Top 50 Travel Songs to add to your Playlist in 2021 ♬♪♫♩


A new year is here and there’s no better way to start the year off the right way than with some travel inspiration. This time in the form of music. Check out this list of the best travel songs that needs to be front and centre of every travel lover’s playlist.

Whether you’re looking for vacations songs, journey songs, or songs about adventure, there’s guaranteed to be something here for you ⇓

Some songs about travel have the ability to conjure up memories of past adventures. Many songs about journeys ignite the desire to explore undiscovered destinations, and effortlessly fuel your wanderlust. A favourite song is as much about the memory attached to that song as the beat. Music has the ability to accurately capture the way you’re feeling and the capability of being the soundtrack to your life

Whether you travel by air, road or sea, you’ll need a playlist to make the journey that much more memorable. That much more enjoyable.

I’ve put together the ultimate playlist of 50 travel songs. I’m sure you’ll find a couple favorites and a few new journey songs that are bound to speak to your wandering soul. A list with something for every traveller.

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Daydreaming about your next vacation? Let this song list inspire you.

Where will you go? A tropical island getaway, a city break, a bucket list challenge or a hiking adventure.

What travel songs inspire you, get you thinking about a place, or make you want to hit the open road?

First up….

1 | Fast Car – Tracy Chapman

You got a fast car
Is it fast enough so we can fly away
We gotta make a decision
Leave tonight or live and die this way

So remember we were driving, driving in your car
Speed so fast I felt like I was drunk
City lights lay out before us
And your arm felt nice wrapped ’round my shoulder
I had a feeling that I belonged
I had a feeling I could be someone, be someone, be someone

2 | Beautiful Day – U2

You’re out of luck
And the reason that you had to care
The traffic is stuck
And you’re not moving anywhere

You thought you’d found a friend
To take you out of this place
Someone you could lend a hand
In return for grace

You’ve been all over
And it’s been all over you
It’s a beautiful day
Don’t let it get away
It’s a beautiful day

3 | Adventure of a Lifetime – Coldplay

Turn your magic on, to me she’d say
Everything you want’s a dream away
We are legends, every day
That’s what she told him

I feel my heart beating
I feel my heart beneath my skin
I feel my heart beating
Oh, you make me feel
Like I’m alive again
Alive again
Oh, you make me feel
Like I’m alive again

4 | Stargazing – Kygo feat. Justin Jesso

And I will still be here, stargazing
I’ll still look up, look up
Look up for love
Stars don’t disappear, they keep blazing
Even when the night is over
And I will still be here, stargazing

I’ll still look up, look up
Look up for love
Stars don’t disappear, they keep blazing
Even when the night is over
That’s how I find the light

5 | On Top Of The World – Imagine Dragons

I’ve had the highest mountains
I’ve had the deepest rivers
You can have it all but not til you move it
Now take it in but don’t look down
‘Cause I’m on top of the world, ‘ey
I’m on top of the world, ‘ey

Waiting on this for a while now
Paying my dues to the dirt
I’ve been waiting to smile, ‘ey
Been holding it in for a while, ‘ey
Take it with me if I can
Been dreaming of this since a child
I’m on top of the world

6 | Sleep On The Floor – The Lumineers

Pack yourself a toothbrush dear
Pack yourself a favorite blouse
Take a withdrawal slip
Take all of your savings out
‘Cause if we don’t leave this town
We might never make it out
I was not born to drown

Baby come on
Leave a note on your bed
Let your mother know you’re safe
And by the time she wakes
We’ll have driven through the state
We’ll have driven through the night

7 | Nelly Furtado – I’m like a Bird

I’m like a bird
I’ll only fly away
I don’t know where my soul is (soul is)
I don’t know where my home is
And baby all I need for you to know is

I’m like a bird
I’ll only fly away
I don’t know where my soul is (soul is)
I don’t know where my home is
All I need for you to know

8 | Anywhere – Passenger

If you get out on the ocean
If you sail out on the sea
If you get up in the mountains
If you go climbing on trees
Or through every emotion
When you know that they don’t care

Darling, that’s when I’m with you
Oh, I’ll go with you anywhere
If you get up in a jet plane
Or down in a submarine
If you get onto the next train

To somewhere you never been
If you wanna ride in a fast car
And feel the wind in your hair
Darling just look beside you
Yeah, I’ll go anywhere with you

9 | Fly Away – Lenny Kravitz

Oh I want to get away
I want to fly away
Yeah yeah yeah
Let’s go and see the stars
The milky way or even mars
Where it could just be ours

Let’s fade into the sun
Let your spirit fly
Where we are one
Just for a little fun
Oh oh oh yeah!

