Country music and pickup trucks go together like cowboys and Stetson.
Trucks are a hallmark of the genre, alongside ranching, religion, and nostalgia. Yes, there’s nothing more country than bygone days driving the ‘ol Chevy from the field to the Father.
So, what’s the deal with truck anthems? Some point to a conspiracy driven by Madison avenue to boost Detroit’s auto industry. Others say trucks are just part of country music’s rural roots: making hay (literally and figuratively) between mud boggin’ and hillbilly hoedowns.
We took a deep dive into the country truck song catalogue to source 8 must-adds for your playlist.
Joe Diffle, “Pickup Man”
Watch the video for the full experience. This ‘94 gem features a mulleted Joe Diffle hootin’ and hollerin’ about the allure of his “eight-foot bed that never has to be made.”
You can set my truck on fire and roll it down a hill
And I still wouldn't trade it for a Coupe de Ville
I've 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
Rhett Atkin, “That Ain’t My Truck”
Sometimes the love of your life has cruel ways of letting you know she’s just not that into you. Case in point: finding another man’s truck in her driveway. That’s the heartbreaking discovery Rhett Atkin makes in his ‘95 hit “That Ain’t My Truck,” in which the singer is foiled by a Chevy four-by-four.
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
That ain't my shadow on her wall
Lord this don't look good at all
That's my girl my whole world
But that ain't my truck
Brad Paisley, “Mud on the Tires”
It’s a classic love story: Keys to a brand new Chevy, a test drive down a dirt road, and then straight to mud on the tires. That’s slang, by the way, for asking a girl out to prom. We think.
And then with a little luck we might just get stuck
Let's get a little mud on the tires
Lee Brice, “I Drive Your Truck”
A real tearjerker. “I Drive Your Truck” tells the story of a fallen soldier whose friend honors his memory by driving his truck until all the pain’s a cloud of dust.
Eighty-nine cents in the ash tray
Half empty bottle of Gatorade rolling in the floorboard
That dirty Braves cap on the dash
Dog tags hangin’ from the rear view
Old Skoal can, and cowboy boots
And a Go Army shirt folded in the back
Tim McGraw, “Truck Yeah”
Ok, not quite a love song, but a song about loving trucks. One of the biggest names in country releasing a track called ‘Truck Yeah’ is simply peak pickup. McGraw’s ode to the crew cab shouts out Lil’ Wayne and one hell of a weekend: Friday night football, Saturday last call, and Sunday hallelujah.
Redneck rockin' like a rockstar
Sling a lil' mud off the back, we can do that
Friday night football, Saturday last call, Sunday hallelujah
If you like it up loud and you're hillbilly proud
Then you know what I'm talking about
Rodney Carrington, “(Married to My) Pickup Truck”
Rodney’s done with women and has moved into metal. In case the title wasn’t clear, this here’s the story of a man so forlorn by a woman that he swears on matrimony with his beloved pickup truck. Racy proposition, even racier lyrics.
We'll be together till the end
It won't sleep with my best friend
I'm gonna get down on one knee
And ask my truck if it'll marry me
Granger Smith, “Silverado Bench Seat”
The lyrics to “Silverado Bench Seat” read like Shakespeare if Shakespeare wrote on bathroom stalls in Dallas in 2013. There’s no mincing words here: this guy’s got a bench and he knows how to use it.
I wanna love you on a Silverado bench seat
Granger Smith, “Silverado Bench Seat”
You didn’t think we’d leave Alan Jackson off the list, did you? Country Boy your classic I’m better than the other guys because I’ve got a truck ballad. Loud muffler, 4-wheel drive, and a full tank – who can compete with that?
Bucket seats, soft as baby's new butt
Lockin' hubs, that'll take you through a deep rut