A Wonderful Selection of Music For Your Perfect Travel Playlist

In honor of life's adventures... here are some songs to inspire you during the long journeys.

No one playlist will ever be your perfect playlist (or I could be wrong.) So with some time spent searching, discovering, and rearranging... I have put together a very long list of music I enjoy traveling to and hopefully you'll find something you like as well!


Long weekend at Mount Aspiring National Park. We listened to a lot of "Party in the USA" that night, 2015

*I'm not very good at genres. So I did the best I could in categorizing and dating the songs. Enjoy :)

Acoustic 

  • Carolina Drama (Acoustic) - The Raconteurs (2008)
  • I Got You - Jack Johnson (2013)
  • The Woods - Hollow Coves (2014)
  • Craving (Acoustic) - James Bay (2015)
  • Something To Believe In (Live Acoustic) - Young the Giant (2016)
  • Burden - Foy Vance (2016)
  • Coastline - Hollow Coves (2016)
  • Happiness (Acoustic) - NEEDTOBREATHE (2016)
  • Not Gonna Let You Walk Away - LOLO (2016)

Alternative/Indie 

  • New Slang - The Shins (2001)
  • Float On - Modest Mouse (2004)
  • The World At Large - Modest Mouse (2004)
  • Electric Feel - MGMT (2007)
  • The Story I Heard - Blind Pilot  (2008)
  • I Can Feel a Hot One - Manchester Orchestra (2009)
  • Moneygrabber - Fitz and The Tantrums (2010)
  • Ride Ride Ride - Vetiver (2011)
  • Steve McQueen - M83 (2011)
  • Under Cover of Darkness - The Strokes (2011)
  • Constant Conversations - Passion Pit (2012)
  • Soul Fight - The Revivalists (2012)
  • Wait for the Moment - Vulfpeck (2013)
  • Step Out - José González (2013)
  • Toes - Glass Animals (2014)
  • Mess Is Mine - Vance Joy (2014)
  • Angel of Small Death & the Codeine Scene - Hozier (2014)
  • Help Our Souls - NIHILS (2014)
  • Moving Mountains - The Brevet (2014)
  • Sweet Jane - Garrett Kato (2015)
  • The Spark - Joshua Hyslop (2015)
  • Let Me Down Easy - Max Frost (2015)
  • UFOs - Garrett Kato (2015)
  • Greek Tragedy - The Wombats (2015)
  • Lover Come Back - City and Colour (2015)
  • Set On Fire - Magic Giant (2015)
  • Spirit Cold - Tall Heights (2016)
  • Like Lions - Blind Pilot (2016)
  • River Wider - Tall Heights (2016) 
  • Tus Pies (Your Feet) - Nahko and Medicine for the People (2016)
  • California - i said yes (2016)
  • Cringe - Matt Maeson (2016)
  • Numb - Max Jury (2016)
  • Concrete - Tom Odell (2016)
  • Surprise Yourself - Jack Garratt (2016)
  • Go F*** Yourself - Two Feet (2016)
  • In the Middle - Mona (2016)
  • When We Were Young (Panama Wedding Remix) - The Wild Wild (2016)
  • Higher - The Naked and Famous (2016)
  • Hey Child - Korbee (2016)
  • Don't You Cry For Me - Cobi (2016)
  • Cocoon - Milky Chance (2017)
  • The Gold - Manchester Orchestra (2017)
  • Ascension - Gorillaz ft. Vince Staples (2017)

Classic 2000's Throwback (mix of everything!)

  • Get The Party Started - P!nk (2001)
  • Independent Women, Pt. I - Destiny's Child (2001)
  • Hey Ya! - OutKast (2003)
  • Ocean Avenue - Yellowcard (2003)
  • 1985 - Bowling For Soup (2004)
  • Dirty Little Secret - All-American Rejects (2005)
  • Feel Good Inc - Gorillaz (2005)
  • I Still - Backstreet Boys (2005)
  • Gold Digger - Kanye West Ft. Jamie Foxx (2005)
  • I Write Sins Not Tragedies - Panic! At The Disco (2005)
  • Here (In Your Arms) - Hellogoodbye (2006)
  • Glamorous - Fergie (2006)
  • Promiscuous - Nelly Furtado ft. Timbaland (2006)
  • Thnks fr th Mmrs - Fall Out Boy (2007)
  • Check Yes Juliet - We The Kings (2007)
  • No One - Alicia Keys (2007)

Country

  • Tennessee Whiskey - Chris Stapleton (2015)
  • Wherever You Are - Parker Millsap (2016)
  • Used to Love You Sober - Kane Brown (2016)

