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Ultimate Summer Road Trip Playlists

There’s no better place for the soundtrack of summer than on a road trip. Here are four playlists for U.S. trips.

If there’s a season with a soundtrack, it’s summer. And there’s no better place for the soundtrack of summer than on a road trip. Moon Guides clearly understands this, because it has come out with four road trip playlists you can stream from its website. You can also go to its Spotify channel to find extended playlists for each. Because road trips are long, and music is essential.

The eclectic playlists have a little something for everyone, which we really like. Chuck Berry shares playlist space with Jonathan Richman on the Road Trip USA playlist; and Nirvana, Sleater-Kinny, and Death Cab for Cutie represent on the Northwest Road Trip mix. Three of the four playlists are place specific; rounding out the offerings is the recently released Pride Month Road Trip playlist, featuring Lady Gaga, Madonna, Tegan and Sarah, and more.

Whether you’re looking for a soundtrack for your summer road trip or want music to inspire your next destination, these playlists have you covered:

What are your favorite songs for summer road trips? Share them in the comments below.

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By Christine Sarkis

There's a 95 percent chance Senior Editor Christine Sarkis is thinking about travel right now. Follow her on Instagram @postcartography and Twitter @ChristineSarkis.

Christine Sarkis is an SATW-award-winning journalist and executive editor at SmarterTravel. Her stories have also appeared on USA Today, Conde Nast Traveler, Huffington Post, and Business Insider. Her advice has been featured in dozens of print and online publications including The New York Times, Conde Nast Traveler, and People magazine. She has also shared travel tips on television and radio shows including Good Morning America, Marketplace, and Here & Now. Her work has been published in the anthologies Spain from a Backpack and The Best Women's Travel Writing 2008. She is currently working on a travel memoir.

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