33 Travel Songs – The Ultimate Playlist as Chosen by Our Readers

The Best Travel Songs Play List had an outstanding turn out by PlanetD fans.

What makes people want to hop in their car and hit the road while listening to great music?

What travel songs inspire travel, make you think of a destination or simply make you want to hit the road?  These songs of course!

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The Best Travel Songs

We took some of our favorite quotes from people when they chose their favorite travel songs.

We wanted to hear, what makes people want to hop in their car and hit the road while listening to great music?

What travel songs inspire travel, make you think of a destination or simply make you want to hit the road?  These songs of course!

People voted on the final songs and this is the list we came up with. What can you add? We're always updating our travel playlist.

There were a lot of duplicate votes for best travel songs, but after adding up the choices, these are the tops.

What travel songs inspire travel, make you think of a destination or simply make you want to hit the road?  These of course!

Best Travel Songs Playlist

We had such an awesome response that we had to make a huge list of the best travel songs as chosen by you. Check them out! 

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Enjoy this list of 52 of the Best Travel Songs

If you have a song to add to our travel songs playlist leave a comment below. We update this list regularly

1. Africa by Toto


Nothing makes me want to go to Africa more than this song by Toto. They capture it beautifully with their lyrics and each time I listen to it, I am brought back to camping in the desert listening to the dog crying out in the night. Or it makes me think of climbing Kilimanjaro towering over the Serengeti.

“The wild dogs cry out in the night
As they grow restless, longing for some solitary company
I know that I must do what's right
As sure as Kilimanjaro rises like Olympus above the Serengeti
I seek to cure what's deep inside, frightened of this thing that I've become”

Dina Rosita Koudys says “Not exactly about traveling, but it does mention Africa, Kilimanjaro, and Serengeti. And I love the song!

We replied to Dina saying,  we think Africa is exactly a travel song. It inspires travel to Africa beautifully and makes me want to see the Serengeti again and again.

2. Galway Girl – Ed Sheeran


Ireland is one of our favorite country's to visit and when Ed Sheeran wrote about Galway it brought us right back to being in the pubs there. We saw Ed Sheeran on Graham Norton talking about his travels and we love his free spirit and down to earth attitude. And love his music too. Many of his songs can be added to any travel songs playlis.

“I meet her on Grafton street right outside of the bar
She shared a cigarette with me while her brother played the guitar
She asked me what does it mean, the Gaelic ink on your arm?
Said it was one of my friend's songs, do you want to drink on?”

3. One Night in Bangkok by Murray Head


From the Musical Chess, this hit by Murray Head made me want to visit Bangkok in the 1990s. Whenever I'm in the city, I can't stop singing it!

“Bangkok, Oriental setting
And the city don't know that the city is getting
The creme de la creme of the chess world
In a show with everything but Yul Brynner”

4. Bali Eyes – Porno for Pyros


When traveling through South East Asia, we discovered this song and became huge fans of the unplugged version by Porno for Pyros. Once we reached Bali, we couldn't stop playing this one. I think you'll like it!

5. Sand in My Shoes – Dido


This song captures how amazing travel can be, but how much of a let down it is when you get home.

“Two weeks away feels like the whole world should have changed,
But I'm home now, and things still look the same
I think I'll leave it 'til tomorrow to unpack,
Try to forget for one night that I'm back in my flat
On the road where the cars never stop going through the night,
To a life where I can't watch the sun set”

6.  Sweet Home Alabama by Lynyrd Skynyrd


This song makes me want to go to the American South. My favorite lyric is when they mention the recording studio Muscle Shoals. Now Muscle Shoals has got the Swampers

“And they've been known to pick a song or two (yes they do)
Lord they get me off so much
They pick me up when I'm feeling blue, now how bout you?”

After watching the documentary, I now understand what that lyric is all about. It was the place for rock musicians to record in the 1960s. Rent Muscle Shoals on Amazon

Kathy Bovair  says “Dave will have my back on this one “SWEET HOME ALABAMA” is the best travel song and an old high school classic from our past” 

7. I've Been Everywhere Man by Johnny Cash


Carmen Davis-Harcum said. “It's My favourite travel song.” And we agree. I've been everywhere is the ultimate of travel songs!

