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46 Songs About Farmers and Tractors

FlourishAnyway believes there is a playlist for just about any situation and is on a mission to unite and entertain the world through song.

Celebrate farmers—who work the land, rotate the crops, and harvest the fields to feed the nation—with a playlist of songs about tractors and farming.

Celebrate farmers—who work the land, rotate the crops, and harvest the fields to feed the nation—with a playlist of songs about tractors and farming.

You Can't Take the Farm Out of the Man (or Woman)

You can take the man (or woman) off the farm, forcing him to make a living in other ways, but you can never take the farm out of the man. Love of the earth is ground in deep, like dirt in your fingernails, cracked and calloused hands, and a farmer's tan. My dad was raised on a farm like his own father and grandfather before him. When a string of family tragedies struck as a teen he even tended the farm alone until they sold it and the family scattered.

Fast forward many decades and my parents now live in an upscale subdivision several states away from the farm where my father grew up. The neighborhood homeowner's association (HOA) has many restrictions but never thought to make a rule forbidding planting a dozen apple trees and a large crop of corn, string beans, and all kinds of other vegetables instead of the typical backyard. Unconventional? Yes, but they've probably never met a wistful farmer type like my dad.

If you're a farmer yourself, are nostalgic for the farm life, or want to salute farmers, make a playlist to celebrate those who work the land and feed the nation with a playlist of mostly country songs about farmers, farming, and tractors. And if you know a farmer, give them a nod to say thank you!

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1. "She Thinks My Tractor's Sexy" by Kenny Chesney

The farmer in this fun 1999 country song has found a gal with a certain kind of "husbandry" on her mind. She takes a shine to the way her hunky man with a tan plows her field. The aspiring farmer's wife has dreams of him rotating her crops for years to come, producing a bumper crop of young'uns. And this farmer is all in, believing that the key to their attraction is his tractor.

She thinks my tractor's sexy
It really turns her on
She's always starin' at me
While I'm chuggin' along.

2. "John Deere Green" by Joe Diffie

If the small town romance in this 1993 country ditty isn't a true tale, it shoulda been. The tune describes two Southern farm kids, Billy Bob and Charlene, who met in high school and grew up together in the 1960s. One July night, Billy Bob professed his devotion by climbing up the water tower and spray painting "Billy Bob loves Charlene" in letters three feet high alongside a 10-foot tall heart. Instead of using red spray paint, he used John Deere green. As a result, he endured chiding from townsfolk for years, although Charlene liked his color choice.

The couple settled down on an 80-acre farm and could see the water tower from their front yard. Despite the town's attempts to paint over the love declaration, the message endured just as their love did.

"John Deere Green" was a signature song for country legend Joe Diffie. After he died from COVID-19 in 2020, an anonymous fan climbed atop a water tower in Old Hickory, TN, on the first anniversary of Diffie's death to paint "Billie Bob + Charliene" in John Deere green.

3. "Daddy Won't Sell the Farm" by Montgomery Gentry

The narrator in this 1998 country track laments the urban sprawl that includes fast-food restaurants, mini-malls, and parking lots that grow up to surround his daddy's farm. His father bought his fields and woodlands decades ago and raised both crops and a family. Now, however, a concrete jungle looms, standing ready to encroach and overtake his life's work.

The narrator takes pride in his father's stubborn refusal to sell out. He shares that defiance, knowing that the family farm will be passed down to him by his father. There will be no upscale new subdivisions built on this land because Daddy won't sell this farm.

4. "Where the Green Grass Grows" by Tim McGraw

The traffic jams, bars, and concrete of the city have stressed out the young man in this 1998 country song, prompting him to dream of returning to rural America. Having grown up in a town the size of a map dot, he seeks a simple farming life with his sweetheart where they can raise a family:

I'm gonna live where the green grass grows
Watch my corn pop up in rows
Every night be tucked in close to you
Raise our kids where the good Lord's blessed
Point our rockin' chairs towards the West
And plant our dreams where the peaceful river flows
Where the green grass grows.

Like the narrator in the song, Tim McGraw grew up in a farming community.

