15 Country songs about trucks

by

Arden Lambert

Updated

March 22, 2023

Updated

March 22, 2023

Updated

March 22, 2023

Well, you know for a fact that there are tons of country songs about trucks and that they are some of the finest and most inspiring ones in the genre. 

Whether it’s big rig ballads or highway driving songs, these tunes could help you drive down memory lane to the first car you own, keep you going as you roll down the long road ahead, or even nurse a heartache. 

Believe it or not, there are country songs about American trucks for every occasion. So, without further ado, here are our picks of country songs about trucks.

1. Pickup Man by Joe Diffie

On top of the list is “Pickup Man” by Joe Diffie, which is arguably one of the best country songs about trucks and the open road that blends the freedom, the romance, and of course, the joy of driving a truck. Unsurprisingly, the song became Joe Diffie’s longest-lasting No. 1 hit after it spent atop Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart.

2. Six Days on the Road by Sawyer Brown

If you’re looking for country songs about the trucking lifestyle and its challenges, here’s one that will surely touch your heart. “Six Days on the Road” is often referred to as one of the first trucker songs, and indeed, it covers any driver’s lifestyle in a pretty correct detail. It became one of the most-covered tracks in country music.

3. I Drive Your Truck by Lee Brice

Here’s one of our favorite country songs about the bond between a trucker and their trusty rig. According to one of the songwriters, “I Drive Your Truck” was inspired by an interview with a father whose son was killed in Afghanistan while trying to save his fellow soldier. He said he drives his son’s truck to feel closer to his son.

4. Somethin’ ‘Bout a Truck by Kip Moore

Released as the first single off Kip Moore’s debut album, “Somethin’ ‘Bout a Truck” became Moore’s only song to reach No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart. Moore said he wrote the track after reflecting back on his younger days and realizing how owning a truck used to help him win girls’ hearts.  

5. Rough and Ready by Trace Adkins

Trace Adkins paid tribute to those living a blue-collar lifestyle with one of the greatest songs about trucking and country living. In the song, Adkins fully embraced the life of a trucker. He’s even loud and proud of his gorgeous truck with an “Earnhardt racing sticker on the window and banged up fender.”

6. Mud on the Tires by Brad Paisley

Paisley’s “Mud on the Tires” is perhaps many truckers’ favorite country music. “Mud on the Tires,” tells the story of a man getting a loan to purchase a brand-new Chevrolet pickup truck. He then tells his lover that they go out into the woods, hang out, break the truck, and get mud on the tires. 

Additionally, Chevrolet sponsored the product placement on the track. Brad Paisley released the song in 2004, and it reached No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart.  

7. Take a Little Ride by Jason Aldean

Here’s one of the best country songs for road trips! This fun-loving track went around the escapades of a man getting off work after a long week and picking up the one he loves to take her out for a drive in his Chevy truck. 

The song became another country No. 1 hit for Aldean, who said he’s been listening to it for two years before finally putting it on a record.

8. East Bound and Down by Jerry Reed

One of our favorite redneck truck songs is “East Bound and Down” by Jerry Reed. 

The song was released as the soundtrack for the 1977 road action-comedy film Smokey and the Bandit. It tells the movie’s plot line about a driver making a 28-hour round trip run from Atlanta, Georgia, to Texarkana, Texas. The truck was illegally transporting 400 cases of Coors beer, and the driver brought it back home no matter what it took. 

9. That Ain’t My Truck by Rhett Akins

Rhett Akins released one of the bluest truckin’ country tunes. In the song, Akins discovered that the woman he loves dumped him upon rolling up to her house only to find another man’s truck in her driveway. 

He ended up wondering what it was he did so wrong that he did so right. “That Ain’t My Truck” resonated with many lonesome country boys that it spent 21 weeks on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart, peaking at No. 3.

10. We Rode in Trucks by Luke Bryan

Luke Bryan has released quite a few country songs about big trucks, such as “We Rode in Trucks.” The song tells the story of a man living in a place where the “Flint River washes that red Georgia dirt.” 

It is where he grew up, where he used to pick cotton and wrestle with pigs as a child, and of course, they rode in trucks. Bryan said the song is a tribute to growing up in rural America.

11. Teddy Bear by Red Sovine

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Red Sovine’s “Teddy Bear” is one of the most nostalgic country songs about classic trucks and their owners. Written by Sovine himself, the song tells the story of an over-the-road truck driver who listens to a little boy’s heart-rending tale over the radio. 

Sovine has released several country songs for truckers, that he gained the name The King of Trucker Music.

12. Dirt Road Anthem by Jason Aldean

Here’s one of the several upbeat country songs about driving trucks Aldean has released in his career. “Dirt Road Anthem” expresses country pride and southern values – at the same time, celebrating great times from the past.

The song did not only rank No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart, but it also earned a nomination from Grammy Awards for Best Country Solo Performance.

13. Prisoner of the Highway by Ronnie Milsap

Here’s one of the inspiring country songs about the resilience and determination of truckers to keep on truckin’. Ronnie Milsap’s “Prisoner of the Highway,” tells the story of a truck driver who is enticed, yet at the same time, imprisoned by the highway. Still, he finds liberty behind the wheels in some way.

14. Roll On (Eighteen Wheeler) by Alabama

Emotional country songs about the sacrifices made by truckers and their families definitely know how to touch our hearts. “Roll On (Eighteen Wheeler),” for instance, tells the story of a father leaving for a several-day trip through the Midwest. He’s leaving behind him his wife and children, who keep the sadness at bay through the song their father had taught them.

15. Heart Like a Truck by Lainey Wilson

It’s amazing how Lainey Wilson compares a human heart to a truck as she acknowledges the truth that it’s all right to experience heartache as long as one doesn’t forget to keep going. “A truck that has hit a few bumps and earned a few scratches has proved itself and its tenacity,” Wilson said.

Country songs about trucks are some of the genre’s most inspiring tunes, especially the soulful country songs about trucking through life’s trials and tribulations. How about you? Which ones are your favorites?


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Brad Paisley, Jason Aldean, Jerry Reed, Joe Diffie, kip moore, Lee Brice, Luke Bryan, Rhett Akins, sawyer brown, Trace Adkins


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