Bikers and riders are a unique breed. They love the freedom, independence of the open road, and of course, they love their bikes.
Something about a motorcycle captures the imagination and inspires passion like nothing else. Whether it’s the thundering sound of the engine or the wind in your hair, there’s nothing quite like riding a bike or listening to songs about motorcycles. If you’re a biker or rider, then you know the feeling that comes with biking songs. And if you’re not, then you probably envy us.
Whether you’re a hardcore biker or just a casual rider, these songs about bikers will get your heart racing. So put on your favorite helmet and hit the open road.
1. Born to Be Wild – Steppenwolf
Steppenwolf’s classic biker anthem is a must for anyone’s motorcycle playlist. If you’ve ever heard it blasting out of the open windows of an old Harley, then you understand why this needs to be in your library. The song perfectly captures the spirit of riding and freedom. The artist even says, “I’m a road warrior, baby/I was born to be wild.”
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2. On the Road Again – Willie Nelson
The songs about motorcycles are all about the joys of riding and being on the open road. Willie Nelson sings about the simple pleasures of life and how they can be found while traveling on your motorcycle. He sings that life without care is ‘just around the bend.’ Also, the song’s guitar solo is phenomenal making it one of the best riding songs ever.
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3. Thunder Road – Bruce Springsteen
Bruce Springsteen is the ultimate biker singer. His song is all about the power and freedom of the open road. The lyrics talk about the ‘wind in your hair and how ‘nothing can stop you now. It’s one of the perfect songs about motorcycles and riders who crave adventure and freedom. He released ‘Thunder Road’ in 1978, and it has become an all-time motorcycle classic.
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4. Ride Like the Wind – Christopher Cross
Christopher Cross sings about the pleasures of riding a motorcycle. ‘Ride like the wind,’ he sings as his voice echoes across the open road. The song is all about how wonderful it feels to ride on a sunny day with nothing to stop you from reaching your destination. It gives you a feeling of freedom and independence that’s hard to find anywhere else.
5. Pour Some Sugar On Me – Def Leppard
There’s no better song for those who love motorcycles and rock ‘n’ roll than Def Leppard’s ‘Pour Some Sugar On Me. The riding song is all about giving in to your wild side and enjoying the ride. It’s the perfect anthem for bikers and riders who love to let loose and have some fun. You might play this song while you’re on your bike to get in the mood.
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6. The Boys Are Back in Town – Thin Lizzy
This song is all about the freedom and excitement of riding your motorcycle. The boys are back in town, and they’re ready to have some fun. It’s a song about riders who love to feel the wind blow in their hair and the sun shining on their face. The artist is proud to be a ‘wo-ho biker boy’ and proclaims that he’ll be doing it until the day he dies. He loves to ride.
7. Going to California – Led Zeppelin
Led Zeppelin is a musical band that’s often associated with motorcycles. This song is all about the journey, not the destination. Led Zeppelin sings about the beauty of traveling to new places on your bike. They encourage you to ‘pack up your bags and leave your home behind.’ It’s a perfect song for riders who love to explore new horizons. The band released the song to publicize their 1977 North American Tour.
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8. Life Is a Highway – Tom Cochrane
Tom Cochrane ‘s ‘life is a highway’ and riders love to live their life on it. The artist sings about riding his motorcycle with the wind in his hair and how good it feels. It’s the perfect anthem for anyone who loves to be on the road and explore new horizons. This song is all about the freedom of the open road. Tom Cochrane sings about how life is a highway and riders can ‘take it to the limit one more time.’ It’s a song for those who cherish moments while the strong wind blows through their hair as they speed off on their bikes.
9. Devil Without a Cause – Kid Rock
Kid Rock sings about how he’s a rebel who doesn’t need society to tell him what to do. He’s happy living his life on the road and riding his motorcycle. The song is all about the joys of having no responsibility but plenty of fun. It’s a perfect anthem for any rider who wants to live their life without worrying.
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10. Little Red Corvette – Prince
For those bikers who love to cruise down the open road, there’s no better song than Prince’s ‘Little Red Corvette.’ The driving song is about a woman who loves to ride fast and feel the wind in her hair. It’s perfect for those who love to live life in the fast lane. Prince is the ultimate biker singer, in our opinion. Of course, you can certainly listen to this song while riding in your Red Corvette, but it surprisingly is a great song to listen to on a bike, too.
11. Radar Love – Golden Earring
The song is all about the thrill of being on your motorcycle and feeling ‘radar love.’ The lyrics are about how life feels complete when you find someone you love to ride with. It’s for riders who want to escape their problems and feel alive. Golden Earring ‘s ‘Radar Love’ is an excellent song for anyone who loves to get away from it all and enjoy life on their motorcycle.
