Next to sumptuous feasts and colourful baju Raya, a stellar soundtrack is mandatory to this season of festivities. A solid Spotify playlist can effectively liven up long drives home, and get everyone swaying as they count down the minutes to their next destination. Whether it’s Raya classics (Sudirman’s Balik Kampung, Anuar Zain’s Suasana Di Hari Raya, or P. Ramlee’s Suara Takbir) you know by heart or modern karaoke-worthy tracks, here’s an extensive playlist of upbeat songs contributed by 9 personalities that will keep everyone entertained on the annual road trip home.

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Affendy Ali

“These are my go-to balik kampung songs to up the Raya vibe. These and more can be heard on Spotify under a playlist called #riuhrayavibes. Generic as some may be, they give that nice warm feeling of family, togetherness and personally, the reminiscence of childhood Raya memories with my late grandfather.”

  • Balik Kampung - Sudirman
  • Selamat Hari Raya - Saloma
  • Raya Oh Yeah - Yuna
  • Hari Raya ini Dalam Sejarah - MonoloQue
  • Seloka Hari Raya - Uji Rashid & Hail Amir
  • Suasana Di Hari Raya - Anuar Zain & Ellina
  • Selamat Hari Raya - Fazidah Joned
  • Aidilfitri - Sanisah Huri
  • Suara Takbir - P. Ramlee
  • Selamat Berhari Raya - Rahimah Rahim
  • Pulang Di Hari Raya - Noorkumalasari
  • Indahnya Beraya Di Desa - Azlina Aziz
  • Selamat Hari Raya - Ahmad Jais
  • Suasana Hari Raya - Sharifah Aini
  • Joget Aidilfitri - Ning Baizura
  • Selamat Hari Raya - Elizebeth Tan
  • Anugerah Syawal – Bunkface

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Ferhat Nazri-Aziz

“I don’t have a kampung but growing up we used to play these songs when we celebrated Raya at my grandparents' place in Section 16, Petaling Jaya. The night before Raya we would have these songs on repeat whilst preparing the table, hanging Raya cards around the pool, and playing bunga api. Morning of Raya, we will usually receive a lot of children from the orphanages nearby and we’d play bunga api with them too with these songs in the background. My favourite is 'Suara Takbir'. I’d play it after morning prayers as we wait for our guests to arrive. It’s melancholic but beautiful at the same time.”

  • Suara Takbir – P. Ramlee
  • Dendang Perantau – P. Ramlee
  • Selamat Hari Raya – Sharifah Aini
  • Suasana Hari Raya – Anuar Zain and Ellina
  • Pulanglah – Aisyah

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Che Puan Sarimah Ibrahim

According to the Instagram star: "Not all are Hari Raya songs but great for listening on long drives and getting into the mood!”

  • Suasana Di Hari Raya – Anuar Zain
  • Home – Daughtry
  • Balik Kampung – Sudirman
  • Bittersweet Symphony – The Verve
  • Suasana Hari Raya – Sharifah Aini

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Arif Zikri Azizi

“I’ve got to keep both Zaida and Adam entertained, so that requires some filtering of what I’d love to listen to. I created a Spotify playlist, with dedications to Zaida -- John Legend's 'You And I' (our wedding song) and for Adam -- Louis Armstrong's 'What A Wonderful World', to let him know there’s a lot out there to discover. Here's a preview of it.” 

  • Everlong – Foo Fighters
  • Geteran Jiwa – P. Ramlee
  • Antara Anyir dan Jakarta – Sheila Majid
  • Hljómalind –  Sigur Rós
  • Float On – Modest Mouse
  • Africa – Weezer
  • Hijau – Zainal Abidin

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Iqbal Ameer

"Raya for me has always been about spending time with my family and loved ones, and listening to all the songs in this playlist gets me excited for this year’s celebration; the food and the new memories to come. I’ve included a list of my favourite old school jams that can never go wrong, tracks by local artists, and a few upbeat songs by artists that could possibly join our IT’S THE SHIP sailing this year! Hope you enjoy this playlist as much as I do! Selamat Hari Raya!"

  • Suara Takbir – Dato DJ Dave
  • Raya Oh Yeah – Yuna 
  • Jom Raya – V.E. 
  • Bunga – Altimet 
  • Balik Kampung – Sudirman
  • Kekanda Adinda – Monoloque
  • Tunggu Sekejap – Hujan
  • Senandung Hari Raya Untukmu – Dayangku Intan
  • Terang Bintang, Tenang Bulan – Shuuna
  • Satu Hari Di Hari – Raya M. Nasir
  • Gemalai – Ramayan
  • Rindu – Kyoto Protocol 
  • Jangan Tinggal Daku – Seven Collar T-Shirt
  • Bintang Biru, Kristal Salju – Pitahati
  • Great Spirit – Vini Vici
  • Sunburn– DROELOE 

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Marisa Soraya

“A little list below for my ultimate go-to roadtrip (carpool karaoke session) songs.”

  •  Hey Ya – Outkast
  • Finesse – Bruno Mars ft. Cardi B
  • OTW – Khalid ft. 6lack and Ty Dolla Sign
  • My Boo – Alicia Keys ft. Usher
  • Ain't No Mountain High Enough – The Supremes
  • Bohemian Rhapsody – Queen

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Datin Alissa Fitri

“Sheila Majid’s 'Hari Mulia' on Raya morning, and Sudirman’s 'Balik Kampung' in the car with the fam bam!”

See also: What Is Your Fondest Raya Memory?

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Hiko Momoji

“I’m trying to fit into Malaysian-appropriate songs for the theme, so I’d say 'Gone' and 'Beautiful' by Bazzi. You could check out my track 'Never Be The Same' with Ricky Anthony, too.”

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Puan Sri Tiara Jacquelina

"This Raya, I'll be driving up and down the Karak Highway every day as we'll be celebrating Raya with our guests staying at Tiarasa Escapes, our new glamping resort.

My carpool playlist will be a mix of the OlaBola Musical soundtrack as well as a few Raya classics like 'Suatu Hari Di Hari Raya' by M. Nasir, 'Selamat Hari Raya' by Saloma and 'Balik Kampung' by Sudirman, for atmosphere!"


Tune in to the festive Spotify playlist below, curated by our 9 music-loving friends: