By Emily Hein
Every ladyboss knows that the destination is only the second most important component to any road trip. When you’re in the car with someone for hours, even the best of friends can get on your last nerve. That’s why Travelle has come up with a perfect solution for stuck-in- the-car blues: the ultimate road trip playlist. Here are five of many, many tunes that are a surefire way to make everyone go from wishing they were out of the damn car already to wishing they could drive forever.
'Oops!...I Did it Again' - Britney Spears
If you don’t know this song, please introduce me to the rock you’ve been living under. Britney is the fiercest lady among us, and her music is the perfect way to pump yourself back up during that road trip slump. 90’s throwbacks are essential to any long car ride, and they’re even better if you’re traveling with moody teens - you’ll have them singing along to every word in seconds. In fact, you’ll have anyone singing along to every word in seconds. Generally, popular music that flies you back to your past is a no-fail solution to potential road trip boredom. You get to avoid turning into 2007 Britney by flashing back to the days of dancing around your room to the music video and pretending you were the Queen herself. And who doesn’t love feeling younger?
'Don’t Stop Believing' - Journey
Okay, if you don’t know the words to this one, I’m definitely going to need to see that rock. Instantly turn your car into a karaoke club with this jam that appeals to literally everyone. Impressions make jamming out with your friends that much more fun, so show everyone what you’ve got with your best Journey impression! We both know you’re lying if you say you haven’t sung this in the shower - bring that talent to your car! Pro tip: imitate the instruments as you sing along. It’ll feel stupid for a second, but by the end of the song you’ll be wondering if you even need to see your destination to make this trip complete. If you’re looking for an incredibly fun road trip experience with memories that will never leave you, this is the song for you.
'I Want It That Way' - Backstreet Boys
You might be giving us MAJOR side eye right now, but trust us: when you've got a song this catchy, you won't be cringing for long. This is definitely a top-down, shout-the-lyrics-like-no-one's-listening golden oldie (depending on how many margaritas you've had!). Backstreet brings us all back to younger summers spent flip-flopping in apartments and parks with our best friends, sipping iced lattes and wondering if everyone else was as bored as we were.
'500 Miles' - The Proclaimers
How I Met Your Mother fans, I’m looking at you. If we’ve learned anything from Ted and Marshall, it’s that this song is practically the only thing you need to survive a road trip. This song grows on you like nothing else will. It may bother you a little, but just like the beginning of a road trip, you need to give it time. Soon enough, you and your friends won’t even want to listen to another song in your travels. The chorus is especially energetic and fun, giving you that extra oomph you need to get through the ride. Plus, they’re singing about walking 500 miles and then walking 500 more, so it makes driving all these miles feel so much easier, right?
'Sweet Caroline' - Neil Diamond
Neil Diamond's feel-good classic is just the triumphant melody to drive along the dusty open plains to (or, just like, down to the next gas station). With its trumpet-filled chorus, you can't help but feel exhilarated - no better way to perk up a sleepy globetrotter who's watched the sunrise too many days in a row. Feel breezy and summery and oh-so-carefree as you pull over to pick up your next spirulina and beetroot order. Be sure to add your own songs to this mix to make your playlist unique to your trip to ensure that even more special memories will be made on your ride.
So, what are you waiting for? Hop in the car, whip out that aux cord, and sing!