43 Songs About Motorcycles and Bikers

Updated on May 3, 2019
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Put your helmet on, climb on your bike, and seek adventure on the wide open highway ahead with the help of a playlist of pop, rock, and country songs about motorcycles and bikers.
Put your helmet on, climb on your bike, and seek adventure on the wide open highway ahead with the help of a playlist of pop, rock, and country songs about motorcycles and bikers. | Source

Fall in Love with the Freedom of the Road

Ask a biker what they value about their two-wheeled mode of transportation and you'll hear much more than the practical benefits of owning a motorcycle. Sure, motorcycles generally cost less to own and maintain than cars. They also take up less space, parking spots are easier to come by, and they are associated with lower fuel emissions. But bikers fall in love with motorcycles for the way they make them feel—like liberated, brave adventure seekers who are connected to like-minded others.

If you're a motorcyclist (or you know someone who is), make a playlist of pop, rock, and country songs. Then ride off into the wind.

1."Born to Be Wild" by Steppenwolf

Of course, this is song top of mind! An anthem that celebrated the freedom of the open road, this hard rock song from 1968 was named one of the "500 Greatest Songs of All Time" by Rolling Stone magazine. It was also inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

"Born to Be Wild" was famously featured on the soundtrack for the classic film Easy Rider although it was not Peter Fonda's first choice. The song encourages unplanned adventured seeking:

Get your motor runnin'
Head out on the highway
Lookin' for adventure
And whatever comes our way ... .

2. "Midnight Rider" by Gregg Allman

The guy in this lonesome rock song from 1970 is just a man on the run with only his motorcycle and one silver dollar to his name. He's on a long desperate highway road that goes on forever, and he's determined not to be caught.

If lonesomeness is something you can relate to, make a playlist of songs about loneliness and isolation.

3. "Wanted Dead or Alive" by Bon Jovi

This 1987 glam metal song gives a nod to the outlaws of the Old West. It draws parallels between the lifestyles of touring rock stars and a band of thieves who swoop into town, drain all the booze, and steal both the money and the local broads.

Bon Jovi compares himself to a cowboy atop a steel horse (i.e., a motorcycle) with his electric guitar is his weapon. In real life, Jon Bon Jovi is a motorcycle devotee who is particularly fond of Harley-Davidsons.

4. "Bat Out of Hell" by Meat Loaf

Meat Loaf's phenomenal vocals grace this loud and lengthy 1979 rock classic that depicts a catastrophic motorcycle crash scene. In the valley below, sirens scream and flames blaze out of control.

A young man, desperate to escape and hit the highway, has left his sweet lover. Now there's nothing left of him. Riding a silver-black phantom bike, he was driving far too fast for conditions and plummeted to his death after losing control on a sudden curve. The song describes the man's body laying under the motorcycle wreckage. His body opened up and his heart flew away like a bat out of hell.

5. "Ride the Wind" by Poison

The lyrics of this popular 1990 glam metal ditty contain some real poetry. Considered one of Poison's best-written songs, the tune upholds bikers as brave and rebellious "modern warriors" who dare to "ride the wind" atop their "saddle iron horses of chrome." Poison's frontman Brett Michaels and drummer Rikki Rockett are both bikers.

6. "Born Free" by Kid Rock

Kid Rock takes the back roads fast on his motorcycle in this 2010 country/rock crossover hit. He wanders the great unknown, climbs mountains, and twists and turns along the roads that stretch ever further from his home. Atop his bike, he chases dreams and embraces freedom.

"Born Free" has used been used in many patriotic contexts to pay tribute to the American military. It was also adopted by Mitt Romney as the theme song in his 2012 bid for the Presidency. Kid Rock is a motorcycle enthusiast who looks the part. Harley-Davidson was a title sponsor for his 2013 Rebel Soul tour.

7. "Ride Like the Wind" by Christopher Cross

A man convicted of multiple murders is fleeing his death-by-hanging sentence in this 1980 soft rock song. He's booking it for the Mexican border, where he presumes he will be safe from harm. While he rides like the wind through the night, the law is not far behind him.

