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

  1. Hobo’s Meditation – Jimmie Rodgers
  2. Hobo You Can’t Ride This Train – Louis Armstrong
  3. Hot Rails To Hell – Blue Oyster Cult
  4. Homeward Bound – Simon & Garfunkel
  5. I Love The Sound Of A Whistle – Boxcar Willie
  6. I’m A Train – Albert Hammond
  7. I’m Leaving On That Late Train – Solomon Burke
  8. I’m On Fire – Bruce Springsteen
  9. I’ve Been Working On The Railroad – Pete Seeger/Mitch Miller & His Gang
  10. I’ve Got A Thing About Trains – Johnny Cash
  11. If Love Was A Train – Michelle Shocked
  12. Into You Like A Train – Psychedelic Furs
  13. It Takes A Long Train (With A Red Caboose) – Bing Crosby/Peggy Lee
  14. It Takes A Lot To Laugh (It Takes A Train To Cry) – Bob Dylan/Grateful Dead
  15. Jenny Dreamed Of Trains – Sweethearts Of The Rodeo
  16. John Henry – Merle Travis
  17. Jump That Train – Foghat
  18. Jumping Someone Else’s Train – The Cure
  19. Just Another Whistle Stop – The Band
  20. Just Like This Train – Joni Mitchell
  21. Keep On Rollin’ Down The Line – Boxcar Willie
  22. King Of The Road – Roger Miller
  23. Lafayette Railroad – Little Feat
  24. Last Train – Peter Rowan/Graham Central Station
  25. Last Train For Glory – Arlo Guthrie
  26. Last Train Home – Lost Prophets
  27. Last Train Home (instrumental) – Pat Metheny Group
  28. Last Train To Clarksville – The Monkees
  29. Last Train To Heaven – Boxcar Willie
  30. Last Train To London – Electric Light Orchestra
  31. Last Train To Loveland – Eddie Hinton
  32. Last Train To San Fernando – Johnny Duncan
  33. Last Train To Transcentral – KLF
  34. Legend Of John Henry – Johnny Cash
  35. Let Me Ride The Southbound – Rex Allen
  36. Let The Train Whistle Blow – Johnny Cash
  37. The Letter – Box Tops/Joe Cocker
  38. Life’s Railway To Heaven – Carter Family/Patsy Cline/Amazing Rhythm Aces
  39. Linin’ Track – Leadbelly/Taj Mahal
  40. The Loco-Motion – Little Eva
  41. The Loco-Motion – Grand Funk Railroad
  42. Locomotive – Motorhead
  43. Locomotive – Sawyer Brown
  44. Locomotive Breath – Jethro Tull
  45. Locomotive Man – Johnny Cash
  46. Lonesome Whistle – Hank Williams/Stonewall Jackson/Johnny Cash
  47. Long Black Train – Josh Turner
  48. Long Train – Guy Davis
  49. Long Train Runnin’ – Doobie Brothers
  50. Long Twin Silver Line – Bob Seger
  51. Lost Train Blues – Woody Guthrie
  52. Love Train – O’Jays
  53. Love’s Train – Con Funk Shun
  54. Lynnville Train – Robert Earl Keen
  55. Marrakesh Express – Crosby Stills Nash & Young
  56. Me & Bobby McGee – Janis Joplin/Kris Kristofferson
  57. Medicine Train – The Cult
  58. Memphis Flyer – Neil Diamond
  59. Memphis Train – Rufus Thomas
  60. The Metro – Berlin
  61. Midnight Flyer – Osbourne Brothers/The Eagles
  62. Midnight Special – Leadbelly/Joe Glazer
  63. Midnight Special – Creedence Clearwater Revival
  64. Midnight Train To Georgia – Gladys Knight & The Pips
  65. Moose Turd Pie – Utah Philips
  66. Morning Train – Peter Paul & Mary
  67. Morning Train (Nine To Five) – Sheena Easton
  68. Movin’ On – Hank Snow
  69. The MTA – Kingston Trio
  70. Mule Train – Tennessee Ernie Ford
