10 Essential Albums for a Successful Road Trip

If you’re thinking of going on a road trip in the near future, there are a few essential things you’ll need before you embark on your adventure. One of those things being the perfect collection of music for the long road ahead. Before you run off to your local Walmart and grab some random CD, take some time to look at these albums to make your next road trip a success.

1) Poems, Prayers & Promises – John Denver

For anyone going on a road trip, this album is a must have. Released in April of 1971, this is considered to be artist John Denver’s “breakout” album that would launch him into stardom, forever emblazoning him into our eardrums. Along with Denver, various other big name artists are also captured on it as well. It features stars such as John Lennon, Paul McCartney, and James Taylor just to name a few. So no matter where you’re going, let John Denver’s Country Roads take you home!

2) Wicked (Musical Soundtrack)

Released in 2003 and quickly rising in popularity, peaking at #125 on the Billboard 200 list of albums, Wicked is a sure hit on any road trip. This Tony award winning musical will have you singing for an hour an a half, as you take a detour into the wonderful world of Oz!

3) Give Up – The Postal Service

This one hit wonder featuring acclaimed musicians Ben Gibbard and Jimmy Tamborello create a splash of fresh new sound that is seldom heard in today’s market. Reaching #114 on the Billboard 200 list this is sure to be a hit for those who enjoy the sound of Pop music with a blend of Electronica.

4) Plans – Death Cab for Cutie

This certified platinum album released in late 2005 is a soft and mellow plethora of alternative rock tracks. This album is good for the late night or early morning drives, for a calm and relaxing time that wont put you to sleep.

5) The Foundation – Zac Brown Band

For the country lover in touch with a softer side of life, the Zac Brown Band will keep you moving forward on your journey with their touching yet inspirational and upbeat album. Including their hit single “Highway 20 Ride“.

6) Cars (Soundtrack)

I can’t think of any album that fits the category of road trip music than the Disney soundtrack of Cars! Featuring well known songs such as “Route 66”, and “Life is a Highway”. For a soundtrack that’s sure to let you lose track of time, this album is a must have for any paved trail adventure!

7) The Music of Cowboy Bebop

You’ll feel amidst the heat of the action with this fast paced collection of songs from the Anime Cowboy Bebop! With the stylings of Big Band Jazz to a Hard Bop rhythm. With its inspirational and upbeat attitude, get on the move with Cowboy Bebop.

8) Fearless – Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift’s album Fearless, is a great addition to any road trip adventure. With music anyone can connect to. This album is set to a country and pop beat, that will have everyone in the car singing along.


9) Need You Now – Lady Antebellum

For the country lover in everyone, this album is a soul touching and heart warming journey that explores the genre of country pop.

10) Animal – Ke$ha

If you’re looking for an upbeat album filled with electro pop stylings, look no further. This album will have you dancing in your seat as you move to the beats of Animal.