There have been some great songs written about motorcycling, and some that aren’t so great. Here are 12 that should be on every motorcyclist’s playlist.
- “Born to be Wild” by Steppenwolf. 1968. A classic riding/looking for adventure/freedom song with a bit of a biker edge.
- “Long Lonesome Highway” by Michael Parks. 1970. The theme song of the television show “Then Came Bronson,” this is another song about hitting the open road looking for adventure. But it has a wholesome feel compared to “Born to be Wild.”
- “The Motorcycle Song” by Arlo Guthrie. 1968. Story teller Arlo Guthrie doesn’t want a pickle. He just wants to ride his motorsickle. It’s all about the love of riding.
- “The Leader of the Pack” by The Shangri-Las. 1964. The leader of the biker gang always gets the chicks, but not this time. It’s a young love story with a sad ending.
- “Little Honda” by The Hondells. 1964. Another young love story but this one oozes wholesomeness and fun on a little Honda.
- “Bad Motor Scooter” by Montrose. 1973. This is another young love story but with a twist. The person with the “bad motor scooter” is assumed to be a young lady. Her boyfriend asks her to hop on her “bad motor scooter” and visit him at his place because he is afraid of her father. Cute.
- “Motorcycle Mama” by Sailcat. 1972. A young man dreams of riding off with his girlfriend to seek adventure, get married and have a baby who then rides in a sidecar. Great dreams at 18 years old.
- “Panheads Forever” by David Allan Coe. The guy loves his Panhead more than anything, or anyone. Nuff said.
- “1952 Vincent Black Lightning” by Richard Thompson. 1991. Bad boy motorcycle rider bites the dust in this young love story. Girl gets the bike.
- “Ride to Live, Live to Ride” by Twisted Sister. 1983. The open road calls. Life is short. Ride to live…
- “Time for Me to Ride” by Toby Keith. Motorcyclist escapes a bad love affair, chasing freedom in more ways than one on a motorcycle.
- “Harley-Davidson Blues” by Canned Heat. 1973. Guy buys a basket case Harley, puts it together, takes it for a ride and the bike breaks down. Bummer.
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