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50 Best Trucking Songs of All Time

 

(NOTE: We went ahead and put all 50 songs into a YouTube playlist. Press play and relax for the next two hours and 39 minutes. Or click on playlist in the upper-left hand corner of the video and scroll down the list for all our trucking favorites.)

OWEN SOUND, ONT — When Today’s Trucking Reader Dwayne Rae of Owen Sound, Ont., saw Today’s Trucking Editor Peter Carter’s list of his 10 favorite Truckin’ Songs, Rae responded with both barrels.

“Why stop at 10,” he asked, “when there are so many great trucking songs out there to choose from?”

In response, Editor Carter conceded. “Clearly, Rae’s on top of this game and his list includes some obvious choices that I overlooked completely. Especially Bud The Spud by Stompin’ Tom. How’d I miss that?”

“Rae is clearly more qualified than me to deal with this important matter,” Carter said. “He wins.”
 Below is the final result of Carter's and Rae's collaboration. (It's also the playlist for our fantastic two-hours-and-change YouTube compilation. Give it a listen.)

Do you have a favorite that you don’t see here? Do you think any of these shouldn’t be on the list? Let us know.

1. Six Days on the Road

2. Bud the Spud

3. Teddy Bear

4. Roll on 18 Wheeler

5. Convoy

6. I’ve Been Everywhere

7. 18 Wheels and a Dozen Roses

8. Girl on the Billboard

9. Eastbound and Down

10. Give me 40 Acres

11. Truckin’

12. Me and Bobby McGee

13. On the Road Again

14. Drivers’ Paradise

15. Truck Drivers Sweetheart

16. 40 Miles of Bad Road

17. Giddy Up Go

18. How Fast Them Trucks Can Go

19. The Bandit

20. Thank God for the Radio

21. Big Wheels in the Moonlight

22. Truck Driving Queen

23. I’m a Truck

24. Truck Got Stuck

25. Truck Driving Man

26. Roll Truck Roll

27. Teddy Bear’s Last Ride

28. Momma Knows the Highway

29. Long Long Texas Road

30. 500 Miles

31. Phantom 309

32. Truck Drivin’ Son of A Gun

33. Diesel on my Tail

34. Little Pink Mack

35. A Tombstone Every Mile

36. Looking at the World through a Windshield

37. Freightliner Fever

38. Endless Black Ribbon

39. Giddy Up and Go Answer

40. Truck Driver’s Prayer

41. Long Lonesome Road

42. I’m a Roadhammer

43. 18 Wheels

44. Keep On Truckin’

45. Happy Journey

46. Man Behind the Wheel

47. Truck Drivin’ Buddy

48. Truck driver’s blues

49. Cowboyboots

50. Rubber Duck

 
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Anonymous

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I can't argue with any one on this list and I could only wish it didn't stop at fifty. A few (well, three) others I'd like to nominate: "Where's That Truck?"; "Rolaids, Doan's Pills and Preparation H." and let's not forget: "C.B. Savage".

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The best one was not mentioned "Roll on Big Momma" By Joe Stamply. Nobody is leaving, dying or getting heart broke just a driver enjoying the truck and the job. What a concept .

Anonymous

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I can't argue with any one on this list and I could only wish it didn't stop at fifty. A few (well, three) others I'd like to nominate: "Where's That Truck?"; "Rolaids, Doan's Pills and Preparation H." and let's not forget: "C.B. Savage".

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A great list, but you forgot one. Merle Haggard's 'Movin' On', also known as 'Big Wheels Rolling'. But anyway, you got #1 right! Dave Dudley's recall of "little white pills" to "have-a-lotta' women" to ICC's weight and logbook checks, resonate with an 18 wheeler's thoughts much more than "a good hot cup of coffee, is waitin' up ahead". 'Six Days on the Road' trumps 'em all!

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The Rodeo Song

Anonymous

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Great list of songs but I only made it down to number 6. I have a question - why would a Canadian make a list of trucking songs and have Johnny Cash singing "I've Been Everywhere" when it was sung by Hank Snow - a Canadian?

Anonymous

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Love this compilation; and I've got a couple that I didn't see on your list. Jimmy Martin; Widowmaker and David Lynn Jones; Bonnie Jean(Peterbilt a truck for a man to drive. Just sayin'. Thanks good way to spend a rainy afternoon while doing housework.

moose

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I really like that old music like that in truckin for 43 years.

Anonymous

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also the little willies, diesel smoke dangerous curves.

