Best songs for an American road trip

25 of the Best Songs for an American Road Trip

With sunglasses on and the wind in our hair, a fold out map covering the dashboard, a giant pack of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and a huge $1.99 cup of Dr Pepper filling the car for snacks , and the wide open road ahead of us.  Our great American road trip was everything I had imagined it to be and more.

I love the freedom of a road trip – being able to go wherever we want, whenever we want (as long as it fits in with my planned out itinerary of course!).  We hopped out of the car to see the stunning blue coastal views along the Big Sur; grabbed lunch at quirky Route 66 roadside diners; came across the most random attractions like Bubblegum Alley in San Luis Obispo and added our own bubblegum to the wall (a gross kind of abstract art).  We stumbled upon the coolest places to eat and drink; posed in front of wacky street art; hiked mountains and dipped our toes in the ocean.  But most of all we did lots and lots (and lots) of singing.

Best songs for an American road trip

No road trip is complete without an epic soundtrack along for the ride and our favourites were a mix between some old American classics as well as some more funky modern tunes.  These are our pick of the best songs for an American road trip and they kept us thoroughly entertained on our adventures (although I think I’ll keep the video of us singing along to Rockstar to myself!). 


1.  Send Me On My Way – Rusted Root

2.  California – Phantom Planet

3.  Style – Taylor Swift (gotta have a bit of Swifty in there somewhere!)

4.  Fortunate Son – Creedence Clearwater Revival

5.  Home – Edward Sharpe

6.  A Thousand Miles – Vanessa Carlton

7.  Don’t Stop Believing – Journey

8.  Dirty Paws – Of Monsters and Men

9.  Ridin’ – Chamillionaire (picture Mr Ayla with the window rolled down, elbow leaning out and one hand on the steering wheel, trying (and failing) to be a gangster)

10.  Surfin’ USA – The Beach Boys

11.  Love Shack – B-52’s

12.  Girls Fast Cars – The Wombats

13.  Proud Mary – Tina Turner

14.  Rockstar – Nickleback

15.  Easy Love – Sigala

16.  Have Love Will Travel – The Sonics

17.  Somewhere Only We Know – Keane

18.  Gambling Man – The Overtones (if you’re visiting Las Vegas)

19.  Livin’ On A Prayer – Bon Jovi

20.  Here I Go Again – Whitesnake

21.  Ex’s and Oh’s – Elle King

22.  Alright Now – Free

23.  Chasing Cars – Snow Patrol

24.  Go Your Own Way – Fleetwood Mac

25.  Hotel California – Eagles


For more of my road trip tips check out my post on 10  Essentials for an American road trip.

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14 thoughts on “25 of the Best Songs for an American Road Trip

  1. Shikha (whywasteannualleave) says:

    Oh my goodness – Somewhere Only We Know – absolutely epic for a road trip! I saw them live once and even after all these years, I could listen to this on repeat time and again – now for the open topped car and the open road!! You’re making me want to get in the car right this second 🙂

  2. jogonmum says:

    Awesome playlist! Sang Somewhere Only We Know at Karaoke last night! :-O
    Love Bon Jovi – Livin’ On a Prayer is a personal favourite – need a Lost Highway on there too!!! Perfect road trip song!
    I just want to go on a road trip now – my Hubby puts together fab playlists and I sing along to them! 😀 xxx

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