I’ve put together my favorite Wanderlust songs that I enjoy listening to when I travel and or plan a road trip.

Bored of your daily life and wishing you could escape even just for a few days? Feeling like taking “the midnight train going anywhere”? I got you!

Some of these Wanderlust songs mean so much to me and have kept me company on many nights far from home. Hope you’ll enjoy 🙂


Lady Gaga – Gypsy

So I just packed my baggage and
Said goodbye to family and friends
And took the road to nowhere on my own

I don’t wanna be alone forever.
But I can be tonight
I don’t wanna be alone forever
But I love gypsy life

Lady Gaga – Gypsy (acoustic piano version) 

Russia, UK, Paris, I’m
Italian, Asian, Kompai
Africa, India, I’m
A gypsy, a gypsy, a gypsy. I’m
Latin American, I don’t speak German but I try
Someday in Jakarta, I’m
American, I’m gypsy I
Bangkok, Australia, Malaysia
Sweden, Finland, Norway
Be my home just for the day
I’m a gypsy, gypsy, gypsy hey

The Lumineers – Dead Sea

I headed west, I was a man on the move
New york had lied to me, I needed the truth
Oh, I need somebody, needed someone I could trust
I don’t gamble, but if I did I would bet on us

You told me you were good at running away
Domestic life, it never suited you like a suitcase
You left with just the clothes on your back
You took the rest when you took the map

One Republic – I lived

I…I did it all
I owned every second that this world could give
I saw so many places
The things that I did
Yeah, with every broken bone
I swear I lived

Jonas Blue feat. Dakota – Fast Car

You got a fast car
I want a ticket to anywhere
Maybe we make a deal
Maybe together we can get somewhere
Anyplace is better
Starting from zero got nothing to lose

We gotta make a decision
Leave tonight or live and die this way

Duke Dumont – Ocean Drive

We’re riding down the boulevard
We’re riding into the dark night, night
With half the tank and empty heart
Pretending we’re in love, when it’s never enough

Angus and Julia Stone – Big Jet Plane

She said “hello mister, please to meet ya”
I wanna hold her, I wanna kiss her
She smelled of daisies, smelled of daisies
She drive me crazy, drive me crazy

Gonna take her for a ride on a big jet plane

Alessia Cara – How far I’ll go

See the line where the sky meets the sea? It calls me
And no one knows, how far it goes
If the wind in my sail on the sea stays behind me
One day I’ll know, if I go there’s just no telling how far I’ll go

Pure Shores – All Saints

I’ve crossed deserts for miles
Swam water for time
Searching places to find
A piece of something to call mine (I’m coming)
Coming closer to you

Lana Del Rey – Ride

Every night I used to pray that I’d find my people, and finally I did on the open road.
We had nothing to lose, nothing to gain, nothing we desired anymore, except to make our lives into a work of art.
Live fast. Die young. Be wild. And have fun.
I believe in the country America used to be.
I believe in the person I want to become.
I believe in the freedom of the open road.
And my motto is the same as ever:
“I believe in the kindness of strangers. And when I’m at war with myself I ride, I just ride.”
Who are you?
Are you in touch with all of your darkest fantasies?
Have you created a life for yourself where you can experience them?
I have. I am fucking crazy.
But I am free.

The Lumineers – Sleep on the Floor

Pack yourself a toothbrush dear
Pack yourself a favorite blouse
Take a withdrawal slip
Take all of your savings out
‘Cause if we don’t leave this town
We might never make it out
I was not born to drown
Baby come on

Mumford & Sons – Hopeless Wanderer

But hold me fast, hold me fast
‘Cause I’m a hopeless wanderer
And hold me fast, hold me fast
‘Cause I’m a hopeless wanderer
I will learn, I will learn to love the skies I’m under

Drinkin in LA – Bran Van 3000

But we did nothing, absolutely nothing that day
And I say, what the hell am I doing drinking in L.A. at 26?
I got the fever for the flavour
Know the payback will be later
Still I need a fix

Kayne West – Street Lights

All the street lights, glowin’
Happen to be just like moments, passin’
In front of me so I hopped in, the cab and
I paid my fare see I know my destination

But I’m just not there

This Must Be The Place – The Lumineers (Talking Heads’ cover)

Home, is where I want to be
But I guess I’m already there
I come home, she lifted up her wings
I guess that this must be the place

I can’t tell one from the other
I find you, or you find me?
There was a time before we were born
If someone asks, this is where I’ll be, where I’ll be oh!

MonaLisa Twins – California Dreaming (Mamas and Papas’s Cover)

I’d safe and warm if I was in LA

California dreaming on such a winter’s dayEagles – Hotel California

On a dark desert highway, cool wind in my hair
Warm smell of colitas, rising up through the air
Up ahead in the distance, I saw a shimmering light
My head grew heavy and my sight grew dim
I had to stop for the night

Journey – Don’t stop believing

Just a small town girl
Livin’ in a lonely world
She took the midnight train goin’ anywhere
Just a city boy
Born and raised in south Detroit
He took the midnight train goin’ anywhere

Iggy Pop – The Passanger

I am a passenger
And I ride and I ride
I ride through the city’s backside
I see the stars come out of the sky
Yeah, they’re bright in a hollow sky
You know it looks so good tonightBuon Viaggio (share the love) – Cesare Cremonini

Buon viaggio
Che sia un’andata o un ritorno
Che sia una vita o solo un giorno
Che sia per sempre o un secondo
L’incanto sarà godersi un po’ la strada
Amore mio comunque vada
Fai le valigie e chiudi le luci di casa

Coraggio lasciare tutto indietro e andare
Partire per ricominciare
Non c’è niente di più vero di un miraggio
E per quanta strada ancora c’è da fare
Amerai il finale


Cee Lo Green – No one’s gonna love you

The song (clearly) speaks about a couple but the video is all about wandering! Check it out!


The Strokes – Reptilia


Not really about traveling but it gives me an amazing feeling when I’m driving away 🙂

What are your favorite travel songs? Let me know! 🙂

Planning a road trip? Check out my article about road tripping through the American West!

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