Whether we’re driving across the country or just down the road, we can’t ponder travelling without an empty playlist. Music has the power to disconnect us from the disturbing voices and transport to a new world, it brings our imagination to play and that’s why when on a trip, it helps us feel a stronger connect with places and people, make powerful memories and brave the night alone!
Song searching can sometimes be a tedious task, so to make your job easier and to add some rhythm to your travel, here is a list of Hollywood’s best travel songs which you cannot afford to keep out of one’s travel playlist.
Hit The Road- Jack- Ray Charles
“I guess if you said so, I’ll have to pack my bags and go.” Oh yea! Just pack your bags and hit the road and don’t forget to play this song! The energy and enthusiasm with which Charles sings this song is terrific and you cannot not sing along when this song is playing in your car.
Life is a highway- Rascal Flatts
This one is my most favorite because life certainly is a highway. I love to play this song on long journeys and it works like magic! The fast beats make a long ride seem a little shorter and every traveler’s heart waves to this song because “Life is a highway, I wanna ride it all night long / If you’re going my way, I wanna drive it all night long.”
Fast Car- Tracy Chapman
“You got a fast car and I got a plan to get us out of here.” The soft music and heartfelt lyrics of this song will surely be a great choice to play when traveling with your beloved. A fast car adds thrill to trip and if you are on a highway… whoa!! But drive safe.
Another Travelin’ Song – Bright Eyes
“Well I’m changing all my strings/ I’m gonna write another traveling song/About all the billion highways and the cities at the break of dawn.” This is how the song begins and grows more powerful as it moves on. The impact of this song is undeniable and you might end up writing another travelling song, you never now!
Home- Chris Dughtry
One of the best travel songs that’s a must have, I play this song on my way back home and the path becomes more beautiful. This will surely give you tears of joy as you return “to a place where love and feeling good don’t ever cost a thing”. The deep emotions and feelings which this song evokes are priceless and the miles get longer as you get closer. Repeat mode on!
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Cruise- Florida Georgia Line
Once I get my windows down, I start enjoying the town and this song gives the perfect tune to enjoy. It is quite infectious and does make you “feel like rolling your windows down….and get your radio up.” Just turn up the volume and enjoy your drive and boysss out there, I have a feeling it is already on your playlist 😉
Home- Phillip Phillips
Did you just felt the urgency to be home? I know, that’s the spell Phillip’s voice can cast. When you miss your home “as you roll down this unfamiliar road” and this song is on, all you do is recollect those precious memories and wish someone could hold on as you go!
Roadhouse Blues- The Doors
“Keep you eyes on the road and your hands on the wheel…let it roll all night long.” How can one keep this instructive song out of the playlist for it reminds you to drive safe and drive longer.
I Have Been Everywhere- Johnny Cash
What could be more victorious for a traveler than to have traveled everywhere. Definitely one of the best travel songs that you could have on your playlist, this song perfectly captures the love for travelling and the joy of having been everywhere. So, sing along “I have been everywhere, man/crossed the desert’s bare, man….Of travel I’ve had my share, man.”
Leaving on a jet-plane – Peter, Paul & Mary lyrics
Every departure brings along separation and this song perfectly captures the pain of separating lovers. The soft music and simple lyrics hold the deepest emotions and the hatred for goodbyes is felt to the depths of throbbing heart. “All my bags are packed/I’m ready to go/I’m standin’ here outside your door/I hate to wake you up to say goodbye.”
Here I am- Bryan Adams
Another one for young lovers and I know there are too many but this one stands out becasue this is Bryan Adams’s, and the name is enough to make you hear this song. I love the lyrics as much as I love the song, if not more. “It’s a new world – it’s a new start/It’s alive with the beating of young hearts.”
Big Jet Plane – Angus & Julia Stone lyric
This soft, romantic song is just perfect for the calm nighttime travels when you miss your beloved and imagine to be on a ride on a big jet plane with them and the song sets your mood. It helps me catch a good sleep in strange lands.
Born to Run- Bruce Springsteen
And that’s just what all the travelers feel that they are “born to run”. When you are bored and tired, just play this song and join the madness because wanderlusts like you are never meant to stop.
Shut up and drive- Rihanna
Undoubtedly, one of the best travel songs for a girls getaway. This one is for all the bold and confident girls driving with a bunch of friends on those abandoned roads. Play this song, hit the accelerator and you know your “engine is ready to explode”. Pump up your energy with this song every time you feel low on your trip. On mundane road and loathsome days, this song surely pumps up the mood and brings you back on track so no more thinking and waiting… Just shut up and drive!
What a Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong
This songs will make you fall in love with this world once again as your attention will be drawn to the minutest details around you. This is not just a song but a celebration and you will be reminded of all the things that you often see on your travel. There is a joy in everything, be it the crying of babies or the sweet I love you.
And we all love to drive dirty at some point of time, cheers to all the riders and let’s play it to celebrate and accelerate the ride.
Send Me on My Way — Rusted Root
If you want to be sent on your way then play this song and you will feel free.
“On the Road Again” – Willie Nelson
The song celebrates being on the road again and sings the story of an ageing musician who travels with his band/family across the U.S. “On the road again/Just can’t wait to get on the road again…Goin’ places that I’ve never been/Seein’ things that I may never see again/And I can’t wait to get on the road again”
“Running on Empty” – Jackson Browne
I somehow relate this song with the blind race prevalent in the world and it suits well. It’s a track written on the road, for the road.
Sweet Home Alabama – Lynard Skynard
Another home-coming song because at the end I want the wheels to “carry me home to see my kins.” no matter in which corner of the world you live in, you would pack your bags and rush home!
The Passenger- Iggy Pop
The songs describes a passenger the best and every traveler can relate to it. “I am the passenger/ I stay under glass I look through my window so bright/I see the stars come out tonight/ I see the bright and hollow sky/ Over the city’s ripped backsides/ And everything looks good tonight.”
Young As The Morning, Old As The Sea- Passanger
This soft, melodious song is what every traveler wants to be. And these are my most favorite lines which end the song on a powerful yet gloomy note “I wanna be sunny and bright as a sunrise/Happy and full as the moon/I’m fleeting like fireworks fading too soon.”
Take Me Home, Country Roads – John Denver
Another one that tops my list, it is surely one of the best travel songs to have. There is a strong connection between travel and home because that is where you find ultimate peace and love, because no memories can be stronger than memories of home and family and so you want the country roads to take you home. And we wrap-up with this song!
These are some of the songs and the list can be quite long but the idea is to give you another reason to travel. So, get ready with the playlist, turn up the volume and let the journey begin! But do not forget to share you favorite Hollywood songs with us in the comment box below. Have a musical journey!
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