Auto Europe Travel Blog - Advice to Travel With...

Great Road Trip Songs

Great Road Trip Songs – Travel Playlists for Your Next Big Adventure

Planning for a road trip is punctuated mostly by the gathering of various supplies—ice chest, suitcase, wallet, phone, sunglasses, you get it—but one supply you mustn’t forget though, is proper road trippin’ tunes. Though not entirely correlated to survival, having a collection of great road trip songs to accompany you on the journey is an absolute necessity. In a world defined by apps, downloads, and streaming services, music is readily available for the masses, but sifting through it can quickly become a daunting undertaking. Thankfully, you don’t have to. Below I’ve compiled four road trip playlists—Electronic Dance, Hip Hop/Rap, Singer/Songwriter, and the Ultimate Playlist—so no matter what genre best suits your day of driving, it’s all covered here. Get your tape adapters, aux cords, and iPod connectors, and prepare yourself for the perfect symbiosis of man and machine as you drive through Europe (or just unwind on the drive home from work) with the ultimate road trip soundtrack bellowing from the speakers.

Select one of the playlist icons below to navigate to the tracklist

Great Road Trip Songs: Ultimate Playlist for Road Trips

The quintessential road trip playlist: song’s about driving, the open road, fast cars, freedom, and the like, with classics from the Doors and more.

Great Road Trip Songs: Singer/Songwriter Playlist for Road Trips

Croon along with the melodies of your favorite singer/songwriters, ranging from 70s classics to modern day chart-toppers.

Great Road Trip Songs: Hip-Hop/Rap Playlist for Road Trips

Car rentals don’t come with 24 inch rims. This hip hop road trip mix is sure to make you feel like a boss, despite your tiny, not-even-chrome rims.

Great Road Trip Songs: Electronic Dance Playlist for Road Trips

A mix for the traveler who wants to accompany their exciting drive with equally exciting dance beats pulsating from the bass speakers.

*Editors Note: Some of the songs included in the playlists contain profanity and adult themes and may not be deemed suitable for all children.

Great Road Trip Songs – The Ultimate Playlist

Approximate run-time: 1 hour 25 minutes

The ultimate road trip playlist for the ultimate Europe road trip. Quintessential road trip songs about the freedom of travel, driving the open road, and forging your own life path. Includes bonus grooves that, despite not being road trip themed, are still great songs for road trips, or rather, the perfect backing tracks to spice up your next driving adventure.

Autobahn – Kraftwerk (22:43)

L.A. Woman – The Doors (7:49)

Road to Nowhere – Talking Heads (4:19)

No Cars Go – Arcade Fire (5:44)

Fast Car – Tracy Chapman (4:56)

Born to Run – Bruce Springsteen (4:31)

The Distance – Cake (3:00)

Seven Nation Army – The White Stripes (3:52)

The Way – Fastball (4:17)

Beast of Burden – The Rolling Stones (4:24)

Feeling the Night – Kaskade & Members Only (4:14)

Daylight – Matt & Kim (2:51)

Truckin’ – Grateful Dead (5:09)

Drive – Incubus (3:52)

Road Trippin’ – Red Hot Chile Peppers (3:30)

Great Road Trip Songs – Singer/Songwriter Playlist

Approximate run-time: 1 hour 1 minutes

Who doesn’t love singing along with the harmonious melodies of their favorite singer/songwriters? Follow in the footsteps of the classic Americana road-trippers, and crank up the crooning as you hit you the highway, really getting into the spirit of travel while cruising through Europe with the top down, serenading your surroundings with the sounds of Van Morrison, Aimee Mann, and more from this list of singer/songwriter songs for road trips.

