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The Ultimate Road Trip Guide: Part 2 – The Perfect Road Trip Playlist

July 16, 2015

When it comes to creating your perfect road trip playlist, your song choices will be subject to taste – but if you’re taking to the open road, you’ll want to be armed with all your favourite tunes.

So whether you prefer the smooth 60s or sounds of the noughties, if you’re looking for some inspiration, we’ve got the perfect line up of tunes to accompany you on your road trip.

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1. Greased Lightning, Grease

What kind of road trip would it be without a cheeky musical number? With a bouncing beat, Greased Lightning is the perfect song to get your adventure off to an energetic start. But remember, you are driving – so try to keep your hands on the wheel.

2. Shut Up and Drive, Rihanna

For a more modern melody, Shut Up and Drive will help you get the party started as you head out on the open road. Released by Barbadian beauty, Rihanna, this song will bring a hint of Caribbean charm to your British excursion – whatever the weather.

3. Paradise by the Dashboard Light, Meatloaf

Regardless of your musical tastes, no road trip is complete without a tune from Meatloaf. The American rocker has released a number of smash hits which would be suitable for your road trip soundtrack – but for us, Paradise by the Dashboard Light takes the prize.

4. Hit the Road, Jack, Ray Charles

If you’re looking to add a touch of rhythm and blues to your playlist, this throwback to the 60s is a must-have. Made famous by crooner Ray Charles, Hit the Road, Jack is guaranteed to have you and your passengers singing along – karaoke-style.

5. Fast Car, Tracy Chapman

This 80s tune is an apt addition to any road trip playlist – and despite being covered by a range of talented artists, no one has ever come close to the sultry tones of Miss Chapman. It’s a bit of an emotional number, so maybe save it for the journey home.

If your favourite road trip tune isn’t in our line up, check out our more extensive guide to the best road trip playlist for more musical inspiration. Now you’re armed with the perfect summer soundtrack, get the low down on types of road trippers to avoid in part 3 of our Ultimate Road Trip Guide.

About The Author

Jon Le Roux is co-founder and company director of The Car Loan Warehouse. Being a mad engineering and motorsport enthusiast, I spend more hours than is healthy, watching, reading or talking about cars, boats, motorbikes…..basically anything with an engine.