If you want a song that captures what it's like to travel around. I always envisioned this song being about Johnny Cash writing about his life on the road as a traveling musician.

“I've been everywhere, man
I've been everywhere, man
Crossed the deserts bare, man
I've breatherd the mountain air, man
Travel, I've had my share, man
I've been everywhere”

He may not have been everywhere int he world, but he has definitely crossed all of the United States and Canada. I've Been Everywhere by Johnny Cash does the trick.

 8. Route 66 by Nat King Cole


Route 66 certainly captures the heyday of America's famous highway running across the country. It makes me want to get in the car and drive!

“Well if you ever plan to motor west
Just take my way it's the highway that's the best
Get your kicks on Route 66
Well it winds from Chicago to L.A.
More than 2000 miles all the way
Get your kicks on Route 66″

Trisha Miller is inspired by Rouit's a trip I have dreamed of for a long time, and someday I will do the entire length in one long, leisurely road trip”

9. Desert Rose – Sting

This song is apparently about when Adam was banished from the garden of Eden.  But when I listen to it, I think of travel and it transports me straight to the Middle East.

“I dream of rain, I dream of gardens in the desert sand
I wake in vain, I dream of love as time runs through my hand
Sweet desert rose Each of her veils, a secret promise
This desert flower No sweet perfume ever tortured me more than this…”

10. Where the Streets Have No Name by U2


The song is inspired by the streets of Ethiopia where there aren't (or weren't) any street names. I remember cycling through Africa and we barely saw a road sign. At the time, Ireland was still under a lot of civil unrest and Bono wrote about a place where class, religion and income are not indicitve of the street they live on.

“I want to feel sunlight on my face
I see that dust cloud disappear without a trace
I wanna take shelter from the poison rain
Where the streets have no name.”

11. Sympathy For the Devil by The Rolling Stones

Daniel Stein Says “Sympathy For the Devil makes you want to drive. Who wouldn't include this in their best travel songs playlist?”

This travel song had the most votes in our survey. So it had to be on our playlist even though it isn't really about travel. It does talk about historical events around the world though. 

“I stuck around St. Petersburg
When I saw it was a time for a change
Killed the czar and his ministers
Anastasia screamed in vain” 

12. On the Road Again by Willy Nelson


Diane Grady .”We were camping year's ago on Vancouver Island and a big motorhome pulled out playing”On the Road Again” through the loudspeakers. It was hilarious. But you know what, On the Road Again is one of the most popular travel songs.

The words alone. I'm on the road again!

13. I Left My Heart in San Francisco by Tony Bennet

Suggested by Katherine Hill. Of course! This song is the epitome of San Francisco. Travel Songs don't have to be about going everywhere. They can be about one place and this is the ultimate love story to San Francisco.

Add it to your playlist on Amazon

14. Montego Bay by Amazulu


Whenever we go to Jamaica we sing this song. It is perfect for travel. It not only captures the spirit and energy of Jamaica, it explains a lot about the island. They drive on the island, they drink rum from a silver tray and greet you like a brother would.

15. Midnight Train to Georgia by Gladys Knight>


Lauren Mcleod made this addition to our travel songs playlist. She says “Even though it's about heading home instead of away, it sure gets me groovin' along like I want to leave.”

“The world is his, his and ‘ers alone
Oh he's leavin'
On that midnight train to Georgia (leavin' on the midnight train)
Said he's goin' back to find (goin' back to find)
Oh a simpler place in time”

You can also download on Amazon

16. Roam by the B52s


Genelle Gregorio “Roam by the B-52s is a fantastic song for slideshows of your travels and to get you all pumped up about traveling and seeing the world.

In our hearts aren't we all roamers at heart?

17. Leaving on a Jet Plane by Peter Paul, and Mary & Johny Denver


Jenny Leach “We love this track when we are traveling. Leaving on a Jet Plane just screams travel song!

This song has been re-done a lot over the years, our favorite version is from the movie Armageddon by Chantal Kreviazuk.

18. Kokomo by The Beach Boys


Keith Jenkins of Velvet Escape chose Kokomo. This makes me think of the beach for sure.

