Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Top 100 Motorcycle Road Tunes

A List of a "Few" of MY Favorite Road Tunes

Here are some choice tunes I enjoy listening to on long rides, pumping through my helmet at high volume as the road goes by under my wheels.

I know I'll miss a few -- and I've prolly included some that might not fit the bill -- but this is a pretty good start (in no particular order) and one of the most complete lists I've seen. I hope you enjoy 'em!

1. Riding for The Son: Jerry Williams
2. Bad Motor Scooter: Montrose
3. Roll me Away: Bob Seger
4. (Get Your Kicks on) Route 66: Nat "King" Cole/Chuck Berry/Depeche Mode
5. The Devil's Chasing Me: Reverend Horton Heat
6. Call me the Breeze: Lynard Skynard
7. Long Lonesome Highway: Michael Parks
8. Heading Out to the Highway: Judas Priest
9. Highway Star: Deep Purple
10. Rockin' Down the Highway: Doobie Brothers
11. Highway Patrol: Junior Brown
12. Highway Knights: Tyran Pace
13. Highway in the Wind: Arlo Guthrie
14. Ventura Highway: America
15. I've Been Everywhere: Hank Snow
16. Traveling Man/Beautiful Loser: Bob Seger
17. Kick Start My Heart: Motley Crue
18. Flirtin' with Disaster: Molly Hatchet
19. Ramblin' Man: Allman Brothers
20. Radar Love: Golden Earring (or better yet, the White Lion version)
21. 1952 Vincent Black Lightning: Richard Thompson
22. Born to Be Wild: Steppenwolf (The Cult does a good version, too)
23. Rock’n Me: Steve Miller
24. East Bound and Down: Jerry Reed
25. Driver's Seat: Sniff' n the Tears
26. Driving my Life Away: Eddie Rabbitt
27. On the Road Again: Canned Heat
28. On the Road Again: Willie Nelson
29. On The Road: Motörhead
30. Six Days on the Road: Dave Dudley
31. King of the Road: Roger Miller
32. Open Road Song: Eve 6
33. Detroit Rock City: KISS
34. 24 Hours at a Time: Marshall Tucker Band
35. Running on Empty: Jackson Browne
36. Ramble On: Led Zeppelin
37. Ol' 55: Tom Waits
38. I Can’t Drive 55: Sammy Hagar
39. Runnin' Down a Dream: Tom Petty
40. Million Miles from Nowhere: Dwight Yoakum
41. Live to Ride: Neil Young
42. The Rover: Led Zeppelin
43. Movin’ On: Bad Company
44. Wanted Dead or Alive: Bon Jovi
45. The Distance: Cake
46. I'm Bad, I'm Nationwide: ZZ Top
47. Crimson Rider: Masterplan
48. Midnight Rider: Allman Brothers
49. Time for Me to Ride: Toby Keith
50. Henchman Ride: Testament
51. Let it Ride: BTO
52. Ride On: AC/DC
53. Ride The Wild Wind: Queen
54. Ride: Joe Satriani
55. Ride The Wind: Poison
56. Ride: Warrant
57. Ride Like the Wind: Christopher Cross
58. One Last Ride: Molly Hatchet
59. Slow Ride: Foghat
60. Ride: The Vines
61. Ride to Live, Live to Ride: Twisted Sister
62. Blessed Hellride: Black Label Society
63. I Wanna Ride: Feedtime
64. Free Ride: Edgar Winter
65. Born Free: Kid Rock
66. Motorcycle: Love and Rockets
67. Motorbikin’: Chris Spedding
68. Motorcycle Mama: Neil Young
69. Motorcycle Man: Saxon
70. Motorbike Girl: Feedtime
71. Motorcycle Girl: Road Vultures
72. Motorcycle Cowboy: Merle Haggard
73. The Motorcycle Song: Arlo Guthrie
74. Motorcycle Song: Billy Joel
75. Helsinki Motorcycles: Zodiac Mindwarp & The Love Reaction
76. Motorcycle Emptiness: Manic Street Preachers
77. MC Baby: Hanoi Rocks
78. Moto Psycho: Megadeath
79. Freewheelin: Road Hammers
80. Under my Wheels: Alice Cooper
81. Feel the Thunder: Blue Oyster Cult
82. Rider: Pretenders
83. Golden Age of Leather: Blue Oyster Cult
84. Ghost Rider: Suicide (or the Henry Rollins version)
85. Ghost Rider: Rush
86. I'm your Captain (Closer to Home): Grand Funk Railroad
87. Desert Plains: Judas Priest
88. Silver Machine: Hawkwind
89. Prodigal Blues: Billy Idol
90. Harley Davidson Blues: Canned Heat
91. Harley Davidson: TNT
92. Panheads Forever: David Allen Coe
93. Best Biker Song Ever Written: Devil's Lullaby
94. Unknown Legend: Neil Young
95. New Sensations: Lou Reed
96. Motor Angel: The Wild
97. Eye of the Hurricane: David Wilcox
98. Steve McQueen: Sheryl Crow
99. Built for Comfort (Not Built for Speed): UFO
100. Built for Speed/Mean Machine/Iron Horse/Born to Lose: Motörhead

Honorable mention? Here are some recommendations from other riders that may or may not be direct bike tunes (but they sure get the blood pumping).

