The Ultimate Driving Mixtape

Here's the ultimate driving mixtape for your next roadtrip

Remember when you first got your driver’s license? Driving was the ultimate form of independence. It was just you and the road, cruising with the window open, singing your heart out to your favorite songs on the radio. No parents there to tell you what to do, where to go, or more importantly, what to listen to. It’s amazing how just a few bars of an old song can bring back all those old feelings and memories from that first time.

Whether you’re headed out on a road trip or just looking to add a bit of that youthful spirit to your daily commute, here are a few must-have songs from the ‘60s, ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s to add to your mix tape playlist.


Naturally, no youthful playlist would be complete without at least one Beatles song. What better way to get you into teenage memories mode than with one of the very songs the mop top duo performed on the Ed Sullivan Show in 1964? If you were a teen during this time, you know how fun it was to lose your mind at the TV while your parents watched with slackened jaws over your shoulder.

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For a leisurely cruise along the water, this one has the perfect amount of sentimentality. It’s almost impossible to play this without digging up fond memories of a high school crush or summer fling. Peter, Paul and Mary were always great for creating lasting memories, and this tune is no different.

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Bob wrote the ultimate road trip song, the perfect tune to roll down the window and sing along loudly to. Some of us even scared pedestrians walking along the sidewalk by singing out to them, “How do you feel?!” You may not know all the words, but it’s a-okay to mumble along to each verse until the catchy chorus comes in and makes you want to sing along.

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There’s respect and then there’s R-E-S-P-E-C-T. And, if this song had you turning up the volume as loud as it could go and/or dancing around your room singing into a hairbrush, you know full and well what that difference is. Many divas have followed since, but none can match the power and the emotion of Aretha Franklin’s soul-enveloping voice. Sing it to the rafters, or sing it to the car roof – just put it on your playlist.

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No one was quite like Queen’s Freddie Mercury in 1975, and there hasn’t been anybody quite like him since. By all measures, Bohemian Rhapsody was and is an unapologetically strange song/rock opera, featuring everything from cascading guitar riffs to almost operatic trills. This is definitely the kind of song you blared at stoplights so that everyone stared at you. It is definitely a must-have on the play list!

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The Doors’ music was a wondrous soundtrack to get lost to. Crank up this song or Break On Through, and let the road take you any and everywhere. Van Morrison certainly was an incredible artist. Cruise while listening to this and you’ll love how the music and the road both have their twists and turns.

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We were captivated from the very first strum of the guitar. With its captivating lyrics and catchy chorus, the Eagles’ Hotel California is a great song to drive through any city at night. It’ll bring you right back to ‘70s pop culture in all its glorious decadence and indulgence, and you’ll never want to leave.

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The Boss penned a number of iconic anthems in his day, but there’s nothing quite like Born to Run, the song that finally found him international fame. Whether you listened to this song while cruising down the New Jersey Turnpike or it helped you pass the time on the back roads of Texas, this fist pumping tune is the stuff high school memories are made of.

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Before there was Britney, Gaga, Beyoncé or Miley there was Madonna sashaying her way across the stage in a leotard. She was totally unafraid to be herself, and her songs were all declarations of her fierce independence. Like a Virgin is still one of our favorite tunes, and we’re not afraid to sing along… loudly.

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Billie Jean was a musical masterpiece, no doubt about it. There was nothing like seeing those iconic saddle shoes lighting up the sidewalk in the unforgettable music video. Michael Jackson certainly was the King of Pop and we still love traveling back in time to try and perfect our Moonwalk one more time.

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There you have it: the ultimate driving playlist that takes you back to your high school glory days. So hop in the car, turn up the tunes, and let’s go cruising!

Did we miss any of your favorites? What was your favorite old school jam to go cruising to? Let us know!