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What Road Trip Songs Do You Love?

Michelle Obama on Carpool Karaoke

We’re driving a few hours to visit friends this weekend, and I need some new recommendations! Our top songs are always…

What Road Trip Songs Do You Love?

…some combination of 1970’s hits and the Trolls soundtrack. Here’s a playlist Toby once wrote when we were driving, above, and here are a few of my old standbys, below:

My Sweet Lord, George Harrison
For Once in My Life, Stevie Wonder
Two Weeks, Grizzly Bear
I Fall to Pieces, Patsy Cline
Waterloo Sunset, The Kinks
Smile Jamaica, Chronixx
Letter From An Occupant, The New Pornographers
I Can’t Reach You, The Who
Be My Baby, The Ronettes
Hang on Sloopy, The McCoys
Don’t Think Twice It’s All Right, Bob Dylan
Light My Fire, The Doors
Come A Little Bit Closer, Jay & The Americans
Postcards From Italy, Beirut
Don’t Stop Me Now, Queen
Fall On Me, R.E.M.
Out of Time, The Rolling Stones
You Can’t Hurry Love, The Supremes
Every Night, Paul McCartney
Take On Me, A-ha
In the Aeroplane Over the Sea, Neutral Milk Hotel
9 to 5, Dolly Parton
I’m Your Toy, Elvis Costello
We’ll Meet Again, Vera Lynn

Growing up, my dad would always listen to classical music or opera in the car and we’d catch him with fat tears rolling down his cheeks because he was so moved. I always love that memory.

What about you? What road trip songs do you love? Please share below…

P.S. Alex on playing music for kids, and what songs do you make out to?

(Photo of Michelle Obama on Carpool Karaoke.)

  1. Natalie says...

    Favorite kid music that grownups can love: Walter Martin! He is/was the keyboard player for the Walkmen and now has a few solo albums that are really, really good and my little boys and husband and I all like them!

  2. Natalie says...

    One time my younger sister and I were driving from Calgary to Vancouver (approx 9 hrs) with my uncle and his girlfriend and her younger sister who had created a mixtape that included one song over and over on both sides: Puff Daddy’s I’ll be missing you. The girlfriend’s younger sister had complete control of the music and she flipped the tape over repeatedly until we reached our destination. How? Why?

  3. Ashley says...

    “Wide Open Spaces” – Dixie Chicks

    “Fantastic Man” – William Onyeabor

    “You Can Call Me Al” – Paul Simon

    “Gypsy” – Fleetwood Mac

  4. Maggie says...

    It would be amazing if there was a CoJ Roadtrip Playlist on Apple Music or Spotify! The recommendations in the post and in these comments are so great – would love to easily access them!

    P.S. CoJ is a highlight of my weekdays. Thank you for all you do!

    • lauren says...

      same! would love easy access to all of thes wonderful suggestions!

  5. Kirstin says...

    CupofJo Spotify Road Trip playlist???

  6. Teresa says...

    Pop goes the world and the safety dance by men without hats!

  7. Lisa says...

    Queen & David Bowie’s “Under Pressure”. Always and forever.

  8. Tara says...

    The Angel Olsen album MY WOMAN is perfection for any occasion

  9. AW says...

    When I drove from Oklahoma to South Carolina, we would find a song about each state or city as we approached, to welcome us to that place! Georgia On My Mind, Walking in Memphis, Little Rock… it’s fun!

  10. Jane I. says...

    The Walter Mitty soundtrack – that’s all you need really. :

    • Brooke says...

      Jane, YES!! “Stay Alive” by Jose Gonzalez gives me shivers still. My sweet mama told me she listened that song for hours on a road trip to meet girlfriends to camp in the Grand Tetons. She’s in her 60s and she and my dad are so bohemian alive. It makes me so happy.

  11. courtney says...

    I love listening to whole albums! For instance, so many of the songs you listed are on albums that are fantastic, and then all of the songs go together and have a feel/story. London Calling is a great one to listen to all the way through.

  12. Jessica says...

    I have a great memory from my childhood of my dad prepping for a family trip to Florida, which was about 24 hours of driving. He painstakingly prepared a briefcase full of cassettes that he had taped from our CD collection to rock out to. There were dozens of cassettes, it took him forever to prepare and catalogue. It was a great mix of 70s rock and 80s pop. Kids today will never appreciate the effort that was once required to make music portable!

  13. Jessica says...

    As a Canadian, no road trip is complete without the sounds of Canada’s unofficial band, the Tragically HIp. Especially the song Bobcageon if we’re heading camping or into cottage country (Bobcagean is a small town in Ontario).

    • AH says...

      YESSSS…also, Bryan Adams and some Blue Rodeo! Something about road trips makes their songs wonderful again!

    • Twyla says...

      YES! The Hip!!

    • Katy says...

      Yes!
      Thumbs up to all of the above.

  14. Jess. says...

    Dance, Dance, Dance – Steve Miller Band.
    The End

  15. Sarah says...

    Embarrassingly (but based on other comments here, perhaps not uniquely?) my idea of good road music all falls into the category of “aging white male baby boomer’s greatest hits.” It’s all Paul Simon, Bruce Springsteen, Randy Newman, maybe some Bowie if we’re gettin’ weird. Basically, I become my dad while driving.

    *AND WHILE DRIVING ONLY, she insists defiantly*

    • Rachel says...

      A+++++ comment

    • Sophie says...

      Agreed!! All the points for this comment 😆.

  16. Amanda says...

    Nitty Gritty Dirt Band’s “Fishing in the Dark” is always a crowd pleaser. I personally have had Toto’s “Africa” on all on my road trip playlists since the beginning of time.

  17. Inês Calisto says...

    Hi Joanna! We always have so much fun listening to Van Morrison’s “Brown-Eyed Girl”! Have you tried singing along with your husband and kids? Well, you must :)

  18. Since you’ve got Neutral Milk Hotel you may like Dan Mangan – he does a beautiful cover of that song and his Nice Nice Very Nice and Oh Fortune albums are especially great. Watch for Sold and Robots on Nice Nice Very Nice – I haven’t met a kid young or old that doesn’t hook on to those :)

    • Katharine says...

      Can second the Dan Mangan recommendation!

  19. Brooke says...

    Love hearing what other people’s childhoods included. As a child born in the early 80s, we listen to all my dad’s favorite from the 70s. He played Fleetwood Mac, Bob Seger, Credence Clearwater. My sister and I have cried laughing since about the age-inappropriate lyrics that we would shout-sing from the back of the RV with zero understanding: “Working on my night moves!” 🤣🤣

    • Sarah says...

      OMG same same! So much childhood Bob Seger, so little understanding.

    • Brooke says...

      Sarah, omg, this makes me electrically happy! Hahaha!!

