What’s Summer Without a Road Trip?

Summer is here!

And it wouldn’t be complete without a road trip. Those long drives with friends are made for bonding, laughing and singing at the top of your lungs with the windows rolled down.

If you’ve been tasked with choosing the song lineup for the drive, the power to set the right mood for your road trip is in your hands. Here are some tips for putting together an epic summer playlist that will win you the title of mix master: 

Kick It Off with the Classics

The best way to make a road trip more memorable is by going down memory lane. But remember to take who you are traveling with into consideration. Are they people you went to school with? Are they childhood friends or family? Think about the songs that meant something to you as a group. It could be a song from the first concert you all went to together or a song you rocked out to in high school.

Can’t decide? Kick things off with songs you know you can all sing along to and be silly. Here are some classics that your travel buddies, whether they care to admit or not, probably know most of the lyrics to:

  • Miley Cyrus’ “Party in the USA”
  • Smash Mouth’s “All Star”
  • Eminem’s “Love Yourself”
  • Kelly’s “Ignition”
  • Shakira’s “Try Everything”
  • Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe”
  • Spice Girls’ “Wannabe”
  • Sir Mix-a-Lot’s “Baby Got Back”
  • Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody”

Set the Mood with Summer Anthems

While nostalgia rules when it comes to road trips, make sure to mix things up by reminding everyone why summer vacation is the absolute best. Mix new and loved summer classics together to get you thinking about fun in the sun, lounging by the beach and all things summer. Here are summer anthems that deserve a spot in your ultimate playlist:

  • Bryan Adams’ “Summer of '69”
  • Katy Perry’s “California Gurls”
  • The Proclaimers’ “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)”
  • The Drifters’ “Under the Boardwalk”
  • Marky Mark and The Funky Bunch’s “Good Vibrations”
  • Len’s “Steal My Sunshine”
  • DJ Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince’s “Summertime”
  • Camila Cabello’s “Havana”
  • Alice Cooper’s “School's Out for Summer”
  • Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars’ “Uptown Funk”
  • LFO’s “Summer Girls”
  • Luis Fonsi’s “Despacito” 

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