All your bags are packed and you’re ready to go! Setting out on a family road trip can be a great opportunity for family bonding, outdoor adventures and the chance to create memories that will last a lifetime. Once you have planned your trip, packed your bags and checked off all your must-haves for the car ride, all that’s left to do is head out on the long road ahead.
One thing that is easy to forget, especially after all that planning, is how to keep you and your children happy and entertained during the length of the trip. Whether you are heading somewhere relatively close, such as one of the weekend getaway locations a few hours away, or you plan to be in the car a longer period of time, it’s important to plan the music ahead of time to keep your car ride a happy one.
Here are 5 family-friendly road trip playlists that both you and your children can enjoy, and sing along to!
- Music From the Movies
Your children will recognize these songs from their favourite movies, and you will be able to recognize the artists and enjoy as well!
I Like To Move It – Will.i.am (from Madagascar)
More Than A Feeling – Boston (from Madagascar 2)
Boogie Fever – The Sylers (from Despicable Me)
You Should Be Dancing – The Bee Gees (from Despicable Me)
Copacabana – Barry Manilow (from Despicable Me)
Sweet Home Alabama – Lynyrd Skynyrd (from Despicable Me)
I’m A Believer – Smashmouth (from Shrek)
All Star – Smashmouth (from Shrek)
Life Is A Highway – Rascal Flatts (from Cars)
You Might Think – Weezer (from Cars 2)
Kung Fu Fighting – Cee Lo Green (from Kung Fu Panda)
Walk The Dinosaur – Queen Latifah (from Ice Age)
- Disney Favourites
We know you don’t want to listen to Let It Go on repeat, but this playlist is compiled of Disney favourites, old and new!
I Wanna Be Like You (The Monkey Song) – from The Jungle Book
Under The Sea – from The Little Mermaid
Let It Go – from Frozen
Reflection – from Mulan
Hakuna Matata – from The Lion King
I’ve Got A Dream – from Tangled
A Whole New World – from Aladdin
Following The Leader – from Peter Pan
Everybody Wants To Be A Cat – from The Aristocats
You’re Got A Friend In Me – from Toy Story
Be Our Guest – from Beauty and the Beast
In Summer – from Frozen
- Child Appropriate Pop
Let’s face it: pop songs are dominating the radio right now. Your children may be familiar with some current tunes, but here is a list that they can enjoy, and you can play worry-free.
Party In The USA – Miley Cyrus
Popular – Mika and Ariana Grande
La La La – Sam Smith
22 – Taylor Swift
Fireworks – Katy Perry
Happy – Pharell Williams
What Dreams Are Made Of – Hilary Duff
I Got a Feeling – The Black Eyed Peas
Brave – Sara Bareilles
Nobody’s Perfect – Hannah Montana
MMMBop – Hanson
Who Says – Selena Gomez
- Sing Alongs from Musicals
Can you resist belting out these musical melodies? We bet this playlist will have you and your children singing all the way there, and back!
You’re The One That I Want – Grease
Tale As Old As Time – Beauty and the Beast
We’re All In This Together – High School Musical
Do-Re-Mi – The Sound of Music
Footloose – Footloose
Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious – Mary Poppins
Mamma Mia – Mamma Mia
I Just Can’t Wait To Be King – The Lion King
A Spoonful of Sugar – Mary Poppins
You Can’t Stop The Beat – Hairspray
Follow The Yellow Brick Road – The Wizard of Oz
My Favourite Things – The Sound of Music
- Favourites From the Past
These songs may be favourites from when you were younger, which you can now share with your children to get them dancing in their seats!
Twist and Shout – The Beatles
Rockin’ Robin – Jackson 5
ABC – Jackson 5
Dancing Queen – Abba
Macarena – Los de Rios
YMCA – The Village People
Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da – The Beatles
You’re My Best Friend – Queen
Blame It On The Boogie – The Jacksons
Sweet Caroline – Neil Diamond
Yellow Submarine – The Beatles
Barbara Ann – The Beach Boys
Do you have a favourite road trip song that would be perfect for one of these playlists? Share with us in the comments below!