What we love about Kokomo is that it is a made up place by the Beach Boys, but it sure makes you want to go there. And it captures the spirit of the islands.

19. Graceland by Paul Simon


Sheri Anderson Wallace said. “I love that travel song because it captures all the pieces of a road trip. What could be more of a travel song than a song about road tripping?

We say, it also inspired us to get ourselves to Graceland and see Elvis' home in Memphis Tennessee.

20. Born to be Wild by Steppenwolf


Bonnie Paridaen says “By Steppenwolf Baby!” Need we say more? Born to Be Wild is all about taking a motorcycle trip across the country. The movie isn't bad either.

21. New York State of Mind by Billie Joel


Merav Benaia told us that it's the travel song that makes me want to pack my bag and hop on a flight. I love New York and this is a love song to the beautiful State. 

Get New York State of Mind on Amazon

22. Sailing, Christopher Cross


Stephanie Broschart stated. “The lyrics from Sailing totally make for a great travel song. “It's not far down to paradise, At least it's not for me, And if the wind is right you can sail away, And find tranquility, The canvas can do miracles, Just you wait and see, Believe me”  

23. Proud Mary – Tina Turner


Whenever we're in New Orleans, this is the song that comes to mind. It has amazing energy and gets you in the mood to hop on a riverboat and explore!

24. American Woman by The Guess Who

Lorna Hazen-Francavilla said.  “It is one of those roll the windows down travel songs and makes me want to crank the tunes!”

Even though it is a song about dissing America, a lot of people look at it as a tribute to America. Regardless, it is a song that has a lot of energy. Check it out on Amazon.

25. Man in the Mirror by Micheal Jackson


Claire AlgarmeI like the beat and the message of the song. It also reminds me to be open to everything I see & meet in my travels and how to be a better person at the end of my journeys.

We love the words of The Man in the Mirror. Travel creates compassion. It brings people together and it is the best education. This song empowers that feeling.

26. I'm Yours by Jason Mraz


Plif Damon “I chose this for a travel song not because of the lyrics but just because of the melody, it's a happy song for me, perfect for roadtrip or when I'm feeling down. Buy I'm Yours on Amazon

27.Into the Wild by Sparrow and the Workshop


Frontier London HeadquartersIt's a new one but perfectly encapsulates the feeling of entering an unknown wilderness.

28. Dreams by The Cranberries


Katy Lynch “Just everything about the song screams self-discovery and adventure. Plus, who can deny Dolores O'Riordan's amazing vocals for the remaining minute and a half of the song. Buy Dreams

29. Rambling Man by The AllmanBrothers


Voted by – Rasheed Hooda – It's a classic

I'm on my way to New Orleans this mornin'
I'm leavin' out of Nashville, Tennessee
They're always having a good time down on the bayou
Lord, them Delta women think the world of me”

30. Laredo by Band of Horses

Catherine Reyes  says.”It has been my favourite of all travel songs for the past three months. It's pretty recent and has that good on the road again feel.

31. Paul's Song by M. Ward


Jools Stone shared his favorite lyrics from this travel song.

“Seems like everywhere O go the sky is fallin', and the waitresses all.
Meet you with a frown, when I come to town.
You say how does it feel to be travelling?
How's it feel to live your life on the train and the airplane?
Well, I ain't gonna lie to you, well, every town is all the same.
When you've left your heart in the Portland rain.”

We had never heard this song before, but it's not bad.

32. Beauty by Shaye


Alison Cornford Matheson said. “One of the most beautiful songs related to travel, It makes me tear up every time I hear it.

32. You Belong to Me by Jo Stafford


Sandra Katsuri says. “This sone beautifully states.

See the pyramids along the Nile
Watch the sun rise on a tropic isle
Just remember, darling, all the while
You belong to me.”

“I always thought it sounded terribly romantic, exotic and mysterious… just like travel should be.”

Thank you to everyone who contributed to our Best Travel Songs Playlist. I found a lot of songs I'd never heard of, some old classics and some fun ones too! Do you have a favourite travel song? Share it with us and see if it makes the list!

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