Moving Playlist: The Best Songs to Listen to on a Cross-Country Move

If you are packing up the car or SUV to the gills and heading across the country to your new life there is one thing that's certain. You're going to need some tunes. With the vast array of music that is out there, you can always make a playlist that suits any situation perfectly. In this case you want music that fits the feel of your move. Are you excited? Regretful? Sentimental? All of these things may be factors to consider when making that playlist.

Moving Playlist


When You're Really Ready to Go

Face it, there are some places that you're especially ready to leave. Sometimes you had a bad experience, and sometimes you're just plain restless. Here's some songs with just a touch of angst that can charge up your playlist.

Hit the Road, Jack - Ray Charles

While this song may be good for kicking someone out - its just as good for moving on from a place you really want to put behind you. "Dontcha come back no more," Thankful, you don't have to.

Life is a Highway - Tom Cochrane or Rascal Flats

Which version of this song you choose all depends on whether you're "a little bit country" or "a little bit rock and roll" -- or include both if you want. There's something special about the place between one place and another. Take a little time to enjoy it.

Moving Out - Billy Joel

This song is about the scrimping and saving process in order to move up to something better -- or just more independent. It will remind you that your move is something you've earned.

Me and Julio Down By the Schoolyard - Paul Simon

No matter what your life was like at the old place, it's important to pack up some good memories from the old neighborhood. The song states, "I'm on my way, I don't know where I'm going," which is both exciting and a bit frightening -- just like moving.

Go Your Own Way - Fleetwood Mac

Technically, this is a breakup song, but it works for moving too, especially when that move comes with breaking some emotional ties. Moving is almost always a bit of a bittersweet experience.

The Apartment Song - Tom Petty

Have you ever lived in a good old fashioned dirt cheap apartment? If it's the first place of your own it may have seemed like Shangra La at the time, but a year or two later you get annoyed every time you turn the corner. This song will remind you that you are moving in the right direction.

We Gotta Get Out of This Place - The Animals

This song really says it's time to go. Sing along at the top of your lungs and remind yourself you really DID get out, and the next place is going to be so much better.

When You're Sad to Go

Sometimes, home really is where is the heart is, but you have to move on anyway. Here are some songs that let you get a little sentimental about your old life, while still realizing that you have the power to make your new place your home.

Goodbye Yellow Brick Road - Elton John

While this song is about breaking free, the realization doesn't come easy. The lyrics say, "I've finally decided my future lies beyond the yellow brick road." When you're trading in something pretty good hoping for something better, this will remind you you're doing the right thing.

Every Day is a Winding Road - Sheryl Crow

Change is part of life, and so is moving. You never know what might be coming up next, but it's always a good idea to stay prepared and ready for anything.

Better Be Home Soon - Crowded House

Getting a new place means making a new home, but the transition can take time. Don't worry you'll get there. In the meantime this song will remind you that someone knows how you feel.

Our House - Crosby, Stills, & Nash

Home is not about the structure you live in, but the people you live with and bring into your life. Whether you've got "two cats in the yard" or not this song reminds you to cherish your family and the new chapter your move will bring.

Homeward Bound - Simon and Garfunkel

Ultimately, making a move is about finding your home -- wherever that might be. When you first head out on the road to the new place it might not feel like you're going home yet. It's okay to let yourself morn the old a little bit. You'll make the new place home soon enough.