5. "Farmer's Daughter" by Rodney Atkins

Although wise folks say not to get your honey where you get your money, it worked out mighty fine for the farmhand in this 2010 country song who fell in love with the bossman's daughter. At first, the young fella was miserable working in the blazing sun picking the farmer's peaches, feeding his hogs, and mending his fence. His job instantly improved when the farmer's daughter returned from her Florida vacation. After a summer of rolling in the hay, the two got married in the spring and now his boss is also his father-in-law. That's job security and happiness ever after all in one package.

6. "Here's to the Farmer" by Luke Bryan

Luke Bryan grew up on a peanut farm in Georgia, so he understands the difficult life of a farmer. in this 2016 country tune, his words of appreciation are therefore not simply lip service.

The song describes the faith, stamina, and resilience required to withstand years of tilling the soil. The song narrator gives a nod to the farmer's stubborn pride. Having made a heartfelt promise to his father years ago, he refuses to sell out to encroaching developers who want his land for subdivisions and strip malls.

The singer doesn't forget where he came from. Bryan held a concert series, Farm Tour, from 2010-2019 to benefit local farming communities in the South, with proceeds creating college scholarships for farmers' children. Unfortunately, the 2020 pandemic temporarily halted those charitable efforts.

7. "Where Corn Don't Grow" by Travis Tritt

The protagonist in this 1996 country song is a 17-year-old farm boy who has grown weary of his dusty agricultural surroundings. Against the advice of his father, the young man pursues his dreams of a place in the city where corn doesn't grow. The old man knows his son will change his mind and return to the farm. Although he attempts to caution the teen that nowhere is perfect, the impetuous youth needs to learn this important life lesson for himself firsthand.

8. "Pretty Pink Tractor" by Tim Hawkins

Be careful what you buy online, according to this 2011 novelty tune, or you might end up being the laughing stock of the town. Even the cows and pigs in the barnyard are making fun of this guy's pretty Pepto Bismol pink tractor.

A parody of Jason Aldean's 2009 song, "Big Green Tractor," this ditty tells the tale of a man who found a used tractor on Craigslist. It seemed like a good deal, so he bought it, sight unseen. (At least there was a flower canopy, right?) While townsfolk ridicule him, the poor sucker has yet to receive sympathy from his father, who tells him "if people make fun, hit 'em with your purse."

9. "Thank God I'm a Country Boy" by John Denver

Yee haw! Get ready to tap your toes to this 1974 country classic that describes the laid-back, simple life of this man down on the farm. With his wife and his morning hotcakes, it's a charming early to bed, early to rise lifestyle for this farmer who stays blissed out as one of his pigs in muck. When the work is all done and the kids are tucked safely in bed, he makes a little music on his fiddle to celebrate being happily at home down on the farm. The song topped both the US Billboard Hot 100 chart and the country chart, quite an achievement.

10. "Cafe on the Corner" by Sawyer Brown

A displaced farmer finds himself working in the cafe on the corner in this 1992 country tune. Unfortunately, these days raising crops for the nation doesn't pay enough to keep his own family clothed and fed. The farmer is 50 years old, that awkward age when it feels too late to start over yet it's way too early to retire. Gazing at his new life with a lost look on his face, the forlorn man is out of place. He wishes he was outdoors in his fields, but both he and his farm are victims of progress.

11. "High Cotton" by Alabama

This 1989 country song is one man's nostalgic look back growing up on a family cotton farm. Although they lived a humble existence, the kids had everything they needed. Their father modeled a good work ethic and taught them to look to the future while their mother's love was warm and kind.

Living (or walking) in high cotton is an old term that means you're comfortable and doing well. It stems from the fact that taller cotton plants are easier to hand harvest and the picker would be better shielded from the blazing sun.

12. "Daddy's Farm" by Shooter Jennings

Shooter Jennings, son of outlaw country legend Waylon Jennings, offers up his own rockin' country tale of a man attempting to escape trouble in this 2005 murder ballad. The narrator moved to town, but his situation took a turn for the worst when he killed his cheating girlfriend and her lover with a .22. The murderer makes a run for it, returning to the sanctuary of his daddy's backwoods farm. He hopes to retrieve his guitar before running away somewhere else. However, the police find him and the fugitive decides he won't go down without a fight.

