When you set out on a road trip, you probably immediately have a sense of freedom that you haven’t felt since you were a kid. Let the windows down and turn up the radio!

…but wait! Have you made your ultimate road trip playlist? Well Tune Tech Auto Repair Shop in Spokane is here to help you with that!

The right mix of songs is the icing on the cake when it comes to your summer road trip. Depending on whom you are going with, you’ll want to collect and compile a list of songs that will be the soundtrack for your memories of this trip, one that you’ll always remember.

Once you’ve created your perfect list of favorite summer driving songs, plug them in with your smartphone or a burned CD – bonus points if you have an ‘antique’ car with an honest-to-goodness cassette tape player in it! Then, rock out to those songs over and over again. Keep the playlist on repeat and wear it out, singing along between every stop on the itinerary.

There isn’t a definite list of songs you have to include, but there are some can’t-miss categories that we highly recommend. Choose a few songs from each category, and mix them up so that you won’t feel like you’re listening to the same few songs over and over again. Another important tip, as you’ll see when your review the following categories, is to include songs from all genres and time periods. Good music is good music, so don’t feel like the entire playlist has to be comprised of today’s top [insert your favorite genre here] music.

Include a few songs from each of these groups, and you’ll have your car-mates grooving as soon as you pull out of the driveway:

Classics – Everyone knows them, and everyone loves them! Have a few songs on your list that will make everyone light up instantly.

  • You’ve Lost that Loving Feeling
  • Old Time Rock’n’Roll

Movie Soundtracks – From Disney to Top Gun, no movie song is off limits here!

  • I’ve Had the Time of My Life
  • Summer Nights

Songs You THINK You Know the Words To – By the end of the trip, you’ll know them all.

  • Come on Eileen
  • Smells Like Teen Spirit

Popular Songs – Indulge in a few songs that are hot right now. You’ll always be able to date your trip by these songs.

  • Despacito
  • There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back

Songs that Were Popular Last Month – Songs that are destined to make your ‘classics’ list someday, but you haven’t gotten tired of them just yet, will make this list.

  • Call Me Maybe
  • Uptown Funk

Songs You’re a Little Embarrassed to Still Love – These songs can be cliché or cheesy. It doesn’t matter, because the point is to just have fun!

  • We are Never Ever Getting Back Together
  • Life is a Highway

Throw in a few sentimental songs for good measure. Choose ones that only the people in the car with you will understand the meaning of and why they made the cut. Now you’re set with the perfect summer driving songs!

P.S. If you’re radio is broken, we can fix it at the best one stop auto repair shop in town!