ALL ABOARD THE NOSTALGIA TRAIN. Somehow this song makes you yearn for the past and excited for the future at the same time all while wanting to breakout in dance?? Not sure how OneRepublic managed this but I’m here for it.
Swedish Kesha killing the game per usual.
Damn you Justin Bieber. I want so badly to not like your songs because you just seem like the worst but UGH YOU ARE SO CATCHY. You win this time justice beaver.
Let’s take a moment to thank all of the Scandinavian DJs who decided tropical house should exist.
“This Girl” by Kungs vs Cookin on 3 Burners
What happens when you combine a trumpet, some synth, and soul? This. Yes it’s weird. Yes I’m confused too…but I like it.
“Sweet Lovin” by Sigala feat. Bryn Christopher
Listen to this song when you feel like Speedy Gonzales on one of those moving pathways in the airport. Trust me.
“Closer” The Chainsmokers & Halsey
Spending money you don’t have + Boulder reference + Halsey+ fear of getting older= annoyingly good jam for millennials.
“King” by Years & Years
One time when I was in Prague Years & Years was playing a show for $15 and I went to the five story club instead. Major regrets.
“Cake by the Ocean” by DNCE
Joe Jonas ya sneaky dog! Finding out he was the familiar lead voice just made me love this song even more. (FYI all those unintelligible parts throughout the song are literally Jonas listing off different types of cakes. I know, I’m not over it either. “red velvet, vanilla, chocolate in my life, funfetti I’m ready I need it every night…”)
“Army of One” by Coldplay
If you are solo traveling, you need this on your playlist. Also this is basically a song within a song and I love it. You make my heart go boom boom boom boom, Coldplay.
“Say it” by Flume feat. Tove Lo
Not typical Tove Lo but still a stellar song.
“Lean On” (feat. MØ & DJ Snake)[J Balvin & Farruka Remix] by Major Lazer
Yes, you’ve heard ‘Lean On’. BUT! Have you heard the J Balvin & Farruka Remix?? If you love J Balvin’s Latin Remix of J Bieb’s ‘Sorry’ or Enrique Iglesias’s ‘Bailando’ you need to check this out.
“Wherever I Go” by OneRepublic
Another from OneRepublic because 1. I love my C Springs boys and 2. the falsetto in this calls for an in-flight dance party.
“Stole the Show” by Kygo feat. Parson James
Kygo, I love you but I’m still unsure why you look exactly like George from Grey’s Anatomy.
“Sexual Healing (Kygo Remix)” by Marvin Gaye feat. Kygo
It takes guts to remix a classic, but Kygo hit it out the park. Nice work 007!
“Rather Be (feat. Jess Glynne)” by Clean Bandit
Unf. I will never not include ‘Rather Be’ on a road trip/travel/commute playlist.
“Sex” by Cheat Codes & Kris Kross Amsterdam
Debated placing this under guilty pleasures. But when a song has almost 300 million plays on Spotify does it still count as a guilty pleasure? Yes? Oh.
“Lush Life” by Zara Larsson
I want to know what’s in the water in Scandinavia that is nourishing all of these killer musicians. Seriously.
“Once in a While” by Timeflies
How can you not love this song? “Try to live life like my blood type/B positive.” COME ON.
“Capsize” Frenship feat. Emily Warren
My main qualm with this song used to be the weird voicemail at the end. Then I found out it’s a voicemail from vocalist Emily Warren’s grandmother after Emily graduated from NYU and that’s just kind of adorable so now I’m okay with it tbh.
“Middle” by DJ Snake feat. Bipolar Sunshine
*in-flight dance party alert*
“Sun Models feat. Madelyn Grant” by ODESZA
Unclear how a song that basically features the vocals of a baby gurgling sounds so good but it is.
“Beautiful Now” by Zedd & John Bellion
Not only will this song get you mega-pumped in flight, it is also just a fantastic reminder to take a step and realize how incredible your surroundings and situation really is.
