addictive too. Ain’t That Mister Mister! 
3. Let Her Go – Passenger
Again, nothing to do with travel, but I love this song a lot. Especial the end. And the music kind of goes very well with long roads and no traffic.

4. The General – Dispatch
Not because of the Army connection, no sir! I have been in love with this one long before I even met the husband. Now he loves it too. The pace is fast-ish and the lyrics are damn good, and I sing it from start to end so nicely that I’m proud of myself. Here is the chorus:

He said: I have seen the others
and I have discovered
that this fight is not worth fighting
I have seen their mothers
and I will no other
to follow me where I’m going
So,take a shower, shine your shoes
you got no time to lose
you are young men you must be living
Take a shower, shine your shoes
you got no time to lose
you are young men you must be living


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5. A Thousand Miles — Vanessa Carlton
Very peppy and very Travel-y. I mean, this one is apt for a road trip and makes me want to buy a piano and play it. And also, to learn to play the piano, obviously.
6. Hit The Road Jack – Ray Charles
Classic road trip song, this one. Very catchy, even our 3 year old sings along.

Hit the road Jack and don’t you come back no more, no more,
no more, no moreeee.
7. Fire To The Rain – Adele
Love the song. Love the lyrics. Period.
8. Better Together – Jack Johnson
This song is my current ring tone. And is a beautiful, beautiful song. 
9. Fuck It – Eamon
I don’t even know how I got stuck with this one. This song is negative, and sad and uses bad language which is something that we try to avoid since the our daughter started to pick up words. But well, we are stuck. We make sure she is asleep when we play this though. When you listen to it, make sure you look up the female version of it too.

10. Sing – Ed Sheeran
I used to prefer Lego House earlier, but now Sing is my anthem. Ed Sheeran is already a favourite in the house, as the husband like his songs too. Win!
11. Shake It Off – Taylor Swift
Husband hates it, I like the tempo. This is the little one’s favourite too so majority wins and all that.
12. Lose Yourself – Eminem
This song is a lyrical genius. The Husband love sit, I worship it. People who say rap is only about abuses and anger and sexism, need to listen to this one. Take a bow, Eminem. here’s the last part of the song for you:

Too much for me to wanna
Stay in one spot, another day of monotony’s gotten me
To the point, I’m like a snail
I’ve got to formulate a plot or I end up in jail or shot
Success is my only motherfucking option, failure’s not
Mom, I love you, but this trailer’s got to go
I cannot grow old in Salem’s lot
So here I go it’s my shot.
Feet, fail me not


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13. Fast Car – Tracy Chapman
I had never heard this one until the husband played it on our first road trip together. I’ve loved it ever since. Maybe it’s of emotional value too, but who cares? It is a brilliant composition. And when you listen to it in your office, or at home while cooking, you get this urge to get ticket to anywhere. Seriously.

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14. Born To Run – Bruce Springsteen
Husband introduced me to this one also, and yes yes I know you’re thinking the husband has a better taste and well, I agree. *wink*
15. Another Travelin’ Song – Bright Eyes
Yes, you guessed it right – husband’s song and I’m addicted too. So is out daughter. We all sing along to this.

I will soon share my list of Hindi songs for the road trip. Hope you enjoy these. Don’t forget to send me your road trip songs.

Happy Travelling, fellas’!

Post Author: Aditi Mathur Kumar

Author of 2 books. TEDx Speaker. Travel Writer. Blogger. Addicted to Travel & Books. Digital Media Strategist. Social Media Girl. Army Wife. Mom. Curious. Crazy.

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