Ready to hit the open road? Load up your playlist with these essential songs first.
America's sound waves are as democratic and inclusive as its roadways: You can find songs for picking up and leaving and for heading back home; for driving straight through the night or taking an aimless cruise with your honey. There are trucker songs, hitchhiking anthems, songs that create a mystique about a destination, and radio hits that praise the vehicle itself.
Car-culture tunes cross musical genres as seamlessly as changing lanes, moving between classic country, heavy metal, folk, funk, and rap. Whether you're in the mood for Rihanna or the Ramones, we've put together an eclectic list of the 50 best road trip songs to keep you humming along your journey.