Ultimate Road Trip Playlist: Sing Your Way Across America

These road trip songs will make your next drive across America a memorable one whether you’re driving a roadster or an RV

Road trips are about more than just travel; they represent creating shared memories, the anticipation of arriving somewhere exciting, and, crucially, a tolerance for everyone else’s music taste. RVing with Rex will bring back memories of scream-singing in the car and hopefully help you create new ones this spring break.

My playlist features songs about traveling, songs about vacation destinations, songs that might make you nostalgic for road trips past, and most importantly, songs to sing at the top of your lungs.

On the road again (Utah Scenic Byway 12) © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

“On the Road Again” by Willie Nelson

Key lyrics: On the road again / Just can’t wait to get on the road again / The life I love is making music with my friends / And I can’t wait to get on the road again / On the road again / Goin’ places that I’ve never been / Seein’ things that I may never see again / And I can’t wait to get on the road again / On the road again / Like a band of gypsies we go down the highway / We’re the best of friends / Insisting that the world keep turning our way / And our way

Boston © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

“I’ve Been Everywhere” by Johnny Cash

Key lyrics: I’ve been everywhere, man. / Crossed the desert’s bare, man. / I’ve breathed the mountain air, man. / Of travel I’ve a-had my share, man. / I’ve been everywhere. / I’ve been to Boston, Charleston, Dayton, Louisiana, / Washington, Houston, Kingston, Texarkana, / Monterey, Faraday, Santa Fe, Tallapoosa, / Glen Rock, Black Rock, Little Rock, Oskaloosa, / Tennessee to Hennessey, Chicopee, Spirit Lake, / Grand Lake, Devil’s Lake, Crater Lake, for Pete’s sake.

Texas Hill Country near Luckenbach © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

“Luckenbach, Texas (Back to the Basics of Love)” by Waylon Jennings with Willie Nelson

Key lyrics: Let’s go to Luckenbach, Texas / With Waylon and Willie and the boys / This successful life we’re livin’ / Got us feuding like the Hatfields and McCoys / Between Hank Williams’ pain songs and / Newbury’s train songs and ‘Blue Eyes Cryin’ in the Rain’ / Out in Luckenbach, Texas, ain’t nobody feelin’ no pain

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Historic Route 66 © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

“(Get Your Kicks On) Route 66” by Chuck Berry

Key lyrics: If you ever plan to motor west / Travel my way / Take the highway that’s the best / Get your kicks on Route 66 / It winds from Chicago to LA / More than two thousand miles all the way / Get your kicks on Route 66 / Now you go through St. Louis / Joplin, Missouri / And Oklahoma City looks mighty pretty / You’ll see Amarillo / Gallup, New Mexico / Flagstaff, Arizona / Don’t forget Winona / Kingman, Barstow, San Bernardino / Won’t you get hip to this timely tip / When you make that California trip / Get your kicks on Route 66

Along a winding to Oatman, Arizona © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

“Everyday Is a Winding Road” by Sheryl Crow

Key lyrics: Everyday is a winding road / I get a little bit closer / Everyday is a faded sign / I get a little bit closer to feeling fine / He’s got a daughter he calls Easter / She was born on a Tuesday night / I’m just wondering why I feel so all alone / Why I’m a stranger in my own life / Jump in, let’s go / Lay back, enjoy the show / Everybody gets high, everybody gets low / These are the days when anything goes

A road to nowhere? (Burr Trail, Utah) © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

“Road to Nowhere” by Talking Heads

Key lyrics: Well, we know where we’re going / But we don’t know where we’ve been / And we know what we’re knowing / But we can’t say what we’ve seen / And we’re not little children / And we know what we want / And the future is certain / Give us time to work it out / Yeah / We’re on a road to nowhere / Come on inside / Taking that ride to nowhere / We’ll take that ride / I’m feeling okay this morning / And you know / We’re on the road to paradise / Here we go, here we go

