10 Best Truck Songs
Almost as American as the truck is the truck song. Country music’s finest have been singing about pickup trucks and big rigs for decades, with legends and newcomers keeping the tradition alive. A few tunes are about the truck, but the best are about what goes on inside — or just outside, if it’s a warm night and you’re all alone with someone special…
This list of the best truck songs includes one love song, one breakup song and at least one grit-and-gears song. Pickup trucks and semis are at the centerpiece of each song included in this Top 10 list. A few others were not included because while they talk about trucks, the vehicle is not the star of the show.
‘Take a Little Ride’
Jason Aldean‘s lead single from the ‘Night Train’ album is a love song that begins in the front seat of his Chevy. The song tells a familiar story of a night for two on the tailgate, under the stars. The infectious hook makes it one of his greatest hits and a winner on our Best Truck Songs list.
‘Pickup Truck Song’
It doesn’t get much more straightforward than this when it comes to truck songs. Jerry Jeff Walker’s ‘Pickup Truck Song’ was not a country radio hit. The playful ditty is a fun story about family, hard work and pickup trucks. It’s a circle-of-life song that’s sure to put a smile on your face.
‘That Ain’t My Truck’
Poor Rhett Akins. He learns that his girl dumped him when he rolls up to her house and sees another man’s truck outside — and it’s not the cable repair man’s truck, either. This mid-’90s hit can still be heard on the radio today. The story resonates with many a lonesome country boy.
‘I Drive Your Truck’
Lee Brice has the saddest song on this list of the best truck songs. ‘I Drive Your Truck’ is also the newest of the 10. It’s about holding a loved one’s memory close by simply being near the thing he loved most. Brice performs it like a man who has just lost a brother. It’s a touching, tear-jerking performance of a great song.
‘Mud on the Tires’
Brad Paisley‘s new truck clears a path to the perfect lakeside setting for a night of romance. The singer knows that to truly find some peace and quiet with that someone special, you need to get away from the paved city roads and be willing to get a little dirty — perhaps in more ways than one.
‘East Bound and Down’
Jerry Reed co-wrote and recorded the ultimate in open road big rig songs. While never a No. 1 hit, it’s a lasting memory of America’s obsession with trucker culture. The song is oft-covered, but never with the same reverence and pacing of Reed’s original.
‘Somethin’ ‘Bout a Truck’
Kip Moore‘s hit from 2011 and 2012 finds a guy and his girl alone in a field, alongside his pickup truck. His ride plays wingman in his quest to extend the afternoon date into the late hours of the night. The result is the sexiest song about a truck you’ll find on country radio.
‘Rough and Ready’
The first verse of Trace Adkins‘ 2004 song ‘Rough and Ready’ paints a picture of the most beautiful truck on this list: “Earnhardt racing sticker on the window / Banged up fender / 4×4, straight pipe roar / Primer and rust all over the door.” From there, the singer describes a blue-collar lifestyle that anyone who has saddled up on something taller than they are will appreciate.
‘Six Days on the Road’
This is the second of two truck-driving songs on this list. ‘Six Days on the Road’ was originally cut by Dave Dudley, but many others have taken a swing at the uptempo country rocker. Sawyer Brown made the most recent hit of this song, taking it to the Top 20 in 1997. George Jones, Steve Earle and Merle Haggard have also recorded versions of this timeless lyric.
Joe Diffie‘s multi-week No. 1 hit from the mid-’90s is the ultimate in truck songs because it combines the romance, the fun and the freedom of driving a pickup truck into one fun three-minute and forty-second-long country hit. “I met all my wives in traffic jams / There’s just something women like about a Pickup Man,” Diffie sings. You’d have to spend time looking for a better truck lyric than that.