Creating the perfect road trip playlist

Posted by: Cal on 24/06/2014

Category: General

When you head out on a road trip, it's important to set the scene with the right music. It has been proven that playing music while in the car can have a positive effect on your driving, which in turn can effect the state and safe behaviour of this, according to researchers affiliated with the University of Groningen.

Whether you're heading off on an adventurous drive into the forest, a girls weekend away or a massive end-of-year work celebration out of town, the perfect playlist can get you in the best frame of mind to enjoy your trip.

Here are a few of our favourite music ideas to make your next road trip fun from the moment your wheels start turning.

Outdoor adventure

As you're heading off to push your physical limits and explore parts of the country that may be completely new and exciting for you, we recommend playing songs that are going to boost your energy and get you prepared to jump straight out of the car, ready to achieve your goals. A guaranteed way to raise your energy levels is by putting on a song you love, according to Dr. Frank Lipman, a sustainable wellness expert. Mix up a few of your own upbeat favourites, as well as 'Sure Fire Winners' by Adam Lambert and 'Rockstar 101' by Rihanna - a few recommendations by

Girls weekend

Getting the girls together for a weekend of fun and frolic has got to be one of the best ways to banish boredom and blues - and the right playlist can make that an even truer statement! Put together anything that unites you all and makes you feel like you can take on anything. 'Everyday is a Winding Road' by Sheryl Crow and 'Free Falling' by Tom Petty are some favourites recommended by, but we prefer some newer hits like "Who Run The World (Girls)" by Beyonce and 'Work' by Britney Spears. Try a mix of old and new faves that everyone can sing along to!

End-of-year work function

The key to a great playlist for you and your workmates are the perfect collection of golden oldies and modern hits that that whole car will know the words to. 'Barbra Streisand' by Duck Sauce and 'We Found Love' by Rihanna are a few picks recommended by Virgin Media to get the party started. Round off your playlist with Abba's 'Waterloo' and 'Sledgehammer' by Peter Gabriel which, according to Timeout Melbourne, are absolute work party slam dunks.