Music speaks to us in so many ways. It can affect our mood, bring back memories, and help us connect with and relate to others near and far. It can make us happy and energized or it can help us relax and feel calm after a long and tough day.
It can remind us of the happiest times in our lives. It can even help us tell others how we really feel.
There’s no doubt about it – music is an amazing force; it can evoke deep feelings and capture the human experience in a way that no other medium can.
Songs have been written about every topic under the sun for as long as people have been creating music. Some things are the subject of countless songs; patriotism, holidays and celebrations, and of course the biggest one of all, love, both found and lost, are common themes in the realm of music.
One other common topic for lyrical composition in songs of all genres is travel. Human beings have been traveling as long as music has existed, so it’s no wonder that our drive for adventure has inspired so many great tunes.
There are hundreds of songs about traveling and many are very well-known.The Ultimate Travel Playlist
If you’re rencana a trip, it’s great to have some music to go along with it and with you.
Music can be incredible travel inspiration and it can also provide a fantastic soundtrack for your adventures. Creating a playlist of travel songs should be high on your list of to-dos before any trip.
Once you’ve made your ultimate travel playlist once, you can return to it time and time again on every trip you take in the future.
There are countless songs about travel out there. Some you likely already know and can rattle off without a second thought. Others may have slipped under your radar.
That’s where we come in. We put together this list of travel songs to get you started. Many of these are the favorite songs of people who love to travel. However, if you don’t see your favorite song about travel here, you should add it to your playlist when you make it in addition to all of these.
The perfect playlist can make any trip or adventure even better. You’ll have so much fun on your vacation when you put these tunes on a playlist and press play.1. Promised Land – Chuck Berry
This 1964 tune was written by Chuck Berry while he was in prison and was excited to get back on the road.
The “promised land” he speaks of is the great state of California, but the song mentions about a dozen other U.S. cities starting in Norfolk, Virginia before he reaches his final destination. It might sound familiar to you even if you’re sure you haven’t heard it before – it’s set to the melody of Wabash Cannonball.
This song has been covered by many others over the past six decades, most notably by The Grateful Dead and Elvis Presley.
Best Time to Listen: This song is excellent for getting you excited as you head out on the road on a new adventure.
See Related: 21 Tips for Beating Post-Travel Blues2. Truckin’ – The Grateful Dead
The Grateful Dead was known for its traveling fanbase and heavy touring schedule throughout the band’s career. Therefore, it’s no surprise that many of their songs included lyrics about traveling.
Truckin’ is one of the band’s most well-known songs; it first appeared on their 1970 album American Beauty. In 1997, two years after front-man Jerry Garcia’s death, the United States Library of Congress recognized it as an official national treasure.
The song tells of the band’s travels and culminates in the arrest of most of the band for drug possession in New Orleans. One line of the lyrics, “what a long, strange trip it’s been,” has been common in popular culture since the song’s initial release.
Best Time to Listen: Give Truckin‘ a listen when you are driving on an interstate where you’re surrounded by more trucks than cars.tiga. On the Road Again – Willie Nelson
On the Road Again is one of country music legend Willie Nelson’s most popular songs; it won him a Grammy Award for Best Country Song in 1980, the year it was released.
This is one of the most well-known songs about traveling out there and people will sing along with it anywhere it is played.
It tells about life on tour and the excitement and fun that surrounds every bit of it. This song will remind you why you love to travel and that there’s nothing on earth as marvelous as being on the road with your best friends.
Best Time to Listen: This is a great song to get you excited for any kind of trip you’re taking with your favorite travel companions.4. Born to Be Wild – Steppenwolf
Born to Be Wild is an epic tune that speaks to every one of us in some way or another. After all, aren’t we all born to be wild? This song first appeared in the ultimate travel movie: Easy Rider. It also contains the world’s first musical reference to Heavy Metal!
When that film came out in 1969, it inspired the Great American Road Trip for so many people. As Dennis Hopper and Peter Fonda ride their motorcycles across the nation, every single one of us wants to be there with them.
This song, which is about “head[ing] out on the highway” and “looking for adventure” while being the most primal, brave, and bold version of ourselves is as uplifting and encouraging as it gets. This is also considered to be the first-ever heavy metal song, which is pretty neat.
Best Time to Listen: Put Born to Be Wild on when you’ve finished that last shift at work before your big trip.5. I’ve Been Everywhere – Johnny Cash
Johnny Cash didn’t write I’ve Been Everywhere but his version is one of the most popular.
This song was written by Australian country singer Geoff Mack in 1959 and it has been sung and recorded by dozens of artists since then.
The original version mentions almost one hundred Australian towns the songwriter visited; it has subsequently been altered by many musicians to reflect their own travels.
Johnny Cash recorded this song with Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers for his 1996 Unchained album, which consisted mostly of covers; the album won a Grammy for Best Country Album that year.
Best Time to Listen: Give I’ve Been Everywhere a spin when you’re looking back upon all of your past adventures.6. Ramblin’ Man – Hank Williams
Hank Williams was one of our country’s most significant and influential songwriters so far.
He wrote his version of Ramblin’ Man in 1951 and released it as a B side to his more popular Take These Chains from My Heart, although Ramblin’ Man became the more well-known song later on.
This song is written from the point of view of a man who can’t settle down with a woman he loves. He cannot control his desire to roam, so roam he will; he’s sorry, but she’s just going to have to deal with it.
Best Time to Listen: Listen to this song when you’re headed out on a solo trip because your partner is stuck at work.7. Ramblin’ Man – The Allman Brothers Band
This Allman Brothers Band tune was inspired by the Hank Williams song of the same name, but it’s a completely different song!
Like Williams’ version, the lyrics are spoken by a man who loves the open road and everything that comes along with it.
His audience is anyone who will listen, but the chorus does imply that writer Dickey Betts will likely also be leaving someone behind in favor of his travels.
This is one of those travel songs that every traveler of any gender loves and can identify with. We were born to ramble, so ramble we shall – no one, and nothing is going to stop us.
Best Time to Listen: If you’re driving or traveling around the American South, this song is one of the most fitting rock and roll tunes you’ll find.8. Road Trippin’ – Red Hot Chili Peppers
This song by the Red Hot Chili Peppers was the fifth and final single from the band’s hit 1999 Californication album. This is one of those travel songs that should be on every road trip mix and it tells the story of a road trip that the band took together.
Well, most of the band, anyway; drummer Chad Smith had another commitment that day.
The other three band members, Flea, Anthony Kiedis, and John Frusciante drove up the California coast from Los Angeles to Big Sur to go surfing after Frusciante decided to rejoin the band following a brief split.
The song’s lyrics speak of the fun of getting lost in the USA and of the importance of remembering to bring snacks and supplies – all crucial components of the perfect road trip, indeed!
Best Time to Listen: Play this song on your car stereo when you call in sick to work to take a spontaneous road trip with your buddies.
See Related: How to Go on a Road Trip with Kids9. Train Song – Phish
Phish has been touring for almost forty years. The vast majority of their tours have been in the United States, but they did travel to Europe and Japan a few times in the 1990s and early 2000s.