Summer Travels: Top 10 Road Trip Songs

When I think of the best road trips I've taken, I realize that they all have the same things in common; conversation, laughter, and fun music. I will never forget the road trip to the mountains when I heard my daughters in the back seat singing along to Faith Hill's This Kiss with their little voices full of heart they belted out "BISCUITS BISCUITS". To this day, when I hear that song I can't help but sing the lyrics wrong and giggle. It was a beautiful vacation and it was made even better with music.

I recently heard of a peer to peer car rental network,, that is helping people make money by renting their own vehicles. I think this is a really cool concept and what struck me most is that many of the car owners are making playlists, and leaving CDs for the renters to enjoy music on their road trip. This got me thinking about what songs I would put on my road trip playlist. It took me awhile to narrow it down, because there are so many great songs that I love to listen to when I travel. I think for a road trip the music needs to be a nice balance of energy and mellowness; not too hard and not too soft. If it's too energetic it's hard to sit still, and if it's too mellow you'll just want to pull over and sleep. So, it was a struggle, but here it is: the top 10 road trip songs.

1. "Wagon Wheel" by Old Crow Medicine Show- The song is catchy and melodic, and hey, it's about a road trip so...yeah, it's on here!

2. "It's Still Rock and Roll To Me" by Bill Joel- This song brings back memories of riding in my dad's T-top Corvette, and it just brings a smile to my face.

3. "Life's Been Good" by Joe Walsh- I'm not sure why this needs to be on here, but it just feels right. There is something about it that says put me in a car and let's go!

4. "Paradise By the Dashboard Light" by Meatloaf- This song seems to always get played on my road trips. It's fun to sing along to, and at 8 minutes long you can cover quite a few miles while you listen to it.

5.  "Bohemian Rhapsody" by Queen- What more could you ask for with this can practice your falsetto and bang your head all in the same song, and f your car has enough people you can each take a part in singing harmony. That's road trip fun right there!

6. "Don't Stop Believin" by Journey- This is one of those songs that everybody seems to love. I don't think there's been a time where everyone didn't sing along to it. It's fun and perfect to give you energy on that long drive.

7. "Tiny Dancer" by Elton John- I like this song for the road because it's peaceful, but not so peaceful that you risk falling asleep.

8. "Cover of the Rolling Stone" by Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show- They're a little raw, very campy, and just plain fun! Put this old song on and bob your head as you sing along.

9. "All Summer Long" by KidRock- With it's sampling of old familiar tunes, great story telling, and a nicely laid out guitar riffs this is perfect for wherever you're traveling.

10. "The Boys are Back in Town" by Thin Lizzy- This song just feels like you've arrived and you own this town, whatever town that may be on your road trip...even if you've never been there before.

Wherever the road may take you and whether you're driving in your own car, or trying out a personal rental service like Turo, fill your travels with good music and good times.

What song would be on your road trip playlist?

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