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The Ultimate Travel Songs Playlist for Your Trip

Travel and music go hand in hand! Music is the best tool we have to access a different world than the one we live in, next to actually traveling to far away lands. Some songs are so powerful that they might actually inspire us to pack our things and go on an adventure on the physical realm, not just in our heads. Many folk traditions carried out in all parts of the world have been either sung by traveling bands and musicians, some entertaining the courts of monarchs, some playing for the people, through centuries.

This tradition is somewhat carried in the modern world too! With the ability to travel increasing in the modern world, musicians (and their fans) tour the world to share the power of music. Travel has always been at the root of music, so it only makes sense that some songs are particularly good to travel and inspire wanderlust. Here are some examples below that you can add to your travel songs playlist!

1. Best Songs to Sing Along in the Car On a Road Trip


Road Trippin’ by Red Hot Chili Peppers


What song could inspire the emotion of road tripping better than this one! Red Hot Chili Peppers might be known for their energetic stage presence and eccentric funk music, they sure know how to make a calm but entertaining song that will make a perfect addition to your best road trip songs playlist while you are on the road “with your favorite allies”.

An unfortunate thing about road trips is that they cannot go on forever, but they can end on the most beautiful destinations! Among the best places road trips can end up on are beaches. Did you know there are amazing beaches in Istanbul that you can see and enjoy? Check out this blog post for a sweet trip to the hidden gems in the beaches of Istanbul.

California Dreamin’ by The Mamas and The Papas


California Dreamin’ captures the essence of longing for a place that is the home of your most pleasant memories, a place that you’ll be “safe and warm”. Even if you’re not going for a road trip to the West Coast of America, this song will inspire you to travel nonetheless. It also helps that the multivocal nature of the song makes for a perfect singalong experience with your loved ones that you are traveling with!

‘Keep the Car Running’ by Arcade Fire


Several prominent artists themselves have covered this great song, so why shouldn’t you give it a listen on your road trip? This song is all about keeping on; keeping the car running and not giving up.

Cyndi Lauper: I Drove All Night


If travel means escape to you, then this song will make a great contribution to the list your top road trip songs. The song captures the rhythm of the late 80s, which makes it a great song to sing along to, if you are road tripping with your loved ones or on your own. As you drive on the road, longing to finally be at peace at your travel destination, this song should accompany you on your journey.

Steppenwolf: Born To Be Wild


Born To Be Wild is the ultimate song for adventurous travellers; the song is all about finding the unexpected joys of traveling, and the exciting feeling of going away. However you may be traveling, whether by motorbikes like the imagery Born to Be Wild evokes, car, plane, ship or on foot, this song will definitely inspire you to get up and get on with your adventure!

2. How to create a playlist for your road trip on Spotify / Apple Music?



You can spice up your spotify playlists by customizing the picture, adding a text to its description and picking a unique title for your playlist. You can look at other playlists that are made by other users on Spotify, to find songs about traveling on the road. It might be hard to pick a playlist among various and many playlists in the archives of Spotify, but you can always be inspired and create your own unique mix of road trip songs to sing along to.

Apple Music

Apple Music also provides a very rich selection of good road trip songs, perhaps the best road trip songs in their playlists curated by real people! You can also create your own playlists with the songs you have in mind, as it is likely to be available on Apple Music. Apple Music has a great archive, and you should be able to find just the perfect songs that you know and love to listen to on your road trips.

You can pop on your earphones and  listen to the amazing travel playlists you make while you are strolling the city! Although Istanbul is unfortunately known for its unbearable traffic, there actually are great paths you can take on foot to travel the city, and immerse yourself in the city while traveling. Check out this trip plan to explore the city and quench your wanderlust while listening to the travel playlists that you made.

Zeynep İlkim

I am a literature student who loves to travel. I’m here to share my insights on the stories of places.

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