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.
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.
“Fastest Girl in Town,”
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.
“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,”
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.
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.