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The Ultimate Truck-Driving Song Playlist


Asphalt Cowboy by Blake Shelton

 

The slow easy beat of Asphalt Cowboy relaxes you even as it describes one of the toughest parts of the job with trucking companies in Vancouver: leaving the ones you love at home for hours or days at a time while you traverse the country on 50 feet of crawling steel. This asphalt cowboy has to leave his wife to put bread on the table, but he can’t wait to come home to get back into her arms again.

 

Truck Stop Betty by Jason Lee Wilson

 

The beat gets faster with Jason Lee Wilson’s guitar-pickin’ as he pines for a special gal at the truck stop in Truck Stop Betty. She serves a good dose of charm along with the food, and this tune is a great accompaniment to your journey while you’re busy working for trucking companies in BC.

 

East, Bound and Down by Jerry Reed

 

Backed by the twang of electric guitars, this toe-tapper is the perfect pick-me-up when you’re feeling a little melancholy on the road. East, Bound and Down celebrates the joys and the urgency of getting a run done. This danceable tune made it all the way to second place on the US Billboard Hot Country chart when it came out in 1977 on the soundtrack for the movie Smokey and the Bandit.

 

I’ve Been Everywhere by Johnny Cash

 

In I’ve Been Everywhere The great Johnny Cash gives his rendition of this popular song about a traveller hitching a ride to Winnemucca in the cab of a semi, (most likely not from a Vancouver delivery service—ha!). It starts off with a slow intro and then goes into a rolling list of where he’s been. Is your favourite city on his list?

 

Drivin’ My Life Away by Eddie Rabbit

 

In 1980, Drivin’ My Life Away peaked at number one on the Hot Country Single chart and reached number 5 on the Billboard Hot 100. The tune, which was written by David Malloy, Even Stevens, and David Rabbit, refers to how the trucking life involves long hours away from family, even as it provides a stepping stone to a better life.

 

Eighteen Wheels and a Dozen Roses by Kathy Mattea

 

Given that most truckers are men, it’s no surprise that most songs about the profession are sung by men. Eighteen Wheels and a Dozen Roses is a rarity as it’s sung by a woman. It describes what happens to a trucker when he’s looking forward to the end of his career. He’ll finally be spending most of his time with the wife whom he loves and for whom he sacrificed so much time at home during his career.

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