13. "Down on the Farm" by Guns N' Roses

The protagonist in this rock song from 1993 feels lonely, bored, and isolated down on the farm. The blue skies are charming, but the cow manure is over the top (ugh).

Time out. Why is this guy even there? It's as if the dude is an island unto himself, and he misses people, especially females. Anyone who has grown up in rural American understands that it's a solitary existence.

14. "Corn Star" by Craig Morgan

The beauty in this 2012 country tune ain't your average farm girl. She is the blue ribbon winner of the county fair for the past five years, and chugaluggin' on that tractor is the only life she knows. You'll find her in her cornfield of 600 acres rather than in a centerfold. She's a hometown corn star alright.

15. "Welcome to the Farm" by Luke Bryan

The protagonist and his honey in this 2009 country tune live a city existence, and they feel stressed and pressed for time. As a reprieve, the man offers to take his girlfriend to the farming community where he grew up. He shares an easier pace of life with her in the country where people are neighborly, the pace is slower, and the sounds are sweeter.

16. "Farm to Fame" by Joey + Rory

The Nashville music scene chews up eager talent and spits them out, all the worse for wear. I went to college in Nashville and frequented the bars down on Music Row before they became all glitzy and touristy. Plenty of homespun talent passed through those honky honks, including a lot of people who would never see their name in lights.

This 2010 country ditty recounts the tale of a farm boy who struck out for Nashville with a song in his heart and stars in his eyes. He bought a guitar from a pawn shop and played the Nashville circuit. Then a big shot talent scout discovered him and cut him a deal, and like so many before and after him

He went from rags to riches,
Farm to fame,
From digging ditches, to carving out a name,
Just stand in the spotlight, 'til the light go dim,
Then its rags to riches, to rags again.

Is it fair to trade personal privacy and time away from home for a couple of top 10s on the Billboard chart and life in the fast lane? Only someone who has gone from farm to fame (and perhaps back again) can truly be the judge.

17. "Tractor" by Granger Smith

While growing up, the farm boy in this 2016 country had little interest in his father's big-wheeled tractor that slowly churned through acres of fields. Instead, he set his sights far beyond the crop perimeter. The restless young man ventured to far-flung locations. When he called home, his father listened, like a good man does. However, the older man also reminded his son that

Things might be faster in the world
But big wheels rollin' slow
Help you see what's important.

The message didn't sink in until the old man passed away. Returning to take his dad's place plowing the fields, the song had finally learned the life lesson his father wanted to teach. Granger Smith released this country song in memory of his own father, a Texas rancher who died in 2014. He remembered his father being on his tractor every day, all day long.

18. "I Want My Tractor Back" by Lianna Rose

It's a pity when marital bliss sours, especially after only a short time. In this humorous, upbeat song from 2008 by Australian country artist Lianna Rose, newlyweds Bill and Mary head to divorce court when Bill comes home to a house with no bride and no tractor. Beside himself, Bill bemoans that

You can take the chooks [chickens], you can take the fat cat
You can take the dog, I don’t give a rat's ---
I just want my tractor back!

Thankfully, the clever fella devises a plan to recapture his beloved farm machinery by the end of the song.

19. "International Harvester" by Craig Morgan

You've probably driven in farm country behind this badass. He's the one going five miles an hour on the two-lane road on his imposing piece of farm equipment (what is that thing anyway?). With three miles of cars lined up behind him like a parade, nobody's going anywhere fast. He's just doing his job, so lay off your horn already and just be patient. Full of bravado, the combine driver in this 2006 country ditty is the son of a third-generation farmer who is married to the farmer's daughter. Yes sirree.

20. "All Tractors Ain't Green" by Jimmie Allen

After appearing on American Idol's tenth season in 2011, Jimmy Allen segued into country music. However, it couldn't have been easy for him. Country music is known for its lack of diversity. Sure, there was Charley Pride back in the 1970s and more recently, Darius Rucker, Mickey Guyton, and Kane Brown.