  20. J. says...

    I remember vividly the first time I ever discovered what symbolism or metaphor was in music when I was about 7-8 years old and we listened to Don McLean’s American Pie for approximately 6 straight hours on a road trip. At first, I kept asking “but WHO IS THE MUSIC THAT DIED?” (plus questions about every single other lyric). My parents so patiently let us listen to it on repeat for nearly the entire drive (replaying on a CD) until I knew/learned every line and had some kind of kid deep-philosophical-question for each lyric (the selflessness of parents in general will forever astound me). I credit it fully though with my deep love for the poetry of music and lyrics in particular.

  21. Daisy says...

    Oh how I love this!!

    George Harrison – Set on You
    The Traveling Wilburys – End of the Line
    The Beatles – Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da
    Tina Turner OR CCR – Proud Mary
    Nicki Minaj – Starships
    Celine Dion – It’s all coming back to me now
    Marshmello, CHVRCHES – Here with me
    U2 – Mysterious Ways
    ABBA – S.O.S.
    Robyn – Dancing on my own
    Cat Stevens – Miles from nowhere
    Eddie Money – Take me home tonight
    James Bay – Hold back the river
    Fleetwood Mac – Little Lies
    Mika – Happy Ending

  22. Kim says...

    Ummm the Beatles! We have little kids so Casper Babypants.

  23. Meg says...

    Whenever we finally get out of the city and hit the open highway, I always play “America” by Simon & Garfunkle. Something about that song just makes me relax into road trip mode and starts my vacation off right!

  24. Kelly says...

    I’m a 90s kid, so anything 90s pop keeps me singing along and happy. I also love Broadway cast albums – I get swept up in the story and time moves fast! Most are a little over an hour long, but once you start playing Hamilton, 2.5 hours will be over before you even realize it! ;)

    • Teresa says...

      Totally agree about musicals and road trips! Our kids love wicked

  25. Kristina says...

    I went on a road trip in Sicily earlier this year and we ended up listening to Adriano Celentano a lot – and it was so fun!!
    My favourite is “24000 baci” and “Susannah” is also so lovely – I don’t speak much Italian but the music just puts you into a great mood! Highly recommend. :)

  26. Jennifer Dreiling says...

    I always like to play music that goes with the landscape. For example, when I’d drive from Kansas to Kentucky I’d play blue grass. Or when driving to LA I’d listen to the CONTACT soundtrack through the otherworldly Utah landscape and then a soundtrack from an Alfred Hitchcock film and pretend I’m being chased. Music can let the imagination go wild.

  27. Erin says...

    We take an annual drive to Kentucky for a family reunion and always listen to some bluegrass on the way (Blue Moon of Kentucky, Rocky Top, Ruby).

    And all of Rumors! Go Your Own Way and Second Hand News are particularly good driving songs.

  28. Megn says...

    I was listening to Dylan’s Don’t Think Twice It’s All Right on school pickup, and my 15 year-old step said – after asking “…what IS this…” in that way kids have of not really asking to find out but in order to judge your very existence in the form of a question – “THIS SONG IS SO OLD, IT’S LIKE HE’S NOT EVEN USING ANY INSTRUMENTS.” I had so many things to say in response, but I just left it there. The fact that he hadn’t previously known who Bob Dylan was is proof that we have failed him.

    • Claire says...

      “IT’S LIKE HE’S NOT EVEN USING ANY INSTRUMENTS.” ha ha ha!!!!!
      and me too! when I told my 17 year old son that Aretha Franklin had passed on he said “who’s Aretha Franklin?”.
      parent fail. :(
      then followed by days of me endlessly playing Aretha to prove her glorious-ness and my (not) superior music intelligence ….which he completely ignored.
      Whatever, kid. You are young and I forgive you. Long live Aretha.

  29. Laura says...

    Fleetwood Mac, Haim, and Radiohead are our go tos

    • Brooke says...

      HAIM!! Yes! Best car music. Happiness and sass with 80’s layers and now vibes.

  30. Shannon says...

    We tend to do a lot of night driving to avoid traffic, and I always have a playlist that I can sing along with when I’m starting to feel drowsy. Some current favorites:
    I think we’re alone now – Tiffany
    Cecilia – Simon and Garfunkel
    Keep on Loving You – REO Speedwagon (Realized on a road trip that I knew all the words when it came on the radio. How???)
    We Belong – Pat Benatar
    Islands in the Stream – Dolly & Kenny (which sometimes leads to Ghetto Superstar)
    Like a Prayer – Madonna
    Sweet Caroline – Neil Diamond
    Winds of Change – Scorpions
    Patience – Guns N’ Roses
    Shape of my heart – Backstreet Boys
    Daydream Believer – The Monkees

  31. Anne says...

    On a recent road trip from Texas to Iowa my husband and I listened to the audio book of Bruce Springsteen’s biography (Born to Run, 2016) and followed up each chapter by listening to the album he had just told us about. It was amazing and made the listening experience all the more rich and interesting. One of my favorite road listening memories to date! My favorite albums: Born to Run; Nebraska (perfect for night driving!); and Tunnel of Love.

    • Maya says...

      Wow, what an amazing way to experience that great book!

  32. Katharine says...

    My parents would always buy a new album (originally tapes, then CDs, and now on iTunes) before a road trip, and we’d listen to it for most of the trip. It’s what I do now as well! So the album can take you back to the trip.
    We did (recently or in the past few years) CCR, Imelda May, Hozier, George Ezra, and Simon and Garfunkel. Nothing quite says Road Trip to me like CCR though.

    • Hannah G says...

      In college, my husband tagged along on a friends’ family road trip and they did the same thing. After that, It took about 6 years until he would listen to ABBA in the car with me 😊

  33. Kate says...

    My dad and I love old country (50s, 60s, 70s) and one time driving through Iowa or Minnesota we found a station that was doing a countdown of “Classic Country’s 100 biggest hits” and somehow we managed to stay in range for almost the whole list. This was like 20 years ago but my dad and I will still say “remember that time on the radio?” Best road trip songs!

  34. Lauren E. says...

    I feel like everyone has the songs they grow up with and love, but my dad raised us with the 50s and 60s, and as kids we especially loved the goofy songs. Popsicle by Jan and Dean, Leader of the Pack by the Shangri-Las, It’s My Party by Lesley Gore. I still know all the words!

    • Clair MCLAUGHLIN says...

      Bohemian Rhapsody – Queen ( with the obligatory Waynes World head banging – haha) & I Will Survive – Gloria Gaynor.

  35. Emily says...

    These are all so good! We should start a collaborative CoJ road-tripping Spotify playlist! ;)

  36. Rachel says...

    Life is a Highway? Anyone?

    • celeste says...

      Yes! But only Tom Cochrane. Not Rascal Flatts :)

    • Jill says...

      YES YES YES!!!!

  37. Meg says...

    In the summer of 2013 my husband and I drove a rental car around Ireland for several days. We quickly realized we didn’t have any way of playing music from our phones, so at our first stop in the town of Killarney we found a little record store and bought a used copy of Fleetwood Mac’s “Rumours” on CD. Now whenever I hear a song from that album, it takes me right back to that amazing week in Ireland.

