Heading on a family road trip? There are a few things that are important to a good road trip. A great destination, yummy road trip snacks, and one you may not have considered – a great playlist! Creating a playlist for kids and parents to both enjoy can be a bit tricky, but don’t worry, we have you covered. Check out our best road trip songs for families below.

Family road trip playlist on ipod

A great family road trip includes an amazing playlist. Photo credit: Pixabay

I love a good road trip. I grew up going on cross country road trips with my family. My parents had eight kids, so we often drove in our large twelve passenger van for vacation. I have a lot of fond memories of road trips with my family. As a mom, I love that I get to make some of those same memories with my kids.

When I was young there were no DVD players in cars. We didn’t have mp3 players, satellite radios, or even CD players in the cars. You were lucky if your car had a tape deck. For entertainment, we colored, played road trip games, annoyed each other, and my dad would hook up a CB Radio and listen to the truckers on the highway talking to each other.

family road trip playlist for kids

We made sure to have an amazing playlist for our 18 day road trip. Photo credit: Becca Robins, Memory Making TravelingMom

Boy am I grateful for modern technology now that I travel with my kids. While we still do road trip games, let them color, and they definitley annoy each other, I am glad electronics can help us out on a long road trip. We take a DVD Player, and now tablets for our kids. Still, our road trip would be pretty boring without a killer playlist for our family road trip.

Tips For Creating A Playlist For A Family Road Trip

There is a trick to creating the perfect playlist for a family road trip. You have to have a balance of songs that appeal to each person in the car. If you have children under the age of ten, creating a playlist for kids will mostly include their favorite Disney songs. But what happens if you want some music for your tween or teen? And don’t forget mom and dad. Parents deserve to enjoy the music as well.

It can seem impossible to please everyone when creating a list of road trip songs for your vacation, but I promise, it can be done. Here are some tips to think about as you create your playlist for your next family road trip.

Keep it upbeat

One of my biggest tips for creating a great playlist of road trip songs is to keep it upbeat. We find that songs we love, but have a slower tempo, are ones we often skip over when we are on road trips. So when I created a set of family road trip playlists, I only uploaded songs that were upbeat songs that we could sing along to.

Road trip songs for families

An upbeat playlist can help keep the driver and passengers in good spirits. Photo: Pixabay

The only exceptions are a few classic songs that feel perfect for a drive. One is “American Pie,” and another is “Hotel California.” They are songs we all love to sing at the top of our lungs when driving down the highway.

Create multiple playlists

One thing we did was create multiple road trip play lists. There are a lot of road trip songs that my family loves, but we don’t like to listen to a Disney song, then a country song, then a classic rock song. When we are in the mood to belt out “Let It Go” we don’t usually like to follow it up with “Don’t Blink” by Kenny Chesney.

My family has three road trip playlists. The first is what I call mixed music. It includes songs from the 70s, 80s, 90s and today. Maybe even a few from the 50s and 60s. It has rock and roll, pop, and a few other genres that go well together.

The second is a playlist for kids…or that is what we let people think. We have one called Disney/Kids Road Trip Songs. It includes mostly Disney songs, or songs from other animations. But it also has a few songs thrown in that our kids love like “Best Day Of My Life” by American Authors. And while we like to say this is the playlist for kids, my husband and I will listen to it, singing at the top of our lungs, even if they are watching a movie.

We also have a playlist of country songs for our road trip. Thought it doesn’t get played as often, we have several country songs we love to listen to and sing along with on the highway.

Play Around With The Song Order

Each of our playlists has a unique order for the songs. We have found that for our Disney songs, we like them in alphabetical order. Not sure why, but we do. Maybe you prefer to group them by movie, or by message. Play around and see what you like to do.

Our country music is grouped by artist. When I am singing along to a song by Tim McGraw, I want to keep singing songs by Tim McGraw, and not suddenly jump to another artist.

Finally, our mixed playlist is on a shuffle. For some reason, I don’t mind this playlist being in a random order, but the others I do.

ipod with road trip songs in car

We use an old school ipod to load up our playlists on. Photo Pixabay

Road Trip Songs For Your Whole Family

If you are drawing a blank on some road trip songs for your family road trip, fear not! I have you covered. I am going to share with you some of our favorite road trip songs. These are songs that our family loves. They are not just a bunch of Disney songs so they are great for all ages. Our tween and teen nieces and nephews love the songs on the playlist, and so do our younger kids. Plus, the big bonus, mom and dad love the songs too!

Here are my family’s list of best road trip songs for your next family road trip. You can find these songs, and others on our Family Road Trip playlist on Spotify. If you want a handy list of these songs to download elsewhere, check out our free printable below.

40 Songs To Get Your Road Trip Playlist Started

  1. Counting Stars by OneRepublic
  2. Sweet Home Alabama by Lynyrd Skynyrd
  3. Best Day Of My Life by American Authors
  4. I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) by The Proclaimers
  5. I Lived by OneRepublic
  6. When Can I See You Again by Owl City
  7. Life Is A Highway by Rascal Flatts
  8. (Get Your Kicks On) Route 66 by The Rolling Stones
  9. Hotel California by the Eagles
  10. Uptown Funk by Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson
  11. I Feel Better When I’m Dancing by Meghan Trainer
  12. Happy by Pharrell Williams
  13. Can’t Stop The Feeling by Justin Timberlake
  14. All Star by Smash Mouth
  15. No Rain by Blind Melon
  16. It’s The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine) by R.E.M.
  17. Accidentally In Love by Counting Crows
  18. Shake It Off by Taylor Swift
  19. Shut Up and Dance by Walk The Moon
  20. Roar by Katy Perry
  21. California Dreamin’ by The Mamas & The Papas
  22. Immortals by Fall Out Boy
  23. Upside Down by Jack Johnson
  24. Love Song by Sara Bareilles
  25. Don’t Stop Believin’ by Journey
  26. American Pie by Don McLean
  27. Some Nights by fun
  28. Brave by Sara Bareilles
  29. Viva La Vida by Coldplay
  30. Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen
  31. Fight Song by Rachel Platten
  32. The Greatest Show from The Greatest Showman
  33. Sweet Caroline by Niel Diamond
  34. Vertigo by U2
  35. I Got You Babe by Sonny and Cher
  36. Sunday Morning by Maroon 5
  37. Radioactive by Imagine Dragons
  38. Black Horse And The Cherry Tree by KT Tunstall
  39. Jack & Diane by John Mellencamp
  40. Somebody To Love by Queen

Free Printable Playlist

If you want to head over to itunes, Amazon, or another media source to get your music, this handy dandy printable is free for you to download and use. Please note that this printable is for personal use only.


family road trip playlist

These 40 songs will get your road trip playlist off to a good start. Graphic created by Becca Robins, Memory Making TravelingMom

After You Have Your Playlist

Once you have your playlist, don’t forget to pack some great snacks and activities for your kiddos. With the right tunes, snacks and boredom busters, your car time will be a car load of fun.

Before you head out, check out these  tips for your family road trip.

Learn how to create a great playlist for your family road trip. Plus a check out our spotify playlist and free printable