5 classic tunes for and about trucking that you should know

Post Date - Mar 8, 2022

There’s a song for almost everyone but truck drivers have had some of the most unique and fun tunes on the road! Your friends at MVL have put together our list of the top classic songs for and about truck driving. If you haven’t heard these, you need listen soon!

18 Wheels and a Dozen Roses: Kathy Mattea
This song, which went to number one on the country charts back in 1988, is about a truck driver named Charlie who is retiring after thirty years to spend more time with his wife. The song mentions Charlie receiving a gold watch, a common retirement gift and the song's chorus counts down 18 wheels, a dozen roses, ten more miles on a four-day run until Charlie can “spend the rest of his life with the one that he loves.”

Eastbound and Down: Jerry Reed
This was the anthem song for arguably the best truck driving movie of all time; “Smokey and the Bandit”. It was written by Jerry Reed (who also starred in the movie) and Dick Feller and recorded by Reed for the soundtrack for the film. The song spent 16 weeks in 1977-78 on the U.S. country music charts, reaching a peak of No. 2. It also reached No. 3 on the Bubbling Under Hot 100.

On the Road Again: Willie Nelson
While not specifically a trucking song, the lyrics definitely speak to the trucker. “On the road again; Goin' places that I've never been; Seein' things that I may never see again; And I can't wait to get on the road again.” The song was a No. 1 hit overall on the country charts in November 1980, and became one of Nelson's most recognizable tunes.

Convoy: C. W. McCall
Written during the 1973 oil crisis, this song strikes a rebellious tone as it deals with the struggles truckers were facing with restrictive speed limits, tolls, bureaucracy and fuel costs. It tells the story, in CB lingo, of truckers who form a convoy and go rogue, crashing toll gates and evading cops trying to stop them before ending with the convoy riding off into the night. It became a number-one song on both the U.S. country and pop charts in 1975 and is listed 98th among Rolling Stone magazine's 100 Greatest Country Songs of All Time.

Driving My Life Away: Eddie Rabbitt
Released in 1980, this song really speaks to truckers with the lyrics “Well the midnight headlights blind you on a rainy night; Steep grade up ahead, slow me down, makin' no time, But I got to keep rollin'.” Co-written and recorded by Eddie Rabbitt, the song ppeaked at No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 and set the stage for his biggest career hit: "I Love a Rainy Night."

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