In this 2018 country song, Jimmie Allen, who is black, wants to emphasize a message that is much like the traditional saying about not judging a book by its cover. He acknowledges that his sound surprises listeners:

Sometimes what you get ain't always what you see
All fields ain't corn, and all tractors ain't green.

"If you tickle the earth with a hoe she laughs with a harvest." - Douglas Jerrold,  English dramatist

"If you tickle the earth with a hoe she laughs with a harvest." - Douglas Jerrold, English dramatist

Even More Songs About Farmers and Tractors

Know a song about farming or tractors that should be on this playlist? Make a suggestion in the Comments Section below.

SongArtist(s)Year Released

21. Thank a Farmer

James Wesley

2017

22.Who's Your Farmer

Chris Janson

2017

23. Big Green Tractor

Jason Aldean

2009

24. She Cranks My Tractor

Dustin Lynch

2012

25. John Doe on a John Deere

Lonestar

1997

26. Rain on the Scarecrow

John Mellencamp

1985

27. Rain Is a Good Thing

Luke Bryan

2009

28. Farm Life

Colt Ford (featuring Justin Moore)

2014

29. Farmer's Blues

Marty Stuart

2003

30. A Man on a Tractor

Rodney Atkins

2006

31. I'll Grow My Own

Chris Cagle

2012

32. Kick the Dust Up

Luke Bryan

2015

33. Farmer's Almanac

Johnny Cash

1989

34. Amarillo Sky

Jason Aldean

2005

35. Farm Girl

Jason Meadows

2007

36. Song of the South

Alabama

1989

37. The Last of a Dying Breed

Neal McCoy

2005

38. Things I Miss the Most

Van Zant

2005

39. It Doesn't Get Any Countrier Than This

Tim McGraw

1994

40. John Deere Tractor

The Judds

1984

41. Friends with Tractors

Rodney Atkins

2009

42. I Wanna Be a Hillbilly

Billy Currington

2005

43. Down on the Farm

Tim McGraw

1994

44. Alabama Clay

Garth Brooks

1989

45. Cadillac Ranch

Chris LeDoux

1992

46. Dirt Road Dollars

The Lacs & Nate Kenyon

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Comments

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on May 29, 2021:

Chitrangada - Thanks for taking the time to find it and for your lovely comment. I'm glad you enjoyed it. Have a wonderful weekend.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on May 28, 2021:

This is a great list on a wonderful topic.

I enjoyed knowing that there are so many songs based on the farmers and tractors.

I have visited the farms on many occasions, and I loved the experience. We are always grateful to the farmers, for the noble work they do.

I had missed this article earlier, as it didn’t appear on my feed. Finally, I found it.

Thank you for sharing.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on May 28, 2021:

Bill - That sounds like a great childhood experience, especially if you didn't had the early morning farmchores! I like the egg collecting. Thanks for stopping by. Have a wonderful weekend!

Bill De Giulio from Massachusetts on May 28, 2021:

Another great list, Flourish. I grew up with a farm practically in our backyard and have always loved farm animals. I’m with you, I could never kill an animal, especially one I raised and cared for. Great job, I’m always amazed at the new topics you manage to find songs about.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on May 27, 2021:

Adrienne - I like visiting Amish country. Now that's old-school farming! Thank you for stopping by.

Adrienne Farricelli on May 26, 2021:

I wasn't aware so many songs were inspired by farms and tractors. Good to hear! I miss the old days when I lived in Lancaster, PA and drove by many Amish farms. I hope farms and tractors don't become a thing of the past.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on May 26, 2021:

Audrey - Thanks for your kind comment. There are so many themes to write about that I cannot imagine running out. Have a wonderful week!

Audrey Hunt from Idyllwild Ca. on May 26, 2021:

I love farms, mostly because I love animals. Your selection of videos brought me some big smiles. I don't know how you do it...year after year you introduce us to an array of marvelous songs and themes. Thanks so much!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on May 25, 2021:

Mary - The last time I was on a big farm it was a farm B&B that I had taken my daughter to when she was a toddler. We could have just as easily gone to a distant relative's, but this was much closer. It was about as much farm as I needed. We do go to the you-pick-it places and that gives me what I need. I'm more about loving the animals than anything else, but I worry about their fate. My brother has what he calls a "farmette."