  71. My Baby Thinks He’s A Train – Roseanne Cash
  72. Mystery Train – Elvis Presley/Ronnie Hawkins
  73. Mystery Train – Bob Welch/Flying Burrito Brothers
  74. New Train – John Prine
  75. The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down – Joan Baez/The Band
  76. Night Train – James Brown/Bobby Womack
  77. Night Train – Guns N Roses
  78. Night Train To Memphis – Roy Acuff/Jerry Lee Lewis/Grandpa Jones
  79. Nine Hundred Miles – Woody Guthrie/New Christy Minstrels
  80. Nine Pound Hammer – Bill Monroe/Merle Travis/Chet Atkins
  81. Nine Pound Hammer – Beau Brummels/Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
  82. Nobody Takes The Train Anymore – Holly Dunn
  83. Old Iron Trail – Boxcar Willie
  84. Old Train – Tony Rice Unit
  85. On The Atchison Topeka & The Santa Fe – The Andrew Sisters/Bing Crosby/Judy Garland
  86. On The Atchison Topeka & The Santa Fe – Johnny Mercer/Tommy Dorsey
  87. On The Train – Janis Ian
  88. One More Ride – Hank Snow/Johnny Cash
  89. One Toke Over The Line – Brewer & Shipley
  90. Orange Blossom Special – Johnny Cash/Charlie Daniels Band
  91. Orange Blossom Special – Bill Monroe & His Bluegrass Boys/Flatt & Scruggs
  92. Party Train – Gap Band
  93. Passage To Bangkok – Rush
  94. Passin’ Train – Sawyer Brown
  95. Peace Train – Cat Stevens
  96. Petticoat Junction (TV Show Theme) – Flatt & Scruggs
  97. The Polar Express (Movie Soundtrack) – Tom Hanks
  98. Promised Land – Elvis Presley
  99. Put Me On A Train Back To Texas – Waylon Jennings & Willie Nelson
  100. Queen Of The Rails – Utah Phillips
  101. The Rail Song – Adrian Belew
  102. Railroad Blues – Beastie Boys
  103. A Railroad Bum – Jim Reeves
  104. Railroad Lady – Jimmy Buffett
  105. Railroad Man – The Eels
  106. The Railroad Song – Jim Croce
  107. Railroad Song – Lynyrd Skynyrd
  108. Ramblin’ On My Mind – John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers/Eric Clapton
  109. Ramblin Blues – Robert Johnson
  110. Ride The Train – Alabama
  111. Ride This Train – Mel McDaniel
  112. Riding That Midnight Train – Doc Watson/Ralph Stanley & The Clinch Mountain Boys
  113. Rock Island Line – Lonnie Donegan/Leadbelly/Johnny Horton
  114. Rock Island Line – Johnny Cash/Carl Perkins/Kingston Trio
  115. Roundhouse Blues – Moby Grape
  116. RR Express – Rose Royce
  117. Runaway Train – Elton John/Eric Clapton
  118. Runaway Train – Soul Asylum
  119. Same Train Different Time – Jimmy Rogers
  120. She’ll Be Comin’ Round The Mountain – Tex Ritter/Pete Seeger
  121. Silver Train – Rolling Stones
  122. Silverton Train – C.W. McCall
  123. Slow Train – Staple Singers
  124. Slow Train Comin’ – Bob Dylan
  125. Soul Train – Mary Wells/The Manhattans
  126. Soul Train Theme (TV Show Theme) – Soul Train Gang
  127. Soul Train ’93 (Know You Like To Dance) – Naughty By Nature
  128. Soul Train’s A Comin’ – O’Bryan
  129. Southbound Train – David Crosby & Graham Nash
  130. Southbound Train – Travis Tritt
  131. Southern Pacific – Neil Young
  132. Spanish Train – Chris DeBurgh
  133. Spell Of A Train – Riccochet
  134. Stop This Train – John Mayer
  135. Starlight On The Rails – Flatt & Scruggs/Utah Phillips
