Songs About Trains – All Aboard!


“Listen to the jingle – The rumble and the roar – As she glides along the woodlands – Through the hills and by the shore – Hear the mighty rush of her engine – Hear those lonesome hobo’s call – Traveling through the jungle – On the Wabash Cannonball”….. A classic verse  from “Wabash Cannonball”, originally a hit by the legendary Roy Acuff in 1936, covered by countless others over the years. There is a certain fascination with trains, steel rails and the life of “trainman” … engineer, conductor, gandy dancer, etc. – A free spirit and a hard worker. This compilation of over 300 train songs is by no means complete, but gives an incredible selection of railroad and train related songs covering a huge genre range. You’ll notice a lot of bluegrass and old-time country songs here ranging from 60-80 years back mixed in with some modern day techno, punk, metal, hip hop and Euro-pop. And somewhere in between there is Big Band, jazz, swing, folk, reggae, showtunes, TV series themes, disco, rock, pop and modern country. Some relate to trains indifferent ways from the coal  mine workers mixed with travelers and hobos. Several don’t have the word(s) train, locomotive, engines, railcars, boxcars, express, brakeman, rails, spike, etc in the title but have lines within the song suggesting rail travel. Others use the terms such as “Train in Vain” and “Train of Thought” as terms of thinking or action instead of the true sense of the subject matter. There’s something soothing about the steady clickity-clack of the train gliding over the rails — Enough said … Enjoy :)

Songs About Trains ~ All Aboard!

