10 Best Motorcycle Songs of All Time

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Fantastic motorbike songs have inspired generations, sparked a motorcycling revolution and brought about cultural change in the way we perceive motorcycles over the years. Music and Motorcycles, these two words have been insync with each other in all these years.

To Show our love for Riding and insiatible appetite for fantastic music has inspired us to present you a list of ultimate motorbike songs every living soul must be aware of.

To perform this mammoth task, we had our work cut out for us. To compile a list of the best, we began our research, we searched, we listened, read lot of lyrics, all this research eventually lead to creation of a pool of awesome songs.

When we sat down to compile the final list, we realised, although the popular songs were good, the best ones(except for one or two), were hidden in this mammoth pool of music goodness.

To judge the best songs, we had to devise an analysis scale / Meter psychcle style.

MRBT Scale: Ranked higher to Lower

Level 1: The Song should be either about motorcycling (analogy about life is okay) - M - 4

Level 2: Should be about Riding – R - 3

Level 3: The MotorBike itself – B - 2

Level 4: Finally, the tune should be awesome- T – 1

After we created our complicated Scale(Haha), we pondered, looked, searched, listened, Analysed, Rated, compiled a list of the songs we feel best decribe the art of motorcycling

Let's Check out the Songs;

Top 10 Motorcycle Songs

Now that you're Aware of our Top 10:

Let's Discuss the songs in Detail:

No 10.

Song: 'Ezy Ryder'

Artist: Jimi Hendrix

Album: ‘The Cry of Love’ (1971)

Psychcleanalysis --

Plus side: Amazing Guitar Play, Music And Vocals, the song was inspired by the Movie Easy Rider, it’s about a guy who is riding on a Highway Of Love, a person who goes with flow, falls in love wants to live free. After the plot It's all about Jimmy Hendrix Music do we say More.

Minus Side: The Song has little to do with the art of Motorcycling, connection to the movie Easy Rider shows a bit of Riding Analogy though.

Level 1:  Motorcycling/ analogy – 2/4

Level 2: Riding –1/ 3

Level 3: The MotorBike itself – 0/2

Level 4:  tune should be awesome- T – 1/1

PsychcleRating Scale: 4/10.

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No 9.

Song: ‘Motorcycle Mama’

Artist: SailCat

Album: ‘Motorcycle Mama' (1972)

Psychcleanalysis --

Plus side: Amazing Accoustic Music, Brilliant Voice, Suoerb Motorcycling lyrics, the song is about riding a Harley on a highway, adding a sidecar, passing through towns, enjoying the freedom which comes with Riding a Motorbike.

Minus Side: The Song is about a guy asking a girl to run away with him, not a good analogy in a song, you be the judge.

Level 1:  Motorcycling/ analogy – 3/4

Level 2: Riding –1/ 3

Level 3: The MotorBike itself – 0/2

Level 4:  tune should be awesome- T – 1/1

PsychcleRating Scale: 5/10.

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No 8.

Song: 'Motorcycle Man"

Artist: Saxon

Album: ‘Wheels of Steel’ (1980)

Psychcleanalysis --

Plus side: Amazing Punk Rock Music, Terrific Vocals, Foot Tapping upbeat tempo, Amazing Guitar Shredding.

Minus Side: Poor Lyrics and a Dangerous message to the Riders. The Song is about a motorcyle guy getting a kick out of riding insanely fast and doing dangerous stunts, as a purist rider the song is selling an idea of riding fast, doing stunts, not recommended by us.

Level 1:  Motorcycling/ analogy – 2.5/4

Level 2: Riding –2/ 3

Level 3: The MotorBike itself – 0/2

Level 4:  tune should be awesome- T – 1/1

PsychcleRating Scale: 5.5/10

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No 7.

Song: ‘Little Honda’

Artist: The Beach Boys (1964)

Album: N.A.

Psychcleanalysis --

Plus side: A Simple tribute song by legendary beach boys describing a small Honda Cub Motorcycle for its ease of riding. Comparing a lightweight Honda Cub Bike to the Bigger Bikes of the Generation, the song describes Honda Cub can do anything a big bike can do as the motorcycle is lightweight and fast.

Minus Side: Lyrics are simple, sounds like a Honda Advertisement, not that it is bad in any way.

Level 1:  Motorcycling/ analogy – 2/4

Level 2: Riding –1/ 3

Level 3: The MotorBike itself – 2/2

Level 4:  tune should be awesome- T – 1/1

PsychcleRating Scale: 6/10

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No 6.

Song: ‘The Motorcycle Song’

Artist: Arlo Guthrie -- 1967

Album: N.A.