  38. Meredith says...

    When I was little my grandma came up with a car trip song (that honestly I think she started singing for herself and the grandkids just adopted it) “Where we going, why’re we going, what are we gonna do? We’re on our way to somewhere, and we’re gonna have a fun time too!” And then grandpa or whoever the copilot is sings a little “boop boop” at the end. My parents/sister and I still sing it to set out on a journey (large or small) and my husband just scratches his head 😂

    • LB says...

      Excellent.

  39. Amy Gustafson says...

    My siblings and I will perform the Moulin Rouge Soundtrack on repeat – each song must be played multiple times so we can switch who does which harmony. Celine Dion is another go to for singing (ok, dramatically performing) – our favorite is her duet with Barbara Streisand, Tell Him. SO MUCH WISDOM. We are actually leaving on a roadtrip on Sunday, and I’m quite excited to listen to our tunes!

    • Kate says...

      I LOVE this comment!! So sweet!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      love that you have a finale song!

  40. Mirte says...

    Clean Bandit with Rather Be! It was on the radio a lot when my fiance and I were driving through Australia and became ‘our song’. So many happy memories. The lines
    ‘It’s easy being with you
    Sacred simplicity
    As long as we’re together
    There’s no place I rather be’
    were on our wedding invitation.

  41. Laura Johnson says...

    Around 2 years ago, I did a 2 week road trip around California and Vegas. I had a playlist of over 1000 songs on my iphone and whilst driving sound Santa Monica Blvd in LA, sheryl crow’s all I wanna do randomly picked it self out. Couldn’t believe the timing

  42. KL says...

    It’s so fun to call up hardly-remembered 80s, 90s, and 00s music to play “FIRST PERSON TO SHOUT OUT THE BAND AND/OR NAME OF THE SONG WINS” on long car rides. Got us to our a-little-too-far-away destination with four adults and four kids under the age of 10 without wanting to die/rip our eyes out/cry/cry/pull over/turn around/cry.

  43. Anita says...

    A few good picks for a road trip playlist:
    Once in a Lifetime, Talking Heads
    Stuck in the middle with you, Stealers Wheel
    Fake Plastic Trees, Radiohead

    • Rebecca says...

      Once in a Lifetime is a great song!

  44. Anne says...

    Oh man, it’s Bruce Springsteen and Taylor Swift all the way, for me

  45. SGS says...

    We are young Janelle Monáe

    Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen

    Somebody to Love. Queen

    Set fire to the Rain. Adele
    Rollin in the Deep Adele
    Damn it Janet Rocky Horror Picture Show
    Hotel California Eagles
    Forever young Joan Baez
    Rave on John Cougar Mellencamp
    Sitting on the Dock of the Bay Otis Redding
    White Flag Dido
    Who Knew Pink
    Angel Shaggy
    My life would suck without you Kelly Clarkson. (Glee)
    Stand by Me Ben King
    Wild Child Enya

  46. Loesie says...

    * Anything by Dolly Parton! Especially Jolene and 9 to 5.
    * On the road again by Willie Nelson. * This Dutch song called Ademnood by Linda Roos & Jessica.
    * Love me just a little bit more by the Dolly Dots (it’s a Dutch band but the song is in English; it’s the best to sing to!)
    * Like a virgin by Madonna
    * I feel like a woman by Shania Twain
    * Kokomo by The Beach Boys
    * Eternal Flame by the Bangles
    * 10,000 miles by the Proclaimers (our wedding song!)
    * Oh happy day from Sister Act
    * Respect by Aretha
    * Paradise by the dashboard light by Meatloaf
    * Don’t go breaking my heart by Elton John in which I sing the woman’s lyrics
    * Don’t stop me now by Queen
    * You’re the one that I want from Grease

    Basically any song which I can yell to haha.
    Six-year old baby loves audiobooks!

    My Dad always used to play ABBA, John Denver, Alabama, Willie Nelson, Highwayman, Don McLean in the car. Good memories!

  47. Sarah says...

    Graceland, start to finish. My family’s go to for summer road trips growing up, and it still holds up.

    Also, either album by The Thrills, especially in the summer.

    Happy to see you included Beirut! What an awesome band. Happy travels!

  48. Sydni Jackson says...

    Mostly Phish, but I also love Jack Johnson, classic funk, and Emerald Sky by Brendan James :)

  49. Em says...

    Such perfect timing! I will be taking a 2-day road trip soon (to move from Maine to Michigan… but let’s pretend it’s for something more fun). New music always makes long trips just a little bit better.

  50. Winny says...

    My Spotify playlist Roadtrippin’ has songs i grew up with and some soul, country and blues. I never get tired of these songs. If you’d like to hear tune in on Dolcevetto :) you should make a Cup of Jo playlist too!

  51. Suzanna says...

    Take the long way home – Supertramp
    Forever Young – Rod Stewart

  52. Jessica says...

    The best trip music I ever listened to was the entirety of the ‘The Last Waltz – Live’ album by The Band. Such great music.

    • LB says...

      Yes.

  53. Lindsay says...

    We just road-tripped from Austin, TX to the Bay Area (!) and every time we hopped back onto a highway/freeway/toll road, we played Willie Nelson’s On the Road Again (such a cliche, but hey, we lived in Austin and our 10- and 12- year olds needed to know all the words!). Once we hit the Bay Area though, it was full-volume Journey: Don’t Stop Believin’! (In between, a hodgepodge including James Taylor, The Proclaimers, Hamilton, and a bit of whining/bickering)….
    Ps: love the playlist idea!

  54. Dana Ellis says...

    I remember so vividly a road trip to New Jersey, from Connecticut, which might as well be a cross country trip, during rush hour and the local radio station was playing a variety of classic rock. It changed me forever.

  55. Dana Johnson says...

    Maggie Rogers Album! I also love the Garden State Soundtrack and Dyan.

    • Rebecca says...

      The Garden State soundtrack is always excellent.

  56. Marcy says...

    Sitting on the Dock of the Bay by Otis Redding!

    • Brooke says...

      Yes yes!! My very first thought was Otis Redding and Jackson 5. Instant feel good.

      Also Lord Huron, Gregory Alan Isakov, Bon Iver, and Wailin Jennys are all road trip vibes. So symphonic and lyrical being like a film.

  57. Shin says...

    Do Re Mi – Sound of Music
    You Are Sixteen Going On Seventeen – Sound of Music
    Anything Disney
    Thought of You – John Park

  58. JTA says...

    Wildflowers, Tom Petty
    Graceland, Simon & Garfunkel
    Talking Heads
    We also listened to the audiobook of Matilda on one road trip and the kids loved it!

  59. Rita says...

    Check out The Beths if you haven’t already! Very happy music and kid friendly. Just saw them in concert last Friday, so good!

  60. Susan says...

    Love all these recommendations. My sons recently love to sing along to Tender by Blur.