  1. 3:10 To Yuma – Sandy Denny (Fairport Convention)
  2. 5:15 – The Who
  3. 500 Miles – Kingston Trio/Peter Paul & Mary/Bobby Bare
  4. Ain’t No Brakeman – John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers
  5. All Night Train – Allman Brothers Band
  6. Amtrak (Ain’t Comin’ Back) – Billy Joe Shaver
  7. Amtrak Is For Lovers – Houston Calls
  8. Another Town Another Train – ABBA
  9. Another Train Coming – Kim Weston
  10. At The Station – Joe Walsh
  11. B & O Blues – Big Joe Turner
  12. Baby Likes To Rock It (Like A Boogie Woogie Choo Choo Train) – The Tractors
  13. Ballad Of Jesse James – Marty Robbins/Kingston Trio/Grandpa Jones/Michael Martin Murphy
  14. Ballad of John Henry – Jimmy Dean
  15. Big Black Train – Flatt & Scruggs
  16. Big Freight Train Carry Me Home – Boxcar Willie
  17. Big Railroad Blues – Grateful Dead
  18. Big Rock Candy Mountain – Harry McClintock/Burl Ives
  19. Big Steel Rail – Gordon Lightfoot
  20. Big Train From Memphis – John Fogerty
  21. Blue Railroad Train – Doc Watson
  22. Blue Train – Johnny Cash
  23. Blue Water Line – The Brothers Four
  24. Boxcar Blues – Boxcar Willie
  25. Boxcar Willie – Roy Acuff
  26. Boxcars – Joe Ely
  27. Boxcar’s My Home – Boxcar Willie/Willie Nelson
  28. Brakeman’s Blues – Jimmie Rodgers
  29. Canadian Pacific – Gordon Lightfoot/George Hamilton IV
  30. Canadian Railroad Trilogy – Gordon Lightfoot
  31. Cannonball – The Carter Family
  32. Cannonball Blues – Utah Phillips/Grandpa Jones
  33. Cannonball Rag – Doc Watson
  34. Casey Jones – Grateful Dead
  35. Casey Jones – Johnny Cash
  36. Chattanooga Choo Choo – The Andrew Sisters/Glenn Miller/Cab Calloway
  37. Chicken Train – Ozark Mountain Daredevils
  38. Choo Choo Ch’boogie – Asleep At The Wheel/Stanley Brothers
  39. City of New Orleans – Arlo Guthrie/Willie Nelson
  40. C’mon On Ride That Train – Quad City DJ’s
  41. Conjunction Junction – Schoolhouse Rock (TV segments)
  42. Crazy Train – Ozzy Osbourne
  43. Daddy Was A Railroad Man – Boxcar Willie
  44. Daddy, What’s A Train – Utah Phillips/John Denver
  45. Daybreak Express – Duke Ellington
  46. Desperadoes Waiting For A Train – The Highwaymen
  47. Devil’s Train – Roy Acuff
  48. Dixie Flyer – Randy Newman
  49. Do The Choo-Choo – Archie Bell & The Drells
  50. Don’t Stop Believin’ – Journey
  51. Down By The Station – The Four Preps
  52. Downbound Train – Bruce Springsteen
  53. Downtown Train – Tom Waits/Rod Stewart
  54. Drill Ye Tarriers Drill – The Easy Riders
  55. Driver 8 – REM
  56. Driving The Last Spike – Genesis
  57. Drug Train – Social Distortion
  58. Early Morning Rain – Gordon Lightfoot/Peter Paul & Mary
  59. Eastbound Train – Flatt & Scruggs
  60. Engine Engine Number Nine – Roger Miller
  61. Engine Number Nine – The Deftones
  62. Engine Number Nine – Starlight Express Soundtrack
  63. Engine Of Love – Starlight Express Soundtrack
  64. Express – B.T. Express
  65. Fast Express – Stanley Brothers
  66. Fast Freight – Kingston Trio
  67. Fast Moving Night Train – Grandpa Jones
  68. Fast Train – April Wine
  69. Fireball Mail – Roy Acuff/Flatt & Scruggs
  70. Folsom Prison Blues – Johnny Cash
  71. Freedom Train – James Carr
  72. Freight Train Blues – Jimmy Dean/Bob Dylan/Boxcar Willie
  73. Freight Train Boogie – Red Foley/Doc Watson
  74. Freight Train Comin’ – Metallica
  75. Friendship Train – The Temptations
  76. Full Throttle – Kottonmouth Kings
  77. The Gambler – Kenny Rogers
  78. Georgia On A Fast Train – Billy Joe Shaver/Johnny Cash/Willie Nelson
  79. Get Back On The Train – Phish
  80. Get Down Off The Train – The Isley Brothers
  81. Ghetto Train – Luther Ingram
  82. Ghost Train – Counting Crows/Bee Gees/Marc Cohn
  83. Ghost Train – Gorillaz
  84. Glendale Train – New Riders of The Purple Sage
  85. Go Go Train – Freda Payne
  86. Gone Darker – Electrelane
  87. Gone Dead Train – Crazy Horse/Randy Newman