10 | Africa – Toto

Hurry boy, she’s waiting there for you
It’s gonna take a lot to drag me away from you
There’s nothing that a hundred men or more could ever do
I bless the rains down in Africa
I bless the rains down in Africa
(I bless the rain)

I bless the rains down in Africa (I bless the rain)
I bless the rains down in Africa
I bless the rains down in Africa (ah, gonna take the time)
Gonna take some time to do the things we never had (ooh, ooh)

11 | Heading Home – Gryffin feat. Josef Salvat

‘Cause people gonna judge and people gonna talk
And they can say what they like
Won’t keep me up at night, no
People gonna judge and people gonna talk

And they can say what they like
Won’t keep me up at night
Maybe we’re still lost
Maybe we’ll never learn
But as the dust settles down and I’m glad you’re here
I feel I’m finally headed home, headed home, headed home, headed home, headed home, headed home

12 | Good Life — One Republic

Woke up in London yesterday
Found myself in the city near Piccadilly
Don’t really know how I got here
I got some pictures on my phone
New names and numbers that I don’t know
Address to places like Abbey Road
Day turns to night, night turns to whatever we want
We’re young enough to say

Oh, this has gotta be the good life
This has gotta be the good life
This could really be a good life, good life
Say oh, got this feeling that you can’t fight
Like this city is on fire tonight
This could really be a good life
A good, good life

To my friends in New York, I say hello
My friends in L.A. they don’t know
Where I’ve been for the past few years or so
Paris to China to Colorado
Sometimes there’s airplanes I can’t jump out

13 | Wanderlust — Frank Turner

Darling, I’m leaving
The distance keeps calling me on
Darling, come morning
I’ll be gone
Cause it knows that deep inside she still believes
That there will ever come a morning that I’ll stay
And not gathering to leave

Baby let’s get out of the city
We need to breathe some cleaner air
That creeping feeling starting like I miss you
And we’re both of us still here
We have all this independence
But it still feels like we never had a choice
Darling, I’m leaving

14 | Big Jet Plane – Angus & Julia Stone

She said “hello mister, please to meet ya”
I wanna hold her, I wanna kiss her
She smelled of daisies, smelled of daisies
She drive me crazy, drive me crazy
Gonna take her for a ride on a big jet plane
Gonna take her for a ride on a big jet plane
Hey hey

15 | Ocean — Martin Garrix feat Khalid

You could put an ocean between our love, love, love
It won’t keep us apart
You could build a wall, I would run it up, up, up
Just to get to your heart

If we’re caught in a wave
Baby, we’ll make a way
You could put an ocean between our love, love, love
It won’t keep us apart

16 | Catch & Release – Matt Simons

There’s a place I go to
Where no one knows me
It’s not lonely
It’s a necessary thing
It’s a place I made up

Find out what I’m made of
The nights are stayed up
Counting stars and fighting sleep
Let it wash over me
Ready to lose my feet

Everybody got their reason
Everybody got their way
We’re just catching and releasing
What builds up throughout the day

17 | Paris – The Chainsmokers

We were staying in Paris
To get away from your parents
And I thought, “Wow
If I could take this in a shot right now
I don’t think that we could work this out”
Out on the terrace
I don’t know if it’s fair but I thought “How
Could I let you fall by yourself
While I’m wasted with someone else”

If we go down then we go down together
They’ll say you could do anything
They’ll say that I was clever
If we go down then we go down together
We’ll get away with everything
Let’s show them we are better
Let’s show them we are better
Let’s show them we are better

18 | Kongos – Traveling On

So long my friend, my foe, my love, my pain
The road’s calling out my name
Dreaming of La Boheme
Maybe I’ll go to Barbizon
Or see a girl before she catches cold and she’s gone
Or maybe I’ll just travel on
Travel on

So long my flame, my warmth, my fear, my fight
The road’s calling again tonight
Dreaming under street lights
Maybe I’ll catch a train to Rome
See the world until I can’t go on
Then maybe I’ll come traveling home

19 | Dreaming – Smallpools

I see the place that we belong together, together
Like we were something more
And it felt like maybe we could last forever, forever
But you led them to our hideout
Forced their way inside now
They want us to surrender, us to surrender