• Turn the Page: Bob Seger
• Run to the Hills: Iron Maiden
• Harley Davidson: Brigette Bardot
• Blues Theme: Davie Allan & The Arrows
• Little Honda: Hondells/Beach Boys
• The Ballad of Easy Rider: Roger McGuinn/Byrds
• Ridin’ with the Driver: Motörhead
• Ezy Rider: Jimi Hendrix
• Roadhouse Blues: The Doors
• Bike: Pink Floyd
• Going Mobile: The Who
• Cruisin': Smokey Robinson
• Red: Sammy Hagar
• DOA: Van Halen
• Life Is A Highway: Tom Cochrane
• Bat out of Hell: Meatloaf
• Black Denim Trousers: The Cheers
• Goin' to Mexico: Steve Miller
• Night Prowler: AC/DC
• Across the USA: The Mahones
• It's a Long Way to the Top (If You Wanna Rock and Roll): AC/DC
• Black Betty: Ram a Jam
• Green Grass and High Tides: Outlaws
• Gone, Gone, Gone: Bad Co.
• On and On: Michael Schenker
• Alone Again Or: Love/UFO/Damned
• Born on the Bayou: Credence Clearwater Revival
• Give me Some Water: Eddie Money
• Paul Revere: Beastie Boys
• Mustang Sally: Wilson Pickett
• California Dreamin': Mama's and Papa's
• Green Manalishi: Judas Priest

Life in the Fast Lane: The Eagles
• Long Cool Woman (In a Black Dress): Hollies
• Goin’ Up the Country: Canned Heat
• Promised Land: Chuck Berry/Elvis
• Chill Out: John Lee Hooker and Carlos Santana
• Whiskey in the Jar: Thin Lizzy/Metallica
• Hair of the Dog: Nazareth
• Gentle On My Mind: Glenn Campbell
• Asleep in the Desert: ZZ Top
• Guitar Boogie: Arthur Smith
• Coast to Coast: Scorpions
• You May be Right (I May be Crazy): Billy Joel
• How Soon is Now?: The Smiths
• Copperhead Road: Steve Earle
• Hush: Deep Purple
• Carolina Blues: Blues Traveler
• Gone to Carolina: Shooter Jennings
• Back Home Again: John Denver
• Home Sweet Home: Motley Crue
• Take the Long Way Home: Supertramp
• My Wife: The Who
• Panama: Van Halen
• The Weight: The Band
• Dreams I’ll Never See: Molly Hatchet
• Ghost Riders (in the Sky): Johnny Cash/Outlaws/Duane Eddy
• Hot Rod Heart: John Fogerty
• The Long and Winding Road: Beatles
• The Window: Steve Miller
• The Pusher: Steppenwolf
• Bad Company: Bad Company


  1. That’s a lot of music! But I think a road trip will not be complete without some tunes to accompany you on the road! Well, the tunes that come to mind when I imagine cycles and road trips are Life in the Fast Lane by The Eagles, and Bat out of Hell by Meatloaf. They surely make that ride fun and alive! [Erik Lucien]

  2. Well, car drivers aren’t the only ones who can have wonderful music on the road, of course, bikers too! :D And for me, it’s really cool to have a playlist of your fave tunes. You’ll definitely enjoy it and it’s particularly useful when you’re up for a long road trip!

    Clare Westby

  3. Here's a few more some might like:

    Motorbike - Wooden Shjips
    Attack of the Ghost Riders - Raveonettes
    Motorcycle, I love you - Moon Duo
    The Living End - Jesus and the Mary Chain
    Girl on a Motorbike - Swervedriver

  4. Most excellent additions to the collection, Shane! I hadn't heard those. Big thanks.

  5. Hello, I have produced an album that contains possibly the best motorcycle song ever.

    I wrote it about my dad, Neil Fergus, who is being inducted into the Trailblazers, an American motorcycle industry hall of fame this coming April 2015. The song is called Motorcycle Mania.

    Here is the song on Soundcloud.

    Please share it far and wide, and if people want to buy it: Please direct them to iTunes or Amazon or CD Baby. The name of my band is: Lucky Doug and the Stink Bugs.

    Doug Fergus

  6. Cool little tune, Doug! I know your dad must love it.

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