Dubstep/Drum & Bass/Electronica/House/Trap/FUNK/EDM

  • Give Up The Funk - Parliament (1975) FUNK (I threw this n here since I have so much FUNK EDM)
  • Ghostrider - Rjd2 (2002) CHILL
  • Que Sera - Wax Tailor (2005) CHILL
  • Finally Moving - Pretty Lights (2006) CHILL
  • Just Jammin' - Gramatik (2009) FUNK
  • Thief - Ookay (2009) FUNK
  • Muy Tranquilo - Gramatik (2010) FUNK
  • Fade Into Darkness - Avicii (2011)  EDM
  • Smash That Funk - GRiZ (2012) FUNK
  • We Were Young - ODESZA (2012) CHILL
  • Another Love (Zwette Edit) - Tom Odell (2013) CHILL
  • A Calf Born In Winter - Khruangbin (2013) CHILL
  • Doin' It Right - Daft Punk (2013) FUNK
  • Lovin U - Stwo (2013) CHILL
  • Be Mine - Ofenbach (2013) HOUSE
  • Beat Connection - Saola (Odesza Remix) (2013) EDM
  • Old School Melody - Bass Physics (2014) CHILL GROOVE
  • Love, Sex, and Fancy Things - The Floozies (2014) FUNK
  • Kusanagi - ODESZA (2014) CHILL
  • Sundara - Odesza (2014) CHILL
  • *Um just everything Odesza, they will make you feel things
  • Molecules - Disclosure (2015) HOUSE
  • Heading Home - Gryffin (2015) EDM
  • Take It High - GRiZ (2015) FUNK
  • Lost In The Sauce - Dubloadz (2015) HEAVY DUB
  • Mr. White - Khruangbin (2015) CHILL FUNK 
  • We Rise - Han Solo (2015) TRAP
  • Almeria - Everydayz & Phazz (2015) CHILL BEATS
  • Break Your Neck - GTA (2015) HEAVY DUB
  • Take Over - FractaLL (2016) HOUSE
  • Show Me Love (Skrillex Remix) - Hundred Waters & Chance the Rapper (2016) CHILL/HIP-HOP
  • Groove - TORN (2016) BOWBOWBOW
  • Don't Let Me Down (Illenium Remix) - The Chainsmokers (2016) CHILL
  • PS GFY - GRiZ (2016) FUNK
  • Gotta Push On - GRiZ (2016) FUNK
  • Butt Rock - The Floozies (2016) FUNK 
  • Snowcone - Deadmau5 (2016) CHILL HOUSE
  • Be Here - Duke Dumont (2016) HOUSE
  • Rising, Rising (Bassnectar Remix) - Crywolf (2016) CHILL 
  • Codename X (Wirtual Riot Remix) - Excision (2016) HEAVY DUB
  • Swipe My Swords - The Frim (2016) HEAVY DUB
  • Lights Out - Zomboy (2016) DUBSTEP
  • Lit - DENM (2016) EDM
  • Plug Me In - Dion Timmer (2016) HEAVY DUB
  • C'mon - Big Gigantic ft. GRiZ (2016) FUNK
  • Scary Yikes Grrz - FuntCaseUK (2016) HEAVY DUB
  • Not Going Home - DVBBS (2016) EDM
  • Funk It - Defunk (2016) FUNK
  • Find the Love - Late Night Radio (2016) FUNK
  • Coming Home (BUNT. Remix) - Sons of the East EDM
  • Sailing - Royal Air (2016) CHILL
  • Alchimie, Pt.2 - Alvy (2016) CHILL
  • House Every Weekend - David Zowie (2016) HOUSE
  • Deep Down Low - Valentino Khan (2017) HOUSE + Getter Remix = HEAVY DUB
  • Oceans - Emmit Fenn & Nylo (2017) EDM
  • No Future - Shaun Frank ft. Dyson (2017) EDM
  • Flava - Ganja White Night & Boogie T (2017)  DUBSTEP
  • I'm big on EDM because there are so many genres within it. So holla if you want more, especially the heavy stuff (I'd like recommendations too!)

(Just a few more: Bassnectar, OPIUO, 12th Planet, M83, JAUZ, Illenium, Flume, Ganja White Night, Liquid Stranger, Rezz, Mura Masa)

Folk/Indie Folk/Other Folk

  • Love Is All - The Tallest Man on Earth (2010)
  • Barton Hollow - The Civil Wars (2011)
  • Featherstone - The Paper Kites (2011)
  • Rivers and Roads - The Head and the Heart (2011)
  • Candles - Daughter (2011)
  • Stubborn Love - The Lumineers (2012)
  • Façade - Sons Of The East (2013)
  • Shorty Don't Wait - A Great Big World (2014)
  • Silent Movies - Madisen Ward and The Mama Bear (2015)
  • Wherever You Are - Parker Millsap (2016)
  • Love Brought Weight - Old Sea Brigade (2016)
  • Call It Home - Cinders (2016)
  • I Am - Satsang (2016)
  • Don't Let It Get You Down - Johnnyswim (2016)
  • All Is Well - Austin Basham (2016)

