Summer is officially within reach! Hooray! That means it’s time to break out the flip flops and start planning your summer escape. Whether you’re hitting the road with a spontaneous trip to the beach or headed on a group tour in Europe, you’re going to need some epic tunes to accompany your travels.
Not sure where to begin? Don’t panic, because we’ve got you covered with nine of the best road trip playlists for wherever summer on the road leads you this year!
Travel to: Italy
1. Classic Road Trip Jams
The name of this playlist should be enough to make you want to crank up the volume, but just in case you still need more convincing let us reassure you that yes, Neil Diamond’s Sweet Caroline is one of the tracks.
All that’s left for you to do is roll down the window and get ready to set the tone for an epic adventure with everyone’s favourite classics.
2. Europe Mixtape
Whether you’re exploring Europe on a tour or simply wish you were, you’re going to want to add this playlist to your rotation this summer. Complete with today’s top songs, it’s the perfect soundtrack for a picnic by the Eiffel Tower or on a ride on one of Switzerland’s many funiculaires.
Plus, the new friends you’ll meet on tour from around the world will be practically begging you to play the role as DJ for the group with these upbeat tracks. Yes, you’re welcome!
3. Around the World
If you’ve ever been caught in a game of trying to name every country or city around the world to beat the boredom during those long drive days, we can guarantee this ‘Around the World’ playlist will fill the void.
4. Relaxed Tracks
We’ve compiled the perfect combination of chilled-out tunes; perfect for those moments when you want to unwind after a long day of exploring! If you’re searching for a playlist to plug in on a long bus ride or simply want to give your vocal chords a break after belting out one throwback tune after another, this will do the trick.
Featuring artists such as The Lumineers, Passenger and Coldplay, no road trip is complete without a little mellow car ride.
5. Travel Through Time
All your favourite throwback tunes in one place you ask? Yup, we’ve got everything you need and more; especially if you want to travel through time back to the 90s and early 2000s.
From Destiny’s Child to Usher and everything in between, this playlist is a guaranteed crowd pleaser for your road trip crew.
6. Girl Power
So you’ve grabbed all your best gal pals, loaded the cooler with your favourite drinks and snacks, and are ready to hit the road for a weekend getaway. The only piece missing from the puzzle is the ultimate collection of lady-friendly anthems to on your drive, but not if you check out this epic Girl Power playlist.
7. Spanish Beats
Maybe you’re fluent in Spanish, or maybe you’re not. Either way, one thing’s for certain – Spanish music is the BEST! Consider this playlist as your summer go-to and get ready to teleport yourself to the lively streets of Spain.
You may even be tempted to learn the salsa after listening to the infectious beats of Spanish music. Or maybe quit your job and move to Barcelona indefinitely?
8. Touring Tunes
This is your one-stop-shop to all of the best travel songs curated by travellers, for travellers! From rock’n roll to R&B and everything in between, this playlist will inspire you to take your next road trip to the next level by booking a tour to your dream bucket list destination.
Warning: this playlist may cause a serious case of wanderlust.
9. TourRadar Staff Picks
Last but certainly not least, we have TourRadar’s Staff Picks playlist, otherwise known as a collection of all our favourite songs to listen to while on the road or dreaming of our next tour.
With offices in Vienna, Toronto and Brisbane and staff members from over 40 countries around the world this playlist is the perfect mix of international tracks and mainstream go-to jams. Enjoy!
What songs should we add to our Touring Tunes playlist? Comment below!