8. "Panheads Forever" by David Allan Coe

For all the controversy that David Allan Coe is known for, he manages to play it straight in this 1982 country song, an ode to his favorite type of motorcycle, the Harley-Davidson with a panhead engine. Coe describes his beloved bike as if it were his loyal sweetheart of many years. Although she's lost her original luster, she's reliable, and they have a history together. He plans to keep her.

9. “Ride” by Joe Satriani

The narrator in this 1989 rock song is a biker whose priorities are straightforward: he just wants to ride. Life is too short to stay at home and take it easy. As the road opens up before him, the narrator is just a man on his bike looking for the next adventure.

10. "Need for Speed" by Saxon

It's just you, your bike and the road ahead. You can feel the excitement and acceleration of this 2007 thrash metal song as you open it up on that long stretch of empty highway. Feel the surge of danger and fear mixed with sheer adrenaline as you hold on tight and go full throttle:

I need the rush
Can't get enough
I got the need for speed.

11. "The Leader of the Pack" by The Shangri-Las

The girls can't believe that All-American Betty in this 1964 teen tragedy tune is going out with Jimmy, the leader of an adolescent motorcycle gang. Between his leather jacket and his bike's roaring engine, she's smitten for this bad boy from the wrong side of town.

Of course, her father doesn't approve, and her parents force her to break off their romance. That's the beginning of the end. With a heart fresh from rejection, Jimmy speeds away into the rain and dies. The revving engine and crash sounds add to the dramatic telling of this story.

If you enjoy music with a plot, make a playlist from more than 150 favorite pop, rock, and country songs that tell a story.

"You do not need a therapist if you own a motorcycle, any kind of motorcycle!" - Dan Aykroyd, American comedian
"You do not need a therapist if you own a motorcycle, any kind of motorcycle!" - Dan Aykroyd, American comedian | Source

12. "Bad to the Bone" by George Thorogood & The Destroyers

From the day this troublemaker entered this world people around him knew that he was bad to the bone. Throughout his life, he broke hearts, making old women blush and young women squeal. Although the 1982 rock ditty doesn't specify what this bad boy uses to get around, what else could it be than a motorcycle?

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13. "Fox" by Millencolin

Clever with the double entendre, this 2000 rock tune features a man who describes his beloved bike as if it were the cross between a pricey hooker and a beloved sweetheart. He treasures his motorcycle so much that he calls it a "she" and demonstrates chivalry to protect her:

She's secondhand, so what? She's true, she's by my side
For all I care, she's hot, she's a real good ride
When we go out, people stop and stare with jealous minds
It's OK for me, as long as they let her be...
To prevent something like a theft I got her locked around a tree.

14. "Free Bird" by Lynyrd Skynyrd

So technically this 1973 Southern rock song—which many would claim contains one of the most iconic guitar solos in music history—isn't about motorcycles. It's about a guy breaking up with his girl and explaining why they can't be together. But seriously. As he leaves behind his sweet lover and eagerly seeks all the places he has yet to travel ... you can bet he's not in a Ford.

15. "Highway to Hell" by AC/DC

In this 1979 hard rock song, they're givin' the finger to da man as they ride off down the highway. Of course, the song is specifically about the drudgeries of touring as a rock band, but it's totally consistent with the biker theme. At the time of its release, some listeners misinterpreted the song as promoting devil worship, leading some radio stations to ban the song (or AC/DC's music altogether). Rolling Stone ranked it as one of the "500 Greatest Songs of All Time."

16. "Motorcycle" by Colter Wall

Colter Wall is a novel country artist whose music reminds me of Johnny Cash or Waylon Jennings back in their heydays. In this 2017 country ditty, the singer-songwriter channels the angst of a life-weary narrator. Using no-nonsense language and vivid imagery, he entertains ending it all:

Well, I figure I'll buy me a motorcycle
Wrap her pretty little frame around a telephone pole
Ride her off a mountain like old Arlo
Figure I'll buy me a motorcycle ... .

17. "Break" by Three Days Grace

Feel the surge of energy in this 2009 rock song that depicts bursting free from the bad situation bringing you down—one that's clearly not in your best interests. Perhaps it's drugs, a toxic love relationship, or a dead end job. Can't you picture yourself getting on your bike and riding into the distance as this blares in the background?

