Trek America – The Ultimate American Road Trip Playlist

One of the very important things you will need for Trek America (or any American Road Trip) is a Playlist. Of course.

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1 – What kind of an American road-trip would it be without the ultimate American playlist?
2 – Having a good playlist will give you the chance to become the very important person: ‘the van DJ’ maybe even for the whole trip – if your music skills are up to a good enough standard.
3 – The atmosphere. What kind of a road-trip would it be without the classics that everyone (or at least mostly everyone) knows such as The Beach Boys?!

Of course creating the perfect playlist is not an easy job.. which is why you will love me for this.
With a help from my friend Rachel who is an absolute music lover (especially american), we have created..

The Ultimate American Road Trip Playlist

I shall say that in fact most of the credit goes to Rachel on this one as my music taste is not neccessarly what most people like to hear on their trip. I probably got to be a DJ once on the whole trek as after seeing peoples faces when I played (what I thought was) a very good mix of dub, reggae and dubstep.. Lesson learnt: You need music that everyone will know and can relate to.
So anyway, now I know what NOT to include.

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Here is a mix of American themed songs, cheesy classics, general good car journey songs and country music for the south.

Keep it safe and ENJOY!

(Everything is linked to youtube. Woop!)

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Bruce Springsteen – Born In The U.S.A.

Zac Brown Band – Chicken Fried

The Beach Boys – Surfin’ USA

The Beach Boys – California Girls

The Naked And Famous – Young Blood

MAGIC! – Rude

Best Coast – The Only Place

Cheap Trick – I Want You To Want Me

Billy Joel – New York State of Mind

Black Kids – I’m Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How To Dance With You

Confederate Railroad – Bill’s Laundromat Bar & Grill

Charli XCX – Boom Clap

Cliff Richard – Young Ones

Counting Crows – Big Yellow Taxi

Darius Rucker – Wagon Wheel

Echosmith – Cool Kids

Chuck Berry – Johnny B. Goode

Demi Lovato – Made in the USA

Elvis Presley – Viva Las Vegas

Florida Georgia Line – Cruise

Bon Jovi – Livin’ On A Prayer

Bon Jovi – It’s My Life
(This song literally takes me back to Vegas, a cheeky video at the bottom ♥)

Green Day – American Idiot

Grouplove – Tongue Tied

Harry Nilsson – Everybody’s Talkin’

Imagine Dragons – It’s Time

Halsey – New Americana

Josh Turner – Your Man

Katy Perry – California Gurls

Lady Antebellum – Need You Now

Lana Del Rey – Diet Mountain Dew

Little Big Town – Day Drinking

Luke Bryan – Country Girl

M.I.A. – Paper Planes

Madonna – American Pie

MGMT – Kids

MGMT – Time To Pretend

Miley Cyrus – Party In The U.S.A.

Milky Chance – Down by the River

MKTO – Classic

MS MR – Hurricane

Owl City & Carly Rae Jepsen – Good Time

Patsy Gallant – From New York To L.A. 
(Southern Sun, YES!)

Rascal Flatts – Bless The Broken Road

Red Hot Chili Peppers – Dani California

S Club 7 – S Club Party

Sara Bareilles – Brave

Clean Bandit feat. Nikki Cislyn & Javeon – Cologne
(Not neccessarly very american but this was our official trek tune ♥)

Sheryl Crow – Everyday Is A Winding Road

Simple Plan – Summer Paradise ft. Sean Paul

Virals – Coming Up With The Sun

Gavin DeGraw – Best I Ever Had

Michael Jackson – Billie Jean

Michael Jackson – The Way You Make Me Feel

Bruce Springsteen – Streets Of Philadelphia

Johnny Cash – I’ve Been Everywhere

Chuck Berry – Route 66

And of course we all like a bit of a guilty pleasure..

Disney’s Frozen – Let It Go

Justin Bieber – Sorry

Remember that even though there will be wi-fi in the van, the usage is limited so you are best to download these or create a Spotify playlist (premium) to play them offline.

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Oh and here is why I said ‘Bon Jovi – It’s My Life’ reminds of Vegas.. ♥

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Thank you Rachel for your help!


If you are planning to do Trek America, I have written a few posts that may help you:

Trek America – What, How & Why

Trek America – Pre-Departure Questions & Checklist

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7 years ago

THANK YOU!! This is making me so excited for my trip!!


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