  61. Life is a Highway! Gotta be on the list. :)

  62. Amanda says...

    Albums:
    – U2, Joshua Tree
    – Paul Simon, Graceland
    – The New Basement Tapes (a bunch of covers of lost Bob Dylan songs–wonderful)
    – The Decemberists, The Crane Wife
    – Arcade Fire, Funeral
    – The Hamilton cast recording
    – The Lion King cast recording (the Broadway one)
    – The Garden State soundtrack
    – The High Fidelity soundtrack
    – The Frames, Set List
    – Johnny Cash, At Folsom Prison (maybe not with younger kids, though)
    – anything by Lake Street Dive
    – anything by Nickel Creek
    – Anais Mitchell, Young Man In America

    Also, “America” by Simon and Garfunkel–there’s something satisfying about that crescendo on “It took me four days to hitchhike from Saginaaaaaaw”

  63. A Martin says...

    We are a big Pandora family. Our kids LOVE the following Pandora stations:

    La Macarena (song)
    Bob Marley (artist)
    Can’t Stop This Feeling (song from Trolls soundtrack)
    Scooby Doo Papa (song)

    Once the kids go to sleep…play the “Lizzo” Pandora station. THE.BEST!!!!!!

  64. Kathryn says...

    I have the Souls Core album by Shawn Mullins and the Play & Play: B Sides album by Moby on CD. They both belonged to my parents and somehow ended up in my car so I like that they remind me of my mom and dad. I love Mumford & Sons, Hozier, and The Lumineers. “No Hard Feelings” by The Avett Brothers is a good one to cry to in the car and I like belting out “Light On” by Maggie Rogers and “The Bones” by Maren Morris. Lizzo is the best for car dancing. I also really love singing along to anything by Eminem.

  65. Jill says...

    When my husband and I travel in a car, we purchase a new-to-us album. We listen to it pretty much nonstop the entire trip. On our honeymoon that meant buying a CD and popping it in the rental car. Last month it was syncing my phone to the bluetooth on the radio. But every time I hear a song from the Alison Krauss/Robert Plant “Raising Sand” album, I am reminded of the magical moments of being newlyweds in Sonoma. And any song from “Random Access Memories” by Daft Punk (especially Get Lucky!) takes me back to the Cotswolds seven years later, when we decided we should try to have our first child.

  66. e says...

    In a month my sister and I are driving across the country. (She is helping me move because she’s an absolute saint.) In preparation, we’re building an incredible playlist. We proudly listen mostly to what refer to as “dad music” and here are a few of the artists we’ve added so far:

    The Beatles, Leon Russell, Elton John*, The Band, Cat Stevens, Neil Young, Otis Redding, Bill Withers, Aretha Franklin, Queen**, Stevie Wonder, Van Morrison, Bob Dylan, Simon & Garfunkel, Earth, Wind, & Fire, Donovan, Fleetwood Mac, James Taylor, and Whitney Houston.

    Can. Not. Wait. Suggestions welcome.

    *My sister once joked that Elton is my higher power but, like, she’s not wrong. Have loved him since I was six and would walk around the house wearing crazy glasses singing Crocodile Rock.
    **Freddie Mercury is my sister’s Elton.

  67. Mara says...

    Holiday Road!!

  68. Kim Koeman says...

    My husband and I recently took a road trip (to Northern Michigan!) sans kids. We had so much fun passing the phone back and forth as we each picked a song. Many of the songs were a pleasant trip down memory lane as we recalled silly or somber moments of the past. Some were a surprise while others sparked lots of belly laughs.

  69. Ramona says...

    Oh such memories! I listen to a WIDE genre. Love the Beatles, Queen, Elton John, CCR, The Who, Green Day, Zac Brown Band, GNR, Coldplay, When we had teenagers we would ‘quiz’ them….name the artist/band! Our long road trips kept us a close family. It’s one of our favorite memories of our daughter. She passed almost 5 years ago. So many songs bring tears.

    • S says...

      I’m so sorry Ramona. Thank you for letting us see and feel your family’s beautiful love.

    • agnes merat says...

      Ramona, it is such a beautiful memory to cherish, sending you a hug.

    • agnes says...

      Ramona, it is such a fun and warm memory to cherish, sending you a hug.

    • Ramona says...

      Oh thank you for your sweet comments ladies! You have a good heart! <3

  70. Monica says...

    We start all road trips with “Nowhere with You” by Joel Plaskett followed by that ZZ Topp classic “La Grange” complete with dashboard drumming!

    • Stacey K. says...

      I am totally FROM La Grange, TX–the town this song is about! ;)

    • Anna says...

      Gah! Nowhere with You is the best! It’s impossible to not dance/clap/stomp your feet to that one. Good choice :)

    • Jessica says...

      Yes to the Joel Plaskett! He is so under appreciated.

  71. B says...

    My childhood road trips were myself, mom, aunt, and grandma. As one would imagine, the girl groups reigned. Leader of the pack, chapel of love, you should’ve seen the way he looked at me, baby love, etc. As young adults, my bff and I would listen to the same mix in the car bc it was the only music we could agree on. Many an impromptu drive to this music.

  72. liz says...

    Rusted Roots – “send me on my way” is the BEST road trip song imho

  73. J says...

    On my childhood road trips we always rocked out to the Talking Heads. Such good memories!

  74. Jade says...

    Your Love by The Outfield– instant joy!

  75. Holly Hargraves says...

    Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard-Paul Simon
    Who Loves the Sun- Velvet Underground
    Motion Sickness and Would You Rather-Phoebe Bridgers
    A Roller Skating Jam Named Saturdays- De La Soul
    Just One of The Guys-Jenny Lewis

    • Kate says...

      Oh my gosh, I forgot about Who Loves the Sun – I’m so glad I read your comment!! Pulling it up to listen right this second!

  76. MelTown says...

    I never make road trip playlists, but one of my favorite road trip activities is to flip through local radio stations. Sometimes we find hilarious small town stations, or we stop on 80s or top 40 stations but I LOVE to find ridiculous songs I know and sing along…much to the horror of my husband and children.

    • Francesca says...

      Ha ha! I do that too when we travel to Italy (where I come from). In our case it gets quite over the top because I will sing in my mother tongue which is not my husband’s and children’s first language, while gesticulating like a madwoman.
      Otherwise, one song I really like to listen to on a road trip is “Far Behind” by Eddie Vedder. Actually the whole “Into the Wild” soundtrack.

  77. Lorraine says...

    – Set Adrift on Memory Bliss – PM Dawn (my kids love doing arm dances to this one from their carseats)
    – Arcade Fire in general, esp. Neighborhood #2 (Laika)
    – Carry the Zero – Built to Spill
    – Teenage Riot – Sonic Youth
    – The Wagon – Dinosaur Jr
    – When You Sleep – My Bloody Valentine

    • Sarah says...

      PM Dawn is such a great choice! Especially in the mix with Sonic Youth and My Bloody Valentine!

    • E says...

      Carry the Zero is one of my top five favorite songs ever — when the responsibilities of life have me feeling overwhelmed I turn it on, roll down my windows, and crank my car stereo as loudly as I think it handle without busting a speaker. Then I scream-sing “A FRACTION OF THE SUM” and feel better about everything.

      I also got to see Built to Spill touring on this album the other night!!

