Music for the Road
“Goin' places that I've never been. Seein' things that I may never see again. And I can't wait to get on the road again”, is a lyric from the Willie Nelson classic, ‘On the Road Again’. Music is an essential part of the trucking experience. From getting you in the right mindset during hauls or just staying plain entertained during those longer routes, music is every driver’s best friend on the road. More so, the trucking industry has played a huge part in influencing and inspiring some of America’s music legends. Join us as we look back and list some of the most iconic tunes about life on the road!
1. First up we have the original trucking song, ‘Truck Driving Man’ by Terry Fell (1954), from the record Truck Driving Man, written by Terry Fell.
2. Next we have the iconic, ‘Six Days on the Road’ by Dave Dudley (1963), from the album Songs About the Working Man, written by Earl Green and Peanutt Montgomery.
Check out a live performance of the song below!
3. A trucking classic, ‘Roll, Truck, Roll’ by Red Simpson (1966) from the album Roll Truck Roll, written by Tommy Collins.
4. Here’s the hit, ‘Truckin’ by the Grateful Dead (1970), from the album American Beauty, written by Robert Hunter, Jerry Garcia, Bob Weir, and Phil Lesh.
5. From one of the outlaw kings himself, here’s ‘All I Do is Drive’ by Johnny Cash (1974) from the album Ragged Old Flag, written by Johnny Cash.
6. ‘Convoy’ by C.W. McCall (1975) from the album Black Bear Road, written by C.W. McCall and Chip Davis.
7. Of course, we have to include Smokey’s favorite ‘East Bound and Down’ by Jerry Reed (1976) from the album Smokey And The Bandit: Music from the Motion Picture, written by Jerry Reed and Dick Feller.
Check out Reed playing this iconic song below!
8. ‘Driving My Life Away’ by Eddie Rabbitt (1980), from the album Horizon, written by Eddie Rabbitt, David Malloy, and Even Stevens
9. ‘Eighteen Wheels and a Dozen Roses’ by Kathy Mattea (1988), from the album Untasted Honey, written by Paul Nelson and Gene Nelson
10. Another classic, ‘Truck Driver’s Blues’ by Merle Haggard (1996), from the album 1996, written by Merle Haggard
Here are a couple bonus modern tracks that are sure to become instant classics:
-‘Highway Angel’ by Lindsay Lawler (2011) from the album The Long Haul, written by Lindsay Lawler
Fun Fact: Lawler wrote this tune for the trucking non-profit organization, “Highway Angel”
-‘Brothers of the Highway’ by Tony Justice feat. Aaron Tippin (2016), from the album Brothers of the Highway, written by Doug Johnson, Nicole Witt and Kim Williams
Did you know? Rolling footage for the official music video comes from Big Rig Videos’ Chris Fiffie
What are some of your favorite trucking songs or tunes about life on the road? Add them in the comments below and share which ones accompany you on the highway. If you want the audio of these tracks, visit our Spotify playlist to hear these on the go or check out our YouTube playlist including the videos above. Also to learn more fun facts about these tracks, check out our infographic right below! We hope you enjoyed our list!