We’ve got no place to go
Caught up in a rodeo
Oh no please god tell me we’re dreaming
We’ve got nowhere to run
They’ve all got loaded guns
Oh no please god tell me we’re dreaming
Oh oh oh, Ah ah ah
Please God tell me we’re dreaming

20 | These Days – Foo Fighters

I, I’m a one way motorway
I’m the one that drives away
Then follows you back home

It’s times like these you learn to live again
It’s times like these you give and give again
It’s times like these you learn to love again
It’s times like these time and time again

I, I’m a new day rising
I’m a brand new sky
To hang the stars upon tonight
I am a little divided
Do I stay or run away
And leave it all behind?

21 | New York – Alicia Keys

Even if it ain’t all it seems
I got a pocketful of dreams
Baby, I’m from

New York, concrete jungle where dreams are made of
There’s nothing you can’t do
Now you’re in New York
These streets will make you feel brand new
Big lights will inspire you
Hear it for New York, New York, New York!

22 | Take Me Back To London – Ed Sheeran

Jet-plane headed up to the sky
Spread wings in the clouds, gettin’ high
We ain’t hit a rave in a while
So take me back to London

Bass high, middle night, ceilin’ low (ceilin’ low)
Sweat brow drippin’ down, when in Rome (when in Rome)
No town does it quite like my home (they don’t)
So take me back to London

23 | Travel Song – Teleman

I want to shake this blue
You know where I’m going
Travel time has come
A vapour trail and I’m gone
Be so kind as to say
You won’t just drift away

24 | Havana – Camila Cabello

Havana, ooh na-na (Ayy)
Half of my heart is in Havana, ooh na-na (Ayy, ayy)
He took me back to East Atlanta, na-na-na, ah
Oh, but my heart is in Havana (Ayy)
There’s somethin’ ’bout his manners (Uh-huh)
Havana, ooh na-na (Uh)

25 | The Sun – Parov Stelar

Hop back to my heart
The only place I feel alone
I need the foreign soil
Sun rising under my feet

These kids are out here
They are my family
Now I’m gonna tell my momma
That I’m a traveller
I’m gonna follow the sun

Don’t stop, you got to move
Keep moving on, moving on
I’m never gonna stop

26 | I’ve been everywhere – Johnny Cash

I’ve been everywhere, man
I’ve been everywhere, man
Crossed the desert’s bare, man
I’ve breathed the mountain air, man
Of travel I’ve a’had my share, man
I’ve been everywhere

I’ve been to Reno, Chicago, Fargo, Minnesota
Buffalo, Toronto, Winslow, Sarasota
Wichita, Tulsa, Ottawa, Oklahoma
Tampa, Panama, Mattawa, La Paloma
Bangor, Baltimore, Salvador, Amarillo
Tocopilla, Barranquilla, and Padilla, I’m a killer

27 | Higher Ground — Odesza feat. Naomi Wild

So won’t you love me better
I’m waiting here
I need you now
Gravity can’t hold us down
So just take me there
To higher ground

Save me
I’m holding onto you
My sun is fading
I’m falling into blue
Why don’t you save me
My blood is running cold
So lift me up
And get me to higher ground

28 | CNCO – Reggaetón Lento (Bailemos)

Qué bien se ve
Me hipnotiza su cintura
Cuando baila hasta los dioses la quieren ver
Ya no perderé más tiempo, me acercaré
Yo sólo la miré y me gustó
Me pegué y la invité: “Bailemos, eh?”

La noche está para un reggaetón lento
De esos que no se bailan hace tiempo
Yo sólo la miré y me gustó
Me pegué y la invité: “Bailemos, eh?”
La noche está para un reggaetón lento
De esos que no se bailan hace tiempo

29 | Life is a Highway – Tom Cochrane

Life is a highway
I want to ride it all night long
If you’re going my way
I want to drive it all night long

Through all these cities and all these towns
It’s in my blood and it’s all around
I love you know like I loved you then
This is the road and these are the hands
From Mozambique to those Memphis nights
The Khyber Pass to Vancouver’s lights
Knock me down get back up again
You’re in my blood I’m not a lonely man

30 | A Thousand Miles – Vanessa Carlton

If I could fall into the sky
Do you think time would pass me by?
‘Cause you know I’d walk a thousand miles
If I could just see you tonight

