Your Ultimate Canadian Summer Road Trip Playlist

Grandparents taking two grandchildren on a road trip

Summer’s here – let the road trips begin! To help set the mood for your next epic road trip (or even if you’re just travelling across town to attend a backyard BBQ), we’ve got just the soundtrack for your drive.

Last month, we asked our readers to tell us which songs by Canadian artists are must-haves on their road trip playlists and the response was amazing! With over 150 songs nominated from across Canada, and from a range of genres – from classic Canadian folk to more modern pop and rock – we’ve narrowed it down to the top 30 just for you. If anything is certain, it’s that we should be very proud of the quantity and quality of musicians this country has produced, and continues to produce every day.

Without further ado, here are the top 30 tunes – as selected by GOOD HANDS® Blog readers – in alphabetical order by song name:

  1. Alberta Bound – Paul Brant
  2. Born to be Wild – Steppenwolf
  3. Carefree Highway – Gordon Lightfoot
  4. Carry On –Cœur de pirate
  5. Call Me Maybe – Carly Rae Jepsen
  6. Can’t Feel My Face – The Weeknd
  7. Closer – Tegan and Sara
  8. Crabbuckit – K-OS
  9. En Voyage – Claude Dubois
  10. Go For Soda – Kim Mitchell
  11. Hand in my Pocket – Alanis Morisette
  12. Hard Road – Sam Roberts
  13. Hasn’t Hit Me Yet – Blue Rodeo
  14. Highway of Heroes – The Trews
  15. Hold On, We’re Going Home – Drake
  16. I Just Called to Say Goodbye – Terri Clark
  17. I Don’t Know – The Sheepdogs
  18. I Feel It All – Feist
  19. Keep the Car Running – Arcade Fire
  20. Let Your Backbone Slide – Maesto Fresh Wes
  21. Life is a Highway – Tom Cochrane
  22. One Week – BNL
  23. Rockin’ In The Free World – Neil Young
  24. Rock & Roll Down the Highway – Bachman Turner Overdrive
  25. Rollin’, Rollin’, Rollin’ – Joel Plaskett
  26. Seven Day Fool – Jully Black
  27. Summer of ’69 – Bryan Adams
  28. Stitches – Shawn Mendes
  29. Stompa – Serena Ryder
  30. Wheat Kings – Tragically Hip

Just remember to compile and arrange your songs into a pre-set playlist before your trip so that you can keep your full attention on the road while driving. And even though it will be tempting to crank these tunes up to 10, make sure the volume isn’t too loud so you can still hear the sounds of the road around you. If you must give a particular song your full attention, just pull over to a safe location off the road and enjoy!

Smiling young couple relaxing in classy cabriolet

Did your song not make the final list? Feel free to list it in the comment section below.