,If you plan on setting out on a campervan hire journey in Australia with friends, family, or as a lone traveler, one of the best ways to pass the time and enjoy the trip is to have a song playlist picked out for the road. One of the top methods for getting through a long drive is a well-curated set of tunes, especially if said songs are about the road. Everyone has their own tastes, but there are just some songs that encompass the open road and have become legendary. Make sure to have these road trip music on any playlist you may be putting together for your trip.
There are many thousands of songs that can translate well to the road, and not all of them have to be about traveling or driving. Anything from jazz and blues to ambient and EDM can be driven to. You don’t need lyrics or road-related imagery to be a great driving song, since many of the best driving songs are all about the rhythm and overall feel of the track. There are some songs that will signify driving for you that no other person in the world would think of. For the purpose of this list, however, we will be sticking to songs specifically about driving across Australia and travel.
Top 5 Songs For Perfect Road Trip Music
On The Road Again by Willie Nelson
Although there have been many songs written about the open road, one of the most iconic is the legendary Willie Nelson’s “On The Road Again” which chronicles the singer’s joy at being back out on tour with his band mates. Unlike many touring road songs that speak of exhaustion and loneliness, this one is sheer joy. Willie obviously loves the highway and all the adventures it holds; and the song is infectious for any traveler setting out on a road trip.
Born To Be Wild by Steppenwolf
As the key song in the Easy Rider soundtrack, “Born To Be Wild” has come to signify the freedom represented by the open highways no matter where in the world they may be. The song itself may have been referencing motorcycles, but it translates well to any type of road travel, including RVs. “Get your motor running, get out on the highway” can apply to all road travel, so cue this one up on your road trip music playlist no matter which type of model you may be taking out on the road yourself.
Truckin’ by The Grateful Dead
Very few songs paint the road life as vividly as Jerry Garcia and Co. on this Grateful Dead classic. Recorded in the wake of a long tour in 1970; “Truckin” tells a personal tale of band life on the American road which is nonetheless universal in its feel. Any traveler can relate to the series of long miles and misadventures related in this song; and Bob Weir’s lyrics ring out like a long night on the highway. This track has become a staple of classic rock radio since the 70s; inspiring many thousands of late night drivers to keep on truckin’ down their chosen highway. Let this be the case for you on your campervan hire journey.
Autobahn by Kraftwerk
Named after the infamous speed limit-free highway in Germany; Kraftwerk’s ‘Aurobahn” is a rhythmic, repetitive, and nonetheless catchy journey on a seemingly endless highway. In many ways this is the perfect driving song; with its propulsive beat and looped synthesizers making for a hypnotic effect, this song evokes those white and yellow lines like no other. Unlike many road trip music that could be played either day or night; Autobahn is definitely suitable to the nighttime hours. If a part of your journey will include any night driving time; then you will definitely want this Kraftwerk song ready to go.
Roadhouse Blues by The Doors
This simple, basic, propulsive, twelve bar blues by the legendary Doors is easily one of the top road trip songs ever recorded. Featuring a locomotive riff that really makes those miles fly by fast; “Roadhouse Blues” makes its intentions known right from the start. When Jim Morrison belts out, “Keep your eyes on the road and your hands upon the wheel” you can take his advice literally; while moving steadily toward the destination of your choice.
It was only natural that over the expanse of music history, after the invention of the automobile, classic road trip music would start to rev up. There are so many road songs, and songs inspired by the road, that you could fill up an entire playlist that would last a drive across all of Australia. So if you’re heading out on an Australian campervan hire road trip; then it is highly advised that you put together a road playlist that will keep you energized; keep your eyes on the road; and your hands upon the wheel.