  88. Gospel Train – The Wright Brothers
  89. Graveyard Train – Creedence Clearwater Revival
  90. Hear My Train A Comin’ – Jimi Hendrix
  91. Hear That Lonesome Whistle Blow – Roger Whittaker
  92. Heart Like A Locomotive – Paul Butterfield Blues Band
  93. Heartbreak Express – Dolly Parton
  94. Hellbound Train – Savoy Brown
  95. Here Comes The Freedom Train – Merle Haggard
  96. Here Comes The Train – Solomon Burke
  97. Hey Porter – Johnny Cash
  98. High Speed Train – REM
  99. Hobo Bill’s Last Ride – Hank Snow/Jimmie Rodgers/Merle Haggard
  100. Hobo Heaven – Boxcar Willie
  101. Hobo’s Lullaby – Woody Guthrie
  102. Hobo’s Meditation – Jimmie Rodgers
  103. Hobo You Can’t Ride This Train – Louis Armstrong
  104. Hot Rails To Hell – Blue Oyster Cult
  105. Homeward Bound – Simon & Garfunkel
  106. I Love The Sound Of A Whistle – Boxcar Willie
  107. I’m A Train – Albert Hammond
  108. I’m Leaving On That Late Train – Solomon Burke
  109. I’m On Fire – Bruce Springsteen
  110. I’ve Been Working On The Railroad – Pete Seeger/Mitch Miller & His Gang
  111. I’ve Got A Thing About Trains – Johnny Cash
  112. If Love Was A Train – Michelle Shocked
  113. Into You Like A Train – Psychedelic Furs
  114. It Takes A Long Train (With A Red Caboose) – Bing Crosby/Peggy Lee
  115. It Takes A Lot To Laugh (It Takes A Train To Cry) – Bob Dylan/Grateful Dead
  116. Jenny Dreamed Of Trains – Sweethearts Of The Rodeo
  117. John Henry – Merle Travis
  118. Jump That Train – Foghat
  119. Jumping Someone Else’s Train – The Cure
  120. Just Another Whistle Stop – The Band
  121. Just Like This Train – Joni Mitchell
  122. Keep On Rollin’ Down The Line – Boxcar Willie
  123. King Of The Road – Roger Miller
  124. Lafayette Railroad – Little Feat
  125. Last Train – Peter Rowan/Graham Central Station
  126. Last Train For Glory – Arlo Guthrie
  127. Last Train Home – Lost Prophets
  128. Last Train Home (instrumental) – Pat Metheny Group
  129. Last Train To Clarksville – The Monkees
  130. Last Train To Heaven – Boxcar Willie
  131. Last Train To London – Electric Light Orchestra
  132. Last Train To Loveland – Eddie Hinton
  133. Last Train To San Fernando – Johnny Duncan
  134. Last Train To Transcentral – KLF
  135. Legend Of John Henry – Johnny Cash
  136. Let Me Ride The Southbound – Rex Allen
  137. Let The Train Whistle Blow – Johnny Cash
  138. The Letter – Box Tops/Joe Cocker
  139. Life’s Railway To Heaven – Carter Family/Patsy Cline/Amazing Rhythm Aces
  140. Linin’ Track – Leadbelly/Taj Mahal
  141. The Loco-Motion – Little Eva
  142. The Loco-Motion – Grand Funk Railroad
  143. Locomotive – Motorhead
  144. Locomotive – Sawyer Brown
  145. Locomotive Breath – Jethro Tull
  146. Locomotive Man – Johnny Cash
  147. Lonesome Whistle – Hank Williams/Stonewall Jackson/Johnny Cash
  148. Long Black Train – Josh Turner
  149. Long Train – Guy Davis
  150. Long Train Runnin’ – Doobie Brothers
  151. Long Twin Silver Line – Bob Seger
  152. Lost Train Blues – Woody Guthrie
  153. Love Train – O’Jays
  154. Love’s Train – Con Funk Shun
  155. Lynnville Train – Robert Earl Keen
  156. Marrakesh Express – Crosby Stills Nash & Young
  157. Me & Bobby McGee – Janis Joplin/Kris Kristofferson
  158. Medicine Train – The Cult
  159. Memphis Flyer – Neil Diamond
  160. Memphis Train – Rufus Thomas
  161. The Metro – Berlin
  162. Midnight Flyer – Osbourne Brothers/The Eagles
  163. Midnight Special – Leadbelly/Joe Glazer
  164. Midnight Special – Creedence Clearwater Revival
  165. Midnight Train To Georgia – Gladys Knight & The Pips
  166. Moose Turd Pie – Utah Philips
  167. Morning Train – Peter Paul & Mary
  168. Morning Train (Nine To Five) – Sheena Easton
  169. Movin’ On – Hank Snow
  170. The MTA – Kingston Trio
  171. Mule Train – Tennessee Ernie Ford
  172. My Baby Thinks He’s A Train – Roseanne Cash
