What’s A Journey Without A Soundtrack?

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What is a road trip without an exclusive playlist?

The only thing that differentiates a road trip from a very long drive is- a musical experience. Always end up fighting for the aux cable when you need to decide a song? Here, might be some songs that all of us can agree on- are the perfect travel companions.

1. Dil Chahta Hai- Title Track

Masti Mein Rahe Dooba Dooba Hameshaa Samaa
Humko Raahon Mein Yoonhi Milti Rahein Khushiyaan”

Dil Chahta Hai’s title track is the perfect way to make you go on a trip down the nostalgic lane, as you keep driving forward. Everyone has heard this song- be it as a fan, in passing, overhearing someone belting out the lyrics- and everyone knows, that no matter how hard you try, you will always end up humming along to the familiar tune.

The “almost 90’s kids” will know that this song is the perfect road trip companion to sing along with-while staring out of the window and imagining yourself in a movie.

2. Khaabon Ke Parinday

“Khule Hain Jo Pal, Kahe Yeh Nazar
Lagta Hai Ab Hai Jaage Hum
Fikrein Jo Thi, Peeche Reh Gayi
Nikle Unse Aage Hum.”

Coming out of the movie that became a travel inspiration for many- Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara; this song comes along as a fresh breeze and carries you into another realm.

Its deep lyrics and soothing music will undoubtedly make you doze off peacefully (or alternatively, will force you to wake up). Close your eyes, listen to the soothing song as the breeze lightly ruffles your hair – the experience would be truly priceless.

3. Take Me Home, Country Roads

“Almost heaven, West Virginia
Blue Ridge Mountains, Shenandoah River
Life is old there, older than the trees
Younger than the mountains, blowing like a breeze.”

Sung in the soulful voice of John Denver- who doesn’t want a taste of 90s music on their road trip? The fun of blaring this song on the speakers and singing your heart out, as you see a never-ending road in front of you is truly unparalleled.

This one, ticks off all the prerequisites.

Country? Check! ✔️
Roads? Check!✔️
An amazing road trip? Double Check!✔️✔️

The song will surely lead you to all the right country roads and make you reach home.

4. Ilahi


“Kal Pe Sawaal Hai Jeena Filhaal Hai
Khaana Badoshiyon Pe Hi Jaane Kyun
Ilahi Mera Jee Aaye Aaye.”

“I keep questioning the tomorrows, but the day that I have to live in is today.”

This is the perfect song to ignite your inner wanderer and make the best out of your road trip. Ilahi is the perfect escape from monotony- the quirky beats, the lively lyrics make you forget all your worries for the time being and leaves only a single message imprinted in your mind- Seize the Day and make every second that you live truly worthwhile.

Now, that’s one reminder that we all need!

5. Hairat Hai

“Rangne lage hain manzil ko jaane ke raah saare
Jaise aasman ke chitte pade ho banke sitaare
Dheemi dheemi roshni si beh rahi hai inn hawaon mein yahaan.”

Groove to the quirky beats of the song as Lucky Ali’s heartfelt voice finds a place in your heart. Travelling can be tiring and just when you need to wake yourself up and become as excited as you were when the journey started- the chorus of “Hairat Hai, Hairat Hai!” seems to do the job perfectly. This is one song you’d want to keep listening to even when you leave the car. The engine will be left running until the final note is dropped!

6. Budapest- George Ezra

“My house in Budapest
My hidden treasure chest
Golden grand piano
My beautiful Castillo

I’d leave it all.”

Your fatigue.
Your restlessness.
Your boredom after hours of driving.
Your peaceful slumber.
You, You,
For this song, you’d leave it all!

This Folk Pop track is certainly the breezy rhythm you’d want on that long journey, to keep you calm but excited as well! While on a trip with your friends, “Budapest” will slowly put everyone’s mind to rest until they all decides to join in at the “You…uuuuu” part and everyone breaks off laughing midway.

7. Patakha Guddi

Patakha Guddi

“Maula tera maali,
O hariyaali jungle waali,
Tu de har gaali pe taali,
Uski kadam kadam rakhwaali,
Ainweyi lok-laaj ki soojh soch ki
kyun hai aafat daali
Tu le naam rab da, naam saai ka
Ali Ali Ali Ali.”

How can you go on a road trip and not listen to an A.R. Rahman’s track?

The song lyrically describes freedom and lending your soul to the wilderness- accepting yourself and the world with no bounds and no limits. Produced by A.R. Rahman and sung in the soulful voice of the Nooran Sisters, the song is the perfect escape from all constraints.

8. Roobaroo (Rang De Basanti)


“Dhuaan Chhataa Khula Gagan Mera
Nayi Dagar Naya Safar Mera
Jo Ban Sake Tu Hamsafar Mera
Nazar Mila Zara.”

Now, we know we’d be lying if we said that we watched Rang De Basanti and didn’t have ultimate #friendship goals. This track is the perfect one for a road trip with friends. Blare the music out loud, sing at the top of your voices and you’ll feel like you own the world.

9. Hymn for the weekend

“Oh, angel sent from up above
I feel it coursing through my blood
Life is a drink, your love’s about
To make the stars come out.”

Coldplay and Beyoncé together are just the perfect treat you can give yourself for all the self-care on this journey. The soothing voices, the calming music just transcends you into another reality and leaves you wishing for more.

10. Sugar- Maroon 5

“Your sugar
Yes, please
Won’t you come and put it down on me
I’m right here, ’cause I need
Little love and little sympathy.”

The perfect song to join in at the chorus with your friends-Sugar is the light, groovy track to bring all of you back into action and add some spice into that road trip.

11. Suhana Safar Aur Yeh Mausam Haseen

“Suhana safar aur yeh mausam haseen
Humein darr hai hum kho na jaaye kahin
Suhana safar…”

The destination might be beautiful, but the journey will surely be the most beautiful memory. Play this song on your road trip and every time you will hear it again; you will be reminded of all the beautiful memories you shared.

These are the songs you can add into your playlist to have the best musical journey ever!

Have another one in mind? The list surely goes on.

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