I've been on my share of road trips, from family vacations to adventures with friends to weekend getaways with my husband. And what I know from these car rides is that one of the most important things to have ready to go is music. Nobody wants to wait 30 minutes between each song during a 5-hour car ride as someone looks for the next hit.
It's time to do yourself a favor and get the music squared away before your vehicle pulls out of the driveway. Do you want the perfect selection of songs to roll down your windows to, keep your kids entertained or help eliminate the travel stress you're feeling? If so, check out these links to playlists on Spotify and save the ones you like for your next road trip.
*Disclaimer: I do not support all of the content within these songs.
PLAYLISTS TO SING ALONG TO:
2010s Throwbacks by Nostalgic Vibes
I guarantee that if you've been listening to the radio/popular music streaming stations over the past 10 years, you'll know these hits. "Mirrors" by Justin Timberlake? "Rolling in the Deep" by Adele? See, I told you. Once upon a time, these were your jams. Perhaps they still are ...
Movie Musicals by jadybabyy Hey, theater nerds, this is for you. (Don't worry, I'm one, too.) Raise your hand if you can rap all the Hamilton lyrics or enjoy practicing those high notes in The Phantom of the Opera. Of course, I couldn't forget Disney hits, so this selection has those, too.
PLAYLISTS TO CRUISE TO:
R&B - 1990's and up by Marcella Standen Other than jazz, is any music genre truly as smooth as contemporary R&B? On this customized station, you'll find songs from artists like Alicia Keys, Usher and Chris Brown that will make you wish you were riding in a convertible with the top down.
CRUISER COUNTRY by Franz Lalu
Country music was basically made for cruising (even if that's just on a tractor). But it can be difficult to find a playlist on Spotify with variety. So, check out this one, which covers new and some older country from male and female artists.
PLAYLISTS FOR A FAMILY VACATION:
Kids Playlist by cheskadenise22 When your kids aren't sleeping, they'll need entertainment. Try this collection of songs from popular children's movies. Have you heard them a million times? Probably. But at least you'll be 100% certain that they'll do the trick in keeping your kiddos occupied.
All Time Classics (50's-00's) by Darcy Cleeve
When you have a multigenerational carload, it's hard to please everyone, but this playlist just might do it. With songs like "Ring Of Fire," "I Will Survive" and "Hey There Delilah," you can entertain grandparents, parents AND teenagers who, if they don't know these hits, arguably should be educated.
PLAYLISTS FOR A GIRLS TRIP:
Who runs the World by Joy Baker
I bet you can guess what kind of playlist you'll be listening to from the title alone. This is a compilation of popular songs from modern female artists. It includes Taylor Swift, Beyonce, Ariana Grande, Lady Gaga, Britney Spears ... all the girl power.
Timeless Love Songs by Spotify
Heading to a bachelorette party with your gals? In addition to upbeat songs, at some point, you might want to slow it down and get sentimental about love. Celebrate the upcoming wedding with these timeless tunes. Who knows? Maybe the bride and groom still need a first dance song, and this romantic rundown will give them good ideas.
PLAYLISTS TO HELP YOU RELAX/CHILL:
Take in the drivable sights with these easy listening melodies in the background. You'll recognize The Lumineers, Bon Iver and The Head And The Heart. There will also be artists you're likely not familiar with, but their music will calm your nerves just the same.
Worship Acoustics by Jan Ladub
Let your soul find rest from your noisy kids in the backseat with this playlist. It breaks down all the popular Christian worship hits from Hillsong Worship, Elevation Worship, Chris Tomlin and more. While quieter, these songs are still easy to sing along to.
PLAYLISTS TO HELP YOU STAY AWAKE:
Classic Rock by Filtr Finland
This compilation includes some of the top songs and artists — AC/DC, The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin — that most rock lovers will know. They'll awaken your tired senses, make you want to headbang and play air guitar. (Just don't attempt that if you're the driver, please.)
MOVIE & TV Theme Songs (Guessing Game) by Critic Kebab
It's time for a quiz! No worries, it's a fun one. How many of these movie and TV show theme songs can you name? Get everyone in the car participating and maybe even make it a competition. The winner could get shotgun, a road trip treat or even choose the next playlist.