You spend a lot of time on the road when working for a trucking company, and good music can definitely make the trip more enjoyable. Whether you’re driving from Philadelphia to Portland, or any route north, south, east or west, here are a few of our favorite trucking tunes to take along for the ride (in no particular order). Time flies when you’re having fun, so go ahead and sing along!
Me and Bobby McGee: This love letter to the open highway has been covered many times, but none quite like the late Janis Joplin. Me and Bobby McGee is a song about a free-spirited couple that hitches a ride from a truck driver across the American south. They sing to pass the time, and then part ways during the journey, with Joplin expressing her sadness with her soulful voice. Freedom’s just another word for nothin’ left to lose.
Convoy: No trucking tunes list would be complete without C.W. McCall’s Convoy. This fun little ditty made Rolling Stone magazine’s 100 Greatest Country Songs of All Time, and is filled with 1970s CB slang. “Pig Pen, this here’s the Rubber Duck, and I’m about to put the hammer down.”
Six Days on the Road: This rocking tune was made famous by Dave Dudley in 1963, and is considered a true celebration of the American truck driver. More than 30 years later, a cover by country music band Sawyer Brown took hit the Top 15 of the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart. Six days on the road and I’m gonna make it home tonight.
Truck Drivin Man: The rollicking blues harp in the beginning of Ricky Nelsons version of Truck Drivin Man will get your toes tapping. I said that old song sure does fit me, cause I’m a truck driving man.
Truckin: This Grateful Dead song from 1970 is a catchy shuffle with that quintessential, classic Dead sound. The songs lyrics are about the band’s experiences on the road and serve as a metaphor for getting through the constant changes in life. “What a long, strange trip it’s been.
Life is a Highway: This Tommy Cochrane song had a major comeback when it was covered by country band Rascal Flatts for the Pixar film Cars. KA-CHOW! Life is a highway. I want to ride it all night long.
I’ve Been Everywhere: That deep baritone voice of Johnny Cash could fill a whole album of tunes for the road, but I’ve Been Everywhere is the ultimate travel song. “Listen, I’ve traveled every road in this here land!
On The Road Again: This song was written in 1980 by the one and only Willie Nelson, and made famous by his unique vocals. You’ll find it on Rolling Stones list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time, and in 2011, “On The Road Again” was inducted to the Grammy Hall of Fame. And I can’t wait to get on the road again.
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