“Faded (Lido Remix)” by Zhu
Remix so nice I checked out the original. 10/10 would recommend sticking to the remix.
“Ain’t Nobody (Loves Me Better)” Felix Jaehn feat. Jasmine Thompson
Loving all the tropical remixes of classic soul jams.
“Waves (Robin Schulz Remix)” by Mr. Probz
Wave after wave y’all.
The Up & Comers
“2AM (Matoma Remix)” by Astrid S
How to make the airplane your personal euro club 101.
“Lot to Learn” by Luke Christopher
“If I was a question would you be my answer?” No. Just kidding Luke Christopher. But seriously, prepare to have this stuck in your head for the next 8 years.
“Hope” by Tim Legend feat. BR/\VE
I WANT TO BE BR/\VE. Her vocals are so calm, cool, and collected on this track that I feel a little more badass just by association. TY Tim Legend and BR/\VE for this masterpiece because I probably played this for 80% of my flight.
Favorite excerpt: 1:20-2:10
“2 Heads” by Coleman Hell
I still don’t know if Folktronica is a real thing, but if it is, this is it. Thank you Coleman Hell for being the electronic cousin of Mumford and Sons this world needs.
“Vibration” by Sophia Black
WHY DO PEOPLE NOT KNOW THIS SONG. So chill. So fresh. So clean.
Favorite lyric: “Imma sip the sun like lemonade”
“Not Afraid” by Basic Tape
I dare you to sit still while this song plays. Years & Years meets OneRepublic.
“Ain’t Got Far to Go” by Jess Glynne
Jess Glynne can do no wrong. Her soulful voice, the crisp instruments, and self-love vibes in this song are incredible. If you love her in Clean Bandit’s “Rather Be,” you’re going to obsess over her singles.
“Fantasy-Felix Jaehn Remix” by Alina Baraz
Although I prefer the original, Felix Jaehn’s remix is perfect for overcoming travel noise. Check it out if you like tropical house, Cashmere Cat, and indie women.
“Seventeen” by Sjowgren
Diamond in the rough, check them out if you like Oh Wonder or the Head and the Heart!
“All of You” by Betty Who
Betty Who packs a punch, I will honestly never get sick of “All of You”. An electro-anthem with top-40 vibes.
“Eyes Wide” by Handsome Ghost & Whole Doubts
“Pack up our regrets and wear your yellow dress/I meant it when I said we can’t stay here/I wanna feel like the first day of my life/you wanna feel like there’s never tomorrow just tonight.”
“Youth (Adventure Club Remix)” by Foxes
You might recognize Foxes from her collab with Zedd on “Clarity”. If you loved her there, you’ll definitely love her here.
“You’re On” by Madeon & Kyan
“But damn girl, since ya come around girl…” Man I love this song!! Check ’em out if you like Matoma or Cheat Codes.
“Help Our Souls (Urban Contact Radio Edit)” by NIHILS
SO CATCHY. If you like indie pop, you will love NIHILS.
“Aloha feat Merryn Jeann” by Møme
Fact: It is impossible to resist bobbing your head to this song. If you love female indie voices and light dance electronic, Møme & Merryn Jeann are the ones for you.
“Coming Over (feat. James Hersey)” Dillon Francis & Kygo
Sorry not sorry this is the third song involving Kygo. Another track perfect for Cheat Code or Disclosure fans.
“I’d Love to Change the World (Matstubs Remix)” by Jetta
I found this song by binge watching vine-compilations on YouTube…ANYWAYS it’s a little ‘deeper’ house than I typically prefer but something about the broody, intense nature of this song makes it perfect transit.
“Silhouettes” by Colony House
If you like Vampire Weekend or Two Door Cinema Club, Colony House needs your attention right now. ‘Silhouettes’ is so giddy and pure, you’ll find yourself smiling while listening on the plane.
