Road Trip Songs: The perfect playlist for your drive to Ruidoso.

We’ve rounded up some of our favorite tunes, and yours, to play during your Ruidoso road trip.


The drive to Ruidoso, with its epic New Mexico landscapes, big sky, and miles of empty roads is a favorite vacation road trip. To keep you singing and shouting along the way, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite tunes, including visitor-sourced recommendations.

Click here to listen to the complete Spotify playlist for your drive to Ruidoso. Or, discover a few new favorites below.

“Shotgun,” by George Ezra

It’s easy to get caught up in the catchy beat of this charming song about riding shotgun on holidays which “take you away to wherever you want to go to.” Listen>>

“Say My Name (feat. Zyra)” by Odesza

A great feel-good song to keep on constant repeat. Listen>>

“Bennie and the Jets,” by Elton John

What’s a road trip without the magical groove of Elton John, especially this iconic song which transcends genres and generations. Listen>>

“What’s Up,” by 4 Non Blondes

Given the political insanity of recent times, there’s something oddly soothing about roaring out “hey, hey, what's going on?,” along with this timeless hit by singer-songwriter, Linda Perry. Listen>>

“Viva La Vida,” by Coldplay

Viva La Coldplay! The band’s best selling song, Viva La Vida, is perfect for recharging your spirit with its soaring soulful sound and uplifting message about holding on against the odds. Listen>>

“Cruise,” by Florida Georgia Line

Upbeat and fun, this country hit is perfect for singing along and cruisin’ with the windows down. Listen>>

“Don’t Stop Me Now,” by Queen [Bohemian Rhapsody, The Original Soundtrack]

Riding fresh off the success the Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody which reintroduced the world to the band’s musical genius, this soundtrack recording features newly recorded guitar parts from Brian May. A new twist on a classic feel-good song. Listen>>

“Wide Open Spaces,” by Dixie Chicks

This classic from the Dallas trio makes you want to hit the road, open the sunroof, and belt out the lyrics at the top of your lungs as you roll out beneath a big New Mexico sky. Listen>>

“You Can’t Always Get What You Want,” by The Rolling Stones

Somehow this timeless song never fails to resonate no matter what your age or how many times you’ve already heard it. One of those songs to boost any road trip.

Fuel your good mood on the way to Ruidoso with the complete Ruidoso Road Trip playlist on Spotify.