Planning your first road trip after the lockdown? Don’t forget to pack some good music for the road. We filtered through the best road-trip playlists out there and handpicked—not one but—six of them. From Kishore Kumar to Kanye West, there’s a range of tracks that go perfectly well with a road trip in India. So play them all or stick to your vibe, there are no rules here. By Rashima Nagpal
With some 228 songs that will last you over 14 hours, this playlist on Spotify is the go-to for classic rock music lovers. Chances are you’ll find a favourite in every five songs you play. Be it Easy (The Commodores), Here Comes The Sun (The Beatles), Wouldn’t It Be Nice (The Beach Boys), or Raspberry Beret from Prince’s album Around The World In A Day — you cannot go wrong with this playlist for your road trip.
Owing to the growing popularity of independent music in the country, here’s a playlist by YouTube Music that pays an ode to both the old and new. Featuring Strings, Silk Route, The Local Train, Indian Ocean, Raghu Dixit, Kanishk Seth, and more, the playlist is short and crisp with 28 songs—but each tug at your heart in its unique ways. Add to this a handful of singles by Prateek Kuhad and Ankur Tewari and you’ll have yourself a playlist for keeps.
As the title suggests, this is a treasure of no less than 111 songs that you—more often than not—will sing along to. Think: On Top Of The World (Imagine Dragons), Royals (Lorde), Counting Stars (One Republic), Sugar (Maroon 5). Aren’t you already humming? Find the playlist here on Apple Music and you’re sorted for at least six hours on the road.
Be it some of Kishore Kumar’s iconic songs (think Yeh Shaam Mastani, Rimjhim Gire Sawan, etc.), Rafi’s Khoya Khoya Chaand, or Shailendra’s Main Shayar Toh Nahin… this 50-song playlist is meant for the romantics. It has music that is mellow, the kind that you can listen to while aimlessly gazing through the window. And the kind that goes exceptionally well with a road trip in the rains. Find it here on Gaana.com.
Now it won’t be fair to do a road trip with your friends and not play some contemporary hip-hop numbers. Turn up the bass with this 100-song playlist that features music by the likes of Drake, Post Malone, Lil Tjay, Cardie B, Travis Scott, and more. And in case you can rap half as good as Kanye West, it’s time to put your game face on with this playlist on Spotify.
To add some trippiness to your road trip, this eight-hour-long playlist of 95 electronic songs will come handy. With some personal favourites such as Time For Us by Nicolas Jaar, Dusky’s Cold Heart, Cirrus by Simon Green aka Bonobo, and a variety of more electronic numbers, this playlist allows you to nicely explore the genre and understand why it is the music of the millennials. Tune into this playlist here on Amazon Music.