76 Songs You Need to Add to Your Las Vegas Playlist

Music has always been a matter of Energy to me, a question of Fuel. Sentimental people call it Inspiration, but what they really mean is Fuel. I have always needed Fuel. I am a serious consumer. On some nights I still believe that a car with the gas needle on empty can run about fifty more miles if you have the right music very loud.
— Hunter S Thompson

As the desert fell away behind us and our hire car drove toward the emerging lights of Vegas beneath a setting sun, Guns ‘n’ Roses’ Paradise City began to blast from our car stereo and now when I hear that song I can think of nothing else.  Isn’t it funny how the music you listen to at key moments in your life become entrenched in your subconscious, bringing you crashing back to that moment again the second you hear it again?  It becomes part of the soundtrack of your life.  To that end, curating the playlist for an epic Las Vegas road trip is something to be taken somewhat seriously and perhaps not one of those things to be settled upon as an afterthought.  

I will leave packing for a trip to the last minute, and procrastinate for days about publishing a blog post: but I will spend hours collating the perfect playlist to soundtrack a road trip or a social gathering.  To me, its contribution to the experience is too key to be left out.  But what to add?  It depends on your taste: for a road trip, I like a true “mix” – from Elvis and Sinatra to soft 70s rock to 00s dance, and borrowing from a range of soundtracks from Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas to The Hangover.  With 79 tracks across a mix of tastes to choose from, there’s bound to be enough meat in this list to round out your own epic Vegas road trip soundtrack.

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  1. Here I Go Again – Whitesnake

  2. Life is a Highway – Rascal Flatts

  3. Against The Wind – Bob Seger

  4. Waking Up in Vegas – Katy Perry

  5. Magic Moments – Perry Como

  6. Radar Love – Golden Earring

  7. Peace Train – Cat Stevens

  8. Enter Sandman – Metallica

  9. Joker and the Thief – Wolfmother

  10. Hit the Road Jack – Ray Charles

  11. Jack & Diane – John Mellencamp

  12. Come Together – The Beatles

  13. Stuck in the Middle With You – Steelers Wheel

  14. It Keeps You Runnin’ – The Doobie Brothers

  15. Surrender – Cheap Trick

  16. Somebody to Love – Jefferson Airplane

  17. The Joker – Steve Miller Band

  18. Exes and Ohs – Elle King

  19. Break On Through (To The Other Side) – The Doors

  20. Bat Out of Hell – Meatloaf

  21. I Gotta Feeling – Black Eyed Peas

  22. Spirit In the Sky – Norman Greenbaum

  23. Little Green Bag – George Baker Band

  24. Don’t You Forget About Me – Simple Minds

  25. Nothin’ But a Good Time – Poison

  26. Get Together – The Youngbloods

  27. Go Your Own Way – Fleetwood Mac

  28. All Along the Watchtower – Jimi Hendrix

  29. Rock N Roll All Nite – KISS

  30. Ace of Spades – Motorhead

  31. Tiny Dancer – Elton John

  32. All I Wanna Do – Sheryl Crow

  33. La Grange – ZZ Top

  34. Take It Easy – The Eagles

  35. Headlights – Robin Schulz

  36. Mrs Robinson – Simon & Garfunkel

  37. Summer of 69 – Bryan Adams

  38. Pour Some Sugar On Me – Def Leppard

  39. Wanted Dead or Alive – Bon Jovi

  40. Nights in White Satin – The Moody Blues

  41. Turn The Page – Metallica

  42. Hey Jude – The Beatles

  43. My Way – Frank Sinatra

  44. Sharp Dressed Man – ZZ Top

  45. Misirlou – Dick Dale

  46. Joy to the World – Three Dog Night

  47. No One Like You – Scorpions

  48. Kick – INXS

  49. Mr Blue Sky – Electric Light Orchestra

  50. God Gave Rock N Roll To You – KISS

  51. Live Your Life – Rihanna

  52. Magic Carpet Ride – Steppenwolf

  53. We Built This City – Starship

  54. Bad Moon Rising – Creedence Clearwater Revival

  55. Wild Ones – Flo Rida

  56. Sympathy for the Devil – Rolling Stones

  57. Fly Me to the Moon – Frank Sinatra (note: this was recorded at The Sands, Las Vegas)

  58. A Horse With No Name – America

  59. Don’t Stop Believing – Journey

  60. A Little Party Never Killed Nobody – Fergie

  61. Tusk – Fleetwood Mac

  62. In The Air Tonight – Phil Collins

  63. Sister Christian – Night Ranger

  64. All My Friends – Snakehips

  65. Born to Be Wild – Steppenwolf

  66. Luck Be A Lady – Frank Sinatra

  67. Wild Thing - The Troggs

  68. A Little Less Conversation – Elvis Presley

  69. Fortunate Son – Creedence Clearwater Revival

  70. Living on the Edge – Aerosmith

  71. November Rain – Guns N Roses

  72. Right Round – Flo Rida

  73. White Rabbit – Jefferson Airplane

  74. Viva Las Vegas – Elvis Presley

  75. This Town – Frank Sinatra

  76. Paradise City – Guns N Roses

I couldn’t think of a better fitting song than Paradise City to be pounding through our speakers as The Luxor and Excalibur rose into our view from the desert like a great and spectacular mirage.  A place that is often dubbed ‘Disneyland for adults’, Vegas is a surreal experience that is somewhat of a legendary myth even after you’ve experienced it for yourself: and the road trip in the lead up to it is well deserving of a soundtrack to match.