Our Ultimate Playlist for Sabbatical Road Trips

Music creeps into your soul, alters your mood, and just generally makes life more meaningful. We use music to keep us motivated while working out (it’s the only thing that got me through a half-marathon a few years ago), express words that we don’t have, soothe our souls during rough times, and to sing along to on road trips, of course.


And Trent and I have some mega road trips on the horizon. The first six months of our year-long sabbatical (see full itinerary here) will be spent largely on the road with our pop up camper.  We plan to visit at least sixteen state and national parks, making our way from one to the next in our Nissan Murano, tugging our little Coleman Sedona pop up camper (AKA the Freedom Machine) along behind us.

And then we’ll spend six months exploring Thailand and Southeast Asia. We’ll definitely be in need of some music for hours on the road, in the air, and on the beach for that part of our sabbatical as well.

So, I figure we need a solid playlist for all those hours of adventure. We adopted a theme song for sabbatical (thank you, Trent), Keith Urban’s Who Wouldn’t Wanna Be Me, and that is song #1 on our playlist (of songs we mostly already own, by the way, because we are on a budget!).

Sabbatical Playlist

  1. Who Wouldn’t Wanna Be Me by Keith Urban
  2. Is There Life Out There by Reba McEntire
  3. Good to Be Alive by Andy Grammer
  4. Love Shack by the B-52s
  5. Birdhouse in Your Soul by They Might Be Giants
  6. I Would Walk 500 Miles by The Proclaimers
  7. Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen
  8. Take it Easy by the Eagles
  9. Send Me On My Way by Rusted Root
  10. Get Outta My Dreams Get Into My Car by Billy Ocean
  11. Life is a Highway by Rascal Flatts
  12. Lose Yourself by Eminem
  13. California by The Paperboys
  14. Rocky Mountain High by John Denver
  15. I Lived by One Republic
  16. On the Road Again by Willie Nelson
  17. Girls Just Wanna Have Fun by Cyndi Lauper
  18. The Distance by Cake
  19. Hit the Road Jack by Ray Charles
  20. King of the Road by Roger Miller
  21. The Way by Fastball
  22. Run Like the River by Vintage Trouble
  23. Move Along by The All-American Rejects
  24. Best Day of My Life by American Authors
  25. Honey I’m Good by Andy Grammer
  26. Brand New by Ben Rector
  27. Single Ladies by Beyonce
  28. I Gotta Feeling by the Black Eyed Peas
  29. God Gave Me You by Blake Shelton
  30. Into the Ocean by Blue October
  31. Vehicle by Bo Bice
  32. Born in the U.S.A. by Bruce Springsteen
  33. Treasure by Bruno Mars
  34. The River by Garth Brooks
  35. Put Your Records On by Corinne Bailey Rae
  36. Big Yellow Taxi by Counting Crows
  37. Everyday by Dave Matthews Band
  38. Walk of Life by Dire Straits
  39. Some Days You Gotta Dance by Dixie Chicks
  40. Wide Open Spaces by Dixie Chicks
  41. Rockin’ Down the Highway by Doobie Brothers
  42. Take it Easy by the Eagles
  43. Let’s Go to Vegas by Faith Hill
  44. Go Your Own Way by Fleetwood Mac
  45. We Shall be Free by Garth Brooks
  46. We Are Young by Fun
  47. Hold My Hand by Hootie and The Blowfish
  48. Cruisin‘ by Gwyneth Paltrow and Huey Lewis
  49. The Power of Love by Huey Lewis and The News
  50. Nutbush City Limits Tina Turner
  51. On Top of the World by Imagine Dragons
  52. Jack and Diane by John Mellencamp
  53. Life’s a Dance by John Michael Montgomery
  54. Can’t Stop the Feeling by Justin Timberlake
  55. Stronger by Kanye West
  56. Walking Away a Winner by Kathy Mattea
  57. Days Go By by Keith Urban
  58. Suddenly I See by KT Turnstall
  59. Just Dance by Lady Gaga
  60. On the Road by Lee Roy Parnell
  61. American Woman by Lenny Kravitz
  62. In the End by Linkin Park
  63. Peaceful Easy Feeling by Little Texas
  64. Sex-O-Matic Venus Freak by Macy Gray
  65. Holiday by Madonna
  66. I Take My Chances by Mary Chapin Carpenter
  67. Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’ by Michael Jackson
  68. Float On by Modest Mouse
  69. Number One by Nelly
  70. Come Away With Me by Norah Jones
  71. Anywhere by Passenger
  72. Hit Me With Your Best Shot by Pat Benetar
  73. Happy by Pharrell Williams
  74. Get the Party Started by Pink
  75. We Found Love by Rihanna
  76. Streetcorner Symphony by Rob Thomas
  77. A Change is Gonna Come by Sam Cooke
  78. It Wasn’t Me by Shaggy (I just think it’s fun to sing this)
  79. Up by Shania Twain
  80. I’m a Believer by Smashmouth
  81. Walking on the Sun by Smashmouth
  82. What I Got by Sublime
  83. Spirits by The Strumbellas
  84. Fly by Sugar Ray
  85. Dynamite by Taio Cruz
  86. I Wanna Go Too Far by Trisha Yearwood
  87. Beautiful Day by U2
  88. Life is a Highway by Rascal Flatts
  89. Footloose by Kenny Loggins
  90. I’m on Top of the World by The World’s Cause
  91. Knee Deep by Zac Brown Band
  92. You’re the Best from the Karate Kid
  93. Break on Through by The Doors
  94. Sweet Home Alabama by Lynyrd Skynyrd
  95. Karma Chameleon by Culture Club
  96. Everybody Have Fun Tonight by Wang Chung
  97. Walking on Sunshine by Katrina & The Waves
  98. Wave on Wave by Pat Green
  99. Don’t Stop Believin’ by Journey
  100. I Feel Lucky by Mary Chapin Carpenter












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