Hip Hop/Rap

  • Oh My God - A Tribe Called Quest (1993)
  • Whatta Man - Salt 'N' Peppa (1993)
  • Baby Phife's Return - A Tribe Called Quest (1996)
  • Gettin' Jiggy Wit It - Will Smith (1997)
  • Doo Wop (That Thing) - Ms. Lauryn Hill (1998)
  • Can I Get A... - JAY Z (1998)
  • Big Pimpin' - JAY Z Ft. UGK (1999)
  • It Wasn't Me - Shaggy (2000)
  • Family Affair - Mary J. Blige (2001)
  • Dilemma - Nelly Ft. Kelly Rowland (2002)
  • Change Clothes - JAY Z (2003)
  • The College Dropout ALBUM - Kayne West (2004)
  • Hate It Or Love It - The Game (2005)
  • Lost One - JAY Z (2006)
  • Shortie Like Mine - Bow Wow Ft. Chris Brown & Johntá Austin (2006)
  • Graduation ALBUM - Kanye West (2007)
  • Shine - The Alchemist (2007)
  • Ever, Ever - David Dallas (2009)
  • Section.80 ALBUM - Kendrick Lamar (2011)
  • Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City ALBUM - Kendrick Lamar (2012)
  • Just What I Am - Kid Cudi (2013)
  • Lifestyle - Rich Gang ft. Young Thug, Rich Homie Quan (2014)
  • Old Earth - The Four Owls (2015)
  • Everyone - Charles Hamilton (2015)
  • To Pimp A Butterfly ALBUM - Kendrick Lamar (2015)
  • Imperial - Jamie Macdowell & Tom Thum (2015)
  • Girls @ - Joey Purp ft. Chance the Rapper (2016)
  • Reflection - Kaiydo (2016)
  • Change - J.Cole (2016)
  • 4 Your Eyez Only - J. Cole (2016)
  • No Problem - Chance the Rapper ft. 2 Chainz & Lil Wayne (2016)
  • Kokamoe Freestyle - GoldLink (2017)
  • The Heart Part 4 - Kendrick Lamar (2017)

Jazz/Blues

  • I Cover the Waterfront - Louis Armstrong (1949)
  • I've Got You Under My Skin - Frank Sinatra (1956)
  • I Can't Quit You, Baby - Willie Dixon (1956)
  • I've Got A Woman - Ray Charles (1958)
  • Corcovado (Quite Nights of Quiet Stars) - Stan Getz & Joao Gilberto (1965)
  • Hung Up On My Baby - Isaac Hayes (1974)
  • Misty - Stan Getz (1988)
  • Do It Like You Do - Lettuce (2012)
  • What Would It Take - Anderson East (2017)

Pop

  • Stand By Me - Ben E. King (1962)
  • Escape (The Pina Colada Song) - Rupert Holmes (1979)
  • Fly - Sugar Ray (1997)
  • Dancing in the Moonlight - Toploader (1999)
  • Every Morning - Sugar Ray (1999)
  • Mambo No. 5 - Lou Bega (1999)
  • This Love - Maroon 5 (2002)
  • Promiscuous - Nelly Furtado (2006)
  • Love Song - Sara Bareilles (2007)
  • When a Heart Breaks - Ben Rector (2010)
  • Arabella - Arctic Monkeys (2013)
  • Good Girls - 5 Seconds Of Summer (2014)
  • That's What I Like - Bruno Mars (2016)
  • Todo Cambio - Becky G (2017)
  • Drink Up - Train (2017)

Punk Rock

  • Inside Out - Eve 6 (1998)
  • All These Small Things - blink-182 (2000)
  • Absolutely (Story of a Girl) - Nine Days (2000)
  • The Middle - Jimmy Eat World (2001)
  • All Star - Smash Mouth (2001)
  • Swing, Swing - The All-American Rejects (2003)
  • Stacy's Mom - Fountains of Wayne (2003)
  • Helena (So Long & Goodnight) - My Chemical Romance (2004)
  • Almost - Bowling For Soup (2004)
  • Sugar, We're Goin Down - Fall Out Boy (2005)
  • Dead! - My Chemical Romance (2006)
  • I Don't Love You - My Chemical Romance (2006)
  • Dear Maria, Count Me In - All Time Low (2007)
  • Fall For You - Secondhand Serenade (2008)
  • Na Na Na - My Chemical Romance (2010)

