20 Perfect Indie Road Trip Songs

by Tanja

Yes, that’s right, somebody else knows that song that your hipster self has been listening to for all those years… When you meet that somebody and play that song there is an instant connection, you are on the same level, you fall in love with a complete stranger.

Indie rock, pop, folk or whatever you call it, this is great music that is bound to bring people together. Why not play it during your next road trip?

If you are into indie music then you surely know some of those gems of songs. In this indie songs playlist, you will find some tracks that will never get old as well as some hidden gems that we may just be discovering! Which one is your favourite?

Top 20 Indie Road Trip Songs:

1. Feel it still – Portugal. The man

Hidden gem alert.

2. Jungle – Tash Sultana

Living in Australia we crossed many talented street artists! Listening to some of them performing in the streets of Sydney and Byron Bay we wished to be able – one day – to buy their tracks. TASH was one of them, she began her career in Melbourne, Australia, performing on city streets. Her style? She’s not indie pop, yet not alternative rock. She’s not reggae, she is just cool!
Let us know what you think…

3. Shooting stars – Bag Raiders

I’m in love with a shooting star
But she moves so fast
When she falls then
I’ll be waiting…

4. Such Great Heights – The Postal Service

Such Great Heights is one of Tanja’s favourite indie songs! She heard it for the first time in 2003 but it is still on her playlist! This American indie electropop band was named after the manner in which their songs were written! Two members of the crew lived too far away to be able to work together in person. They started then using the postal service to mail each other the beats..

5. Pumped up kicks – Foster the people

I met Will in a hostel in Sydney. Every time I was walking past his bedroom he was playing Pumped up kicks over and over again. I instantly fell in love with this song. And with him.

6. Dreaming of you – The Coral

Could you think of a road trip playlist without Dreaming of you? Well, we couldn’t! This song it’s pure energy and you must sing it as loud as you can!

7. Little lion man – Mumford & Sons

Another song to sing along to at the top of your voice while road tripping!

8. Budapest – George Ezra

2014. We were driving across Australia when this song first played on the radio.

9. Young Folks – Peter Bjorn & John

This song has been on repeat since the day Will heard it. No joke, it is part of our life.

10.Skinny Love – Bon Iver

After a long day driving, put this song on and just chill!

11. Ritual Union – Little Dragon

Yeah I know, you can thank me later!

12. Paper Aeroplane – Angus & Julia Stone

Hipster feels.

13. Cherry Blossom Girl – Air

When the evening comes, put ‘Cherry Blossom Girl’ on and get lost in its seductive sound…

14. Ophelia – The Lumineers

Oh, Ophelia, you’ve been on my mind girl like a drug
Oh, Ophelia, heaven help a fool who falls in love

15. Naïve – The Kooks

I know she knows that I’m not fond of asking
True or false, it may be
Well, she’s still out to get me
And I know she knows that I’m not fond of asking…

16. Lonely Boy – The Black Keys

The hip-shaking first single from the blues-rock duo’s The Black Keys could not be missing in this playlist. Enjoy!

17. Creep – Radiohead

Year 1992, Abingdon, UK. Radiohead released their first single, Creep, worldwide hit that will never get old! The English alternative rock band is still riding the wave of success and we still love them like the first day!

18. Little Talks- Of Monsters and Men

With their mystical storytelling, the Icelandic band Of Monsters and Men created a form of strange indie folk that charms all the indie music lovers. What do you think?

19. Riptide – Vance Joy

Again, basic, but you’ll thank me later.

20. I Will Wait – Mumford & Sons

If you are thinking ‘again the Mumford & Sons?’ let me ask you: what’s a playlist without this song?

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