12 Best Road Trip Songs

Rascal Flatts, Florida Georgia Line and (Naturally) Willie Nelson Make the List

It’s summer, so we’re right in the middle of road trip season. Whether you’re hitting the road for a family vacation or taking off to Vegas with a few of your best friends, there’s no better way to see the country than from the window of your own car.

Traveling can be a little tough, though, with cramped quarters and missed turns, so it’s important to have the right music playing to keep the backseat drivers at bay.

Here’s a list of 12 great road trip songs to help those long stretches of empty highway go by a little more quickly.

“Life Is a Highway,” Rascal Flatts As its name suggests, Rascal Flatts’ take on the Tom Cochrane classic is best enjoyed on the open highway. Be warned, though. It’s easy to speed with this one playing.

“My House,” Kacey Musgraves A track for those who don’t like to leave their houses at home, “My House” is the ultimate ode to mobile living and roadside camping, perfect for those who prefer KOA campgrounds to the W Hotel.

“On the Road Again,” Willie Nelson It wouldn’t be a road trip without this classic. Just be sure the K-9 unit doesn’t spot you when this one’s crankin’.

“Cruise,” Florida Georgia Line The ultimate windows down singalong, turn “Cruise” up when your eyes are starting to get a bit heavy. It’ll wake you right up.

“More Than Miles,” Brantley Gilbert Leaving isn’t always easy, and “More Than Miles” is the perfect track for those who still have some baggage at home.

“Fastest Girl in Town,” Miranda Lambert Now, we don’t advocate running from the cops, but if you ever find yourself with blue lights in the rearview, there’s no better soundtrack than this law-breaking barn-burner from Miranda Lambert.

“Drunk on a Plane,” Dierks Bentley Occasionally, you have to forego pavement for tarmac, and for those nervous fliers, especially, a drink or four makes the trip a whole lot smoother.

“Highway Don’t Care,” Tim McGraw, Taylor Swift and Keith Urban Sometimes getting away is more important than going somewhere. This one from a trio of country superstars is the perfect soundtrack for those solo trips to clear your head. Just don’t text and drive.

“I’ve Been Everywhere,” Johnny Cash What do you play for the man who’s been everywhere? Johnny Cash, of course. Whether you’re headed to Louisiana or Texarkana, this one will get you there.

“Amarillo by Morning,” George Strait No one likes driving all night, but sometimes you’ve just got to get home. Strait’s country classic is the perfect soundtrack to a highway sunrise — Texas or otherwise.

“Get Out of This Town,” Carrie Underwood What’s more romantic than a spontaneous road trip with your sweetie? Not much. Make your great escape with this track from Underwood.

“Wagon Wheel,” Old Crow Medicine Show For the more adventurous ones, hitchhiking is a cheap way to get where you need to go while meeting some colorful characters along the way. “Wagon Wheel” is the ultimate hitchhiker anthem. Just be sure the ride you catch is up for a singalong.