If you are a trucker, a few things are a given:
You know the best joints for a good meal
You are well acquainted with talk radio
You are always up to listen to a good trucker song
We know life on the road can be monotonous and difficult, so it helps to have some catchy tunes to help keep you focused and pass the time. So at Fleet Oil & Truck Supply, we thought we might remind you of some of the classics. Here is a link to YouTube so you can hear these songs for yourself. Stay tuned at the bottom of the blog for a link to many others, if your favorite didn’t make this list! Just don’t play air guitar or drums while driving!
On the Road Again (Willie Nelson) It won a Grammy for Best Country Song. Willie Nelson wrote his first song when he was only seven years old.
Ramblin’ Man, (The Allman Brothers Band) Sing it! “Lord, I was born a ramblin’ man…” Song was inspired by a 1951 country song by Hank Williams
Highway Star, (Deep Purple) Considered one of the best driving songs. The band’s original singer, Rod Evans, has not been spotted in public in more than 30 years.
Running on Empty (Jackson Browne) Brown wrote the song when he was driving to the recording studio every day because he was always running out of gas.
Ventura Highway, (America) Great song: the 3 members of the band met an an Air Force base in London where based.
Take it to the Limit (Eagles) Band member Randy Meisner started writing the song, but wouldn’t finish it, so Don Henley and Glenn Frey completed it.
Going to California (Led Zeppelin) The song was about California earthquakes and written by Robert Plant.
Graceland (Paul Simon) “I’m going to Graceland, Graceland, Memphis Tennessee” are part of the catch lyrics Simon wrote after a trip to Elvis’ homestead. The song won a Grammy for Record of the Year in 1988.
Take the Long Way Home (Supertramp) Supertramp was originally called Daddy. The song is about finding your home anywhere.
Black Betty (Ram Jam) The song has its roots from an African-American work song from 1939.
Me and Bobby McGee (Janis Joplin) The song was written by Kris Kristofferson. Joplin passed away shortly after she recorded the song.
Long Train Runnin’ (The Doobie Brothers) Fantastic song. It was on an album that reached No. 8 on Billboard’s Hot 100.
Truckin’ (Grateful Dead) From the album American Beauty about a hotel room drug raid in New Orleans
Take Me Home, Country Roads (John Denver) It was John Denver’s iconic song, but the writers wanted Johnny Cash to record it.
Born to Run (Bruce Springsteen) Number 21 on the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. Enough said.
I’m on Fire (Bruce Springsteen) Back with The Boss for this one. He used a synthesizer for a new sound.
Folsom Prison Blues (Johnny Cash) His live version, recorded at Folsom State Prison in 1968 topped the country music charts.
Reelin’ in the Years (Steely Dan) One of Steely Dan’s most popular songs, and one of their least favorite to play.
Come and Get Your Love (Redbone) Reached No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 and spent 18 weeks on the Top 40 in 1974.
Running Down a Dream (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers) It was the official theme song of the NBA Finals in 2006 and 2008.
For some other ideas, check out this website from Today’s Trucking, for a YouTube playlist of some great trucking songs. Enjoy! At Fleet Oil & Truck Supply, we want to keep you rolling down the highway, so contact us and let us know how we can assist you!