10 Best Songs About Motorcycles

The essential playlist for all motorbike riders.

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10 Best Songs About Motorcycles

Motorbikes and rock music go hand in hand, being the epitome of freedom, and those two-wheeled machines have inspired so many songs.

So here are 10 great tracks about motorcycle riding!

10. Richard Thompson - 1952 Vincent Black Lightning

This ballad tells the story about the Black Lightning, a 380-pound bike that made 70 horses, and a redheaded girl.

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9. Manowar - Wheels of Fire

Manowar sing about motorbikes in their own manner... Be warned: the below video is NSFW.

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8. Montrose - Bad Motor Scooter

The song was written by singer Sammy Hagar, and it's a great legacy left by the great late guitarist Ronnie Montrose.

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7. Jimi Hendrix - Ezy Ryder

The Band Of Gypsys original was written in 1969, but it was first released on Jimi's posthumous collection "Cry of Love" in 1971. This great song is a Jimi's reflection on 1969's cult biker movie.

6. Meat Loaf - Bat Out of Hell

A classic tribute to 1960s "teenage tragedy" songs (usually girls widowed by bike crashes) from the perspective of the doomed rider.

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5. Twisted Sister - Ride to Live, Live to Ride

Dee Snider is an avid biker and he also organizes rides to raise money for charity (he has the annual "Dee Snider Ride to Fight Hunger"), so it's not surprising that he wrote a song about riding.

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4. Motörhead - Iron Horse / Born to Lose

This song was an one-off songwriting collaboration between drummer Phil Taylor, roadie Mick Brown and Guy "Tramp" Lawrence, a London Hell's Angel and pal of the band. On "No Sleep Til Hammersmith," Lemmy dedicated this song to the Hells Angels, who were Motörhead's unofficial bodyguards at the time.

Note: Be warned, some NSFW pictures in the video below.

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3. Saxon - Motorcycle Man

Just great song from the NWOBHM legends Saxon from their 1979 second album "Wheels of Steel."

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2. Judas Priest - Hell Bent for Leather

Judas Priest has a few songs about riding but this track is so epic that Rob Halford rides a motorcycle on stage during the band's concerts just to sing it.

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1. Steppenwolf - Born to Be Wild

Maybe some can call this song "too obvious" and "overplayed," but "Born to Be Wild" has literally become synonymous with biker culture since 1968.

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Know more songs about motorcycles? Feel free to post them in the comment section below!

39 comments sorted by best / new / date

    We're on UG reading about bikes, rock and Meat (Loaf) and you put NSFW warning. Come on UG, be that dirty uncle everybody has in their family
    Bad News - Masturbike!
    Fires of hell, doomsday bell Prison cell, bloody hell On my masturbike See the cat, on the mat See the cat, it has shat Look out we're going to hell Eat my brain, go insane Eat my brain, go insane Aaaaaagh! Ride the rat nightmare man Ride the rat, pick up the f*cking beat! On my masturbike F*cking c*nt What's that? F*cking c*nt f*cking c*nt Spider is f*cking c*nt Goodbye Radio 1! Eat my brain eat my brain Eat my brain eat my brain Aaaaaagh! Hello Bill, chermobyl I feel ill, hospitil On my masturbike 
    Motley Crue - Kickstart My Heart. Some lyrics about biking, and the opening sounds like a motorcycle.
    Stallions of the Highway > Motorcycle Man. Good to see Saxon get a mention either way.
    Yeah, they do have a lot of motorcycle songs actually, my favorite is probably Midnight Rider.
    Mountain Trash
    What no Poison "Ride The Wind" pretty sure it had some hot YZ action in the video.... damn I'm getting older...And we all watched it and went to those shows back then don't let anyone tell you any different...we were there for the party.
    10 Best Songs for grown men who like to play dress up in leather and ride around on fancy bicycles in a club.
    i'd masturbate to the "Wheels of fire" video...but i think i'd rip my cock off in the process 
    Bat Out of Hell goes by underrated today. Todd Rundgren apparently improvised and recorded the entire lead part in 45 minutes.