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  • Writer's pictureChristina Trotter

The Best Travel Playlists

Updated: Nov 18, 2021

You just got out your suitcase to pack. You're ready to mentally checkout and be on vacation. These playlists will get you in the right state of mind...

Best Music Playlist for Roadtrips

  • "On the Road Again" by Willie Nelson

  • Anything by John Denver

  • I've Been Everywhere by Johnny Cash

  • "Ramblin' Man" by Lynrd Skynrd

  • "Born to Run" by Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band

  • "Runnin' Down a Dream" by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

  • "Rasberry Beret" by Prince

  • "Life in the Fast Lane" by the Eagles

  • "The Road Goes on Forever" by Robert Earl Keen

  • "Born to Be Wild" by Steppenwolf

  • "Me and Bobby McGee" by Janis Joplin

  • "Homeward Bound" by Simon & Garfunkel

  • "King of the Road" by Roger Miller

Best Music Playlist for Plane Rides

  • "Leavin' on a Jet Plane" by Peter, Paul and Mary

  • "Come Fly with Me" by Frank Sinatra

  • "Aeroplane" by Red Hot Chili Peppers

  • "Learn to Fly" by Foo Fighters

  • "Jet Airliner" by Steve Miller

  • "Fly Me to the Moon" by Frank Sinatra

  • "Learning to Fly" by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

  • "Up, Up, and Away" by the Fifth Dimension

Best Music Playlist for Traveling Around the U.S.

  • "Empire State of Mind" by Jay-Z featuring Alicia Keys

  • "New York, New York" by Frank Sinatra

  • "Chicago" by Frank Sinatra

  • "This Land is Your Land" by Woody Guthrie

  • "California' Dreamin'" by The Mamas and Papas

  • "California Love" by Tupac featuring Dr. Dre

  • "American Pie" by Don McClean

  • "Take it Easy" by the Eagles

  • "Chicken Fried" by the Zac Brown Band

  • "Amarillo by Morning" by George Strait

  • "American Girl" by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

  • "Proud Mary" by Ike & Tina Turner

  • "City of New Orleans" by Willie Nelson

  • "America" by Neil Diamond

Best Music Playlist for Beach Vacations

  • Anything by the Beach Boys

  • Anything by Bob Marley

  • Anything by Jimmy Buffett

  • "Toes" by Zac Brown Band

  • "Day-O" by Harry Belafonte

  • "No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problem by Kenny Chesney

  • "Escape (the Pina Colada Song)" by Rupert Holmes

  • "Island in the Sun" by Weezer

  • "Islands in the Stream" by Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton

  • "Tomorrow People" by Ziggy Marley

  • "Don't Worry, Be Happy" by Bobby McFerrin

  • "Put the Lime in the Coconut" by Harry Nilsson

  • "Sittin’ On The Dock of the Bay" by Otis Redding

Best Music Playlist for World Travel (but not exactly world music)

  • "Roam" by B-52s

  • "London Calling" by The Clash

  • "Down Under" by Men at Work

  • "One Night in Bangkok" by Murray Head

  • "Vienna" by Billy Joel

  • "Super Trouper" by Abba

  • "Africa" by Toto

  • "Budapest" by George Ezra

  • "City of Blinding Lights" by U2

Let's hear it - what did I miss?


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