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45 Songs About Motorcycles and Bikers

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

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.

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.

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.

"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

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

Even More Songs About Motorcycles and Bikers

Know a song about motorcycles and bikers that should be on this playlist? Make a suggestion in the Comments Section below!

SongArtistYear 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

44. Motorcycle

Diane and The Gentle Men

2016

45. Motorbikin'

Chris Spedding

1976

© 2019 FlourishAnyway

Comments

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on July 24, 2020:

Nigel1970 - Thanks for these suggestions. I've included the Chris Spedding one.

Nigel1970 on July 21, 2020:

Killed by Death by motorhead should be on the list

Nigel1970 on July 21, 2020:

Motorbikin' by Chris Spedding, a great motorbinking tune

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on March 15, 2020:

MG Singh - I appreciate you stopping by. Glad you liked the list.

MG Singh emge from Singapore on March 14, 2020:

Lovely songs on bikers. I consider myself as one. Thank you.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on March 14, 2020:

Peggy - You should put this on your bucket list! There must be someone who can give you a ride!

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on March 13, 2020:

"Born to be Wild" epitomizes what it must feel like to be on a motorcycle. One of my brothers used to own one, and he loved it. I have never even ridden on one.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on September 05, 2019:

Diane Gentile - I like it! Added!

Diane Gentile on September 03, 2019:

You left out "Motorcycle" - Diane and the Gentle Men.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on May 22, 2019:

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

Robert Sacchi on May 22, 2019:

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

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on May 16, 2019:

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

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on May 16, 2019:

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

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on May 11, 2019:

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

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on May 11, 2019:

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.

Dianna Mendez on May 11, 2019:

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

Genna East from Massachusetts, USA on May 11, 2019:

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.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on May 09, 2019:

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

Heidi Thorne from Chicago Area on May 08, 2019:

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!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on May 08, 2019:

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.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on May 07, 2019:

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.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on May 06, 2019:

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!

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on May 06, 2019:

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.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on May 05, 2019:

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

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on May 05, 2019:

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!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on May 05, 2019:

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

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on May 05, 2019:

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

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on May 05, 2019:

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.

Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on May 04, 2019:

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.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on May 04, 2019:

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!

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on May 04, 2019:

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

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on May 04, 2019:

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

Bill De Giulio from Massachusetts on May 04, 2019:

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.