Some people (cough-Barney Stinson-cough) believe that a mixed playlist needs to be “up” and “keep you pumped” continuously. That’s great for those long overnights on the road, or the caffeine fueled point-to-point shots. But to me the best part of a road trip is letting your mind drift, sitting back, and cruising. Here are 62 songs to help you do that (with a couple get pumped ones thrown  and a guarantee that you haven’t heard of at least 5 of them)

  1. Carry on My Wayward Son- Kansas (for the Supernatural fan in all of us)
  2. Rock Springs to Cheyenne- Mickey & the Motorcars (Shooter Jennings)
  3. Sweet Child of Mine-Guns and Roses
  4. Radio in My Head- Steve Carlson
  5. Learning to Fly- Tom Petty
  6. Let It All Hang Out- The Hombres
  7. Chasing Cars- Snow Patrol
  8. New Strings- Miranda Lambert
  9. The Distance- Cake
  10. Hard Way Home- Brandi Carlile
  11. My Church- Maren Morris
  12. My Father’s Gun- Elton John (Any Elizabethtown fans?)
  13. Walking in Memphis- Either Marc Cohn or Lonestar
  14. Let’s Take A Drive- Christian Kane
  15. Bless the Broken Road- Rascal Flatts
  16. Mustang Sally – Wilson Pickett
  17. Ramblin’ Man- The Allman Brothers
  18. Turn The Page- Bob Seger
  19. Life is A Highway- Cochrane or LeDoux
  20. Cabo San Lucas- Toby Keith
  21. I’m Gonna Be- The Proclaimers
  22. Where the Streets Have No Name- U2
  23. What I Got- Sublime
  24. Mr. Jones- Counting Crowes
  25. Benny & the Jets- Elton John
  26. Hey There Delilah- Plain White T’s
  27. Boston- Augustana
  28. What About Georgia- Miranda Lambert
  29. Give me One Reason-Tracy Chapman (& if you can find the version with Clapton)
  30. Someday- Rob Thomas
  31. Have You Ever Seen the Rain- CCR
  32. Come Pick Me Up-Ryan Adams
  33. Stuck in the Middle With You- Stealers Wheel
  34. Piano Man- Billy Joel
  35. Me & Bobby McGee- Janis Joplin
  36. Rocket Man-Elton John (Nasa’s least favorite line in a song ever)
  37. Summer of ’69- Bryan Adams
  38. Little Red Wagon- Miranda Lambert
  39. One Headlight- The Wallflowers (Bob Dylan’s son)
  40. Gasoline- Rob Thomas
  41. Sweet Home Alabama- Skynyrd
  42. More than a Feeling- Boston
  43. American Woman- The Guess Who
  44. Running On Empty- Jack Brown
  45. Same in Any Language- Ruckus (Elizabethtown soundtrack if you can’t find it)
  46. Don’t Stop Believing- Journey
  47. Tequila Sunrise- Eagles
  48. Take the Money and Run-Steve Miller Band
  49. Gypsy- Stevie Nicks
  50. I Wanna Be Sedated- The Ramones
  51. Follow You Into the Dark- DC4C
  52. Half of My Heart- John Mayer
  53. When the Stars Go Blue- Ryan Adams
  54. Here I Go Again- Whitesnake
  55. Drops of Jupiter- Train
  56. It’ll All Work Out- Tom Petty
  57. Sugar Blue- Jeff Finlin
  58. 3×5 – John Mayer
  59. Lights- Journey (When the lights go dooown in the city…)
  60. Shut Us Down- Lindsey Buckingham
  61. Square One-Tom Petty
  62. Carolina Morning- Mickey & the Motorcars

Honorable CD Mentions for listening to in their premixed entirety (like the old days)

  1. Careless- Mickey & the Motorcars-2007
  2. The Elizabethtown Soundtrack – 2005
  3. Spot in the Corner- Steve Carlson- 2004 (available from CDbaby.com)
  4. Hell Freezes Over- The Eagles -a really long time ago
  5. Johnny Hawthorn Band- Johnny Hawthorn Band – 2006