Top 15 Country Music Driving Songs

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Florida Georgia Line - 'Cruise'

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Florida Georgia Line's infectious tune is built for cruising the highways, byways, and back roads. And, for the boys in the band, a little female company is always welcomed on a long road trip.

Lyrics for the Road: "Baby you a song, you make me wanna roll my windows down -- and cruise!"

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Merle Haggard - 'White Line Fever'

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Merle Haggard - 'Mama Tried' (1968). Image courtesy of Capitol Records

Road fatigue gets to a trucker out for a long haul. Feel the same? The perfect antidote is this Merle Haggard song. (And you thought I was going to suggest Benzedrine.)

Lyrics for the Road: ​"The wrinkles on my forehead show the miles I've put behind me."

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Jason Aldean - 'Johnny Cash'

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Jason Aldean - 'Relentless' (2007). Image courtesy of Broken Bow Records

Jason Aldean has a "take-this-job-and-shove-it" moment with his boss. What's next? Hitting the road with his girl and a stash of Johnny Cash albums. There are worse ways to change careers.

Lyrics for the Road: "Throw your suitcase in the back, done gassed up the Pontiac, blastin out the Johnny Cash."

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Jerry Reed - 'East Bound and Down'

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Jerry Reed - 'East Bound and Down' (1977). Image courtesy of RCA Records

Used memorably on the soundtrack to Smokey and the Bandit, this trucking song has got 16-wheels of energy behind it as as it barrels down the road with no brakes.

Lyrics for the Road: "Keep your foot hard on the pedal. Son, never mind them brakes. Let it all hang out 'cause we got a run to make."

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Dwight Yoakam - 'A Thousand Miles From Nowhere'

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Dwight Yoakam - 'This Time' (1993). Image courtesy of Reprise Records

A lonely man feels far away from everything in the world. This Dwight Yoakam classic is perfect for two-lane voyages through the middle of nowhere. Cue the tumbleweed.

Lyrics for the Road: "I'm a thousand miles from nowhere, time don't matter to me. Cause I'm a thousand miles from nowhere, and there's no place I wanna be."

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Joe Diffie - 'Pickup Man'

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Joe Diffie - 'Third Rock from the Sun' (1994). Image courtesy of Epic Records

Who wouldn't be obsessed with a truck when it brings women, fame, and one of the great country songs of the '90s? Joe Diffie, you done done it again.

Lyrics for the Road: "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."

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Robert Earl Keen - 'The Road Goes On Forever'

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Robert Earl Keen - 'West Textures' (1989). Image courtesy of Columbia Records

This concert-ender from Robert Earl Keen tells a story of broads, booze, and murder. If "I Spy" gets old, this sprawling crime tale is sure to keep you entertained as the miles tic by.

Lyrics for the Road: "She watched him as his taillights disappeared around the bend. The road goes on forever and the party never ends"

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George Strait - 'Amarillo by Morning'

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George Strait - 'Strait From the Heart' (1982). Image courtesy of Geffen Records

A weary rodeo rider heads toward his next destination in this George Strait favorite. The homesick tune is perfect for long drives at night, past the witching hour.

Lyrics for the Road: "Amarillo by morning, up from San Antone. / Everything that I've got is just what I've got on."

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Dave Dudley - 'Six Days on the Road'

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Various Artists - '23 Truckin' Hits' (1994). Image courtesy of Deluxe Records

Speed limits, drug laws, and weighing stations be damned -- a trucker is determined to get home in "Six Days on the Road." The Dave Dudley tune lays arguable claim to being the country song that got the whole "trucker song" trend rolling.

Lyrics for the Road: "Nothing bothers me tonight -- I can dodge all the scales, all right! Six days on the road, and I'm gonna make it home tonight."

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Billy Currington - 'Good Directions'

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Billy Currington - 'Doin' Somethin' Right' (2005). Image courtesy of Mercury Nashville Records

It's the journey, not the destination. A stop to ask for directions turns into a prologue for romance in this tender tune from Billy Currington.

Lyrics for the Road: "A left will take you to the interstate. But a right will bring you right back here to me."

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Alabama - 'Dixieland Delight'

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Alabama - 'Roll On' (1984). Image courtesy of RCA Records

A weekend warrior drives down the road with his darling in this fine driving song from Alabama (also see "Roll On [Eighteen Wheeler]"). Avoid tapping your foot against the gas pedal when this comes on.

Driving Song Lyrics: "Rollin' down a backwoods, Tennessee by-way. One arm on the wheel. Holdin' my lover, with the other. A sweet, soft, Southern thrill."

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Roger Miller - 'King of the Road'

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Roger Miller - 'All Time Greatest Hits' (2003). Image courtesy of Mercury Nashville Records

This be-boppy, finger-snapping song sings the praises of life on the road. Roger Miller sure was a cool cat.

Lyrics for the Road: "I'm a man of means by no means, king of the road."

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Rodney Atkins - 'Take a Back Road'

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Rodney Atkins - 'Take a Back Road' (2011). Image courtesy of Curb Records

Rodney Atkins advises drivers to take the scenic route. What they might see are tractors, dusty paths to nowhere, and wind in his sweet thing's hair. The only thing they're going to miss is back-to-back traffic.

Lyrics of the Road: "It makes me wanna take a back road, makes me wanna take the long way home, put a little gravel in my travel."

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Johnny Cash - 'I've Been Everywhere'

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Johnny Cash - 'Unchained' (1998). Image courtesy of American Recordings

Johnny Cash's version of the Hank Snow classic out-drives the original with its tongue-twisting list of destinations arrived to and departed from.

Lyrics for the Road: "I've been to Louisville, Nashville, Knoxville, Ombabika, Schefferville, Jacksonville . . ."

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Willie Nelson - 'On the Road Again'

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Willie Nelson - 'Greatest Hits (And Some That Will Be)' (1988). Image courtesy of Columbia Records

Willie Nelson is a touring veteran. The road hound -- whose bus runs on cooking oil -- sings of his love for rambling in this classic road-trip tune. "On the Road Again" was originally written for the soundtrack to the film Honeysuckle Rose.

Lyrics for the Road: "Like a band of gypsies we go down the highway. We're the best of friends, insisting that the world keep turning our way."

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