TOP 10 GUIDE: Joshua Tree Music Playlist: The Most Glorious Desert Road Trip Songs to Make Your Visit Complete

Top 10...more like top 116! Get ready for over 8 hours of Musical VIBES!

Joshua Tree is music and music is Joshua Tree.  We don’t even have to blink… John Lennon, Jim Morrison, Donovan, Gram Parsons, Iggy Pop, Queens of the Stone Age, The Foo Fighters, Rufus Du Sol, The Eagles, Miley Cyrus, Jay-Z, Beyonce, Ice Cube, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, Machine-gun Kelly… tell us to stop or it will never end.  Joshua Tree is a literal magnet for creative types… ESPECIALLY Musicians.  We are going to cut this short… get to the music.

QUICK TRIVIA:  How many songs mention the desert in the lyrics?  9,528 different songs use the word DESERT!

We squeezed that list down to 113 songs running for 8 hours and 21 minutes.  Plenty to get you here from Los Angeles, Phoenix, and Beyond… It is also just about enough to get you through all of our Real-Life Tours.  🙂    


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Like / Share / Comment… really we just want your feedback and let us know which songs we missed… which songs are a MUST when you visit Joshua Tree?  We would LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU!!!  Don’t forget to scroll down and see all of the music videos that have been shot here in Joshua Tree as well… Ask yourself, “Why are we NOT out there recreating these videos?”

Here is a quick list of the musicians and bands we included in our playlist (it’s not short):

  • The Doors
  • The Mamas & The Papas
  • America
  • U2
  • The Eagles
  • Gram Parsons
  • Donovan
  • Cream
  • The Allman Brothers
  • Creedence Clearwater Revival
  • The Rolling Stones
  • Van Morrison
  • Johnny Cash
  • Merle Haggard
  • The Flying Burrito Brothers
  • Pink Floyd
  • Steely Dan
  • Janis Joplin
  • Led Zeppelin 
  • Grateful Dead
  • David Bowie
  • Tom Petty
  • Joni Mitchell
  • Canned Heat
  • Willie Nelson
  • Lynyrd Skynyrd
  • Steve Miller Band
  • The Doobie Brothers
  • Little River Band
  • The Animals
  • James Taylor
  • Buffalo Springfield
  • ZZ Top
  • Lou Reed
  • Bob Dylan
  • Harry Chapin
  • John Denver
  • Jimi Hendrix
  • The Hollies
  • Eric Clapton
  • Roy Orbison
  • The Who
  • Santana
  • Christopher Cross
  • Dire Straits
  • Stevie Nicks
  • Foghat
  • Kansas 
  • Hall and Oates
  • Queens of the Stone Age
  • Blue Oyster Cult
  • Foo Fighters
  • Looking Glass
  • Jerry Reed
  • Nancy Sinatra
  • Ruthie Collins
  • Rufus Du Sol


Paul McCartney live at
Pappy & Harriet's


Where do we even begin.  As you can see in the video below, this is a Mecca for Musical Royalty…and even actual Royalty like Sir Paul McCartney.  And yes, that is Emma Stone.  The list of musicians that have graced this tiny little 300-person music hall is astounding.  It is so astounding that we can’t even  write up that list!  We couldn’t “not” share this direct connection to Joshua Tree with someone of this magnitude.  We made sure to make Pappy & Harriet’s Pioneertown Palace one of our stops on The Secret Tour XL!

Jim Morrison of the Doors
in Joshua Tree


The connection between Jim Morrison and Joshua Tree is undeniable.  This tribute video is wonderful…
We take you to the location where Jim filmed the gas station scene in the video.  The gas station no longer exists but we show you where he was on our VILLAGE WALKING TOUR.   

Rufus Du Sol
in Joshua Tree

This is absolutely beautiful on so many levels…

Passenger singing
"Runaway" in Joshua Tree

We are always in love with anything that uses Joshua Trees for Backdrops…

Rozzi singing "Joshua Tree"
in Joshua Tree

You titled your song “Joshua Tree” in Joshua Tree?  Count us in…

Ruthie Collins singing
"Joshua Tree" in Joshua Tree


HOLD THE PRESSES!  Ruthie Collins not only titled her song “Joshua Tree”, her video starts out with her pulling into the Joshua Tree Inn!  This is so beyond awesome we don’t even know exactly what to even say at this point.  Hello Gram Parsons in Room #8!  Huge Mega Shoutout to Ruthie Collins!!!  We cried with you.

The One and only Selena
in Joshua Tree

Selena singing “Amor Prohibido” in Joshua Tree…

That's a wrap...

Take a peek at our invitation video and join us for the most spectacular adventure in Joshua Tree…EVER!

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