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Best Road Trip Songs- Top Songs For On The Open Road

Updated on April 18, 2015

Road Tripping

So you have decided to take a road trip. It's just you and the open road and of course your radio. Why not have the perfect road trip song list for your fantastic adventure. The following list contains the best road trip songs for people of all tastes. Enjoy and discover new places!

Going on a road trip?
Going on a road trip?

Listen to "Everyday is a Winding Road"

# 20 Everyday is a Winding Road

Artist: Sheryl Crow


Released in 1996


The song peaked at number 11 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

Listen to "Pink Houses"

# 19 Pink Houses

Artist: John Cougar Mellencamp


Released in 1983


Reached number 8 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

Listen to "I Get Around"

# 18 I Get Around

Artist: The Beach Boy


Released in 1964


"I Get Around" was The Beach Boys first number one hit in the USA.

Listen to "The Distance"

# 17 The Distance

Artist: Cake


Released in 1996


"The Distance" is Cake's most popular and successful song to date.

Listen to "Cruise"

Listen to "Here I Go Again"

# 16 Cruise

Artist: Florida Georgia Line


Released in 2012


"Cruise" is the best selling digital country single of all time.

# 15 Here I Go Again

Artist: Whitesnake


Released in 1987


The song was originally released in 1982 but was re-recorded and released on Whitesnake's 1987 album "Whitesnake." "Here I Go Again" peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.



Listen to "Route 66"

# 14 Get Your Kicks on Route 66

Artist: Chuck Berry


Released in 1961


This song was originally recorded by Nat King Cole but personally I prefer Berry's rendition.


Listen to "Life in the Fast Lane"

# 13 Life in the Fast Lane

Artist: Eagles


Released in 1977


"Life in the Fast Lane" was the third single off of the album "Hotel California." It reached number 11 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts.

Listen to "Wanted Dead or Alive"

# 12 Wanted Dead or Alive

Artist: Bon Jovi


Released in 1987


The third single from "Slippery When Wet", it peaked at number 7 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

Listen to "No Particular Place To Go"

# 11 No Particular Place to Go

Artist: Chuck Berry


Released in 1964


Berry's single reached number 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

Listen to "Running On Empty"

# 10 Running on Empty

Artist: Jackson Browne


Released in 1978


"Running on Empty" peaked at number 11 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts, but received a slight revival when appearing on the "Forrest Gump" soundtrack.

Listen to "Start Me Up"

# 9 Start Me Up

Artist: The Rolling Stones


Released in 1981


"Start Me Up" spent two weeks at number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts.

Listen to "Shut Up and Drive"

# 8 Shut Up and Drive

Artist: Rihanna


Released in 2007


"Shut up and Drive" peaked at 15 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts. The song was certified platinum.

Listen to "Go Your Own Way"

# 7 Go Your Own Way

Artist: Fleetwood Mac


Released in 1977


"Go Your Own Way" was the first single from the band's "Rumours" album. It reached number 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts. This was Fleetwood Mac's first top ten hit in the USA.

Listen to "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For"

# 6 I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For

Artist: U2


Released in 1987


This single is the second single off of U2's album "The Joshua Tree." It peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 charts.

Listen to "Born To Run"

# 5 Born To Run

Artist: Bruce Springsteen


Released in 1975


"Born to Run" sold six million copies and peaked at number 3 on the Billboard 200.

Listen to "I'm Gonna Be"

# 4 I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)

Artist: The Proclaimers


Released in 1988


The song was released in 1988 but didn't chart in the US until it was included on the "Benny and Joon" soundtrack in 1993. The song peaked at number 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts in 1993.

Listen to "Born To Be Wild"

# 3 Born To Be Wild

Artist: Steppenwolf


Released in 1968


"Born To Be Wild" is Steppenwolf's most successful song and reached number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts.

Listen to "On The Road Again"

# 2 On The Road Again

Artist: Willie Nelson


Released in 1980


Nelson's "On The Road Again" reached number 20 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts. It is Nelson's biggest pop hit to date.

Listen to "Life is a Highway"

# 1 Life Is A Highway

Artist: Tom Cochrane


Released in 1991


This song is also available by Rascal Flatts. But nothing beats the original! This song was Cochrane's only top 40 hit.

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      Geisha M 2 years ago from Pilipinas

      Hi Susan, that is a lovely roadtrip song list! I am a fan of going on road trips and I'd surely keep note of the list to keep my spirit up while driving. I love it. Thank you!

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      Susan Harris 2 years ago from Earth

      Glad you liked it. It was very difficult narrowing it down to just twenty songs.

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      brownella 2 years ago from New England

      Great hub! I'm heading out on a road trip with my sister this fall and this just reminded me of a few more songs for the ever growing playlist. Thanks :-)

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