It’s always times like these
When I think of you
And I wonder if you ever think of me
‘Cause everything’s so wrong
And I don’t belong
Living in your precious memory

31 | Born to be Wild – Steppenwolf

Like a true nature’s child
We were born, born to be wild
We can climb so high
I never wanna die
Born to be wild
Born to be wild

Get your motor runnin’
Head out on the highway
Lookin’ for adventure
And whatever comes our way
Yeah Darlin’ go make it happen
Take the world in a love embrace
Fire all of your guns at once
And explode into space

32 | When In Rome — GATTÜSO x Damon Sharpe

Throw caution to the wind
Don’t worry about a thing
Run with the rebels will you run with me?

When in Rome
Let’s make a promise we won’t spend the night alone
We gotta give into the night and sing along
Yeah we might jump off a bridge and break a bone
When in Rome
Oh When in Rome

33 | Reality — Lost Frequencies

Make me feel the warm, make me feel the cold
It’s written in our story, it’s written on the walls
This is our call, we rise and we fall
Dancin’ in the moonlight, don’t we have it all?

Decisions as I go, to anywhere I flow
Sometimes I believe, at times I’m rational
I can fly high, I can go low
Today I got a million, tomorrow, I don’t know

34 | I left my heart in San Francisco – Tony Bennett

The loveliness of Paris seems somehow sadly gray
The glory that was Rome is of another day
I’ve been terribly alone and forgotten in Manhattan
I’m going home to my city by the Bay
I left my heart in San Francisco

High on a hill, it calls to me
To be where little cable cars climb halfway to the stars
The morning fog may chill the air, I don’t care
My love waits there in San Francisco

Above the blue and windy sea
When I come home to you, San Francisco
Your golden sun will shine for me

35 | Perfect Strangers — Jonas Blue

Who knows the secret tomorrow will hold?
We don’t really need to know
‘Cause you’re here with me now, I don’t want you to go
You’re here with me now, I don’t want you to go

Maybe we’re perfect strangers
Maybe it’s not forever
Maybe intellect will change us
Maybe we’ll stay together
Maybe we’ll walk away
Maybe we’ll realize
We’re only human
Maybe we don’t need no reason

36 | Travelling – Paper Lions

Travelling the road, last known is where I want to be
My compass directing, electing, an open road with golden trees
But there’s an old man in need on the ground, I try not to make a sound
He holds out his hand as I walk away, I hear him say

Please don’t be a stranger in my place
Traveling come to a tavern for a momentary rest
I see the old man that I passed on the road in his distress
As I turned to go I can hear him say, “Son, stay. Have a drink, I’ll pay.”
Let bygones be gone, it’s all in the past, we raise a glass

37 | Take Me Home, Country Roads – John Denver

Almost heaven, West Virginia, Blue Ridge Mountains, Shenandoah River.
Life is old there, older than the trees, younger than the mountains, blowing like a breeze.
Country roads, take me home to the place I belong.
West Virginia, mountain mamma, take me home, country roads.
All my memories gather round her, miner’s lady, stranger to blue water.
Dark and dusty, painted on the sky, misty taste of moonshine, teardrop in my eye

38 | Let the Sun Shine — Labrinth

I feel a cold flush going through my hair
And hey you know what
I don’t even care
The time has passed me by
Its gone with the wind
Its only cus the sun shined once again

Let the sun shine
Let the sun shine baby
Let it all go
Let it all go baby

39 | Leaving on a Jet Plane – Chantal Kreviazuk (Armageddon)

So kiss me and smile for me
Tell me that you’ll wait for me
Hold me like you’ll never let me go
I’m leavin’ on a jet plane
I don’t know when I’ll be back again
Oh babe, I hate to go

Now the time has come to leave you
One more time let me kiss you
Then close your eyes, I’ll be on my way
Dream about the days to come
When I won’t have to leave alone
About the time, I won’t have to say

40 | Desert Rose – Sting

I dream of rain
I dream of gardens in the desert sand
I wake in vain
I dream of love as time runs through my hand

Sweet desert rose
Each of her veils, a secret promise
This desert flower
This rare perfume, is the sweet intoxication of the fall

41 | Fly Away With Me – Tom Walker

I can tell you what it feels like
To lose your home on a cold night
Can you see the blood in my red eyes
Have another total forget life

