The best travel songs and playlists for travel to any destination – the ultimate playlist

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The Ultimate Travel Playlist

Some travel songs just have that certain feeling. Even though they may not be directly about travel, they create the mood. It’s true that many of these songs are about love or some other theme, but you can’t pass up a song like ‘Better be home soon’ by Crowded House because it is about breaking up and the hope of getting back together. Like many songs below, the track still captures the mood of travelling.

Most of the travel songs listed below do not include a specific destination, but rather relate to a feeling or mood when your on the road. For those songs about different parts of the World, head to the sections listed above. Otherwise, sit back, pick your favourites and get going.

Roam – The B52s

The ultimate travel song for the ultimate travel playlist.

Leaving on a Jet Plane – Peter Paul & Mary (or other artists)

A soppy but popular song about leaving home to travel: ‘I’m leaving on a jet-plane, don’t know when I’ll be back again.’

Holiday – Madonna

Simple lyrics that will drive you mad after a while: ‘We need a holiday. Holiday. Celebrate. Holiday.Celebrate.’

Better be home soon – Crowded House

As mentioned above, this song is about a breakup, but it’s title and soundscape beautifully capture the feelings of travelling.

Wish you were here – Pink Floyd

Another song about relationships that captures the mood of missing people while on the road.

The Big List

World & Earth

  • Beautiful world – Devo
  • Quite a world – b(if)tek
  • Wild world – Cat Stevens
  • Around the world – Daft Punk
  • Around the world – Red Hot Chili Peppers
  • Planet Earth – Duran Duran
  • Ordinary world – Duran Duran
  • Mad world – Michael Andrews (or Tears for Fears)
  • The end of the world – U2
  • New world order – Ministry
  • World (hold on) – Bob Sinclar

Roads, streets and distance

  • Road Trippin’ – Red Hot Chili Peppers
  • King of the road – Roger Miller
  • Take me home, country road – John Denver
  • The long and winding Road – The Beatles
  • Telegraph road – Dire Straits
  • Road to nowhere – Talking Heads
  • Highway to hell – AC/DC
  • Roadhouse blues – The Doors
  • Wide open road – The Triffids
  • Where the streets have no name – U2
  • On the road again – Canned Heat
  • Hit the road Jack – Ray Charles
  • 500 miles – The Proclaimers
  • 1000 miles – The Lab
  • 1000 miles away – Hoodoo Gurus

Modes of transport

  • Mystery Train – Elvis Presley
  • Crazy Train – The Waifs
  • Jumping On Someone Else’s Train – The Cure
  • Come Fly With Me – Frank Sinatra
  • Orinoco flow – Enya
  • I’m sailing – Rod stewart
  • Six months in a leaky boat – Split Enz
  • Ship of fools – World Party
  • Horse with no name – America


  • Going home – Mark Knopfler
  • Johnny come home – Fine Young Cannibals
  • I’m going home – Rocky Horror Picture Show Soundtrack
  • Long way home – Supertramp
  • Subterranean homesick alien – Radiohead

The rest.

  • A day in the Life – The Beatles
  • Always look on the bright side of life – Monty Python
  • Am I ever going to see your face again? – The Angels
  • Destination anywhere – The Commitments
  • Don’t worry, be happy – Bobby McFerrin
  • Holiday – Green Day
  • I am what I see – Single Gun Theory
  • I travel – Simple Minds
  • Is there anybody out there? – Duran Duran
  • I’ve Been Everywhere – Johnny Cash
  • Life on Mars – David Bowie
  • Missing – Everything But The Girl
  • Out of control – The Chemical Brothers
  • Right here, right now – Fatboy Slim
  • Stuck in the middle with you – Stealers Wheel
  • Take a walk on the wild side – Lou Reed
  • The girl and the sea – The Presets
  • The things that dreams are made of – The Human League
  • This is tomorrow calling – Bryan Ferry
  • Throw your arms around me – Hunters and Collectors
  • Travellin’ Man – Lynyrd Skynyrd
  • Vacation – Go Go’s

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