37 Hiking Songs To Get Your Groove On To When You Hit The Trail

woman hiking with headphones on listening to music

Enjoying the serene sounds of nature is an auditory delight in itself.

But sometimes you want to pair the breathtaking visual stimulation with the sound of your favorite tunes. In these situations, you need a good pair of headphones and a killer hiking playlist full of all your favorite music, ready to go.

I’ve put together a list of some of my favorite hiking songs that I love listening to while I’m out on the trail. They’re divided up into genres. We’ve got pop, funk, soul, rock, country, trip hop, techno, trance, and even a few children’s songs at the end.

So, without further ado – let’s dive straight in!

Pop Hits To Get You Moving

Nothing gets your body moving like good music. And if you want to keep things upbeat, you don’t have to look much further than good ol’ pop music.

George Michael – Freedom! ‘90

Lenny Kravitz – Fly Away

All Saints – Pure Shoes

Janelle Monáe – Make Me Feel

Crystal Waters – 100% Pure Love

Funk & Soul Tracks For The Trail

But maybe you’d rather listen to some jazzy funk beats and smooth soul tunes. I know I could listen to this sound day and night, wherever I am. And out in nature is no different. A pretty big part of my playlist is usually made up of tunes like these ones.

Sly & The Family Stone – If You Want Me To Stay

Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell – Ain’t No Mountain High Enough

Roy Ayers – Everybody Loves The Sunshine

Stevie Wonder – Master Blaster (Jammin’)

Marvin Gaye – Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)

The Best Rock Anthems For Hiking

No playlist would be complete without a solid supply of tunes to rock out to. These are some of my all time favorite rock songs to listen to out on the trail.

Lou Reed – Walk On The Wild Side

The Rolling Stones – Wild Horses

Jimi Hendrix – Little Wing

Depeche Mode – World In My Eyes

Primal Scream – Higher Than The Sun

Take Me Home, Country Roads

You may or may not enjoy listening to country music in your everyday life. But it just hits differently when you’re out in the country.

That’s why I always make sure I’ve got a couple of great country classics like these on my hiking playlist whenever I hit the trail.

John Denver – Take Me Home, Country Roads

Wanda Jackson – Funnel Of Love

The Soggy Bottom Boys – I Am A Man Of Constant Sorrow

Johnny Cash – I Walk The Line

Kenny Rogers & The First Edition – Just Dropped In

Trip Hop Rhythms To Chill To

If downtempo beats are more your thing, you’re going to want to stock your playlist up with lots of trip hop. I’d seriously recommend downloading several albums from each of the artists below, but here are just a few great songs to begin with.

Massive Attack – Be Thankful For What You’ve Got

DJ Shadow – Midnight In A Perfect World

DJ Krush – Paradise Bird Theory

Tricky – Your Name

Air – All I Need

Techno Beats To Keep Your Pace Up

If you want to pick up the pace and kick your energy levels up, listening to techno is the perfect way to do it. Here are a few great tracks to lift you up and keep you going forward.

Loco Dice – Seeing Through Shadows

Claro Intelecto – Peace Of Mind (Electrosoul)

E.R.P. – Snowday

Jeff Mills – The Bells

LDS – Punk Coding [MONNOM023]

Trance Tracks For Hiking Deep In The Forest

If those techno beats weren’t fast enough for you, a little bit of trance could be just what you need. When you venture deep into the woods, these sounds can turn your surroundings into a magic forest and take your adventure to the next level. 

Sensient – Galaxians (Boris Violin Edit)

Vertical – Paperwork (Oxyflux Remix)

Axial Tilt – Deep Structure

Endeavour & Nukleall (Formantz) – Bomb Voyage

Family Hiking Songs For The Kids

If you’re hiking with the whole family – including the little ones – you’ll need some kid friendly hiking tunes to sing along to on the way.

Here are a few that my niece and nephews really enjoy when we go on our family hikes.

We’re Going On A Bear Hunt

The Ants Go Marching

Five Little Ducks

Wrapping It Up

There’s music on this list to suit a wide range of tastes. But at the end of the day, it’s up to you to make your own hiking playlist with all of your favorite music in one place.

Hopefully this article was able to inspire you and get you in the groove. Now, it’s time to start gathering all of your favorite hiking songs and building that playlist.

For more inspiration, check out this article I wrote with all my favorite hiking quotes.