  173. Mystery Train – Elvis Presley/Ronnie Hawkins
  174. Mystery Train – Bob Welch/Flying Burrito Brothers
  175. New Train – John Prine
  176. The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down – Joan Baez/The Band
  177. Night Train – James Brown/Bobby Womack
  178. Night Train – Guns N Roses
  179. Night Train To Memphis – Roy Acuff/Jerry Lee Lewis/Grandpa Jones
  180. Nine Hundred Miles – Woody Guthrie/New Christy Minstrels
  181. Nine Pound Hammer – Bill Monroe/Merle Travis/Chet Atkins
  182. Nine Pound Hammer – Beau Brummels/Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
  183. Nobody Takes The Train Anymore – Holly Dunn
  184. Old Iron Trail – Boxcar Willie
  185. Old Train – Tony Rice Unit
  186. On The Atchison Topeka & The Santa Fe – The Andrew Sisters/Bing Crosby/Judy Garland
  187. On The Atchison Topeka & The Santa Fe – Johnny Mercer/Tommy Dorsey
  188. On The Train – Janis Ian
  189. One More Ride – Hank Snow/Johnny Cash
  190. One Toke Over The Line – Brewer & Shipley
  191. Orange Blossom Special – Johnny Cash/Charlie Daniels Band
  192. Orange Blossom Special – Bill Monroe & His Bluegrass Boys/Flatt & Scruggs
  193. Party Train – Gap Band
  194. Passage To Bangkok – Rush
  195. Passin’ Train – Sawyer Brown
  196. Peace Train – Cat Stevens
  197. Petticoat Junction (TV Show Theme) – Flatt & Scruggs
  198. The Polar Express (Movie Soundtrack) – Tom Hanks
  199. Promised Land – Elvis Presley
  200. Put Me On A Train Back To Texas – Waylon Jennings & Willie Nelson
  201. Queen Of The Rails – Utah Phillips
  202. The Rail Song – Adrian Belew
  203. Railroad Blues – Beastie Boys
  204. A Railroad Bum – Jim Reeves
  205. Railroad Lady – Jimmy Buffett
  206. Railroad Man – The Eels
  207. The Railroad Song – Jim Croce
  208. Railroad Song – Lynyrd Skynyrd
  209. Ramblin’ On My Mind – John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers/Eric Clapton
  210. Ramblin Blues – Robert Johnson
  211. Ride The Train – Alabama
  212. Ride This Train – Mel McDaniel
  213. Riding That Midnight Train – Doc Watson/Ralph Stanley & The Clinch Mountain Boys
  214. Rock Island Line – Lonnie Donegan/Leadbelly/Johnny Horton
  215. Rock Island Line – Johnny Cash/Carl Perkins/Kingston Trio
  216. Roundhouse Blues – Moby Grape
  217. RR Express – Rose Royce
  218. Runaway Train – Elton John/Eric Clapton
  219. Runaway Train – Soul Asylum
  220. Same Train Different Time – Jimmy Rogers
  221. She’ll Be Comin’ Round The Mountain – Tex Ritter/Pete Seeger
  222. Silver Train – Rolling Stones
  223. Silverton Train – C.W. McCall
  224. Slow Train – Staple Singers
  225. Slow Train Comin’ – Bob Dylan
  226. Soul Train – Mary Wells/The Manhattans
  227. Soul Train Theme (TV Show Theme) – Soul Train Gang
  228. Soul Train ’93 (Know You Like To Dance) – Naughty By Nature
  229. Soul Train’s A Comin’ – O’Bryan
  230. Southbound Train – David Crosby & Graham Nash
  231. Southbound Train – Travis Tritt
  232. Southern Pacific – Neil Young
  233. Spanish Train – Chris DeBurgh
  234. Spell Of A Train – Riccochet
  235. Stop This Train – John Mayer
  236. Starlight On The Rails – Flatt & Scruggs/Utah Phillips
  237. Station To Station – David Bowie
  238. Steel Rails – Allison Krauss
  239. Stop That Train – The Wailers
  240. Strangers On A Train – New Riders Of The Purple Sage
  241. Streamlined Cannonball – Roy Acuff/Doc Watson
  242. Take The ‘A’ Train – Duke Ellington
  243. Take The ‘A’ Train – Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
  244. Taking Care Of Business – Bachman Turner Overdrive
  245. Tennessee Central Number Nine – Roy Acuff
  246. Texas Silver Zephyr – Red Steagall
  247. Texas 1947 – Johnny Cash/Guy Clark
  248. That Memphis Train – Grandpa Jones
  249. That Old Train Whistle – Smothers Brothers
  250. That Train – Jerry Butler
  251. This Train – Woody Guthrie
  252. This Train – Augie March
  253. This Train Don’t Stop Here Anymore – Elton John
