Great Travel Songs

Last modified 20.03.2022 | Published 16.10.2012Travel

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Are there any great songs travel songs or songs about travelling? Yes, there are and I have compiled a playlist. 

On my YouTube channel – Sandalfilm – I have a compilation of songs about travels and travelling. They deal with going from one place to another, moods, the people you meet, and the places you see. The songs are from popular music in a very wide definition of the term: Metal, Rock, Country, Folk, Blues etc.

In compiling this amazing list of songs I have consulted other lists on the web. However, I have not found any other “Best of” list as a YouTube playlist.


YouTube playlist

Follow the link to open my “Travel Songs” playlist on YouTube. It used to contain more than 90 songs, but now only 70 are available. Find the original list below. 

None of the videos are mine. Some videos might be blocked in your country. I have tried to single out the versions with many views to reduce the risk of it.



Here’s my original list

A to P of great travel songs

Title Artist
2 4 6 8 Motorway Tom Robinson Band
Africa Toto
America Simon & Garfunkel
American Girl Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers
Around the World Red Hot Chili Peppers
Back in the U.S.S.R Beatles
Born To Be Wild Steppenwolf
Born To Run Bruce Springsteen
Cambodia Kim Wilde
Car Song Woody Guthrie
China Girl David Bowie
City of New Orleans Arlo Guthrie
Come away with me Norah Jones
Destination Anywhere The Commitments
Discovering Japan Graham Parker
Driving Home for Christmas Chris Rea
Far, Far Away Slade
Fly Away Lenny Kravitz
Free bird Lynyrd Skynyrd
Girl in Oslo Bigbang
Going Down to Mississippi Phil Ochs
Going Mobile The Who
Going To California Led Zeppelin
Grand Hotel Procol Harum
Gypsy Shakira
Half Past France John Cale
Hear My Train A-Comin’ Jimi Hendrix
Highway Star Deep Purple
Hit The Road Jack Ray Charles
Homeward Bound Simon & Garfunkel
I Drove All Night Roy Orbison
I’m Moving On BB KING
International Love Pitbull ft. Chris Brown
Israel Siouxsie and the Banshees
It Began in Afrika The Chemical Brothers
I’ve been everywhere Johnny Cash
Katmandu Cat Stevens
King Of the Road Roger Miller
La mer Charles Trenet
Leaving on a Jet Plane John Denver
Life Is A Highway Tom Cochrane
Life On Mars? David Bowie
Long May You Run Neil Young
Map Of The World Marillion
Marrakesh Express Crosby, Stills & Nash
Down Under Men At Work
Move On David Bowie
Mystery Train Elvis Presley
Night Boat To Cairo Madness
No Particular Place To Go Chuck Berry
On the Road Again Willie Nelson
One Night in Bangkok – Murray Head
Promised Land Chuck Berry
Proud Mary Creedence Clearwater Revival


P to Z of great travel songs

Title Artist
Promised Land Chuck Berry
Proud Mary Creedence Clearwater Revival
Ramblin’ Man Allman Brothers
Reise, Reise Rammstein
Rivers Of Babylon Boney M.
Road To Nowhere Talking Heads
Road Trippin’ Red Hot Chili Peppers
Roam The B-52’s
Rockin All Over The World Status Quo
Route 66 Nat King Cole
Runnin’ Down A Dream Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers
Sailing Rod Stewart
Singapore Tom Waits
Sweet Home Alabama Lynyrd Skynyrd
Take Me Home Country Roads John Denver
Take the Long Way Home Supertramp
Tangled Up In Blue Bob Dylan
Telegraph Road Dire Straits
The Long and Winding Road The Beatles
The Passenger Iggy Pop
The Rocky Road To Dublin The Dubliners
The Vagabond Vaughan Williams
Thunder Road Bruce Springsteen
Time to Move On Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
Tipperary Song Das Boot Soundtrack
Train Song Tom Waits
Travelin Band Creedence Clearwater Revival
Travelin’ Man Ricky Nelson
Travelin’ Prayer Billy Joel
Truckin’ Grateful Dead
Under African Skies Paul Simon
Vienna Ultravox
Walk Like An Egyptian The Bangles
Walk On The Wild Side Lou Reed
Wheels Of Steel Saxon
Where the streets have no name U2
Wherever I May Roam (Video) Metallica
Woman From Tokyo Deep Purple
Zanzibar Hoodoo Gurus



Some time in the future I might provide a link to my Spotify playlist of great travel songs as well. It is less likely to be hampered by licensing issues.