Rock (and other rock)

  • Hound Dog - Elvis Presley (1956)
  • Roll Over Beethoven - Chuck Berry (1956)
  • Jailhouse Rock - Elvis Presley (1957)
  • For What It's Worth - Buffalo Springfield (1966)
  • Let It Be - The Beatles (1970)
  • Up Around The Bend - Creedence Clearwater Revival (1970)
  • It's Too Late - Carole King (1971)
  • Rock N' Roll Is Music Now - James Taylor (1974)
  • Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen (1975)
  • Couldn't Get It Right - Climax Blues Band (1976)
  • Everybody Has the Blues - James Taylor (1976)
  • Movin' Out (Anthony's Song) - Billy Joel (1977)
  • Is She Really Going Out With Him? - Joe Jackson (1979)
  • You Make My Dreams - Daryl Hall & John Oates (1980)
  • You May Be Right - Billy Joel (1980)
  • Paradise City - Guns N' Roses (1987)
  • I'll Be There For You - Bon Jovi (1988)
  • Can't Stop This Thing We Started - Bryan Adams (1991)
  • I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles) - The Proclaimers (1998)
  • I Won't Back Down - Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers (1989)
  • What's Up - 4 Non Blondes (1992)
  • Mary Jane's Last Dance - Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers (1993)
  • Hook - Blues Traveler (1994)
  • Wonderwall - Oasis (1995)
  • One Headlight - The Wallflowers (1996)
  • Rebubula - moe. (1996)
  • Monkey Wrench - Foo Fighters (1997)
  • Why Can't We Be Friends - Smash Mouth (1997)

  • Jumper - Third Eye Blind (1997)
  • The General - Dispatch (1997)
  • Slide - The Goo Goo Dolls (1998)
  • Maria Maria - Santana ft. The Product G&B (1999)
  • Cousin Dupree - Steely Dan (2000)
  • So It Seems - The Beautiful Girls (2003)
  • I Don't Want To Be - Gavin DeGraw (2003)
  • Are You Gonna Be My Girl - Jet (2003)
  • Mr. Brightside - The Killers (2004)
  • Meet Me in the City - The Black Keys (2006)
  • Pump de Bump - Red Hot Chili Peppers (2006)
  • Hate It Here - Wilco (2007)
  • Higgins - Umphrey's McGee (2007)
  • Used Somebody - Kings of Leon (2008)
  • Hey Ho - The Lumineers (2012)
  • Morning Song - The Lumineers (2012)
  • Bones - Young Guns (2012)
  • Yellow Mellow - Ocean Alley (2014)
  • Bijou Drains, The BIrddog - Turkuaz (2015)
  • Sound & Color - Alabama Shakes (2015)
  • This Feeling - Alabama Shakes (2015)
  • Where The Skies Are Blue - The Lumineers (2016)
  • Highway - Bleeker (2016)
  • Reverend - Kings of Leon (2016)
  • Her Heart Isn't Beating For Me- Semi-Attractive Boy (2017)

R&B

  • Jumpin', Jumpin' - Destiny's Child (1999)
  • Let Me Love You - Mario (2005)
  • Be Without You - Mary J. Blige (2005)
  • Ignition x Don't Mind - R. Kelly & Kent Jones (William Singe Mashup Cover, 2016)

Ska/Reggae

  • Doin' Time - Sublime (1995)
  • What I Got - Sublime (1995)
  • Closer To The Sun - Slightly Stoopid (2005)
  • Top of the World - Slightly Stoopid (2012)
  • Dance All Night - Dirty Heads ft. Matisyahu (2012)

Soul

  • Mess Around - Ray Charles (1957)
  • Stand By Me - Otis Redding (1964)
  • Who's Lovin' You - Jackson 5 (1969)
  • Ain't No Sunshine - Bill Withers (1971)
  • Let's Stay Together - Al Green (1972)
  • The Best - Tina Turner (1989)
  • How Sweet Is It (To Be Loved By You) - The Temptations (2006)
  • You Know I'm No Good - Amy Winehouse (2006)
  • Blackberry Brandy - T Bird and the Breaks (2009)
  • Shorty Don't Wait - A Great Big World (2014)
  • Coming Home (Live) - Leon Bridges (2015)
  • Death Row - Jimi Charles Moody (2015)
  • Blue Honey - Jimi Charles Moody (2015)
  • Do You Wanna Do Nothing With Me? - Lawrence (2016)
  • Fade To Nothing - Rag'n'Bone Man (2017)

Hope you found something new to love. The roads are calling, now go!

Published: February 28, 2017

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Castle Hill

I ruin instant coffee. From Connecticut - currently reminiscing in New Zealand. I'm just chilling.