Last week, we listed the songs and artists truckers are afraid to admit they sing along to. This week, we’re listing the songs that truckers sing in droves. All of these songs are classic hits that never fail to get old. If you start singing one with another trucker, odds are he’ll start singing along too!
#1 Take Me Home, Country Roads – John Denver: Released in 1971, Denver’s biggest hit is recognised all across the world. In 2014 it became one of 4 of the anthems for West Virginia. An Amber Ale is made in West Virginia called “Almost Heaven” dedicated to the song’s legacy.
#2 Bohemian Rhapsody – Queen: Topping the charts for 9 weeks and selling over 1 million copies by January 1976, eventually coming the third best-selling track of all time in the UK, Bohemian Rhapsody was Freddie Mercury’s vision of what music can be. The band spent over a month at Ridge Farm Studio to perfect the track.
#3 Take On Me – A-ha: Released in 1984, Take On Me saw huge success the following year thanks to MTV screenings and positive reception to the ground-breaking music video developed for the song. In October 1985, the Norwegian band’s track reached number 2 at the charts in the UK.
#4 Highway To Hell – AC/DC: Celebrating the song’s 40th anniversary on July 27th, AC/DC are releasing a documentary all about the song and its production. The album titled “Highway To Hell”, was the last album to feature lead singer Bon Scott before he died the following year. Of all the songs on this list, this is likely the most relatable for truckers. Always on the highway to hell!
#5 September – Earth, Wind and Fire: Hitting the UK in November 1978 and soaring to Number 3 in the top charts, September is a song with a beat you can’t help but tap and sing along to. With an upbeat tone and being a true anthem of the funk era – we’ll always remember the 21st of September.
#6 Jump Around – House of Pain: Named by VH1 as one of the greatest songs of the 90s, Jump Around has been used in countless shows and movies like Bridget Jones’ Baby and My Name is Earl. In the UK, the song still plays in clubs and is recognised as a classic. Naturally, anyone who knows the song sings along: if you know the words to the rap verses, your cabin is a great place to show your DJ skills.
#7 Come On Eileen – Dexys Midnight Runners: In 1982, Come On Eileen became Dexys Midnight Runners’ biggest hit. Not only did it top the charts in the UK, but also across the ocean in the States. Winning “Best Single” at the Brits and soaring to become a signature of English pop in the 80s. As a trucker, maybe this song takes you back to simpler days – but I bet you still sing it word for word!
#9 Born in the USA – Bruce Springsteen: Considered to be many rock lovers as one of the greatest songs and albums of all time, Born in the USA won multiple awards including a Grammy among many others. The song was praised for its depiction of the difficulties for Vietnam veterans returning to the US to resume everyday life while maintaining a positive tone throughout the entire song. An instant rock classic any trucker would gladly sing as loud as they can along to.
#9 Saturday Night’s Alright For Fighting – Elton John: The song, now a well-recognised classic, was initially banned from many radio stations as many producers thought the song would entice more youngsters to go and act violently after hearing Elton John’s song. The song peaked at #7 in the UK charts, but went on to be a fan favourite. The song has featured in Grand Theft Auto V and Kingsman: The Golden Circle. I guess with this track Saturday Night’s Alright for Driving!
#10 Sweet Child O’ Mine – Guns N Roses: GNR Guitarist Slash admitted that he is sick of hearing the song, considering how much of a hit it became when it released. It was the band’s only #1 single in the US, reaching #6 in the UK charts. In 2012, it was announced the song had sold over 2 million copies. Any Metal head truckers love thrashing along to this rock classic!
Any awesome songs we missed that you sing along to in your truck? Be sure to comment them!