Family roadtrip playlists (that don’t involve The Wiggles)

Little Miss Sunshine, Fox Searchlight Pictures

Roadtrips with kids can be awesome. With the right snacks, a working air-conditioner and a killer playlist the journey can become as much fun as the destination. Ditch the repetitive kiddy songs and pump some tunes that will have everyone tapping their feet… even if they don’t quite understand the lyrics yet!

Disney

  1. I Wanna Be Like You (The Monkey Song) – The Jungle Book
  2. A Spoonful of Sugar – Mary Poppins
  3. Under The Sea- The Little Mermaid
  4. You’ve Got A Friend In Me – Toy Story
  5. Friend Like Me – Aladdin
  6. Hakuna Matata – Lion King
  7. Be Our Guest – Beauty and the Beast
  8. supercalifragilisticexpialidocious – Mary Poppins
  9. Painting the Roses Red – Alice in Wonderland
  10. I Just Can’t Wait to be King – Lion King

Motown

  1. Please Mr Postman – The Marvelettes
  2. My Girl – The Temptations
  3. Stop! In The Name Of Love – The Supremes
  4. Signed, Dealed, Delivered I’m Yours – Stevie Wonder
  5. I Want You Back – The Jackson 5
  6. Ain’t No Mountain High Enough – Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
  7. I Say A Little Prayer – Dionne Warwick
  8. Superstition – Stevie Wonder
  9. Dancing In The Street – Martha & The Vandellas
  10. Hold On, I’m Comin’ – Sam & Dave

70s

  1. Escape (The Pina Colada Song) – Rupert Holmes
  2. Waterloo – ABBA
  3. Lady Marmalade – La Belle
  4. Blame It On The Boogie – The Jacksons
  5. Best Of My Love – The Emotions
  6. September- Earth, Wind & Fire
  7. Ain’t No Sunshine – Bill Withers
  8. Midnight Train To Georgia – Gladys Knight & The Pips
  9. Me & Julio Down By The School Yard – Paul Simon
  10. I Will Survive – Gloria Gaynor

80s

  1. You’re A Friend Of Mine – Clarence Clemons & Jackson Browne
  2. Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go – WHAM!
  3. Girls Just Wanna Have Fun – Cyndi Lauper
  4. Footloose – Kenny Loggins
  5. Jump (For My Love) – The Pointer Sisters
  6. I Wann Dance With Somebody – Whitney Houston
  7. Don’t Stop Believin’ – Journey
  8. Faith – George Michael
  9. You Can Call Me Al – Paul Simon
  10. Walk Like An Egyptian – The Bangles

90s

  1. I’ll Be There For You – The Rembrandts
  2. Walkin’ In Memphis – Marc Cohn
  3. To Be With You – Mr Big
  4. Groove Is In The Heart – Deee-lite
  5. Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It – Will Smith
  6. Black Or White – Michael Jackson
  7. Doo Wop (That Thing) – Lauryn Jackson
  8. Smooth – Santana, Rob Thomas
  9. Livin’ La Vida Loca  – Ricky Martin
  10. River Of Dreams – Billy Joel

Beach vibes

  1. Walking On Sunshine – Katrina & The Waves
  2. Three Little Birds – Bob Marley & The Wailers
  3. Banana Pancakes – Jack Johnson
  4. I Can See Clearly Now – Jimmy Cliff
  5. Banana Boat (Day-O) – Harry Belafonte
  6. Holiday – Madonna
  7. Mr Jones – Counting Crows
  8. Here Comes The Sun – The Beatles
  9. Good Vibrations – Beach Boys
  10. In The Summertime – Mungo Jerry

 Wind-down time

  1. Fireflies – Owl City
  2. Blackbird – The Beatles
  3. Wonderwall – Oasis
  4. Cool Kids – Echosmith
  5. Sunrise – Nora Jones
  6. Wildflowers – Tom Petty
  7. Georgia On My Mind – Ray Charles
  8. Wild Horses – The Rolling Stones
  9. Love Someone – Jason Mraz
  10. Weather With You – Crowded House

PS Don’t get me wrong, I love the Wiggles. But there’s only so much I can take on a long trip!

Feature Image: Little Miss Sunshine, Fox Searchlight Pictures

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