Ah, the holiday season—famous for delicious cookies, family time and frustrating traffic jams. Whether you’re traveling across town or across the country, we’ve learned there are a few things that make holiday travel more bearable, like good snacks, good people and even better music. That’s right; music helps ease stress and frustration during the hectic holiday season—at least, that’s what we believe.
We rounded up 12 of our favorite jams, from power ballads to popular dance tracks, to accompany you on your holiday travel or any day of the year.
1. Anywhere – Rita Ora
There’s nothing that a classic pop song can’t fix, including hours of traffic in a cramped car.
2. Don’t Take the Money- Bleachers
Roll the windows down and blast this song while singing at the top of your lungs—unless, of course, you live in the cold Northeast.
3. Don’t Want You Back – Bakermat and Kiesza
This is the ultimate pump-up jam, perfect for anyone trying to start off the new year with a blank slate.
4. Riding Shotgun (feat. Oliver Nelson and Bonnie McKee) – Kygo
This song was made for road trips. It’s catchy, upbeat and totally dance-worthy. Plus it’ll be an anthem for anyone riding shotgun.
5. Go For Broke (feat. James Arthur) – Machine Gun Kelly
Setting goals will make the time pass quicker. This time, set a goal to learn this entire rap by the end of the trip. Now get to work!
6. Take Me – Aly & AJ
Remember this blonde power duo from your younger days? Well, they’re back and better than ever.
7. Sun Comes Up (Acoustic) – Rudimental and James Arthur
Trust us: We love a good remix. But there’s a time and a place for an acoustic version, and well, now’s the time.
8. You Already Know (feat. Nicki Minaj) – Fergie
A song with the glamorous queen Fergie Ferg and the Minajesty herself?! Now that’s what we’re talking about.
9. You Again – Garrickson
Some people like to sing at the top of their lungs, others like to sit back and relax. If you fit the latter description, this song is an easy jam that will bring out your moodiest self.
10. Mr. Watson – Cruel Youth
… But if you’re someone who loves to sing an angsty tune, here ya go.
11. Waving Through a Window – Dear Evan Hansen Cast
Because no car ride is complete without a show tune. Watch out, Broadway!
12. Famous – ROZES
Traveling with your beau? Then this love song is all that you need to show your loved one that you care.