Life is a highway (Fish Lake Scenic Byway, Utah) © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

“Life Is a Highway” by Rascal Flatts

Key lyrics: Life’s like a road that you travel on / When there’s one day here and the next day gone / Sometimes you bend, sometimes you stand / Sometimes you turn your back to the wind / There’s a world outside every darkened door / Where blues won’t haunt you anymore / Where the brave are free and lovers soar / Come ride with me to the distant shore / We won’t hesitate  / To break down the garden gate / There’s not much time left today, yeah

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New River Gorge, West Virginia © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

“Take Me Home, Country Roads” by John Denver

Key lyrics: Almost Heaven, West Virginia / Blue Ridge Mountains, Shenandoah River / Life is old there, older than the trees / Younger than the mountains, growing like a breeze / Country roads, take me home / To the place I belong / West Virginia, mountain mama / Take me home, country roads

Driving Covered Bridges Scenic Byway, Ohio © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

“King of the Road” by Roger Miller

Key lyrics: Trailer for sale or rent, rooms to let fifty cents / No phone, no pool, no pets, I ain’t got no cigarettes / Ah but, two hours of pushin’ broom buys a / Eight by twelve four-bit room / I’m a man of means by no means, king of the road / Third boxcar midnight train, destination / Bangor, Maine / Old worn out suit and shoes, I don’t pay no union dues / I smoke old stogies I have found, short but not too big around / I’m a man of means by no means, king of the road

Bluegrass Country, Kentucky © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

“Take It Easy” by the Eagles

Key lyrics: Well, I’m running down the road tryin’ to loosen my load / I’ve got seven women on my mind / Four that wanna own me, two that wanna stone me / One says she’s a friend of mine / Take It easy, take it easy / Don’t let the sound of your own wheels drive you crazy / Lighten up while you still can / Don’t even try to understand / Just find a place to make your stand and take it easy / Well, I’m a standing on a corner in Winslow, Arizona / And such a fine sight to see / It’s a girl, my Lord, in a flatbed Ford / Slowin’ down to take a look at me

Along the roads of Parke County © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

“Here I Go Again” by Whitesnake

Key lyrics: I don’t know where I’m goin / But, I sure know where I’ve been / Hanging on the promises in songs of yesterday / And I’ve made up my mind / I ain’t wasting no more time / Though I keep searching for an answer / I never seem to find what I’m looking for / Oh Lord, I pray you give me strength to carry on / Cause I know what it means / To walk along the lonely street of dreams / Here I go again on my own / Going down the only road I’ve ever known / Like a drifter I was born to walk alone / And I’ve made up my mind / I ain’t wasting no more time

Mom’s Pies, Julian, California © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

America” by Simon and Garfunkel

Key lyrics: Let us be lovers, we’ll marry our fortunes together / I’ve got some real estate here in my bag / So we bought a pack of cigarettes and Mrs. Wagner’s pies / And we walked off to look for America / Cathy, I said as we boarded a Greyhound in Pittsburgh / Michigan seems like a dream to me now / It took me four days to hitchhike from Saginaw / I’ve gone to look for America / Cathy, I’m lost, I said though I knew she was sleeping / And I’m empty and aching and I don’t know why / Counting the cars on the New Jersey Turnpike / They’ve all come to look for America / All come to look for America / All come to look for America

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Mississippi River © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

“Graceland” by Paul Simon

Key lyrics: The Mississippi Delta / Was shining like a National guitar / I am following the river / Down the highway / Through the cradle of the Civil War / I’m going to Graceland / Graceland / In Memphis,Tennessee / I’m going to Graceland / Poorboys and pilgrims with families / And we are going to Graceland / My traveling companion is nine years old / He is the child of my first marriage / But I’ve reason to believe / We both will be received / In Graceland