12. Jack and Diane – John Mellencamp
John Mellencamp sings about the pleasure of taking a trip down the open road on your motorcycle. He encourages listeners to ‘look both ways as you cross that street’ because life is short, and embracing the world’s simple pleasures is essential. It’s perfect for riders who want to take a chance and live life to the fullest.
13. Harley Davidson – Steve Miller Band
Steve Miller sings about the pleasure of living for today because you never know what tomorrow will bring. He encourages listeners to ‘ride upon your favorite wind’ and enjoy the fun of the world around them. It’s a perfect anthem for riders who want to live their life without regrets.
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14. Road to Nowhere – Talking Heads
The song is all about the thrill of riding your motorcycle on a sunny day. The lyrics are about how amazing it feels when you feel ‘free as a bird’ and can go wherever you want on your motorcycle. It’s for those who love the open road and the feeling of being one with nature.
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15. Before the Storm – Mumford & Sons
This song is a great riding song for those who love to feel the glorious thrill of being on their motorcycle as they travel down the open road. The lyrics are about finding beauty in nature, and how ‘we were strangers, now we’re friends. It’s perfect for riders who want to escape from their problems and find comfort in the present moment.
16. Beyond the Black Hole – Rush
The song is all about adventure and excitement, not only on the open road but in life itself. It’s for those who love to travel with their motorcycle anywhere they go. It encourages listeners to ‘cast off your troubles. It’s perfect for riders who are ready to take on the world, and still one of the most listened to songs about bikers.
17. A Horse with No Name – America
The song is about how it feels when riding your motorcycle across the country. It encourages listeners to ‘climb the mountain, swim the river’ and be free. It’s for those who love to feel alive and embrace their adventurous side.
18. Roads – Portishead
This song is all about the thrill of riding your motorcycle through the night. It’s perfect for riders who want to escape their problems and let their hair down. The lyrics are about how life feels more magical when you’re one with nature and free to go wherever you please on your bike.
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19. Ride Wit Me – Nelly
‘Ride wit me’ is all about the thrill of riding with the one you love.
20. Motorcycle Mama – Neil Young
This anthem is all about the pleasure of being on your motorcycle and feeling free. It’s perfect for those who love to feel alive and go wherever they want with their biker babe. The lyrics are about how life feels accomplished when you’re one with nature, riding down the open road together.
21. Let’s Ride – Kid Rock
This song is all about the thrill of riding your motorcycle on a sunny day. It’s perfect for riders who want to feel alive and enjoy the pleasures of the world around them. The lyrics are about how life is more beautiful when you’re free to ride down the open road with your family, friends, or lover.
22. The Wind Cries Mary – Jimi Hendrix
Jimi Hendrix sings about how it feels when riding your motorcycle on a hot day. The lyrics are about feeling free and ‘high as the sky.’ It’s perfect for riders who want to experience the joy of enjoying their favorite wind while they ride down the open road with the wind in their hair.
23. Ride On – AC/DC
AC/DC have a song about riding on motorcycles, called Ride On. It’s all about the thrill of being on your bike and going wherever you want to go. The lyrics are about how life is more beautiful when you’re free to go where you please, without any restrictions holding you back. It would be best to listen to this song when riding solo.
24. Riders on the Storm – The Doors
This song is all about the thrill and excitement of riding your motorcycle through life like the storm. It’s perfect for those who feel alive when they’re on their bike, enjoying the dangerous delights it has to offer. The Doors ‘Riders on the Storm’ is from their 1971 album, L.A. Woman.
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25. Wild Horses – The Rolling Stones
The song is about motorcycles and how they bring people together. The lyrics encourage riders to ‘ride and run and be free, like a wild horse.’ It’s perfect for those who want to escape their problems and feel alive on the open road with their family and friends. The Rolling Stones performed this song to pay tribute to Hell’s Angels, inspiring the band’s 1971 hit Stray Cat Blues.
26. Wanted Dead Or Alive – Bon Jovi
Perfect for karaoke or for riding in the wind, Bon Jovi’s “Wanted Dead Or Alive” is for all those rebels out there who are too bad for their own good. In fact, Bon Jovi has some of the best songs related to feeling young, alive and free of all time (so feel free to add almost any Bon Jovi song to your biking playlist).
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27. Ride The Wind – Poison
The song is all about enjoying life on your motorcycle. You’re gonna ride the wind and never stop until you touch the midnight song. Iconic lyrics that truly depict the motorcyclist lifestyle.
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