    • Lorraine says...

      This is such a fun topic, I love finding shared love of music with other people. But on top of that, there’s something extra special about blasting music while driving. (Is it because as composed adults, we hardly ever just blast music anymore?) And doing “caraoke” – singing like no one is listening! And some songs are just so suited for this.

      Re: Built to Spill – yes, that is such an amazing song. When I moved to Oregon in 2005, my now-husband and I drove cross country, and we made sure to listen to Built to Spill for our beautiful yet short jaunt through the skinny part of Idaho. So perfect!

  78. JRay says...

    “Big Country” Big Country, “Black Water” Doobie Bros, “Big Casino” Jimmy Eat World, “City of New Orleans” Arlo Guthrie, “Heads Carolina Tails California” Jo Dee Messina

  79. Jess says...

    For years we’ve started every road trip with Sun Kil Moon’s “Si Paloma”. It just sounds like an adventure is about to happen!

    • Jen says...

      I love the idea of having a song to start road trips! We’re off on our family holidays next week so I’m going to (try to) start this as a new tradition xx

    • Kate says...

      (This comment section is making me so happy and I’m commenting on like, everything) I forgot about this song, too! I’m making a roadtrip playlist right this second and this is for sure going on there. Thank you!!

  80. Lauren B says...

    If you have Spotify, there is a really long playlist I’d recommend: “StarLord’s Zune” (reference: Guardians of the Galaxy 2). There appear to be quite a few with this name — I’ve been listening to the playlist by Nick Howell that starts with Mr. Blue Sky by Electric Light Orchestra.

    Another vote for a COJ playlist – I would love that!

  81. Elli says...

    Shotgun by George Ezra. My kids start dancing when they hear it!

    • Rachel says...

      Love this one! Paradise by George Ezra is great, too.

  82. Catharine says...

    My family LOVES the Hamilton soundtrack, we listen to it constantly. My son loves U2, my daughter loves all things Disney, Mary Poppins, Sound of Music.

  83. Sally says...

    I made a play list on spotify called “children’s folk songs” that I think is fun for both kids and adults (at least for the adults and kids in my family!) And at 182 followers, its the closest thing to going viral that I’ve ever experienced. ha!

    • liz says...

      that’s impressive!

    • Kate says...

      And now you have one more follower! This playlist is magical. Growing up we had “Wee Sing” tapes and there was one with most of these folk songs on there and this is making me really happy :)

    • Maria says...

      LOVE the playlist! Thank you!

  84. MK says...

    In the Aeroplane Over the Sea is one of the most beautiful songs ever! Never gets old. My 5 year old also loves it too which means it’s timeless and crosses generations.

  85. Kate Losee says...

    I like to listen to full albums straight through on road trips. When else do you have the time?

  86. Bethany says...

    Here to second Fleetwood Mac’s “Rumors.” Set it and forget it! Also The Big Chill soundtrack is possibly the greatest crowd-pleasing mix ever. Either of those is my go-to when I’m not sure what to play but need a solid hour of good listening. Bon voyage!

  87. Julie says...

    Edge of Seventeen, Stevie Nicks
    Song for Zula, Phosphorescent
    Juke Box Hero, Foreigner
    Money Changes Everything, Cyndi Lauper
    Higher Ground, Red Hot Chili Peppers
    The Same Old Song, The Four Tops
    Tear in Your Hand, Tori Amos
    Whatcha Want, Beastie Boys
    Rise Up With Fists!, Jenny Lewis and the Watson Twins
    I’m Still Standing, Elton John
    Mowtownphilly, Boys II Men
    100% Dundee, The Roots

    And all of Tom Petty’s album Wildflowers, from start to finish.

    • Robin says...

      Great list!

  88. Kimmie says...

    When my sister and I did a roadtrip down PCH, I insisted on playing the Big Little Lies soundtrack as we drove through Monterey, CA. It was so surreal! Especially playing the theme song as we drove on Bixby Bridge.

  89. Mary Beth says...

    LA Women – the Doors

    Love on the Brain
    Stay
    Desperado – Rihanna

    The Desired Effect – Brandon Flowers

  90. Stacey says...

    This post came at the perfect time! I’m expecting twins in October and I’ve been working on a “Finn and Violet” playlist to fill the apartment with music!

  91. Emma says...

    I’m a HUGE Disney fan, so every long car ride unquestionably becomes a Disney sing-along. Even my tone-deaf husband adorably joins in. We go for hours, till our throats are raw. There’s something so exhilarating about belting out “Poor Unfortunate Souls” at the top of your lungs while going 80. ;)

  92. Andrea says...

    Oh 80’s music is the absolute best!!!! Journey, Bon Jovi, Pat Benatar, ABBA, U2. I’ll be 55 next week and I can still sing every word to every Pat Benatar song! And then when you tire of rock there’s always the fun 80’s music, Flock of Seagulls, Aha, etc! Can ya tell I loved 80’s music?????

  93. Becky says...

    This Magic Moment, The Drifters
    I Cant Help Myself (sugar pie honey bunch), The Four Tops
    Band of Gold, Freda Payne
    What is Life, George Harrison
    Do you Believe in Magic, The Lovin Spoonful
    Born to Run, Springsteen
    Bright Side of the Road, Van Morrison
    Stand By Me, John Lennon version (because it is my wedding song)
    She Drives Me Crazy, The Fine Young Cannibals
    It’s the Same Old Song, Four Tops
    Radio Gaga, Queen
    Omg so many more!
    But really anything Motown or classic rock
    Have Fun!

    • barb says...

      yes…..This Magic Moment – love that song…

  94. tina crisas says...

    Okay, and the last one I forgot which I think is AMAZING while driving is Chris Rea’s, “Girl in a sports car”. Drifts me to driving along the amalfi coast line even though I’m just zipping to the supermarket.

    • L.B. says...

      I can’t find this one.

  95. Vicky says...

    We just saw School of Rock (the musical) as a family and now the kids are requesting listening to the soundtrack whenever we drive. Listening to it helps remind them of the scenes that occurred. It’s been fascinating to watch.

    • In the Aeroplane Over the Sea. Yes. Hands down, whenever, wherever; stops me in my tracks every time. Also! Hesitating Beauty- Billy Bragg+Wilco

  96. Hilary says...

    Car trips are meant for 90s alternative rock!

  97. tina crisas says...

    At the moment, the songs on REPEAT as our sing alongs with our 2.5 year old daughter as requested are:
    “Push it” (Push it to the limit, Scarface soundtrack)
    “Baby” (Suspicious minds, Elvis. -although my favourite is “Burning Love”
    “Carpenters” (We’ve only just begun, Ticket to ride, I’ll never fall in love again)
    “Sea” (Beyond the Sea, Bobby Darin)
    “Moon” (Fly me to the moon, Dorris Day)
    I personally also love some Dolly Parton, Kenny Rogers, David Bowie, Pat Benatar, Chromeo, Chromatics, Kavinsky and lots of 80’s!

    • tina crisas says...

      Oh and Olivia Newton John! Love!