Pavlov’s Bell – Aimee Mann (4:27)

Sunny Came Home – Shawn Colvin (4:24)

Black Tambourine – Beck (2:46)

Hoist That Rag – Tom Waits (4:20)

Volcano – Damien Rice (4:38)

Something To Talk About – Bonnie Raitt (3:47)

Caravan – Van Morrison (5:00)

Play Dead – Björk (3:55)

Without You – Spooky Black (5:04)

Doo Wop (That Thing) – Lauryn Hill (5:20)

Style – Taylor Swift (3:50)

Lift Up Every Stone – John Hiatt (3:14)

Sixteen Saltines – Jack White (2:35)

My Moon My Man – Feist (3:48)

Video Games – Lana Del Rey (4:41)

Great Road Trip Songs – Hip Hop/Rap Playlist

Approximate run-time: 1 hour 2 minutes

Sometimes you gotta give your ego some extra love; hiding behind modesty and humility can only work for so long before you just have to flex some confidence and bump some rap from your speakers. Rock anthems and delicate strumming may be enough for some people, but others may need a healthy dose of trunk-rattling bass in their life, and that’s where the Hip-Hop/Rap Playlist really shines. Take a pointer from our rapper brethren, and go all out on your Europe road trip with a Beemer, Benz, or Bentley luxury car rental, and cruise in style with all these great hip-hop songs for road trips as your theme music.

Still Tippin’ (feat. Slim Thug & Pall Wall) – Mike Jones (4:37)

There He Go – Schoolboy Q (3:20)

Can’t Knock The Hustle – Jay Z (5:17)

Drive Slow (feat. Pall Wall, GLC, & T.I.) – Kanye West (4:32)

Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik – Outkast (4:11)

Poppin’ My Collar – Three 6 Mafia (2:54)

King Kunta – Kendrick Lamar (3:58)

3005 – Childish Gambino (4:15)

Paris, Tokyo – Lupe Fiasco (4:15)

Stunt 101 – G Unit (3:52)

JFK To LAX – Gangstarr (3:34)

Swag Surfin’ – Lil’ Wayne (5:03)

Fu-Gee-La (Refugee Camp Remix) – The Fugees (4:25)

Anything Can Happen – Wyclef Jean (4:37)

Shake It Down – Jay Dee (2:55)

Great Road Trip Songs – Electronic Dance Playlist

Approximate run-time: 1 hour 7 minutes

Electronic dance music doesn’t have to be confined to chaotic festival grounds marred by debauchery and poor decision making; in fact, the undulating bass lines and heavy downbeats characteristic of dance music add a whole new element to the driving experience. The trance-like rhythms and cyclical hooks create an unrivaled driving soundtrack, almost as if each tune were scored personally for your road trip.

Feeling the Night – Kaskade & Members Only (4:14)

Warm Water (Snakehips Remix) – Banks (2:45)

Finally! – Geotheory (3:54)

I Know What You Feel – Lost Shade (5:26)

Follow You (Rhythmics Remix) – Au5 (4:44)

Get Free (Mitchell Southam Remix) – Major Lazer (4:31)

Around The World – Daft Punk (7:08)

Untrust Us – Crystal Castles (3:06)

We Own The Night (feat. Luciana) – Tiësto & Wolfgang Gartner (5:31)

Rolling Stone T-Shirt – Dada Life (5:04)

Where The Party’s At (Dada Life Remix) – Tonite Only (4:52)

Sleepyhead (Neo Tokyo Remix) – Passion Pit (3:57)

The Seconds (feat. Jano) – Porter Robinson (5:39)

Destination Calabria (feat. Crystal Waters) – Alex Gaudino (3:04)

Bounce (feat. N.O.R.E) – MSTRKRFT (2:52)

Hitting the Road with the Best Road Trip Songs & Auto Europe

When you’re ready to hit the open road on a road trip through Europe, be sure to download our official playlists of the best road trip songs from the Spotify and Soundcloud links above. Good music, despite being physically intangible, can add to a road trip (or even a daily commute) exponentially; it’s capable of putting you in the mood to explore without reservation, guided only by curiosity and good vibes.

I had a blast curating these playlists of great road trip songs, so if you enjoy listening to them even half as much as I did creating them, you’re sure to have excellent musical accompaniment on your next journey abroad.

This entry was posted in Travel Tips and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Share Your Thoughts

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *