Music and travel go hand-in-hand. What’s a road trip without the right travel songs? You need to have a soulful medley playing in the background as you gaze out of the window taking in the beauty around you. You need to have the right catchy and loud travel song that you and your friends can sing along till everyone ends up with sore throats. Basically, You need to have the right soundtrack whether you are travelling in a car, train, or a flight.
Music while travelling is as important as carrying your passport. If you are a music aficionado, you will understand the sentiment. Anyway, coming back to the travel songs that you need to have in your playlist, there are some songs that must be there.
We have compiled a list of travel songs that is basically a mix of old and new, and Bollywood and Western, that we think needs to be in every traveller’s playlist.
While this is not an exhaustive list, we have tried to include almost all the best travel songs out there. You can let us know your favourite travel songs in the comment section below.
The Travel Songs You Need To Have In Your Playlist
- Yuhi Chala Chal Rahi – Swades
Perfect to keep your spirits up when you are exploring a local place in a rickety old bus or truck.
- Dil Chahta Hai – Title Track
No travel songs list is complete without this one. It’s one of the ultimate songs for any road trip. Any.
- Khwabon Ke Parindey – Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara
If there’s any movie that’s inspired the millennial Indian crowd to travel, it’s Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara. It was just too damn good. And of course, this song. We have all at one point of time in our travel waved our hands in the wind like Hrithik did in the song.
- Hum Jo Chalne Lage – Jab We Met
If you are travelling with your special someone, it makes the journey so much more worthwhile. And this song brilliantly captures the essence of that.
- Aaj Kal Zindagi – Wake Up Sid
If you are going on your first road trip, this song is the right feel-good, pep-talk-wala song that you need to listen to. Beautiful and catchy, you’ll be set for the road.
- Ilahi – Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani
Ranbir Kapoor in his traveller avatar. Enough said.
- Patakha Guddi – Highway
No Indian road trip is complete without hitchhiking on a truck. And no hitchhiking is complete without this song. Plug in your headphones, turn up the volume, and lose yourself to the beats.
- Chhaiya Chhaiya – Dil Se
The quintessential song that has defined how one should actually travel on an Indian train. It doesn’t matter if you are listening to it the millionth time, you will be grooving to the beats.
- Phir Se Ud Chala – Rockstar
Wanderlust feelings? Listen to this song and experience what it truly means to feel free while travelling.
- Dil Dhadakne Do – Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara
Forget deadlines, meetings, and whatnots while you are travelling. As the song suggests, dil dhadke dhadakne do!
- Life Is A Highway – Rascal Flatts
“Life is a highway, I wanna ride it all night long.” If you can relate to these lyrics, you are made for the road. Featured in the animated movie Cars, this is one of those classic travel songs both kids and adults can enjoy alike.
- Cruise – Florida Georgia Line
Need a song for open-window sing-along? Cruise is your song.
- Paradise – Coldplay
Unless you have been living under a rock, there’s no way that you haven’t heard this song. Or Coldplay. The chorus parts make this the perfect sing-along song!
- Home – Phillip Phillips
Heading back home? Put on your headphones and lose yourself to the magical voice of Phillip Phillips as you near home.
- Paradise City – Guns N’ Roses
Be sure to turn up the volume when this song comes on. Let the sheer energy get you and your friends pumped up!
- Highway To Hell – AC/DC
Turn up the volume to the maximum and the rest will be taken care of.
- Born To Be Wild – Steppenwolf
You are young, you are free, and you are on the road. Could there be anything more perfect than that? This song celebrates that perfection.
- Where The Streets Have No Name – U2
This anthemic song is the perfect kick starter for any road trip. Initially, the music is slow, but then by the time Edge’s churning guitar and Adam Clayton’s bass kicks in, you are ready to hit top speed and sing along: “I want to run/I want to hide/I want to tear down the walls that hold me inside.”
- Chasing Cars – Snow Patrol
Because “Forget what we’re told/Before we get too old/Show me a garden that’s bursting into life”
- Born To Run – Bruce Springsteen
The fist-pumping melody and Springsteen’s rough, rebellious vocals, make it the ideal song to be played while speeding down the highway with that ‘I-don’t-care’ attitude. If there’s anything that’s going to get you pumped up for your next trip, it’s this legendary song.
Well, that’s the 20 best travel songs for you. Whether you are planning a road trip in India or taking a long-awaited Eurotrip, these songs are surely going to come in handy.
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