The Tried & Trues
“Cold Cold Man” by Saint Motel
S/O to my sister who showed me Saint Motel. This song is so upbeat and sweet, it’s wonderful antidote for when you start to find yourself drifting into the cranky-traveler zone after sitting for hours behind someone who refuses to keep their seat in the upright position.
“Somebody Else” by The 1975
Stare out the window all music-video like while playing ‘Somebody Else’ and turn it up.
“Dreaming” by Smallpools
‘Dreaming’ is an excellent song choice for when you’re in your last leg of travel and feeling excited for your upcoming adventures- it’s like the song version of happy jitters.
“Little Secrets” by Passion Pit
Play it after Smallpool’s ‘Dreaming’ to PUMP. YOU. UP!!
“Red Light District” by Midi Matilda
The first time I heard this song I thought liking it made me all cool and hip. It didn’t. But it did make a perfect traveling track, so you win some you lose some. For fans of Lord Huron and Walk the Moon.
“Lonesome Dreams” by Lord Huron
‘Lonesome Dreams’ is one of those songs that will make you look around you and think ‘holy cow I can’t believe this is real.’ If you need a life appreciation check, this will provide it.
“Jenny” by Walk the Moon
This song makes me wish my name was Jenny.
“6am” by Fitz and the Tantrums
Soulful yet poppy, Fitz and the Tantrums is just unlike any other. Thank you Whole Foods and Shazam for introducing this particular track to me.
“Lisztomania” by Phoenix
Years later and I still don’t know if Lisztomania is a real word but I don’t really care because the song still rocks.
“Next Year” by Two Door Cinema Club
Listen to this when you’re feeling like a badass traveler extraordinaire.
“Walking on a Dream” by Empire of the Sun
Still weird. Still catchy. Still an all-time fave.
“Coming of Age” by Foster the People
Foster the People is always necessary, but ‘Coming of Age’ is especially suited for a travel playlist since it just perfectly encapsulates the bittersweet feelings that can accompany frequent comings and goings.
“Sweet Disposition” by Temper Trap
Madly in love with this song ever since it was featured in 500 Days of Summer. Try staring wistfully out the plane window while blasting this in your headphones for full effect.
“Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High” by the Arctic Monkeys
Killer song asking the real questions.
“Take a Walk” by Passion Pit
Not only does ‘Take a Walk’ make an incredible concert opener, it’s also a killer adventure tune.
“Little Games” by The Colourist
So fun and upbeat you forget for a second that this song is basically about a relationship falling apart. Oops.
“Our Own House” by MisterWives
Combines two of my favorite things: airy female leads and obvious use of real instruments. (Who’d have thunk this would one day set a song apart?)
“Safe and Sound” by Capital Cities
True life I have never met anyone who doesn’t like this song.
“Midnight City” by M83
My sister thinks this song sounds like a bunch of monkeys. I disagree.
“Ways to Go” by GroupLove
This song is called ‘Ways to Go’, it was basically made for the explicit purpose of travel and growth.
“Electric Feel” by MGMT
One year of undergrad business school taught me that MGMT stands for Management and the real life version is much less exciting than the band version. *the more you know*
The Guilty Pleasures
“International Smile” Katy Perry
Despite the cringeworthy flight-attendant-on-the-loudspeaker portion, this song I strive to be the type of woman Katy Perry sings about in this song.
“CPH Girls” by Christopher
I blame my Danish professor for instilling my love of Christopher. I blame myself for nurturing that love.
“Like That” by Jack & Jack feat. Skate
This is just pure white boy ‘rap’ but dang is it catchy.
“Bottle of Jack Achtaban Deep House Remix” by Mikey Wax
This song isn’t good…but it kind of is. Man, I wish I didn’t like it so much.
“Adventure” by Cheat Codes and Evan Gartner
Zero depth, 100% entertainment.
Happy tunes & happy travels!!
What are some of your go-to traveling songs? Let me know in the comments below!