Truck references in country music are a dime a dozen. They're everywhere. And we're not complaining -- but there are some songs that go above and beyond a quick mention of a Chevy or a Ford, to a storyline that's centered around the country vehicle of choice, or a major reference to trucks in the verses or chorus.
Below, The Boot picks our favorite songs about trucks, by everyone from Kip Moore to Luke Bryan and Joe Diffie to ... Reba McEntire?? These songs have a little romance and a little grit ... and some of them may even cause you to wipe away a few tears. But in each case, the truck is the star of the show.
Do we love trucks? Truck yeah!
McEntire is the only woman to grace this list, but her song "I Want a Cowboy" is certainly worth mentioning. She describes what she wants in a man -- and McEntire doesn't want someone who looks "picture perfect, like he stepped right off the silver screen." Nope, she wants someone else ... someone who drives a pickup truck. She wants someone with Wranglers and a Stetson. She wants a cowboy.
A throwback to Bryan's debut album, I'll Stay Me, "We Rode in Trucks" is a tribute to growing up in rural America, with references to raising "cotton, corn, a little cane and kids" and "fallin' in and out of love." The tune is nostalgic, romantic and one of our favorite songs about growing up with trucks.
What does a good country boy do after a long day of work? Shine up his old truck, swing by the Quick Stop, grab a couple of drinks and head to his lady's house to pick her up for a romantic evening in the moonlight. "Well, I'm just ready to ride this Chevy / Ride this Chevy down a little backroad / Slide your pretty little self on over / Get a little closer, turn up the radio," Aldean sings in this first single from his fifth studio album, Night Train. The tune's got a little bit of romance and a lot of love for a Chevy.
Trouble is brewing in this 1995 hit from Akins. You know how a women knows she's losing her man when she finds lipstick on his collar? Akins sings about a man who loses his girl -- and he knows it because, when he drives past her house, there's a Chevy 4x4 in her driveway ... and it ain't his. "That ain't my truck in her drive / Man, this ain't my day tonight / Looks like she's in love and I'm out of luck," he sings.
"Truck Yeah" was McGraw's highest solo chart debut ever. Fans just couldn't resist the fun-filled song with lines like "Got Lil' Wayne pumpin' on my iPod / Thumpin' on the subs in the back of my crew cab / Redneck rockin' like a rockstar / Sling a lil' mud off the back, we can do that." This tune has swagger and style, and when we hear it, all we can say is "Truck yeah!"
This No. 1 title track from Paisley's 2003 record Mud on the Tires has been certified gold. Written by the country star and Chris DuBois, it's about that monumental moment when a guy is holding the keys to his shiny new Chevy truck, and he wants to take his girl out for a test drive down by the lake, make a romantic evening of it and "get a little mud on the tires."
Adkins' gold-certified hit "Rough and Ready" is an anthem for those living a blue-collar lifestyle. It's not anything to be ashamed of -- it's to be embraced -- and that's what Adkins does in this song. "Well, you are who you are / And that's all right with me / Well, I am who I am / And that's all I can be," goes the chorus. And Adkins isn't embarrassed of his truck either, which sports an Earnhardt racing sticker on the window, a banged-up fender, rust and more. It's all character, right?
Released in 2011 by Moore, "Somethin' 'Bout a Truck" was the first single from his debut album. It involves a truck in a farmer's field, a "no trespass" sign, a girl in a red sundress and a kiss that leads to something more. It's sexy, catchy and put Moore on the country music landscape.
Brice's "I Drive Your Truck" may move you to tears. It isn't just a song about a truck -- it's a song about the narrator driving a truck owned by his brother ... and his brother died in action in the Army. In the song, Brice sings about how he copes with the pain of losing a loved one: "I drive your truck / I roll every window down / And I burn up / Every back road in this town / I find a field, I tear it up / 'Til all the pain’s a cloud of dust / Yeah, sometimes I drive your truck."
"Pickup Man" was Diffie's longest-lasting No. 1 hit, and anyone who loves country music can see why. The uptempo song describes the love affair between a man and his pickup truck -- but his truck does more than drive him around; it also scores points with the ladies. He wouldn't trade his truck (even if it was burned up and rolled down a hill) for a Coupe de Ville. After all, "I got an eight-foot bed that never has to be made / You know, if it weren't for trucks we wouldn't have tailgates / I met all my wives in traffic jams / There's just something women like about a pickup man." Those lyrics "picked up" lots of country fans when the song was released.