  254. This Train Revisted – Indigo Girls
  255. Throw Mama From The Train – Patti Page
  256. Ticket To Ride – The Beatles/The Carpenters
  257. Tons Of Steel – Grateful Dead
  258. Train – Goldfrapp
  259. Train 45 – Stanley Brothers
  260. Train A-Travelin’ – Bob Dylan
  261. Train From Kansas City – Shangri-Las
  262. Train Hoppin’ – Jack Johnson
  263. Train In The Distance – Paul Simon
  264. Train In The Hollow – The County Gentlemen
  265. Train In Vain – The Clash
  266. Train Keep On Movin’ – The 5th Dimension
  267. Train Kept-A-Rollin’ – Aerosmith/The Yardbirds
  268. Train Leaves Here This Morning – The Eagles
  269. Train Long Suffering – Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
  270. Train Of Consequences – Megadeth
  271. Train Of Love – Willie Hutch/Johnny Cash
  272. Train Of Love – Neil Young & Crazy Horse
  273. Train Of Thought – Cher
  274. Train’ Round The Bend – The Velvet Underground
  275. Train Song – Tom Waits/Gram Parsons/Phish
  276. Train Songs – Tom T. Hall
  277. Train Train – Dolly Parton/Blackfoot
  278. Train Whistle Blues – Hank Snow/Jimmie Rodgers
  279. Train Wreck – Sarah McLachlan
  280. Trains – Ian Anderson/Al Stewart
  281. Trains, Boats & Planes – Billy J Kramer & The Dakotas
  282. Trains Make Me Lonesome – George Strait
  283. Trains Tracks & Travel – Hank Snow
  284. Trainwreck Of Emotion – Lorrie Morgan
  285. Trans-Europe Express – Kraftwerk
  286. TSOP (The Sound of Philadelphia) – MFSB/The Three Degrees
  287. TSOP 2000 – Dr. Freeze & Samson
  288. Two Trains Running – Paul Butterfield Blues Band/Little Feat
  289. Up On Soul Train – The Waters/The Whispers
  290. Wabash Cannonball – Roy Acuff/Carter Family/Doc Watson/Utah Phillips
  291. Wabash Cannonball – Johnny Cash/The Limeliters/Chet Atkins
  292. Waiting At The Station – Aaron Neville
  293. Waiting For A Train – Roy Acuff/Hank Snow/Jimmie Rodgers
  294. Waiting For A Train – Jerry Lee Lewis/Johnny Cash/Jim Reeves
  295. Walking Down A Railroad Line – Woody Guthrie
  296. Westbound Train – Dennis Brown
  297. When The Golden Train Comes Down – Sons Of The Pioneers
  298. Whistle Stop – Louis Prima
  299. White Freightliner Blues – Steve Earle
  300. Will There Be Any Freight Trains In Heaven – Jimmy Rogers/Merle Haggard
  301. Wreck Of The Old ’97 – Woody Guthrie/Hank Snow/Flatt & Scruggs
  302. Wreck Of The Old ’97 – Johnny Cash/Boxcar Willie
  303. Zion Train – Bob Marley & The Wailers

10 Responses

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  2. I’m so glad I found this site…Keep up the good work

  3. I’m so glad I found this site…Keep up the good work I read a lot of blogs on a daily basis and for the most part, people lack substance but, I just wanted to make a quick comment to say GREAT blog. Thanks,

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  4. Super-Duper site! I am loving it!! Will come back again – taking your feeds too now, Thanks.

  5. Fabulous list… I’ll start learning them on my guitar to play for my 3-year old son!

  6. Great Site….love the list of train songs.
    However, there is one great song missing.
    SENTIMENTAL JOURNEY

    Keep up the great work here.

  7. Great list, but I hate seeing the songwriter’s name missing. City of New Orleans was popularized by Arlo Guthrie, but it was written by Steve Goodman who died back in 1984 at the young age of 36.

  8. Here’s one of my favorites:

    500 Redcaps swirled through the station
    Jack-assing baggage bound for all creation
    Honey Brown, Rabbit Cummings and
    Mush-mouth Mason
    500 sweating palms seeking compensation…

  9. Northbound Train by Cold Chisel is an Australian example.

  10. Metallica’s song is not “Freight Train Coming”, but “No Leaf Clover”. The part about the freight train is in the main verse, however.

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