Famous Road Trip Songs to Drive down Pacific Highway

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!

  1. Daylight by Matt & Kim
  2. Beverly Hills by Weezer
  3. Road Trippin’ by Red Hot Chili Peppers
  4. San Francisco by The Mowgli’s
  5. West Coast by Coconut Records
  6. California Love by 2Pac feat. Dr.Dre
  7. Alive by New Ivory
  8. Big Sur by The Thrills
  9. Another Travellin’ Song by Bright Eyes
  10. California Waiting by Kings of Leon
  11. California by Phantom Planet
  12. Haha Love Will Travel by The Sonics
  13. The Only Place by Best Coast
  14. L.A. Woman by The Doors
  15. California Girls by The Beach Boys
  16. Green Onions by Booker T & the M G’s
  17. The Way by Fastball
  18. Life is a Highway by Tom Cochrane
  19. Californication by Red Hot Chili Peppers
  20. California Gurls by Katy Perry
  21. Road to Nowhere by Talking Heads
  22. The Distance by Cake
  23. I’m gonna be (500 Miles) by The Proclaimers
  24. Dogs Days are Over by Florence and the Machine
  25. 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.

Best songs for a Road Trip in California

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