When you think about country music, you picture artists singing about beer, pretty girls, and the open road. But you can’t drive down the open road without a reliable truck. So in this article, I’m going to provide you with my favorite country songs about trucks, which hopefully will spur you to add a couple of these notable tracks to your music playlist.
Country Songs About Trucks You’ll Love
Let’s begin with a memorable Glen Campbell song.
10) “I Love My Truck” by Glen Campbell (1981)
I had to start off this list with one of the most straightforward country songs about a truck there is. Campbell makes it obvious that he really does love his truck. This song almost feels like a love song directed exactly to it, honestly. It’s melodic but fun and lighthearted.
I think it expresses a sentiment that many Southern boys feel about their trucks. I, for one, know plenty of men that would readily marry their trucks if given the chance. And I believe this song embodies that sentiment.
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9) “Somethin’ ‘Bout a Truck” by Kip Moore (2011)
This song is one of Moore’s only to reach the top of the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. For good reason, too. Around the time that this came out, it was one of the only songs that you could hear on the radio, as it was often replayed over and over again by the various stations. I didn’t mind at the time; I was and still am a fan of the song, after all.
I would almost argue this song is an anthem for country boys all over the South. It’s a song about picking up girls simply because you own a truck. It’s incredibly catchy, and the opening guitar riff is almost immediately recognizable. Forever one of Moore’s best, this song has cemented its place in the hearts of many Southerners.
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8) “We Rode in Trucks” by Luke Bryan (2007)
As I will also mention in one of the later songs on this list, I love songs that remind me of having grown up in the South. In this track, Bryan talks about his Georgia hometown (which is a state that’s about as southern as you can get). His lyrics reflect a life growing up in the country, experiencing love and heartbreak as a teenager, and acknowledging that where he comes from, everyone drives a truck.
With the exception of maybe one other song on this list, this track is one of the slower ones. It feels very real. Listening to the song and even watching the music video, Bryan’s love for growing up in the South is clear. This is a song that many Southerners can relate to. If there’s one thing I know from growing up in the South is that Southern pride runs rampant, and any song that celebrates that is beloved by many.
7) “Cab of My Truck” by Dierks Bentley (2005)
I have always been a huge Dierks Bentley fan, and I enjoy this song immensely. It is a song about a guy learning about love and life through the experiences he has while he just so happens to be in his truck, and some of the things he finds leftover that he’s kind of just thrown onto the floorboards that have great memories tied to them. This is a song that just about anyone who drives a car than relate to, Southern or not, truck or not.
It’s a message that’s true to life. I know that I, for one, have very specific memories tied to each of the cars I have driven in my past. This song reminds me of some of those. It is a very typical Dierks Bentley song, in that it represents his usual sound, with the twangy guitar and fast tempo. It gets your heart racing listening to it. It makes you want to drive fast and make some of those memories Bentley is singing about in the song.
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6) “More Trucks Than Cars” by Craig Morgan (2012)
Having grown up in the South, I’m a sucker for any song that reminds me of home. This is one of them. In it, Craig Morgan sings about his hometown, the type of place where everybody knows everybody and, as the title would suggest, more people drive trucks than cars. Morgan has always been known for his songs that tell of country life, and this one is one of his finest.
I’ll admit, this is a song I scream in the car. Something about it is just so real for me, maybe because, again, it reminds me of home. Morgan did an excellent job, as always, capturing country life in his lyrics. Though this song is not specifically about a truck itself, it does heavily rely on the trope that Southerners always drive trucks. He’s not wrong, either.
5) “Big Ol’ Truck” by Toby Keith (2009)
The story Keith tells in this song is straightforward: he’s in love with a girl that drives a big truck. It could almost be implied that a lot of his love comes from the fact that she drives said truck, considering that’s the title of this song. It’s admittedly kind of an unusual love song, but it is truly country love at its finest.
The catchy guitar riff and the piano in the background give this song a unique feel that makes it that much more memorable. I have always had mixed feelings about Toby Keith, but this song is genuinely very Toby. Even if you didn’t know who wrote it, you wouldn’t be surprised to find out it was him. Regardless, the song is always a good listen and will have you nodding your head along whether you want to or not.
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4) “Pickup Man” by Joe Diffie (1994)
This song has quite the comedic value, and is especially well known for the line “I’ve got an eight foot bed that never has to be made”. The track’s message is relatively simple: this is a man that attracts attention (especially from women) because of his truck. And, of course, he uses that to his advantage.
The track is very upbeat and is typically referred to as the “country meets rock” hit of the 90s. It topped the charts for four weeks straight. Any fan of country music has heard this song before, even if they don’t quite recognize it at the beginning. It’s catchy, has a fast tempo, and draws you in from the beginning and doesn’t let go. I tap my foot along the entire time.
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3) “Drive (For Daddy Gene)” by Alan Jackson (2002)
One of the more emotional songs on this list, this was Jackson’s dedication song to his late father Eugene Jackson. He wrote the song entirely on his one, recalling times where him and his father would ride around the countryside in their truck. This was one of Jackson’s best received and most well-known singles, and is still a standout on his discography.
Every time I hear this song, it makes a pit form in my stomach. It’s painful, but in the best way. It is a man’s beautiful dedication to his father, and is a beautiful example of a country song about a truck that isn’t just about beers and babes.
Countless people, especially the country folks, relate to this song on a personal level. The instrumentals in this track are exactly what they need to be, and it is clear in Jackson’s voice that he has felt the emotions he is singing about. Truly incredible.
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2) “Mud on the Tires” by Brad Paisley (2003)
There has, admittedly, been some debate over the true meaning of this song. On the surface, this is a song about a man who finally got his dream truck and wants to take his girl out in the truck, to the dirt backroads, to break it in. Many people believe this song has sexual undertones. I, for one, do not.
Paisley himself said the song reflected his state of being at the time it was released. He viewed it as an overview of a lot of the other songs that were released on the same album, named, fittingly, Mud on the Tires. Paisley referred to it as “realistic,” and “not pristine.” Regardless of the true meaning of the song, its quality is undeniable.
Something about this track makes it almost unbearably catchy. It’s an earworm that you’ll get stuck in your head all day after hearing it once. The gentle guitar picking and Paisley’s unmistakable vocals make this a song that’s nearly impossible to forget.
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1) “I Drive Your Truck” by Lee Brice (2012)
Of course I had to put the most emotional song on this list as my number one. I’m pretty sure I cried the first time I heard it. Having male relatives of my own (as we all do), it was particularly painful to hear a song about a man mourning the death of his family member by driving his truck.
This song was actually written by songwriters Jessi Alexander, Connie Harrington, and Jimmy Yeary. Harrington was the one that came up with the idea for the tune, reciting a story she had heard on NPR about a father whose son had died in Afghanistan saving another soldier. The father said he remembered his son by driving his truck.
This is honestly one of the most emotional country songs I know. Lee Brice’s voice is absolutely perfect for it. The instrumentals blend incredibly well with his vocal range to make this song a complete masterpiece. It is still something I listen to regularly when I need a good cry. If you’re looking for one of the best country songs about trucks, look no further—you’ve found it.
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While some may seem relatively straightforward on the surface, a lot of country songs about trucks are actually celebrations of life, love, and growing up in the South. Driving trucks will always be a common way of life in the Southern states, and there will always be new songs coming out to celebrate that.
This song was written by Angela and edited by Michael.