  98. Gail says...

    Two words… Tom Petty!!

    • Sylvie says...

      100%

    • Louise says...

      Gail Louise, it’s Louise Louise. Is it you?

      I agree, btw. How about a little Elton, too?

    • Barbara says...

      Always

  99. Monica says...

    Rather than single sings or playlists, We tend to do old greatest hits albums or compilations:
    Duran Duran – Decade
    Best of INXS
    Paul McCartney – All the Best
    90’s editions of “Now That’s What I Call Music” ;)
    Best of The Killers
    LOTS of Lady Gaga!
    Best of Michael Jackson
    Best of Lenny Kravitz
    Paul’s Boutique – Beastie Boys

    • Anonymous says...

      We do this, too! :)

      Every Breath You Take: The Classics – The Police
      Complete Greatest Hits – The Cars
      Greatest Hits – Fleetwood Mac
      Best Of – Creedence Clearwater Revival

  100. Sandra says...

    Ever since our first trip together my husband and I always make a playlist based on our destination. Last year we went to California and had a bunch of California songs on the playlist (California’ Dreamin’, California Stars, Hotel California, Party in the USA, Going Back to Cali…). This year we are going to Cape Cod and working on our play list (Pina Colada song for sure, although maybe those are different Cape dunes?). Anyway, it’s always a lot of fun, especially now that our son is old enough to offer suggestions.

  101. Juliet says...

    I love this question!!! We have a solid road trip playlist we play every time we get in the highway at the start and return of our trip….

    Holiday Road – Lindsay Buckingham
    On the Road Again – Willie Nelson
    City of New Orleans – Willie Nelson
    Moving Right Along – The Muppets

    and not roadtrip themed but always a favorite- Queen of Hearts by Juice Newton

    And finally, if we were roadtripping from LA, we blast I Love LA, by Randy Newman, when we return within the city limits.

  102. Lillian Chang says...

    Wildflowers by Tom Petty is a standby road trip song in our car!

  103. Catherine says...

    My favorite song right now is “Seventeen” by Sharon Van Etten. And my boys love the Hamilton soundtrack still, and anything by Imagine Dragons.

  104. Shannon says...

    Hang on Sloopy from a Michigander!? I love it. :)

  105. Laura F says...

    DeVotchka, anything by…especially for drives through the SW desert states.

  106. Erin says...

    American Pie! Don McLean. Because it’s so good to sing along to in the car. :)

    • Roxana says...

      Yes! That whole album is good!

  107. Jessica says...

    When we listen to too many songs my 3 y.o. doesn’t know on a road trip he asks, “Can we listen to kids songs?” Thing is, ‘kids songs’ are just songs he likes – which means a lot of the Beatles, the “Cars” soundtrack and CCR, along with Walter Martin’s amazing 2014 kid’s album “We’re All Young Together.”
    We’ve started to take turns picking songs now, so none of us gets too bored or ignored.
    Some of my more obscure road-trip favorites:
    Just for Now – Cloud Control
    Amsterdam – Gregory Alan Isikov
    I am California – John Craigie
    Holland Tunnel – John Phillips
    California Stars – Wilco
    Your Arms Around Me – Jens Lekman
    Ghostwriter – RJD2
    You can have it all – Yo La Tengo
    California (All The Way) – Luna
    She’s Amazing – Diego Garcia (no one makes you happy like he does)

    (Can you tell I’m from California? Honestly, I never noticed how many of my roadtrip songs are California songs! All those trips back and forth to college gave me a life-long theme, I guess!)

    • Gerry says...

      Downloaded ALL the songs you suggested. Beautiful suggestions!!!

    • Shannon says...

      California (Luna) was on so many of the CDs I burned for road trips back in the day! Totally forgot about that one!

  108. CL says...

    Hotel California – The Eagles
    Crocodile Rock, Bennie & the Jets – Elton John
    Life is a Highway – Tom Cochrane or Rascal Flatts -whichever you prefer
    Free Fallin – Tom Petty
    Soak up the sun – Sheryl crow
    Sunday Morning – Maroon Five
    Go Your Own Way – Fleetwood Mac
    The Way You Do the Things You do – UB40
    All Star – Smash Mouth
    Sweet Home Alabama – Lynyrd Skynyrd
    One Week – Barenaked Ladies
    Mr. Jones- Counting Crows

    • Roxana says...

      This is a GOOD list! Thank you!

  109. Grace says...

    Shoop – or any Salt N Pepa
    Tiny Dancer – Elton John
    Wild Horses – Rolling Stones
    Mommas don’t let your babies grow up to be cowboys – Willie Nelson & Waylon Jennings
    I’m Gonna (500 Miles) – The Proclaimers
    Down Under – Men at Work
    Walking on Broken Glass – Annie Lennox
    Party in the USA – my Miley guilty pleasure
    Candy Girl – New Edition

  110. Rebecca says...

    Can’t go wrong with Pat Benatar! On long drives with our 7-year-old twins, we like to take turns picking songs (pick one song and then move to the next person) — we can kill a lot of time that way.

  111. Rachel says...

    My college roommates made a Friday playlist on Spotify, full of Kesha and One Direction. (I also still have the Spotify playlist from my wedding reception :) They last so much longer than mixtapes from high school!

  112. Bec says...

    Aoife O’Donovan and Beach Boys :)

  113. Meghan says...

    My recent obsession: “Move on up” by Curis Mayfield.

    A funny story about road trip music. In the summers, my uncle would often accompany my dad and us on our summer trips. My dad and uncle would take turns picking an album that would become the unofficial anthem of that trip (Please Please Me for Germany, Led Zepplin IV for Alaska, etc.).

    The summer we were in France, my uncle showed up with a double CD box set of blues tunes from something called Alligator Records. On it was this song that we immediately became obsessed with. It’s by Saffire and the Uppity Blues Women (already a winner, just by the title) called “The Middle Aged Blues Boogie”. It’s a wild song – she talks about doing cocaine so she can get the vacuuming done faster.

    Before we went home, my uncle and dad had a serious talk with us about how when we left France, we really needed to stop singing the song. They were already getting weird looks when my 8 year old brother and cousins sang the chorus of the song (at the top of their lungs, of course), “I need a young, young man to drive away my middle aged blues”.

  114. Amy says...

    I maintain that country-pop music was written for summer road trips. Particularly anything by Keith Urban. So much nostalgia! Also so much sexism, noticed only 10 years later ;)

  115. Kady says...

    Anything Lucinda Williams!! But especially the albums “Happy Woman Blues” or “Car Wheels on a Gravel Road.” The former was my favorite album as a little girl and I’d always sing along on road trips. When I met her after a concert a few years ago I told her the first “real” song I learned all the lyrics to as a 6 year old was “Lost It” and she laughed and told her I was making her feel old. Oops!!

  116. Clare says...

    It’s a good roadtrip when my husband and I relive high school by blaring “Get Low” by Lil Jon & The Eastside Boyz.

  117. Molly says...

    Your playlist is after my own heart–always love the combination of grizzly bear, the new pornographers, and r.e.m.