Break!
Away from everybody
Break!
Away from everything
If you can't stand the way this place is
Take, yourself to higher places.

18. "This Life" by Curtis Stigers & The Forest Rangers

This 2008 rock song was the theme song for Sons of Anarchy, a cable television crime series that followed the lives of a fictional motorcycle club. The song describes a biker who feels all alone in the world. With no afterlife to believe in, he seeks to maximize his sense of adventure before they put him six feet under.

19."Ride to Live, Live to Ride" by Twisted Sister

According to this 1983 rock song, the world is yours when you ride a motorcycle. You take in the hard roads and endless lines before you, feel the cold steel and the heat of the roaring engine, and the speed hits you like a fever. You are hyper-aware, becoming one with the marvelous machine you're riding.

Twisted Sister's lead singer, Dee Snider, is well-known a motorcycle enthusiast. Since 2002, he has organized a charity bike ride on Long Island to raise money for the March of Dimes, a local food bank, and other worthy causes.

20. "Ballad of the Easy Rider" by The Byrds

This folk rock song appeared on the Easy Rider motion picture soundtrack in 1969. It likens the wanderlust of a biker to a river that meanders down to the sea. Originally, the movie's central character and scriptwriter, Peter Fonda, sought to have Bob Dylan write and record a theme song. Dylan declined, however, and quickly wrote a lyric on a napkin. He told Fonda to give it to Roger McGuinn, frontman for The Byrds, as he would know what to do with it.

"If I could marry my motorcycle, I'd roll her right up to the altar." - Flip Wilson, American comedian
"If I could marry my motorcycle, I'd roll her right up to the altar." - Flip Wilson, American comedian | Source

Even More Songs About Motorcycles and Bikers

Song
Artist
Year Released
21. Freewheel Burning
Judas Priest
1984
22. Bad Motor Scooter
Montrose
1973
23. The Harley Song
Jay Ewan
2010
24. 1952 Vincent Black Lightining
Richard Thompson
1991
25. She's Got a Motorcycle
Frankie Cocozza
2012
26. Ghost Rider
Rush
2002
27. The Other Kind
Steve Earle
1990
28. Motorcycle Man
Saxon
1980
29. Slow Ride
Foghat
1975
30. Roll Me Away
Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band
1983
31. Ezy Rider
Jimi Hendrix
1971
32. Little Honda
The Beach Boys
1964
33. Summer Running
Billy Idol
2005
34. Hell Bent for Leather
Judas Priest
1978
35. Jeans On
Keith Urban
2002
36. Motorcycle Cowboy
Merle Haggard
2000
37. New Sensations
Lou Reed
1984
38. Iron Horse/Born To Lose
Motörhead
1977
39. Motorcycle Drive By
Third Eye Blind
1997
40. Motorcycle Mama
Neil Young
1978
41. Motorcycle
The Front Bottoms
2015
42. Desert Plains
Judas Preist
1981
43. Yayo
Lana Del Rey
2008
Know a song about motorcycles and bikers that should be on this playlist? Make a suggestion in the Comments Section below!

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      • FlourishAnyway profile imageAUTHOR

        FlourishAnyway 

        4 weeks ago from USA

        Bob - I've read that "hemi-powered drones" refer to the 426 Hemi engine of Chevy muscle cars, but I am absolutely no mechanic?

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        Robert Sacchi 

        4 weeks ago

        Great idea and a great list. What about "Born to Run" by Bruce Springsteen?

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        FlourishAnyway 

        4 weeks ago from USA

        Nithya - I'm glad you enjoyed this. Meatloaf was such a talent in his prime!

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        Nithya Venkat 

        4 weeks ago from Dubai

        A fantastic playlist, I have heard a few of them. I love the song Bat Out of Hell by Meatloaf.

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        FlourishAnyway 

        5 weeks ago from USA

        Dianna - I think it's timeless! Have a wonderful holiday weekend!