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on May 25, 2021:

I love farms because I enjoy watching things grow. I don't know much about it, but I love to visit.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on May 24, 2021:

Heidi - You're definitely a city slicker but that's okay. Have a wonderful week in sunny Chicago!

Heidi Thorne from Chicago Area on May 23, 2021:

My parents were from farm country. So you'd think I'd have something to add. Nope, drawing a blank. Guess I'm a city slicker. :)

Another fun list, as always!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on May 23, 2021:

Ravi - I appreciate your comment and hope you are well. Have a great weekend.

Ravi Rajan from Mumbai on May 23, 2021:

Another great list Flourish. All Harmer songs have a rustic feel that is not only great to hear but also makes one feel connected to the earth. Thanks for sharing this wonderful collection.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on May 23, 2021:

Nithya - Glad you enjoyed this list. Hope you are doing well.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on May 23, 2021:

Vidya - You're right. Without them, we'd go hungry.

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on May 23, 2021:

A great selection of songs. I did not know there were so many songs about tractors and farming. I enjoyed going through the list.

VIDYA D SAGAR on May 22, 2021:

I am a city slicker but love farms. I dream of living on a farm, growing vegetables and fruits some day. We need to salute the farmers. They are the reason we are able to eat today. The playlist is great, I will save and listen to it when I feel the pull of the farm. Thanks for sharing.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on May 21, 2021:

Linda - Thank goodness for the playlist then. Hope you enjoy your weekend down on the Carb Diva acreage.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on May 21, 2021:

Linda - I'm happy that you enjoyed this and it brought back memories with a song you liked. Have a wonderful weekend.

Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on May 20, 2021:

Oh my, I must be a city-slicker (although I have several acres in the rural edge of our town). The only song I recognized was John Denver's. Clearly, I need to study up. Thanks for a fun list

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on May 20, 2021:

I’m impressed that you never run out of ideas for your song articles. I’m glad you included “Thank God I’m a Country Boy” in this article. I used to hear that song often and always enjoyed it.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on May 20, 2021:

Devika - I'm glad you enjoyed the topic and the music.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on May 20, 2021:

James - I'll never be a farmer myself. My husband jokes that I've never met a plant I couldn't kill. But I do have a gift caring for animals. I could never kill (or arrange to have killed) what I raised and tended to. Not a profitable venture for sure.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on May 20, 2021:

Umesh - Thank you kindly.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on May 20, 2021:

Peggy - You're right about growing your own food. When my grandfather (mother's father) was alive, his garden was so productive that he gave loads of extra vegetables to the local food bank. Now it's just a back yard of grass and sad to see, but I think of him a lot during the summer.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on May 20, 2021:

Bill - I thought about you and your urban farming as I compiled the list. Glad you liked it.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on May 20, 2021:

Liz - Kids love farms and songs about them. Thanks for sharing a bit about your grandchildren.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on May 20, 2021:

Hi FlourishAnyway, You find the most interesting song lists. I have not heard of these songs. It is unique, informative and the best list I have come across here.

James C Moore from Joliet, IL on May 20, 2021:

I'm not a farmer but I did go to school in Iowa. That should count for something. Anyway, John Denver at 9 is the main song I remember here. As for suggestions perhaps Kenny Rogers' "Lucille" makes the cut. Its main lyrics are:

"you picked a fine time to leave me Lucille

four hungry children and crops in the field"

They say country music is the honour ink version of the blues.

Umesh Chandra Bhatt from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on May 20, 2021:

Well compiled. Nice work. Blessings.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on May 20, 2021:

Many of my ancestors were farmers. Although I did not grow up on a farm, I did learn the love of gardening from my grandfather. There is something about growing your own food that is so satisfying. Thanks for this great song list.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on May 20, 2021:

I'm not sure what this says about me, but I immediately thought of five right off the top of my head. lol I should probably be concerned about that, but I'm not sure why. :)

Liz Westwood from UK on May 20, 2021:

This is an interesting list. The two that spring to mind for me are the children's rhyme 'Old Macdonald had a farm', which our grandchildren like, and 'The Combine Harvester' by The Wurzels.

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