    I’d add “the less I know the better” by tame impala and “honey and smoke” by case / lang / veirs.

  118. Susan says...

    Fleetwood Mac, Rumors! Listen from beginning to end (but you can skip Oh Daddy)

    • Bianca says...

      I 100% endorse this !!! Rumors is a perfect album. Other car favorites are Beatles white album and the best of Queen

    • Megan says...

      Susan, I absolutely second this recommendation!

  119. FGB says...

    My son is obsessed with Elton John right now, so we listen to him on repeat all-day-every-day. But, a road trip LIFE CHANGER? Books on tape. We can drive 7 hours and when we get to our destination the kids want to stay in the car so they can hear just a little bit more. Could not recommend it enough! Tried on kids of all ages, it’s amazing.

    • Nadja says...

      Yes!! My son gets car sick from looking at books, toys, screens, etc. and audio books have saved us! And he uses headphones much of the time so my spouse and I get some grownup conversation time.

    • Tamara says...

      Yes! We take crazy-long (10 hours +) road trips & audio books have been a lifesaver. The Penderwicks series was a particular favorite not only for the kids but my husband & I as well.

  120. Marlena says...

    Country Roads by John Denver
    Green River by CCR

    On repeat until we get there. lol

  121. Katherine says...

    Newsies, Oliver, Annie, Pete’s Dragon, basically any musical with lots of orphans is a crowd pleaser in our car!

    • Grace says...

      This comment inspired me to revisit the Newsies soundtrack. Between the ages of 9 and 13 I watched it on a weekly basis with my neighbors and swooned.

    • Megan says...

      NEWSIES. . .ditto, obsessed when I was 13. I still know all the words. . .”A pair of new shoes with matching laces”. . .

      Also does anyone else find that country music is a must for road trips? I never listen to country music at any other time but for the road it’s like, NOTHING ELSE WILL DO!

  122. B says...

    Can you make a spotify playlist?? I want to listen to your recommendations!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      we’d love to! will get working on that :)

    • Angela says...

      Yessss! I came here to make this comment. I’d love to follow cupofjo on Spotify! I am ALL about some playlists. It’s so nostalgic, like listening to someone’s mix tape.

    • Jessie James says...

      And maybe on Apple Music too;)

  123. Meghan says...

    Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog, the whole soundtrack is 24 min. and it’s so fun to sing to in the most deliciously nerdy way. :)

  124. There’s something so cathartic about crying in a car. The week before my wedding, I was driving to my parents’ house and played Sigur Ros – Glosoli, for the fans – and tears were streaming down my face within seconds. It let out all the build up to the wedding, the last minute decisions, the fuss, the people handling, everything came out. When I arrived to my parents’, I had this amazing feeling of peace. I still can’t play Sigur Ros without crying.

  125. Sasha L says...

    Ray Charles
    Stevie Wonder
    Katie Perry
    Joan Jett
    Journey
    Willie Nelson
    Patsy Cline
    John Denver
    Bob Marley
    James Taylor
    Fleetwood Mac
    Motown (just all of it)
    Allison Krause
    Beatles (and all the latter single stuff too)
    Clapton
    And at least an hour of 80s hair bands, ok, maybe 2

  126. Michelle says...

    We met up with my parents and siblings (and their families) one summer- everyone had between 6 and 12 hours to drive. We each anonymously submitted 3 songs (kids included) to a family friend and they compiled a huge playlist. Nobody got the playlist until they started their drive. Each car had a numbered sheet and had to guess who picked what, it was so fun! There were even a few repeats, which made it even funnier. I totally recommend this- you never knew what was coming next and it really helped the time fly.

    • Shannon says...

      I love this idea!!

    • Michelle says...

      It’s worth the effort for sure! We had everything from ‘Skip to My Lou’ and similar picked by toddlers, to my sister’s first dance song (suprise from her husband), a song related to a family member no longer with us, to just classic fun songs. Some, everyone could figure out (“Van Morrison? Mom.”). Some were completely crazy and out of left field. It was a snapshot of the whole family in that moment. Now whenever I hear one of them I think of that person :)

    • Alison says...

      Go-Gos! What’s a road trip without Vacation?

  127. elinor says...

    I love California by Grimes!

  128. Karen says...

    You Can Call Me Al by Paul Simon

    If I had a $1,000,000 by Barenaked Ladies – my husband and I sing this as a duet in the car and it never fails to make laugh when the song finishes.

    • deb says...

      Karen, are you married to Russ? Those we songs at the wedding reception of my friend Russ and his wife Karen. ;)

  129. Laura C. says...

    Grease soundtrack is the best! It was my summer of ’91 soundtrack! First love and all that (sad) stuff.

    • Tess says...

      Graceland by Paul Simon
      Man on Fire by Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
      Hey Jude and Let It Be by The Beatles
      Suburban War by Arcade Fire
      Dog Days Are Over By Florence & The Machine
      Chicago by Sufjan Stevens
      Jubilee Street by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

      Are just some. Love this post so much! Looking forward to listening to these while driving the Maine coast.

  130. Kristen says...

    We take turns choosing songs on car rides. My 7 year old always has a steady rotation of 3 or 4 pop songs, but my 4 year old goes all over the place. Some recent requests:

    On the Road Again, Willie Nelson
    “That one by the Queen of Souls” (Respect, Aretha Franklin)
    “The one that goes ah ah ya” (September, Earth, Wind & Fire)
    Let’s Go Crazy, Prince
    I’m on Fire, Bruce Springsteen
    Sandstorm — because his best friend says they play it at hockey games
    Potato Chips, Slim Gaillard
    Space Odyssey, David Bowie
    Mistadobalina, Del Tha Funkee Homosapien
    My Heart Will Go On, Celine Dion

    • J says...

      My dad used to play the traveling wilburies on road trips. Such good driving songs, especially if the kids already like Dylan/Harrison.

  131. this would be so great worked up in a spotify playlist that we could all follow!

  132. Sonja says...

    Roadtrip music seshs are the best. My three year old son is REALLY into listening to the same song about 37 times over: The Buzz by Hermitude. He wants it incredibly loud and then goes into full dance mode, even when firmly restricted in his carseat, and shouts out “Mama, wanna see my moves?!” Yes, baby – always.

    Additionally, my husband’s Spotify playlist is a trove of information. We just started sharing and all of his playlists are named a color. When I asked why he said, “Oh, that’s just the color those songs make me feel.” I swear that’s the hottest thing he’s ever said to me – so nuanced and mysterious.

  133. Abby says...

    When my twin sister I and were about 8 our family took a road trip from WI out west through the Dakotas, Montana, etc. and the WHOLE trip we listened to the Best of Roger Miller CD on a loop! I still think about it to this day when I’m driving around with the windows down on a breezy summer day.

    • OMG! My sister and I use to sing to that too when we were little! Alas, she passed away almost 6 years ago from breast cancer but this comment brought a smile to my face and a tear in my eye. Thank you.

    • Molly says...

