Music and Motorcycles. Songs that inspire us to ride

Non-bikers love to whine about the disadvantages and dangers of riding bikes – being exposed to the weather, being more prone to injuries in case of accidents and such. But the one thing that irritates me the most about bikes is the fact that I can’t listen to music while riding. That I feel is the biggest disadvantage bikers have when compared to those who travel by car or public transport.

So why do I bring up music in a blog related to bikes? Well the reason is that they both have something in common in the sense that they evoke something in people that nothing else can. Music and bikes have this uncanny ability to transport us into a different state of mind where all the day-to-day worries and problems fade away from our minds and we’re left feeling free more than anything else.

Now there are certain songs which somehow manage to give me the same felling I get while riding. That inexplicable sense of freedom and just wanting to ride away from everyone and everything until I’m all alone with my thoughts and my bike. I thought I would share these songs for you and if you happen to be a ‘car-guy’, I dare say that they would make an excellent playlist for road trips. So here they are:

Highway to Hell by AC/DC

If any song is guaranteed a place on a road-trip playlist, it’s this one. That powerful intro riff that is instantly recognisable by anyone and the lyrics just make me want to jump on my bike and blast down the first highway I can see; And everything else can just go to hell.

Born to be Wild by Steppenwolf

“Get your motor runnin’ head out on the highway, lookin’ for adventure and whatever comes our way.” That line should be the official anthem for bikers around the world. If there ever was a song that perfectly encapsulates a biker’s spirit, it’s this one.

Start Me Up by The Rolling Stones

A fantastic song from one of the greatest rock ‘n’ roll bands of all time, this song has lyrics that are chock-full of innuendo which will leave you wondering if Jagger’s talking about bikes or women (the last line should clear up that confusion). With the catchiest of intro riffs and upbeat singing, this song is one of my favourites from the stones.

Bad to the Bone by George Thorogood

An intro riff that’ll stop you in your tracks, cheesy lyrics about being a badass and a tempo that will invariably get your foot tapping, Bad to the Bone is a song that perfectly complements the bad-boy image that is often attributed to bikers.

Iron Horse by Motörhead

Iron Horse is a song about the unique relation between a rider and his bike which is made apparent by its chorus: “On Iron Horse he flies, on Iron Horse he gladly dies, Iron Horse his wife, Iron Horse his life.” It is a song about the famous Hell’s Angels riding group and you’ll be hard pressed to find a song that explains the passion for riding in a better way.

Motorcycle Mama by Neil Young

Not every bike song has to be fast-paced with heavy guitar overlays and Neil Young’s Motorcycle Mama is the perfect case in point. It’s a rather melodious song that makes me want to go for a relaxed cruise instead of the tarmac-shredding feeling that the other songs tend to inspire.

Well these are the songs that inspire me to go out and ride. Which songs do the same for you? Let me know in the comments below and I’ll add them to my playlist as well.

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