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loved them all. Would like to see Garth BROOKS Papa loved Mama add

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You missed C.W. McCall's "Wolf Creek Pass".

R Gavin

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I would say Eagle by Dave Dudley and Willin by Little Feat or The Road hammers are song that should be on the list better change it out too top 100

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sittin at the dock all day by brad james. this guy is a driver for BARR NUNN trapped in a singer's body. I think he'll be real big some day soon. There is a good market for trucker country music.

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sittin at the dock all day by brad james. this guy is a driver for BARR NUNN trapped in a singer's body. I think he'll be real big some day soon. There is a good market for trucker country music.

Anonymous

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Here's my Newest Truck Animation - A few of our trucks singing Roll On Big Mama - Enjoy ;o) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NoNnpx6TbFQ

Anonymous

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Great list. Love it. Makes me wish I was young enough to keep going. Gary Y

Anonymous

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You're missing Chicken lights and Chrome!

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Love a great trucker song; found this one on itunes bit.ly/1ewHXFp

Rubber Duck

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Convoy should be #1! Half of C.W. McCall's songs should have made the list!

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nitro express jr. brown

Anonymous

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Steve Earle's "Guitar Town" has to be on this list

Anonymous

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How is "Willin" not on this list?!

Anonymous

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How about Semi-Crazy - Junior Brown? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W2KZdkcfgR0

Anonymous

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one of my favorites.. Cletus Maggard.. White Knight , the long version.. noticeably absent..

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hqw about Neil Young? Bound for glory

Anonymous

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here is an animation I made of an international lonestar singing "driving my life away" by rhett akins - enjoy ;o) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4sWZ4BeGZUM

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"Movin' On" by Merle Haggard "Chicken Truck" by John Anderson "I Love My Truck" by Glen Campbell The best version of "Phantom 309" was by Tommy Faile.

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A huge thank you for the music & videos, it must have been very time consuming. I do have a song request for "come on, come on, lets truck together" my truck driving dad that recently passed use to play that song. I can only find the song vinyl records. My husband, Tag along, drives a Pete Otr, he'll be listening to this from PA to Lubbock TX. Thanks again & God bless

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bull of the woods

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Chicken lights and chrome by Jesse watson

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Of all time? Are you kidding? Bud the Spud #2, and "Looking At the World Through a Windshield by Del Reeves doesn't even make your list of 50? The Midnight Cowboy would whup on you!

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Asphalt Cowboy (Jason Aldean or Blake Shelton), Brothers of the Highway by George Strait and Papa Loved Mama for comic relief for those who need it. Eastbound and Down should be an easy 1 Convoy 2 for sure

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Where is CB Savage! One of the best!

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You missed the best trucking song ever recorded: "The Caller", by Gary Gentry. He also wrote "The Ride" for David Allan Coe.

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Eddie Rabbit...Driving my life away

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Truly American music. Let's see them make this in China!

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"Peterbilt Prison" Tim Wilson "Feather River Canyon" Red Simpson "Roll On Big Mama" Joe Stampley

Anonymous

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You forgot "Girl on the Billboard"

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Prisoner of the Highway - Ronnie Milsap

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Eddie Rabbit - Driving My Life Away

Anonymous

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Sorry Eastbound and Down should be number 1 and Convoy a very close 2nd. These are like trucking anthems..IMHO

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@ martin 9 posts down here is a youtube link to trucks on the covers of Today's Trucking Magazine singing that song - enjoy ;o) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=68hJHQAlqWg

Anonymous

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@ Darin 6 posts down and all others that love the trucking industry - I made a picture of the original MACK truck from the movie convoy sing that song - check it out ;o) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ytdh8088o3A (gotta love the rubber duck on the hood ;o)

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I am French and I live in Spain ( Europe ) and I love this music.

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Here's one for ya,"The Heartbeat" By Ray Carisle. It's on his "Chrome" CD www.RayCarlisle.com You gotta listen to it all the way through before you can really appreciate it. Chuck L.

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'Roll On, Big Mama' not listed? Pshaw!

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you gotta check out Slim Dusty. His truckin songs are awesome. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R-0tAE2ggws&list=PL39B84E3B899F1D7E&index=21 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vI9mImHjzWo&list=PL39B84E3B899F1D7E&index=14

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"Movin On"

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Bonnie Jean(little sister)by David Lynn Jones a must have.

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Brothers of the Highway by George Strait!

