30 Teen (+Mom) Approved Songs for Your Summer Road Trip Playlist

Every summer, my family treks from Iowa City to our favorite vacation spot in Maryland. It’s literally 1,000 miles away — 1,028 to be exact. To survive the long drive, I need a  great playlist and my 13-year-old son enjoys getting to be the DJ for the whole drive.

Thankfully, there are a lot of songs that my kids and I can all agree on and they helped me put together this list of their favorites from our big road trip. So, enjoy this tween, teen, and mom approved playlist of fun songs from the last decade-ish.

Summer road trip playlist

30 Teen (+Mom) Approved Songs for Your Summer Road Trip Playlist

Play all 30 songs on this YouTube playlist or find them here on Amazon Music:

  1. Levitating – Dua Lipa
  2. Let Me Down Easy – Sheppard
  3. Shotgun – George Ezra
  4. Tightrope (Acoustic) – Walk the Moon
  5. High Hopes – Panic! At the Disco
  6. Believer – Imagine Dragons
  7. Good as Hell – Lizzo
  8. Glorious – Macklemore with Skylar Grey
  9. Tear in My Heart – Twenty One Pilots
  10. Happier – Marshmello with Bastille
  11. Dynamite – BTS
  12. Airplanes – B.o.B with Hayley Williams
  13. Pompeii – Bastille
  14. Counting Stars – One Republic
  15. Miss You All the Time – OAR
  16. Good Time – Owl City with Carly Rae Jepson
  17. Treasure – Bruno Mars
  18. Somebody That I Used to Know – Gotye
  19. Can’t Hold Us – Macklemore with Ryan Lewis
  20. Glad You Came – The Wanted
  21. Stereo Hearts – Gym Class Heroes with Adam Levine
  22. Don’t Start Now – Dua Lipa
  23. Hall of Fame – The Script
  24. Save Me San Francisco – Train
  25. The Nights – Avicii
  26. Natural – Imagine Dragons
  27. Burn the House Down – AJR
  28. Dynamite – Taio Cruz
  29. Circles – Post Malone
  30. Exitlude – The Killers

What songs does your family love to listen to in the car? I’ve got another 1,028 miles to drive home soon and would love to add your suggestions to our summer road trip playlist! 

Laura is a mom of three who works full-time from home as a Development Director for a children’s charity. Laura grew up in Maryland, spent her 20s living in Southern California and South Carolina, and has spent her 30s and now 40s in Iowa, moving to Iowa City in 2010. Laura loves dancing, reading, baking, and music. She and her husband Ryan started dating in college (gasp – over 20 years ago!) and they have been sharing life’s adventures ever since. Their biggest adventure is, of course, parenthood. With three kids, the action is non-stop - which is just the way Laura likes it.


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