So come on fly away with me
To a place where we could be anyone we wanna be
And we can bottle up our fears
Grow a taste so sweet, knock us off our feet and more

Burn our troubles
Inhale them all
Paint our future on a fractured wall
So come on fly away with me
To a place where we can be anyone we wanna be

42 | Around The World – Daft Punk

Around the world, around the world
Around the world, around the world
Around the world, around the world
Around the world, around the world

Around the world, around the world
Around the world, around the world
Around the world, around the world
Around the world, around the world

43 | Sweet Home Alabama – Lynyrd Skynyrd

Sweet home Alabama
Where the skies are so blue
Sweet home Alabama
Lord, I’m coming home to you

Sweet home Alabama, oh sweet home
Where the skies are so blue and the Governor’s true
Sweet home Alabama
Lord, I’m coming home to you, yeah yeh

44 | Wanderlust — The Weeknd

You’re in love with something bigger than love
You believe in something stronger than trust

Don’t you shy away from me
Just sacrifice
Your every last, inhibition, I’m on your side
Don’t patronize, you know tonight

Is the only time we’ll have each other
Why, would you try
To waste this precious time?
‘Cause tonight I’ll be right here
And tomorrow you won’t care

45 | Harem Holiday — Elvis Presley

Gonna travel, gonna travel wild and free
I’m gonna pack my bags because this great big world is calling me
Every pretty girl’s gonna know I’m around
They’re gonna know I’m in town on a harem holiday

Gonna go back, gonna catch that midnight plane
Twenty dancing girls are waiting just to call my name
Gonna have a ball, I ain’t gonna waste no time
I’m gonna make ’em all mine on a harem holiday

46 | Another Traveling Song – Bright Eyes

Well I’m changing all my strings
I’m gonna write another traveling song
About all the billion highways and the cities at the break of dawn
Well I guess the best that I can do now is pretend that I’ve done nothing wrong

And to dream about a train that’s gonna take me back where I belong
Well now the ocean speaks and spits and I can hear it from the interstate
And I’m screaming at my brother on a cell phone he’s far away
I’m saying nothing in the past or future ever will feel like today

47 | Long Flight – Future Islands

I got back from a long flight,
You said you’d meet me there,
I’ve been tripping off constellations and stars.
I found you at home, what was our home,

With another man, oh man.
Been keeping you in my heart.
And so I whispered into your ear,
“What are you thinking about?”
You just looked up at the stars

48 | Motoring Home – Sweet Baboo

Babe, what do you say
It’s great to get away
And have adventures once in a while
Babe, let’s do something wild
I found a motel home in a long stretch of straight road

49 | Drops of Jupiter — Train

Now that she’s back from that soul vacation
Tracing her way through the constellation, hey
She checks out Mozart while she does Tae-Bo

Plain ol’ Jane told a story about a man
Who was too afraid to fly so he never did land
But tell me, did the wind sweep you off your feet?

Did you finally get the chance
To dance along the light of day
And head back to the Milky Way?
And tell me, did Venus blow your mind?

Was it everything you wanted to find?
And then you missed me
While you were looking for yourself out there

50 | Road Trippin’ – Red Hot Chili Peppers

Road trippin’ with my two favorite allies
Fully loaded we got snacks and supplies
It’s time to leave this town it’s time to steal away
Let’s go get lost anywhere in the U.S.A.

Let’s go get lost, let’s go get lost
Blue you sit so pretty West of the one
Sparkles light with yellow icing, just a mirror for the sun
Just a mirror for the sun
Just a mirror for the sun

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Over to you. Which travel song have I missed out?

What's that one song that you always have playing as background music to your travel adventures? Let me know!

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Until the next dance yo'

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6 Responses

  1. Olivia Westergaard says:

    For us, this is for instance We don’t talk anymore we traveled Vietnam for 3 months and some local in every single village, town and city played it at least once. We turned crazy, yet it s today a part of the experience. Then in Labuan Bajo, while taking the boat cruise around the Komodo National Park, the boat crew only had only one song to play, HIOKO TOBELO 2 Yopie Latul . Okay, enough of the mabo jambo. Turn on your audio and hit the play button. This list of the best 50 travel songs is waiting for you.

  2. Dominique S says:

    Awesome list! A couple of my favorite songs and some I haven’t heard before. Going to add this to my travel playlist before my next trip 🎶🎧🎵

  3. Jasmine says:

    These traveling songs make me want to book the next flight oooooh

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