Joshua Tree National Park © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

“Where the Streets Have No Name” by U2

Key lyrics: I wanna run, I want to hide / I wanna tear down the walls / That hold me inside / I wanna reach out / And touch the flame / Where the streets have no name / The city’s a flood, and our love turns to rust / We’re beaten and blown by the wind / Trampled in dust / I’ll show you a place / High on a desert plain, yeah / Where the streets have no name, ah-ha / Where the streets have no name / We’re still building and burning down love / Burning down love / And when I go there / I go there with you / It’s all I can do

Along the road in Lassen Volcanic National Park © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

“Hit the Road Jack” by Ray Charles

Key lyrics: Hit the road Jack and don’t you come back no more, no more, no more, no more / Hit the road Jack and don’t you come back no more / What you say? / Hit the road Jack and don’t you come back no more, no more, no more, no more / Hit the road Jack and don’t you come back no more / Woah Woman, oh woman, don’t treat me so mean / You’re the meanest old woman that I’ve ever seen / I guess if you said so / I’d have to pack my things and go (That’s right) / What you say? / Hit the road Jack and don’t you come back no more, no more, no more, no more

Freedom is a highway (from Moki Dugway to Mexican Hat, Utah) © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

“Freedom Was a Highway” by Brad Paisley

Key lyrics: Sunset through a windshield, I can see it now / Like a picture in a frame (picture in a frame), oh / Blue jeans and t-shirts, who we were / We wore it like a name (like a name) / I wish I could go back to those days / When the town was the whole world / And love was the girl next door / Soundtrack was a song in the dark / I miss those days when our dreams were there for chasin’ / But time was better wasted / We were summer young and livin’ for a Friday / And freedom was a highway / Freedom was a highway

Along Cherohala Scenic Byway in North Carolina © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

“Runnin’ Down a Dream” by Tom Petty

Key lyrics: It was a beautiful day, the sun beat down / I had the radio on, I was drivin’ / Trees went by, me and Del were singin’ little Runaway / I was flyin’ / I felt so good, like anything was possible / Hit cruise control and rubbed my eyes / The last three days the rain was unstoppable / It was always cold, no sunshine / I rolled on, the sky grew dark / I put the pedal down to make some time / There’s something good waitin’ down this road / I’m pickin’ up whatever’s mine / Yeah, runnin’ down a dream that never would come to me / Runnin’ down a dream

Gatlinburg, Tennessee © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

“Truckin” by Grateful Dead

Key lyrics: Truckin’, got my chips cashed in / Keep truckin’, like the do-dah man / Together, more or less in line / Just keep truckin’ on / Arrows of neon and flashing marquees out on Main Street / Chicago, New York, Detroit and it’s all on the same street / Your typical city involved in a typical daydream / Hang it up and see what tomorrow brings / Dallas, got a soft machine / Houston, too close to New Orleans / New York’s got the ways and means

Alabama © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

“Sweet Home Alabama” by Lynyrd Skynyrd

Key lyrics: Big wheels keep on turning / Carry me home to see my kin / Singing songs about the south-land / I miss ‘ole’ ‘bamy once again and I think it’s a sin / In Birmingham they love the Gov’nor, boo-hoo-hoo / Now we all did what we could do / Now Watergate does not bother me / Does your conscience bother you, tell the truth / Sweet home Alabama / Where the skies are so blue / Sweet home Alabama / Lord, I’m coming home to you, here I come

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Down on the bayou © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

“Ramblin’ Man” by the Allman Brother Band

Key lyrics: I’m on my way to New Orleans this mornin’ / Leaving out of Nashville, Tennessee / They’re always having a good time down on the bayou / Lord, and Delta women think the world of me / Lord, I was born a ramblin’ man / Tryin’ to make a livin’ and doin’ the best I can / When it’s time for leavin’, I hope you’ll understand / That I was born a ramblin’ man

Worth Pondering…

You’ve heard the old Willie Nelson country music song with the lyrics, “On the road again. Just can’t wait to get on the road again…” We’ll be singing this song for sure.