Family Road Trip: PLAYLIST - Irvine Moms

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With Spring Break and Summer Around the Corner

That means road trip season! If you’re doing any long-distance driving this year, you might be on the lookout for family-friendly road trip songs that will keep everyone entertained… while simultaneously not driving anyone crazy. If you’d rather not get “The Song That Never Ends” stuck in your head yet again (or — let’s be honest — anything from the Frozen soundtrack), you’re not alone.

It can be difficult to make everyone happy at all times — but we’ve got you covered, with our top picks for country lovers, pop fanatics, and oldies-rockers alike. Plus, this list is a little different from other road trip song lists in that it’s all parent-approved, family-friendly tunes.

So load up the iPod and let’s hit the road!

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Traveling Tunes


Songs about cars, driving, traveling, and more!

“I’ve Been Everywhere” – Johnny Cash

“Roll On (Eighteen Wheeler)” – Alabama
“Cruise” – Florida Georgia Line
“Real Gone” – Sheryl Crow
“Baby Lets Cruise” – Gwyneth Paltrow and Huey Lewis
“Travelin’ Band” – Creedence Clearwater Revival
“Free Bird” – Lynyrd Skynyrd
“On the Road Again” – Willie Nelson
“Ramblin’ Man” – The Allman Brothers Band
“Dirt Road Anthem” – Jason Aldean
“Take Me Home, Country Roads” – John Denver
“Road Trippin” – Josh Abbott Band
“Good Riddance (Time of Your Life) ” – Green Day
“Home” – Phillip Phillips
“Go Your Own Way” – Fleetwood Mac
“Take A Back Road” – Rodney Atkins
“I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) ” – The Proclaimers
“Good Directions” – Billy Currington
“Free and Easy” (Down the Road I Go) – Dierks Bentley
“Roam” – B-52s
“Running on Empty” – Jackson Browne
“Last Train to Clarksville” – The Monkees
“I Can’t Drive 55” – Sammy Hagar
“Life is a Highway” – Rascal Flatts
“King Of The Road” – Randy Travis
“Mustang Sally” – Wilson Pickett
“Mercury Blues” – Alan Jackson
“G.T.O. ” – Ronny & the Daytonas
“American Pie” – Don McLean
“Joyride” – Roxette
“Hey Little Cobra” – The Rip Chords
“Fast Cars and Freedom” – Rascal Flatts
“King of the Road” – Roger Miller
“Hit the Road Jack” – Ray Charles
“Low Rider” – War
“Little Red Wagon” – Miranda Lambert
“A Thousand Miles” – Vanessa Carlton

Songs for the Shore

Nothing beats The Beach Boys for family road trip songs built for fun in the sun! 

“I Get Around” – The Beach Boys

“Little Deuce Coupe”
“Fun, Fun, Fun”
“California Girls”
“Good Vibrations”
“Barbara Ann”
“Surfin’ USA”

Songs for Working Out the Wiggles

Avoid the “Are we there yet”s by keeping kids dancing in their seats!

“Shut Up and Dance” – WALK THE MOON

“Shake A Tail Feather” – Ray Charles and the Blues Brothers
“Party in the U.S.A. ” – Miley Cyrus
“One Way or Another” – Blondie
“ABC” – The Jackson 5
“Firework” – Katy Perry
“Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It” – Will Smith
“You’re the One that I Want” – Grease Soundtrack
“Ways To Go” – Grouplove
“22” – Taylor Swift
“I Want To Hold Your Hand” – The Beatles
“A Sky Full of Stars” – Coldplay
“Shake It Out” – Florence + The Machine
“I Wanna Dance With Somebody” – Whitney Houston
“The Walker” – Fitz And The Tantrums
“Love Runs Out” – OneRepublic
“Funkytown” – Lipps, Inc.
“Good Feeling” – Flo Rida
“Shake It Off” – Taylor Swift
“Who Says” – Selena Gomez & the Scene
“Wooly Bully” – Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs
“Shout” – The Isley Brothers
“I Want Candy” – Bow Wow Wow
“Great Balls of Fire” – Jerry Lee Lewis
“The Monkees Theme” – The Monkees
“Walking on Sunshine” – KC and the Sunshine Band
“Brave” – Sara Bareilles

Family Road Trip Songs from the Big Screen

Kids will instantly recognize these tunes from their favorite movies!

“Hurricane” – The Vamps (From “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day”)

“Car Wash” – Christina Aguilera feat. Missy Elliott (from “Shark Tale”)
“Route 66” – John Mayer (from “Cars”)
“I’m a Believer” – Smash Mouth (from “Shrek”)
“A Spoonful of Sugar” – Harry Connick, Jr. (from “Mary Poppins”)
“Something That I Want” – Grace Potter (from “Tangled”)
“You’ve Got a Friend in Me” – Randy Newman (from “Toy Story”)
“Fun, Fun, Fun” – Pharrell (from “Despicable Me”)
“Never Had a Friend Like Me” – Robin Williams (from “Aladdin”)
“The Circle of Life” – Elton John (from “The Lion King”)
“Hakuna Matata” (from “The Lion King”)
“Everything is Awesome” (from “The LEGO® Movie”)

Calming Tunes

Need to take a breather? These tunes are perfect once you’re all tuckered out…

“Lullaby” – Jack Johnson and Matt Costa

“Over the Rainbow” – Israel Kamakawiwo’ole
“Imagine” – John Lennon
“Fireflies” – Owl City
“Strawberry Swing” – Coldplay
“Upside Down” – Jack Johnson
“I Turn to You” – Christina Aguilera
“Come Away With Me” – Norah Jones
“Where Are You Going” – Dave Matthews Band
“Tiny Dancer” – Elton John
“No Such Thing” – John Mayer
“Stand By Me” – Ben E. King
“I’m Yours” – Jason Mraz
“Free” – Donavon Frankenreiter

Think you’ve got the next Taylor Swift in the backseat?

Singing along with your kids is a great way to get them excited about music, as well as find out what they’re interested in! Does your daughter love crooning along with T-Swift? Your son can’t stop moving and grooving when any beat comes on? Encouraging your children to explore their interests in music, dance, and the arts from an early age will bolster their confidence. And once they’re ready, private singing lessons, music lessons, or dance lessons can take them far!


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