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        FlourishAnyway 

        5 weeks ago from USA

        Genna - Thank you for that kind comment. I'm happy that you found it to be so uplifting! Have a wonderful Mother's Day weekend.

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        Dianna Mendez 

        5 weeks ago

        I know a few people who live up to a few of these songs. Born to Be Wild -- what a catchy song.

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        Genna East 

        5 weeks ago from Massachusetts, USA

        Wow -- what a great list of songs. So many iconic legends of words and melody, running with the heart of freedom, of roaming and adventures of the heart -- and of the seeking of youth. I'm loving this...listening to these songs has made my day. Thank you.

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        FlourishAnyway 

        6 weeks ago from USA

        Heidi - Thanks for stopping by! I hope you are recuperating well from your wrist surgery!

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        Heidi Thorne 

        6 weeks ago from Chicago Area

        Being a motorcycle wife (or widow, like a football season widow) for the better part of three decades, I can appreciate this list. And I think you've hit all the major tunes. If I think of any more, I'll pop back in. Ride on!

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        FlourishAnyway 

        6 weeks ago from USA

        Linda - It's really fun, but you have to really trust the skills of the driver! I guess that's always the case in any vehicle but especially on a motorcycle.

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        Linda Crampton 

        6 weeks ago from British Columbia, Canada

        The idea of riding on a motorcycle scares me, but it's certainly interesting to read about the activity and the music associated with it. I'm always impressed by the number of songs that you find for your playlist themes.

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        FlourishAnyway 

        6 weeks ago from USA

        Dora - I could see a short story around that idea -- a motorcycle that threatens the rider when revved. That fella had a very interesting imagination!

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        Dora Weithers 

        6 weeks ago from The Caribbean

        Had my share of motor cycle rides in my teen years. I agree that the spirit of fun and freedom thrives with the experience; but I also remember a friend who got a motor cycle later in life and swore that when he revved it, it threatened him. It definitely suits some age groups and personalities better than others.

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        FlourishAnyway 

        6 weeks ago from USA

        Mary - I agree with you. Inside my spirit may be 17-24, but my body says "proceed with caution."

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        FlourishAnyway 

        6 weeks ago from USA

        Linda - He's daring destiny, but I would bet he knows that. People who ride often say that as far as accidents go, it's not a matter of "if" but "when" but you hope it's not too serious. Have a wonderful week!

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        FlourishAnyway 

        6 weeks ago from USA

        Pamela - Glad you liked this. I'm not a motorcyclist but my father, brother, and nephew are. They love to ride.

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        FlourishAnyway 

        6 weeks ago from USA

        Bill - We never hear about him anymore. Totally underrated as far as music history. I love his music.

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        Mary Norton 

        6 weeks ago from Ontario, Canada

        Hi Flourish. I thought when I was young I was born to be wild but I curb that desire and I dread riding in a motorbike. Maybe, my adventurous spirit manifests itself on some other things so I can relate with some of these songs.

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        Linda Lum 

        6 weeks ago from Washington State, USA

        What a fun list! You won't get me on the back of a bike, but I have a dear friend whose husband has been in not one, not two, but three near-fatal accidents...and still he gets up on that darned bike and rides again. He absolutely loves it. And I guess a large part of the world agrees with him about the "thrill of it all", hence all these songs.

        I'm glad that you put Born to be Wild at the top of the list. When I saw the topic, I knew that had to be #1. Another awesome list! I hope you have a great weekend.

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        Pamela Oglesby 

        6 weeks ago from Sunny Florida

        Flourish, You did it again. So many good songs for riding in the wind. I always liked Freebird, Born to Be Wild, Born Free and many of the others. I enjoyed my morning of listening to your song selections. Great job Flourish!

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        Bill Holland 

        6 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

        Long live Meatloaf! Seriously, that first album, Bat out of Hell, one of the all-time great rock albums.

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        FlourishAnyway 

        6 weeks ago from USA

        Bill - Thanks for being the first to comment. Have a terrific weekend!

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        Bill De Giulio 

        6 weeks ago from Massachusetts

        Another great list Flourish. There are some classic rock songs included here. I imagine there’s not a topic that you couldn’t come up with a playlist? Have a great weekend.

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