Whether its cruising down historic Route 66, taking a lazy drive down the Road to Hana in Hawaii or exploring New Zealand’s South Island Circuit, there is nothing better than belting out those favorite tunes from whatever device tickles your fancy. While the radio is always a go-to, sometimes the advertisements just kill your groove, and while the old CD player and some good old-fashioned CDs has served us for many a road trip, things tend to get boring if you listen to the same playlists several times.
Enter the world of digital streaming! Streaming services are your best source of curated playlists these days, plus on most streaming services, you can download your playlists for offline listening or listen via WiFi if you happen to lose cell signal on the road. Now the only question is, which playlists are best for beating the lull of a long drive?
Good Times, Great Oldies
Spotify’s Good Times, Great Oldies playlist is one of the finest choices if you want to relive your childhood during your next drive. Featuring nostalgic tracks such Led Zeppelin’s “Whole Lotta Love,” and The Eagles’ “Hotel California,” Good Times, Great Oldies is one playlist that can take you back to your greatest memories growing up, while also creating some new ones. While blasting tracks like these, it’ll be impossible not to have an impromptu karaoke session.
Google Play Music’s simply-titled Road Trip playlist, unlike the others on this list, is a combination of several genres of music making it suitable for a variety of tastes. Featuring cool tracks such as Kelly Clarkson’s “Behind these Hazel Eyes,” Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe,” Michael Jackson’s “Dirty Diana” and Outkast’s “Ms. Jackson,” this is a playlist for the whole family. With a mix of blues, rock and pop from the 80s up to the early 2000s, this is one incredible playlist.
Family Road Trip
If you are going on a road trip with kids, Pandora’s Family Road Trip is going to be vital. The station comes with a mix of sing-a -long classics ranging from children’s favorites, pop rock, reggae, classic rock and current family-safe hits. Artists you can expect on the playlist include Kidz Bop Kids, Bob Marley, They Might Be Giants, The Beach Boys and The Beatles. I found the classics collection quite roadworthy. Blast from the past artists such as The Temptations, Marvin Gaye and Van Morrison round out the playlist quite nicely.
The Ultimate Rock Road Trip Playlist
The Ultimate Rock Road Trip Playlist is for the hard-core rock fan. If features some of the biggest rock bands and artists to ever rock the stage. It has golden oldies such as Stairway to Heaven, Roxanne, Eye of the Tiger, Highway to Hell and Hotel California. What makes this playlist so great is that all of the songs are up-tempo stuff that will have you nodding your head and dancing your tail off, while still maintaining a first grasp on the steering wheel of course.
Road Trip Anthems
Not only does Road Trip Anthems have a catchy title, but it also has some of the catchiest songs for a road trip. From classic such as Ray Charles’s “Hit the Road Jack,” Foghat’s “Slow Ride” and Janis Joplin’s “Me and Bobby McGee” to more modern tracks such as Snoop Dogg’s “Gin and Juice,” Rihanna’s “Shut Up and Drive,” and Jay Z’s “99 Problems,” this playlist has so much variety that will keep you bumping to the beat regardless of age or preference. I also like that nearly all the tracks are related to driving, providing you much needed inspiration on a long road trip.
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