Who goes on a trip without a proper soundtrack? Whether you travel by road, air or sea, you need a playlist to get you where you’re going, and it turns out that electronic dance musicians love to create soundscapes for adventurous souls. From atmospheric and ethereal to energetic and bass-ridden, these dance music songs are both your guiding light and your worldly companion.
Even if the trip is only in your mind, this list of songs about travel has something for you.
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San Holo – “trip”
First of all, any song that opens with a cool recorded intro like this is a winner in our book. San Holo really knows how to create a mood, and “trip” sounds kind of like he’s creating a whole universe. The synthetic bleeps and bloops rain down in vibrant glitches. It’s a textural landscape forever unfolding between your ears, and it’s the perfect song with which to kick off our travel playlist.
Skrillex – “With You, Friends (Long Drive)”
From 2010’s breakout Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites EP, this melodic song about travel showcases a softer side of Skrillex, a man we all know to be diverse in 2018, but who was best known for bass-fueled insanity eight years ago. Listen for his beautiful singing voice in the glitchy melody. Put this one on when you’re feeling sentimental for your best buds.
Swedish House Mafia – “Miami 2 Ibiza” Feat. Tinnie Tempah
Turn on the bright lights and get ready to put your hands up. Nobody does big-room festival dance songs as well as Swedish House Mafia, and no two cities encapsulate the glamour and energy of that movement as Miami and Ibiza. Put this song on when you want to travel to the party from anywhere in the world.
The Klaxons – “Isle of Her”
Row, there’s only seven more miles to go. Whenever you’re in need of a little motivation at the gym or on a long journey, put this mid-aught electro-era jam on and feel yourself finding the strength to hold on in those final moments. The Klaxons‘ are a killer electro band, too. Definitely explore the album Myths of the Near Future in full if you never have.
Maya Jane Coles – “Take Flight”
This song about travel is no ordinary 747. It’s space-age bleeps and bloops bring you to interstellar heights previously unexperienced by human kind. It’s deep and atmospheric, the kind of magical meandering only Maya Jane Coles can offer. It’s easy to get lost in her ghostly vocals. This is the kind of sound you’ll want to curl up in and stay cozy with all night.
Petit Biscuit – “On The Road”
Keeping in the interstellar vibe, Petit Biscuit draws us “On The Road” with alluring atmosphere and inspires us to march ever onward with a sweetly-thumping beat. This song will keep your spirits high and your mood at an even keel, no matter what surprises lay on the horizon. It’s also one of the songs from his debut LP Presence that features his own French-accented singing.
Krewella – “Marching On”
Speaking of “Marching On,” this inspiring anthem from Krewella‘s 2016 EP Ammunition is the melodic pick-me-up you need to get you to the finish line. The Yousaf sisters deliver one of their most beautiful performances as they sing about smashing fear in the face. The travel here is perhaps metaphorical, but it also helps to hear them cry “left, right, left” if you’re making serious moves.
GRiZ – “Dtw to Dia (The Travels of Mr. B)”
“DTW to DIA” is airport code for Detroit to Denver, and that is one helluva funky flight path. Detroit is the home of Motown soul, and Denver is the epicenter of Colorado’s genre-blending, electronic-meets-organic musical vibe. GRiZ‘s song marries the spirit of both in one deliciously danceable groove. Just try not to jump up and jive to this.
Maceo Plex – “Kepler’s Journey”
Care for some IDM on your journey? Maceo Plex is a bold deep house and techno producer, but this tune from 2017’s experimental concept LP Solar dives deep into the outer-reaches of sound and space. The track is named after German mathematician, astronomer and astrologer Johannes Kepler best known for his laws of planetary motion. See if this tune doesn’t take you places.
Gryffin – “Heading Home” feat. Josef Salvat
Every good trip inevitably comes to an end, but that can sometimes be the best part of the journey. After all, is there any better feeling than crashing on your own bed after a long journey, your head swimming with memories of the adventure you just shared alongside friends old and new? Gryffin and his buddy Josef Salvat perfectly capture that feeling in this final song about travel on our list. We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did.