Psychcleanalysis --

Plus side: Simple Music and Rhyme, the Song is about a man who had an accident, & wanted to pen his feelings about riding his Bike. The pronounciation of the Motorcycle is amazing as he describes it as Motorcikle. There is a genius in the Nonsensicle lyrics, there is weird but awesome story behind the song.

Minus Side: The Song is made up of Weird lyrics which might confuse the listener.

Level 1:  Motorcycling/ analogy – 2.5/4

Level 2: Riding –3/ 3

Level 3: The MotorBike itself – 0/2

Level 4:  tune should be awesome- T – 1/1

PsychcleRating Scale: 6.5/10

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No 5.

Song: ‘Ballad of Easy Rider'

Artist: Roger McGuinn

Album: ‘Easy Rider’ (1969)

Psychcleanalysis --

Plus side: Soothing Accoustic Music, Briliant Lyrics, It's about riding where you want to go, without any plans, wherever the River takes You, jump on a Motorbike and Ride.

Minus Side: It’s on single track, some people might consider it slow, Although we like the tempo, it's not foot tapping for sure.

 

Level 1:  Motorcycling/ analogy – 3/4

Level 2: Riding –3/ 3

Level 3: The MotorBike itself – 0/2

Level 4:  tune should be awesome- T – 1/1

PsychcleRating Scale: 7/10

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No 4.

Song: ‘Bat Out of Hell'

Artist: Meat Loaf

Album: From ‘Bat Out of Hell’ (1977)

Psychcleanalysis --

Plus side: Brilliant song by the legendary band about a boy who is riding fast, crashes and watches his life flashing in front of his eyes, as he remembers his girlfriend. Lyrics Wise, one of the Best motorcycle Songs we have heard, Sends an important message about dangerous implications of riding on high speed.

Minus Side: Even though Song has excellent Lyrics, Music is Average at best.

Level 1:  Motorcycling/ analogy – 3.5/4

Level 2: Riding –3/ 3

Level 3: The MotorBike itself – 0/2

Level 4:  tune should be awesome- T – 1/1

PsychcleRating Scale: 7.5/10

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No 3.

Song: ‘Live to Ride, Ride to Live'

Artist: Twisted Sister

Album: ‘You Can’t Stop Rock ’n’ Roll’ (1983)

Psychcleanalysis --

Plus side: Amazing Music, Briliant Analogy comparing the art of Riding to Life itself, superb guitar shredding, Nice Lyrics, one of those complete songs.

Minus Side: None As Such, It can be classified as a One tone song if you really want to judge, listen and judge Yourself .

Level 1:  Motorcycling/ analogy – 4/4

Level 2: Riding –3/ 3

Level 3: The MotorBike itself – 0/2

Level 4:  tune should be awesome- T – 1/1

PsychcleRating Scale: 8/10

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No 2.

Song: ‘1952 Vincent Black Lightning’

Artist: Richard Thompson

Album: Rumor & Sigh (1991)

Psychcleanalysis -- 

Plus side: Probably one of the best motorcycle song of all time, a true tribute of the Legendary Vincent Motorbike, A man named James describing his affection for a girl and his motorcycle(1952 Vincent Black Lightning), composed by one of the best singer, songwriter and Lyricist of his generation "Richard Thompson". Music is pleasing, Superb Voice and incredible Lyrics., Rated one of the best Songs of all time by Time Magazine.

Minus Side: Only Negative we could find is; the song is at No 2 Position in our list even after being incredible in every possible way, there is one better than this.

 

Level 1:  Motorcycling/ analogy – 4/4

Level 2: Riding –2/ 3

Level 3: The MotorBike itself – 2/2

Level 4: tune should be awesome- T – 1/1

PsychcleRating Scale: 9/10

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That Brings us to the No 1 Songs, any Guesses,

The Best Motorcycle Song of All time is, Drumroll Please, you guessed it:

No 1.

Song: 'Born to Be Wild'

Artist: Steppenwolf

Album: ‘Steppenwolf’ (1968)

Movie: Easy Rider( 1969)

Psychcleanalysis --

Plus side: Cult Classic, Amazing song with lovely music, Vocals from a genre defining movie. Simply a Brilliant song from a classic movie, the song defines riding, need we say more.

Minus Side: The only small issue is use of word "wild" associated with riding, you be the judge.

Level 1:  Motorcycling/ analogy – 4/4

Level 2: Riding –3/ 3

Level 3: The MotorBike itself – 1.5/2

Level 4:  tune should be awesome- T – 1/1

 

PsychcleRating Scale: 9.5/10

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Have you listened to them all? If not then what are you waiting for! Google them, youtube them or Wynk them, 

You can check out these songs in the artists Official Music channels too. let us know your thoughts in the comments section below!

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