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As a music-loving motorcycle rider from Dallas, you might say music arguably makes every motorcycle trip in the area better. Keep reading to discover the numerous tunes that could accompany you during rides through Dallas and beyond.

1. “The Motorcycle Song” by Arlo Guthrie

Performed by son of folk icon Woody Guthrie, Arlo Guthrie sings, “I don’t want to die, I just want to ride my motorcycle,” in this 1967 tune. Interestingly, there are four different versions of this song. The rhyming structure of the verses helps the tune get pleasantly stuck in your head as you ride.

2. “Motorcycle Irene” by Moby Grape

Released only a year after the song mentioned above, this is a tune sung by a band that was expected to become one of the top groups of the day, but their rise to fame never materialized. It’s about a classy woman who also rides a motorcycle. Notable lyrics include, “Dirty on her Harley, but her nails are clean.”

3. “Ballad of Easy Rider” by The Byrds

Part of the soundtrack for the “Easy Rider” film, this song has lyrics including, “Wherever that river goes, that’s where I want to be.” The 1969 song expertly captured the energy of two bikers on a long-distance journey, and it can still convey that excitement today.

4. “Little Honda” by The Hondells

This 1964 track was originally done by The Beach Boys, but the Hondells made it a chart hit. It features lyrics like, “It’s more fun than a barrel of monkeys, that two-wheeled bike,” using language of the era that ultimately helped motorcycles gain popularity.

5. “Wanted Dead or Alive” by Bon Jovi

Thanks to lyrics such as, “I’m a cowboy, on a steel horse I ride,” motorcycles are portrayed very glamorously in this song with a strong bad-boy attitude. Released in 1986, its music video got nominated for an MTV award.

6. “Blues in Dallas” by The Mountain Goats

Although this simplistic yet catchy 2002 tune isn’t specifically about motorcycles, its laid-back sound is perfect for relaxed rides. it showcases an unmistakable love for Dallas through song. The lyrics name drop Dealey Plaza, a Dallas landmark notorious for being the place of John F. Kennedy’s assassination. It’s also the site of many museums.

7. “Motorcycle” by Love and Rockets

This 1989 song includes lyrics like, “On the motorbike, we are free,” and completes the mental imagery with heavy guitars that offer a rough, hard rock sound.

8. “Ride” by Joe Satriani

Released in 1989 by a musician known for his guitar prowess, this track proclaims, “I just wanna ride, get on my bike and ride.” It’s ideal for when you can hardly wait to take to the open road.

9. “Ride the Wind” by Poison

This tune from 1990 features the lyrics, “Ride the wind, never coming back until I touch the midnight sun,” which inspires excitement in novice and experienced riders alike.

10. “Desert Plains” by Judas Priest

Appealing motorcycle imagery is obvious in this 1981 track, which includes lyrics such as, “Wind’s in my eyes, the engine roars between my thighs.”

Now you have a complete motorcycle-ready playlist. Happy riding!

10 Motorcycle Songs for Texas Riders

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