8 Songs To Groove To When On A Road Trip

There’s just something about jamming with the windows down. Whether you’re headed a few blocks or a few states, you’ll want to turn these beats up!

1. Shut Up and Drive, Rihanna

Isn’t it obvious this tune is perfect for driving? Instead of chatting it up, Rihanna encourages everyone to just “shut up and drive.” Released in 2007, this song was on her third album titled Good Girl Gone Bad. Fun lyrics like,

Cause it’s zero to sixty in three point five

Baby you got the keys

Now shut up and drive, drive, drive”

Make this song perfect for driving on an open road and try not to talk.


2. Send Me On My Way, Rusted Root

Depending on your age, you may recognize this song from the children’s movie, Matilda. Matilda is a little girl who has magic powers. Her family doesn’t appreciate her and she’s passionate about reading and education. When her parents leave her home alone, this song comes on as she makes her own pancakes and gets herself ready for the day on her own. This upbeat song will remind you of Summer weather and fun times with friends.

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The lyrics of Send Me On My Way include,

“Well, I would like to hold my little hand

And we will run, we will, we will crawl, we will

I would like to hold my little hand

And we will run, we will, we will crawl”

The song doesn’t hint where they are headed, but the song’s about moving! The lyrics were written by Rusted Root’s Michael Glabicki. The song is from the album When I Woke.

3. I’ve Been Everywhere, Johnny Cash

Johnny Cash is a traditional road trip pick. Covering blues, country, and folk, Cash could easily be the backdrop of an entire trip. If you’re not keen on playing Johnny the entire time you’re traveling, add the single song, I’ve Been Everywhere.

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This classic song, which was covered by Cash in 1996, was written by Geoff Mack, an Australian country singer. The American version was switched up to include American cities like “Boston” and “Nashville.”

4. Highway To Hell, AC/DC

Let’s hope you’re not driving straight into Hades…but this song is catchy. Highway To Hell is a rock ballad from AC/DC. Perfect for the hardcore rockers at heart and a group of girl besties, this song has lyrics that fit driving perfectly.

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The song was released on the 27th of July, 1979. The title of the song also was the title of album. The lyrics explain that the singer is driving to Hell. There’s not a lot of room for interpretation with the words like,

No stop signs, speed limit

Nobody’s gonna slow me down

Like a wheel, gonna spin it

Nobody’s gonna mess me around

Hey Satan, paid my dues

Playing in a rocking band

Hey mama, look at me

I’m on my way to the promised land, whoo!”

Don’t be tempted to speed while listening to this track, but do imagine joining AC/DC and rocking out.

5. I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles), The Proclaimers

Walking five hundred miles is very different than driving five hundred miles, but this song from The Proclaimers sets the mood for a road trip anyway. A song most pals will know and will want to sing along with, I’m Gonna Be, is an energetic song about a man that will walk five hundred miles to be near his lover. When the chorus begins, singing,

“But I would walk five hundred miles

And I would walk five hundred more

Just to be the man who walked a thousand miles

To fall down at your door”

…it’ll be hard to not yell out the lyrics. Whether you’re driving for business or are celebrating a bachelorette party, this song will hit the spot.

6. Homecoming, Kanye West

Rapping about Chi-city, his hometown, Kanye West wrote Homecoming. This song is all about him coming home to his city. If you’ve ever been far from home, you know the emotions that come when you’re driving back. Memories flood back and sometimes it’s comforting to be nostalgic.

Even though you may be driving from or to NYC, this song may hit a nerve. Some of the lyrics that reflect coming home say,

“I’m coming home again

Do you think about me now and then?

Do you think about me now and then?

Cause I’m coming home again”

7. Mud On the Tires, Brad Paisley

Have you ever felt the excitement of driving a new car? Even if you’re driving a rental, you will still feel the energy of a different vehicle. As our friend Brad Paisley says in Mud On the Tires,

“And I’m holdin’ the keys to a brand new Chevrolet

Have you been outside, it sure is a nice night

How about a little test drive

Down by the lake?”

The song highlights the romantic thought of driving out into the sunset and spending time in the back of a truck bed. Even if you’re not behind a four wheel drive vehicle, you may still appreciate the idea of getting away. Mud On the Tires was released in 2003 and was also the name of the album. Sometimes a little bit of country fits a driving afternoon perfectly.

8. A Thousand Miles, Vanessa Carlton

If you’ve seen the 2004 movie, White Chicks, you have probably sung this song a time or two while driving. A Thousand Miles by Vanessa Carlton is the girl’s “song” in the movie and they sing it obnoxiously in the car. Later, another actor, Terry Crews, sings the song to one of the men posing as a woman. As hilarious as the movie is that highlights the song, there is something about A Thousand Miles that makes you want to get behind the wheel.

The lyrics highlight the singer walking 1000 miles just to be by their lover’s side. Some of the words hit close to home for those who are traveling to be near friends or family.

“Making my way downtown

Walking fast

Faces pass

And I’m home-bound

Staring blankly ahead

Just making my way

Making a way

Through the crowd”

The song was released in 2004 and was nominated for a Grammy.