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Rubber Duck by C.W. McCall http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TBpZZyu3IOc

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Can't find the singer of rubber duck, been trying to find who it is

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How could ANYONE forget little Feats "Willin'" ITS THE BEST OF ALL not to mention: Rolling stones "Girl with the far away eyes" The Byrds/ Flying Burrito Brothers "Drug Store Truck Drivin Man"

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Here's a realistic song about wives and their husbands on the road: Your Daddy Don't Know - Toronto http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ny-p7AnBL8

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TNEg65rlnu4&feature=autoplay&list=PLb8pt07YWu2KhN7MPQNGyj-21qveU5l85&playnext=1

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You've got Dick Curless' "Tombstone Every Mile" but you should've also included "Bighweel Cannonball"!

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I am trying to find your Youtube channel so I can copy your playlist, (and add a few) but cant find your channel. Can you help me out and let me know your youtube channel? Thanks

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How about "Stone Cold Fingers", "Prisoner of the Highway", and "White Line Fever"?

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Water in the Fuel by Fred J. Eaglesmith should be in the top ten.

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ya their all good and everybody got a favorite truckin by the dead is one me i like all music long as its good ...like meeting you in person at truxpo in abbotsford happy trails my friend

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how fast them trucks will go.dangerous curvers. the bandit.by jerry reed.white line feaver.by mearl haggerd.white knight by cledus marrerd. whaiting at the end of ur run .lady singer forgot her name iam a retierd trucker 35yrs. cross country .got a hole coletion of songs thanks .lee morgan (peewe)

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Don't forget the late great Eddie Rabbit's Driving My Life Away & I Love a Rainy Night.

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Great list most of the songs I would put in the same order as you.

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wow...did somebody forget about The Road Hammers???????

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I think, radar love.

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You forgot the two best Truck driving songs of all time. Roll on Big MaMa by Moe Bandy and Joe Stampley and Prisoner of the Highway by Ronnie MMilsap.

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Hi Guys, I'm trying to find out if there are trucking songs in French that come from Quebec, Canada. Can you guide me to sources? Audrey

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The Claw clocks in at 44? I think that is a little disrespectful to someone who helped popularize trucker culture, not to mention he is one of the better guitar players on your list.

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I am searching for a song and am hoping you can help me find it, or at least give me a better idea of where and how to search. I don't remember the exact title, but I remember it was about "the D I double deuce double clutch truck line". Can you help me to locate the song?

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How could Joe Stampley " Roll on Big Mamma" not be on the list??. Hard driving trucking music, at three am that will make the hair on the back of your neck stand up and send shivers down your spine,,, because some of us drivers still understand what it means to be a driver, not just a steering wheel holder. The very sad fact is 90 % of most drivers do not have the apptitude or inteligence to be out here.! Trucker Mark..

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Wolfcreek Pass..

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Great list! Looks like all bases are covered, but in summary, Red Sovine was the Man!

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This is a great list so far - and some other great ones in the comments ! Thanks ! This list has inspired me to make more trucking related animations I'm going to start going through the list and the comments. I love making trucks sing - check out the ones I've done so far CCR - Long As I Can See The Light - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1JwK9X6-3xQ The Beatles - Long and Winding Road - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tJNqlvkXIjA John Denver - Country Roads - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PqHTsW4uEo4 Red Sovine - Truck Drivers Prayer - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RR_O231kI3o CW McCall - Convoy - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0WNBfJX9J7Q Bob Seger - Turn The Page - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3-E36Mrix2k Look forward to other comments to get more ideas ! Cheers

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is it free

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Just a matter of taste, but I really like David Lynn Jone song Bonnie Jean.

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A little on the nose, but I've been a big fan of Drive-by Truckers (well before I got the gig here at Today's Trucking), but check out '18 Wheels of Love' -- it's a choice cut off their Gangstabilly album.

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peterbilt prison

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"Roll On 18 Wheeler" by Alabama!

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i wish i could of been there. by john anderson

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On the road again.. Willie Nelson

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Cool the engines, by Boston.

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You may want to add a new song by Jesse Watson, "Chicken Lights and Chrome".

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Another good one: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gSzECxu6ZfQ&feature=results_video&playnext=1&list=PLC99664E839F1B59C

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There is some fantastic music here! I will watch or listen to both lists on you tube.

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How about "I've Been Everywhere" by Johnny Cash?

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what about "18 wheels on a big rig" by Heywood Banks

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