Wheels and Roses and Teddy Bears: Top 10 Trucking Songs

Compiling a list of the top 10 trucking songs is like making a list of the 10 most beautiful women in the world — everyone’s list will be different; you’re bound to make someone angry, but it’s still fun. So feel free to disagree and share your own list. To be safe, ours is not in any particular order.

“Eighteen Wheels and a Dozen Roses” by Kathy Mattea

After 30 years on the road, Charlie is retiring and planning to catch up with his wife. A happy and upbeat tune performed by a female artist, rarities among trucking songs.

“Teddy Bear” by Red Sovine

You knew this one was going to be on the list, didn’t you? Red Sovine has a number of classics that could have made our list, but this one will bring tears to your eyes every time.

“Phantom 309” by Red Sovine

Another Red Sovine classic from 1967, which had to be on the list. It still brings chills to first-time listeners and hitchhikers.

“I’ve Been Everywhere” by Johnny Cash

If you’ve been to all the places mentioned in the song, you have been everywhere, from Panama to Alaska. This could be the hitchhiker’s answer to “Phantom 309,” he does say he’s a killer, after all.                                   

“Drivin’ My Life Away” by Eddie Rabbit

This hit from 1980 is probably the biggest pop hit on the list. The rhythm makes you feel like you’re heading down the highway.

“East Bound and Down” by Jerry Reed

A song everyone likes to sing along with, even people who have no idea it’s among the classic trucking songs. Makes you wonder how many people sing it without realizing it’s about truck driving.

“Convoy” by C.W. McCall

If you lived during the mid-1970s, you know this song. Born of the C.B. craze, this is one song everyone knows is about truck driving. Who can forget the Friends of Jesus in the chartreuse microbus?

“Roll On” by Alabama

Another classic song about a family awaiting the return of a truck-driving father and a great chorus. A truck driving song with a happy ending.

“Give Me Forty Acres (To Turn This Rig Around)” by Willis Brothers

From 1964, this is one of those trucking songs meant to make you laugh. This proves being a truck driver isn’t easy. But, it sure can be fun.

“Six Days on the Road” by Dave Dudley

This song seems to top everyone’s list, so we saved it till last just to be different. From 1963, it is the one everyone thinks of when they imagine what a trucking song would be.

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