There’s something about a truck.
Have you noticed the truck songs released in the last 12 months?
Trucks have long been the topic of country songs. Back in the ’70s and ’80s it seemed to be more about the big semis instead of pickups, but the wheeling trucks have always been a topic for country songs. I actually did some digging to find country songs specifically about trucks and I was surprised I didn’t find more.
There are songs with truck in the title. There are songs about trucks. There are songs in between and songs that include mentions of trucks.
But in the last year or so I’ve noticed that the truck, country folks’ favorite vehicle, has been a common theme. It seemed to get started with Kip Moore’s Somethin’ ‘Bout A Truck. The song is incredibly catchy and for good reason is shot all the way to #1 on the country charts.
What tends to happen in the music world is that once a trend becomes the “it” trend there are followers. Earlier this year Tim McGraw released Truck Yeah, which I’m not a huge fan of but many people seem to like it. I just think it’s a generic song even in melody.
There is currently a song on the edge of the charts that I feel is a really strong truck song. Things You Can’t Do In A Car was released by Due West. You probably haven’t heard of the band, but they’ve been releasing music for a couple years. The guys have released some good songs as singles, but this is their first charting single. It’s really good and it actually doesn’t even mention the world “truck”. I think it’s impressive to have a truck song that doesn’t even mention the word.
This week Craig Morgan releases his next single, More Trucks Than Cars. It’s a great song. Craig had a huge hit last year and then released a dud that was a little silly, but he’s back on track with this single. It’s a great song about trucks. Craig is back to releasing music that’s for the good ole boys out there.
I’m not really sure how long this truck trend will go in country music. Like I said, there have always been pickup truck songs in country music along with 18 wheeler songs. I’m sure we’ll always have truck songs and it’s welcomed.
Country folks love their trucks and as long as artists can find new ways to sing about their pickups there will always be a place for it. The trick is just coming up with something that’s not generic (Truck Yeah) and instead is clever (Things You Can’t Do In A Car).
Things You Can’t Do In A Car – Due West
Full List of Truck Songs
- Brad Paisley – Mud On The Tires
- Colt Ford – She Likes to Ride in Trucks
- Craig Morgan – More Trucks Than Cars
- Due West – Things You Can’t Do In A Car
- Glen Campbell – I Love My Truck
- Joe Diffie – Pickup Man
- Kip Moore – Somethin’ ‘Bout A Truck
- Lee Brice – I Drive Your Truck
- Luke Bryan – We Rode In Trucks
- Rhett Akins – That Ain’t My Truck
- Tim McGraw – Truck Yeah
- Toby Keith – Big Ol’ Truck
Are we missing any?
Comment and we’ll add your pickup truck songs to the list.
Additional Truck Songs
- The Dashboard – Chris Young