Best 33 Trucking Songs – Best Tunes For the Open Road

Best 33 Trucking Songs – Best Tunes For the Open Road

Have you ever wanted to hear a collection of trucker songs while traveling down the road? We certainly have, and now you can, too!

Truck driving is more than a profession; it's a way of life, ambition, and a way of existence. Truckers have developed their own dialectfilmshumor, and even music. When it comes to trucker songs, there are several things more enjoyable than driving down the highway while listening to your favorite tune.

Our top 33 trucker songs list is packed with tunes about being on the roads, music about big trucks, and classic hits that are must-haves to listen to.

1. Roll On by Alabama

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The song "Roll On (Eighteen Wheeler)" was written by Dave Loggins and recorded by Alabama, an American country music band. It was released as the first single and title track from the band's album Roll On in January 1984. 

2. Big Wheels in the Moonlight – Dan Seals

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Dan Seals, an American country music performer, co-wrote and recorded the song Big Wheels in the Moonlight. It was released as the second single from Seals' album Rage On in September 1988 and still remains on top of the most favorite trucker songs.

3. Truckin’ – 2013 Remaster – Grateful Dead

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The Grateful Dead's song "Truckin'" initially debuted on their 1970 album American Beauty. "Truckin'," written by Jerry Garcia, Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, and songwriter Robert Hunter, is a tribute to the Grateful Dead's classic rhythms and instrumentation.

4. East, Bound, and Down – Jerry Reed

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Jerry Reed and Dick Feller wrote the song East, Bound and Down, which Reed recorded for the film Smokey and the Bandit's soundtrack. The song includes Reed on lead vocals and Jordanaires vocalist Gordon Stoker on harmony vocals. It was released as a single by RCA Records in August 1977 and till date the favorite among the list of trucker songs.

5. I’ve Been Everywhere – Johnny Cash

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I've Been Everywhere was penned by Australian country singer Geoff Mack in 1959 and popularized by Lucky Starr and Hank Snow in 1962, is a song composed by Australian country singer Geoff Mack. The song's original lyrics included a list of Australian towns.

6Convoy by C.W. McCall

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Convoy is a 1975 novelty song sung by C. W. McCall (a character developed and played by Bill Fries and Chip Davis) that went to number one on both the country and mainstream charts in the United States.

7. Six Days on the Road - Sawyer Brown

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One of our favorite trucker songs of all times! Sawyer Brown's twelfth studio album, Six Days on the Road, is the title of the band's twelfth studio album. Curb Records released it in 1997 (see 1997 in country music).

8. Eighteen Wheels and a Dozen Roses by Kathy Mattea

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Eighteen Wheels and a Dozen Roses is a song written by Paul and Gene Nelson and sung by Kathy Mattea of the United States of America. It was released as the second single from her album Untasted Honey in March 1988.

9. Sweet Home Alabama – Lynyrd Skynyrd

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Sweet Home Alabama is a song by Lynyrd Skynyrd, a Southern rock band from the United States, that initially featured on their second album, Second Helping, in 1974. The song was written in response to Neil Young's 1970 album "Southern Man," which chastised the whole South for its horrific history of slavery and its consequences.

10. Come and Get Your Love, Redbone

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Redbone's song "Come and Get Your Love" is a rock tune and top 10 on the charts of trucker songs. This song was first published as a promo track under the name "Hail," and was then renamed and included on the album Wovoka (1973).

11. Sultans Of Swing – Dire Straits

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Sultans of Swing is a song written by Mark Knopfler, the leader of the British rock band Dire Straits. The song's demo was recorded in July 1977 at Pathway Studios in North London, and it immediately gained a following after being played on BBC Radio London. Mark Knopfler composed Sultans of Swing on an open-tuned National Steel guitar.

12. I’m a Ramblin’ Man – Waylon Jennings

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Ray Pennington wrote the song "I'm a Ramblin' Man." In 1967, he recorded the song for Capitol Records and it reached number 29 on the country music charts. Waylon Jennings, an American country music performer, later recorded it.

13. Roll on Big Mama – Joe Stampley

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Dan Darst wrote the song "Roll On Big Mama," which was recorded by Joe Stampley, an American country music musician. It was released as the first single from the album Joe Stampley in January 1975.

14. Life Is A Highway – Tom Cochrane

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Tom Cochrane's song "Life Is a Highway" is taken from his second studio album, Mad Mad World (1991). In late 1991, the song became a number one hit in Cochrane's native Canada.

15Take Me Home, Country Roads – Rerecorded – John Denver

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Take Me Home, Country Roads, popularly known as "Country Roads," is a song about West Virginia written by Bill Danoff, Taffy Nivert, and John Denver. On April 12, 1971, it was released as a single performed by Denver.

