Looking for some songs to spice up your drive? Truck drivers no doubt rely on music to give them a little entertainment and inspiration during their long hauls—but did you know that truckers, in turn, have also inspired dozens of musicians?
Check out this list of top tunes about the trucking industry!
Truly, what trucking song could be better? Written by Jerry Reed and Dick Feller, East Bound and Down is the ultimate song about the trucking industry and was a huge hit in the United States at the end of the ‘70s. Written for Smokey and the Bandit, the song peaked as the number two country song in the U.S. and has become a classic within the genre.
Made famous by Dave Dudly, this is heralded by many as the quintessential anthem of the American truck driver. It predates the wave of trucking country songs that hit the nation in the 1970s and had a successful run on the country charts.
C.W. McCall immortalized C.B. slang with this song that went number one on both the country and pop music charts after its release. “Breaker one-nine,” “Rubber Duck” and “Pig Pen” still live on as the proverbial catchphrases in public’s perception of “trucking language.”
Though not explicitly about trucking, the song made famous by Johnny Cash rattles off such a large list of American cities that only truckers could truly boast on their traveling resumes. The song, which was originally written by an Australian country singer, has been remade by almost every nation that loves to hit the road, from New Zealand to Singapore. It has also been in a slew of ad campaigns throughout the years, solidifying it as one of pop culture’s best known road trip songs.
Performed by Kathy Mattea, this song about a retiring truck driver was a big hit in the late 1980s on the country charts.
As this list shows, the trucking industry has been a great inspiration to country musicians in the United States and Canada. Hopefully, this list of tunes will provide your next trip with some entertainment. But, are do you find yourself having to delay your next job because your previous clients are slow to pay off outstanding invoices? If so, we can help. We set you up with the financial assistance that you need in order to stop waiting around, carry more loads and expand your small trucking business.