Road trips mean spending long hours in your car. Even if you are with your closest buds, there are bound to be times when conversations run out. You need something to fill up the silences and prevent the holiday mood from nose-diving. And what could be a better option that our own Hindi numbers! Catchy, quirky, melodious, silly but never boring.
Here is my recommendation of songs for your road trip playlist:

Dil Chahta Hai (title track)

Of course, the title track of the movie that made us all fall in love with the idea of road trips in the first place.

Khwabon Ke Parindey, Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara

Farhan Akhtar has given us some serious wanderlust goals, be it with his directorial debut Dil Chahta Hai or by starring in the epic road trip film, Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara. While the movie has a lot fun songs, my favourite is the slow, melodious Khawbon Ke Parindey

Suniyo Re, Saathiya

Songs from the film Saathiya continue to rule the hearts, unlike the film’s hero Vivek Oberoi. Suniyo Re with its easy-to-hum, upbeat vibe, is fun to listen to even today.

Naadan Parindey, Rockstar

Again Rockstar was a music lovers’ delight. Back when the movie was released, I had almost all songs from the film in my playlist. Six year on, I still can’t get enough of Naadan Parindey.

Iktara, Wake Up Sid

A memorable song from a film that made but a fleeting impression on the audiences, Iktara is just apt when you need to stir in some melody into the mood.

Main Zindagi Ka Saath, Hum Dono

Yeah, I’m a big old school romantic and this is my all-time favourite number. Love listening to it particularly when I’m driving with my childhood friends with whom I discovered this song.

Ilahi, Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani

You need something bright and vibrant to break free from the pensiveness of Main Zindagi Ka Saath, and Ilahi with its peppy beats and fun lyrics makes an apt choice.

Yuhi Chala Chal, Swades

Just because you are on the road.

Yuhi Kat Jayega Safar, Hum Hain Rahi Pyar Ke

Even the most amaze road trips have their dull moments. Here is a song to remind you that this too shall pass.

Chhodd Aaye Hum, Maachis

I can’t really decide between this, Chappa-Chappa, and Pani-Pani Re. You know what, add them all. They are beautiful songs.

Tanha Dil, Shaan

All we 80s kids have spent many a teenage days humming this hit song by Shaan. Relive the good old times with a trip down memory lane.

O Sanam, Lucky Ali

How can we forget this classic beauty by Lucky Ali and classics never go out style.

Hawayein, Jan Harry Met Sejal

This movie gets a lot of things wrong but music is definitely not one of its weak points. An absolute delight when you are zipping through deserted highways.

Breakup Song, Ae Dil Hai Mushkil

Because quirky is enjoyed best in the company of friends, and I haven’t come across a song that is as quirky in a fun way as the Breakup Song.

Malhari, Bajirao Mastani

For times you need to infuse some energy in your friends and shake those sleepy heads out of their slumber. Malhari is an intense treat that never fails to do the trick.


A journalist by profession, a freelance writer by choice. When not writing, she likes to spend her time in company of books and food or hitting the road to explore new places, besides juggling roles as an army wife and mommy.

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