16. Danger Zone – From “Top Gun” Original Soundtrack – Kenny Loggins

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Danger Zone is a song written by Tom Whitlock and composed by Giorgio Moroder, which was recorded and published by American singer-songwriter Kenny Loggins in 1986.

17. Driving My Life Away - Eddie Rabbit

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Eddie Rabbitt, an American country music performer, co-wrote and recorded the song Drivin' My Life Away. It was released as the first single from the album Horizon in June 1980. Rabbitt, Even Stevens, and David Malloy wrote the song.

18I’m a Road Hammer - The Road Hammers

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The Road Hammers is the debut album of the Canadian country rock band The Road Hammers, led by singer Jason McCoy. The tracks "I'm a Road Hammer," "Eastbound and Down" (a rendition of a Jerry Reed song), "Nashville Bound," and "Girl on the Billboard" were released in 2005 on Open Road Recordings (a cover of the Del Reeves song).

19. Greatest Hits, Tom Petty, and The Heartbreaker

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Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' Greatest Hits was published in 1993 as a compilation album.

20. Thriller - Michael Jackson

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Michael Jackson's sixth studio album, Thriller, was published on November 30, 1982, by Epic Records. Quincy Jones was in charge of the production.

21. Start Me Up – Remastered – The Rolling Stones

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Start Me Up is a song by the Rolling Stones from their album Tattoo You, released in 1981. It debuted at number one on the Australian Kent Music Report when it was released as the album's lead single.

22. Folsom Prison Blues – Johnny Cash

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Folsom Prison Blues is a song written by Johnny Cash, an American singer-songwriter. It was written in 1953 and recorded for Johnny Cash's debut studio album Johnny Cash with His Hot and Blue Guitar in 1955.

23. Chattahoochee - Alan Jackson

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Alan Jackson of American country music co-wrote and recorded the song Chattahoochee. It was the third single from his album A Lot About Livin' (And a Little About Love) and was released in May 1993.

24. Wagon Wheel – Old Crow Medicine Show

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Bob Dylan and Ketch Secor of Old Crow Medicine Show collaborated on the song Wagon Wheel. In 1973, Dylan recorded the chorus. The song has been covered multiple times, with versions by Nathan Carter in 2012 and Darius Rucker in 2013 reaching the top of the charts.

25. Long Cool Woman (In a Black Dress) – The Hollies

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Allan Clarke, Roger Cook, and Roger Greenaway wrote the song Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress, which was performed by the British rock band The Hollies.

26. Black Betty – Ram Jam

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Although the earliest recordings are not by Huddie Lead Belly Ledbetter, Black Betty (Roud 11668) is a 20th-century African-American work song generally ascribed to him as the creator.

27. Like A Wrecking Ball – Eric Church

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Eric Church of American country music co-wrote and recorded the song Like a Wrecking Ball. It was released as the fifth and final single from his 2014 album The Outsiders on March 9, 2015. This song was co-written by Church and Casey Beathard.

28. Livin’ On The Edge – Aerosmith

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Living on the Precipice "is a song by Aerosmith, an American hard rock band. Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, and Mark Hudson wrote the song. It was the first single from the band's commercially successful album Get a Grip, which was released in 1993.

29. We Rode In Trucks – Luke Bryan

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Luke Bryan of American country music co-wrote and recorded the song We Rode In Trucks. It was released as the second single from his debut album, I'll Stay Me, in October 2007.

30. Whole Lotta Love – 1990 Remaster – Led Zeppelin

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There's A Lot of Love is a song by Led Zeppelin, an English rock band. As with other Led Zeppelin tracks, it was released as a single in numerous countries in 1969.

31. Bad Moon Rising – Creedence Clearwater Revival

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Creedence Clearwater Revival performs the song Bad Moon Rising, which was penned by John Fogerty. It was the lead single from their album Green River, and it was released four months before the album on April 16, 1969.

32. Ramble On – 1990 Remaster – Led Zeppelin

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Ramble On is a song by Led Zeppelin from their album Led Zeppelin II, released in 1969. Jimmy Page and Robert Plant co-wrote the song, which was recorded in 1969.

33. Immigrant Song – Remaster – Led Zeppelin

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Immigrant Song is a song by Led Zeppelin, an English rock band. It has lyrical parallels to Norse mythology, with singer Robert Plant's wailing vocals describing war-making and Valhalla.

Tune into your favorite trucker songs

When you spend a lot of time on the roads as a truck driver, you have the chance to witness and enjoy the music you love listening to. Enjoy these trucker songs from the list while driving or spending time with your family. We hope you found this post on trucker songs useful and that you liked listening to the best trucker tunes. 

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Post created: July 12 ,2022

Post updated: January 30 ,2024