      “Trailer for sale or rent…”

    • Kate says...

      “Daddy said, ‘Son, you’re gonna drive me to drinkin’ if you don’t stop drivin’ that Hot Rod Lincoln.”

  134. KWatt says...

    For the past 5 years we have been long (12 hour plus ) road trips between Chicago and upstate New York (Saratoga Falls) and or Lower Manhattan. Music, Marc Maron’s WTF podcast & sugar are absolute necessities:
    Our “Getting our of Dodge” playlist currently has:
    -Pixies Greatest Hits (Where is My Mind is our wedding song ;)
    -Marvin Gaye’s Greatest Hits
    -American Hustle Soundtrack, especially Live and Let Die by Wings
    -David Bowie – anything pretty much cause hello it’s Bowie.
    -Lou Reed – Romeo had Juliette
    -Neil Young’s Greatest Hits.
    -Wilco -Yankee Hotel Foxtrot and or A Ghost is Born.
    -new addition for this year -Leon Bridges- Coming Home.
    Looking very forward to putting this to use in a few weeks !

    • J says...

      Love those two wilco albums. So much.

  135. Melanie says...

    Wake Me Up- Wham!

    Walking on Sunshine- Katrina and the Waves

    I love love Come a Little Bit Closet

  136. Taylor says...

    going on a mini-roadtrip for my birthday with my fiance tomorrow and instructed him that I will be driving because I made a “hot girl summer” playlist, it includes some of our favorite bangers by ladies including cola by lana, boys by lizzo, independent Woman Pt. 1 by destiny’s child, glamorous by fergie, among others :)

  137. Marina says...

    Iiiiiiiiii Wanna Dance With Somebody!!! We rock that one lately. Also Raining Man, Beggin’ by Madcon, Stronger by The Score and anything by Imagine Dragons has been in our repertoire lately. We like it loud on the round!! :)

    • MARINA MOROKHOVA says...

      *road
      Duh!

  138. Courtney says...

    90s hip hop and R&B forever

  139. Allyson says...

    Night Shift by Lucy Dacus is the best song of the last few years. Bold, but I stand by it. Seriously so, so good. It’s great to belt out.

    • Taylor says...

      my fiance and I call this the best break up song!! We love singing it in the car!

    • Julie says...

      AGREE

    • elinor says...

      I LOVE Lucy Dacus! “I Don’t Want to Be Funny Anymore” is another one of my favorites by her.

    • Jessica says...

      The best breakup song – even if you haven’t broken up with someone lately.
      I stan for Lucy Dacus in a BIG way. Her lyrics are so biting and real. Her first album brought me right back to all the awkwardness and petty jealousy (Troublemaker Doppelganger… yikes) and wonder of my 20’s – and her shows at Pickathon were delightful. She was fan-girling about seeing Big Thief in between songs, it was just so cute!

    • GJ says...

      I came here to say Lucy Dacus and was thrilled to see she’s already here!! The boygenius EP will forever have a place on my shelf too.

  140. Tricia says...

    The Dixie Chicks

    • Catharine says...

      Always and forever!

  141. Mouse says...

    Hallelujah chorus from Handel’s Messiah!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      are you my dad? :)

    • Mouse says...

      This is reply to Joanna’s question:

      Possibly. :)

      Any Baroque music is great for car trips–all that motor rhythm….

  142. Mallory says...

    Sister Golden Hair by America is my #1

    • KWatt says...

      OMG! so so perfect & adding to mine!

    • L.B. says...

      Right Down the Line . Gerry Rafferty.
      Any Gordon Lightfoot.
      John Prine Great Days (double album.)
      Any Jim Croce.
      Simon and Garfunkel . Concert in Central Park.

  143. Gabriele says...

    Our family loves the entire soundtrack from Grease. We listened to it on roadtrips when the kids were little (Tatjana and Alexander are now 20 and 18), and we still sing along with all the songs. One time I shouted “boys sing boy parts, girls sing girl parts, during the iconic “Summer Nights” ballade. We did, fully enthralled, until someone cut us off, and I had to slam on my brakes. My son told me ….uhm…Mama, maybe you shouldn’t sing like that while driving….. To this day when “ Summer Nights” plays in the car, my guys say…..remember Mama…….But I sing along anyway, forever more cautiously. Especially the “We Go Together” Song. Haha.

    • Eloise says...

      I ❤️ this!

    • Laura C. says...

      Grease soundtrack is the best! It was my summer of ’91 soundtrack! First love and all that (sad) stuff.

  144. Sarah Beth says...

    Growing up, my parents would rent cassette tapes of A Prairie Home Companion from Cracker Barrel (you could return them at any other Cracker Barrel!) and I thought it was SO BORING. Now, of course, my husband and I love to listen to podcasts on long drives, and I’m sure my kids will feel the same way! We always become our parents!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      oh my gosh, i had no idea about that cracker barrel offering! i do remember loving playing that mini solitaire peg game haha ;)

    • Misti says...

      Your dad is my kind of people! I was playing Bach’s cello suite in the car once, and I noticed my four year-old son had a couple of tears falling. He said, “this song gives me a mixed up feeling! I feel sad and happy all at once!” I feel like that’s what the artist probably intended:)

      And I just can’t road trip without “Gypsy” by Fleetwood Mac, “Revolution” by The Beatles, and “Sir Duke” by my favorite, Stevie Wonder…although we often too end up on the Trolls soundtrack 😂

    • Anna says...

      Misti, your son helped me “see more” on this Friday morning. Thank you.

  145. astrid says...

    Best fake smile – James Bay
    Thinking of you – Sister Sledge
    Everybody wants to rule the world – Tears for fears
    Wheels – Jamie Cullum
    to name but a few ☺

    • Alexanra says...

      Yes! Love Sister Sledge, too!

  146. Stephanie says...

    You should put those in a spotify playlist! I’d follow it!

    Actually, COJ playlists would be a cool thing too…

    • Allyson says...

      Very into a COJ playlist! Such an intimate look into someone’s taste (and experiences!)

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      we would love to do that!

    • Jen Keller says...

      Agreed!

    • Sonja says...

      Seconded!

    • Wendela says...

      I was going to say this too: Spotify playlist please!!!

    • Erin says...

      Runaround Sue (Dion)
      Bad Girls (M.I.A.)
      Sweet Child O’ Mine (Guns N Roses)

  147. Jess says...

    ABBA! Like Stevie Wonder, is there any way you can NOT start singing and dancing in your seat?

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      yes!!!! toby’s favorite band is ABBA right now :)

    • Sarose says...

      Amen!

  148. Anna Wagstaff says...

    My husband and I always listen to 90’s pop hits. Our sing-along of ‘Sk8er Boy’ by Avril Lavigne was top notch last week. I’d like to think that the other cars in Costco gas line enjoyed it too.

  149. molly says...

    I loooove that you have “Come A Little Bit Closer” on your list!!! It’s one of my all-time FAVORITES. Along with “Brandy (You’re A Fine Girl)” by Looking Glass. SO fun. xoxo