7 groove-worthy songs for your road trip

We offer our must-have playlist for a car ride across town or across the country.

This dog seems quite happy that he's on a road trip. Maybe it's the tunes coming from the radio.This dog seems quite happy that he's on a road trip. Maybe it's the tunes coming from the radio.This dog seems quite happy that he's on a road trip. Maybe it's the tunes coming from the radio. (Photo: Tom Wang / Shutterstock)

When you’re hitting the road, and need some enjoyable tunes to get you through the car ride – we've got just the playlist for you. Here are seven songs best heard blasted through your car’s speakers as you cruise down the highway with the windows down.

1. 'Send Me On My Way' by Rusted Root

This song will get you in the mood for a car ride, if you weren't there already. Originally a hit in the 1990s, this song has carried popularity through the decades being featured in movies like "Matilda" and "Ice Age." As one of American band Rusted Root’s top hits, this song will make you roll down your windows and turn up the radio.

2. '500 Miles' by The Proclaimers

Scottish band The Proclaimers released this song in 1988. It's perfect for a car ride and was cemented as a classic road trip song with the TV series "How I Met Your Mother." If the refrain doesn’t have you singing along – we don’t know what will!

3. 'Video Games' by The Young Professionals

Israeli electro pop band The Young Professionals cover Lana Del Rey’s hit song. With a new twist and a little extra funk, this version will have you tapping on the steering wheel – the louder the better!

4. 'Hold On Loosely' by 38 Special

American rock band 38 Special made their breakthrough with this smash hit in 1981, followed shortly by "Caught Up in You" (which is another fantastic song for a road trip). This tune makes for a great car jam, sun roof recommended.

5. 'Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car' by Billy Ocean

Hey hey! You you! British R&B artist Billy Ocean makes driving look and sound like the greatest thing to do – ever. One minute of this song, and you will be ready to drive for the long haul.

6. 'It’s Alright' by Aviv Geffen

This is a happy-go-lucky, relaxing, and easy-listening track from Israeli rock musician Aviv Geffen. It's the perfect song to play when the car ride is getting a little on the long side.

7. 'Running on Empty' by Jackson Browne

The final track on the list is by American singer/songwriter Jackson Browne, who sings a number of car-ride classics – but this one tops our list. As Forrest Gump knows, it's the perfect song to take you from one end of the country to the other.

What are your favorite road trip anthems? Let us know in the comments section below!

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