No road trip would be perfect without carefully selected songs. With summer coming, I think a lot about my road trip in California and thought it would be a good start in your planning to give you ideas of the best songs to put on your playlist to drive down Pacific Highway.
I looked in my personal favorites, checked out the playlist shared on Pinterest, asked my DJ friends and searched in my parents libraries to give you the best of the best!
- Daylight by Matt & Kim
- Beverly Hills by Weezer
- Road Trippin’ by Red Hot Chili Peppers
- San Francisco by The Mowgli’s
- West Coast by Coconut Records
- California Love by 2Pac feat. Dr.Dre
- Alive by New Ivory
- Big Sur by The Thrills
- Another Travellin’ Song by Bright Eyes
- California Waiting by Kings of Leon
- California by Phantom Planet
- Haha Love Will Travel by The Sonics
- The Only Place by Best Coast
- L.A. Woman by The Doors
- California Girls by The Beach Boys
- Green Onions by Booker T & the M G’s
- The Way by Fastball
- Life is a Highway by Tom Cochrane
- Californication by Red Hot Chili Peppers
- California Gurls by Katy Perry
- Road to Nowhere by Talking Heads
- The Distance by Cake
- I’m gonna be (500 Miles) by The Proclaimers
- Dogs Days are Over by Florence and the Machine
- Keep the Car Running by Arcade Fire (Because this song goes on every road trip playlist)
If you want to listen to it, check it out on SoundCloud.
Thanks to @IlliaSelecta, my DJ friend in Brussels, and Jack Host, a DJ colleague in Montreal for the suggestions!
And if you need more inspiration, here are a few other playlists. Warning, you can get lost in music for hours!
The 50 Best Road Trip Songs of All Time
The Ultimate California Road-Trip Playlist (or Not)
20 Essential Songs for your Road-Rip Playlist
The Ultimate Californian Road Trip Playlist