Looking for the best songs for a California road trip? Whether driving the Pacific Coast Highway or doing a short day trip from Los Angeles, we have the ultimate California inspired music playlist for your next California road trip.
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California Road Trip Playlist on Spotify
To make it easier for you to listen to these songs on your next road trip, I have created a California road trip playlist on Spotify:
California Road Trip Songs
These are my favorite songs about California perfect for a California road trip. They are perfect sing along songs for long drives.
Best California Road Trip Songs
- “California” by Phantom Planet (This was the theme song from the TV show, The O.C.)
- “Californication” by Red Hot Chili Peppers
- “Dani California” by Red Hot Chili Peppers
- “California Gurls” by Katy Perry (featuring Snoop Dogg)
- “California Love” by 2Pac featuring Dr. Dre & Roger Troutman
- “California Girls” by The Beach Boys
- “Hotel California” by Eagles
- “San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers In Your Hair)” by Scott McKenzie
- “California Dreamin” by The Mamas & The Papas
- “(Sittin on) The Dock of the Bay” by Otis Redding
- “Going to California” by Led Zeppelin
- “101” by WALLA
- “Bixby Canyon Bridge” by Death Cab for Cutie
- “Big Sur” by Jack Johnson (perfect for a Big Sur roadtrip)
- “Santa Monica” by Everclear
- “Beverly Hills” by Weezer
- “I Love L.A.” by Randy Newman (a bit cheesy but it is used by Los Angeles sports teams and it reminds me of watching the L.A. Lakers on TV when I was a kid)
Want more suggestions for your road trip playlist? Here are 25 of the best road trip songs of all time.
What are your favorite California road trip songs?
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