  136. Station To Station – David Bowie
  137. Steel Rails – Allison Krauss
  138. Stop That Train – The Wailers
  139. Strangers On A Train – New Riders Of The Purple Sage
  140. Streamlined Cannonball – Roy Acuff/Doc Watson
  141. Take The ‘A’ Train – Duke Ellington
  142. Take The ‘A’ Train – Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
  143. Taking Care Of Business – Bachman Turner Overdrive
  144. Tennessee Central Number Nine – Roy Acuff
  145. Texas Silver Zephyr – Red Steagall
  146. Texas 1947 – Johnny Cash/Guy Clark
  147. That Memphis Train – Grandpa Jones
  148. That Old Train Whistle – Smothers Brothers
  149. That Train – Jerry Butler
  150. This Train – Woody Guthrie
  151. This Train – Augie March
  152. This Train Don’t Stop Here Anymore – Elton John
  153. This Train Revisted – Indigo Girls
  154. Throw Mama From The Train – Patti Page
  155. Ticket To Ride – The Beatles/The Carpenters
  156. Tons Of Steel – Grateful Dead
  157. Train – Goldfrapp
  158. Train 45 – Stanley Brothers
  159. Train A-Travelin’ – Bob Dylan
  160. Train From Kansas City – Shangri-Las
  161. Train Hoppin’ – Jack Johnson
  162. Train In The Distance – Paul Simon
  163. Train In The Hollow – The County Gentlemen
  164. Train In Vain – The Clash
  165. Train Keep On Movin’ – The 5th Dimension
  166. Train Kept-A-Rollin’ – Aerosmith/The Yardbirds
  167. Train Leaves Here This Morning – The Eagles
  168. Train Long Suffering – Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
  169. Train Of Consequences – Megadeth
  170. Train Of Love – Willie Hutch/Johnny Cash
  171. Train Of Love – Neil Young & Crazy Horse
  172. Train Of Thought – Cher
  173. Train’ Round The Bend – The Velvet Underground
  174. Train Song – Tom Waits/Gram Parsons/Phish
  175. Train Songs – Tom T. Hall
  176. Train Train – Dolly Parton/Blackfoot
  177. Train Whistle Blues – Hank Snow/Jimmie Rodgers
  178. Train Wreck – Sarah McLachlan
  179. Trains – Ian Anderson/Al Stewart
  180. Trains, Boats & Planes – Billy J Kramer & The Dakotas
  181. Trains Make Me Lonesome – George Strait
  182. Trains Tracks & Travel – Hank Snow
  183. Trainwreck Of Emotion – Lorrie Morgan
  184. Trans-Europe Express – Kraftwerk
  185. TSOP (The Sound of Philadelphia) – MFSB/The Three Degrees
  186. TSOP 2000 – Dr. Freeze & Samson
  187. Two Trains Running – Paul Butterfield Blues Band/Little Feat
  188. Up On Soul Train – The Waters/The Whispers
  189. Wabash Cannonball – Roy Acuff/Carter Family/Doc Watson/Utah Phillips
  190. Wabash Cannonball – Johnny Cash/The Limeliters/Chet Atkins
  191. Waiting At The Station – Aaron Neville
  192. Waiting For A Train – Roy Acuff/Hank Snow/Jimmie Rodgers
  193. Waiting For A Train – Jerry Lee Lewis/Johnny Cash/Jim Reeves
  194. Walking Down A Railroad Line – Woody Guthrie
  195. Westbound Train – Dennis Brown
  196. When The Golden Train Comes Down – Sons Of The Pioneers
  197. Whistle Stop – Louis Prima
  198. White Freightliner Blues – Steve Earle
  199. Will There Be Any Freight Trains In Heaven – Jimmy Rogers/Merle Haggard
  200. Wreck Of The Old ’97 – Woody Guthrie/Hank Snow/Flatt & Scruggs
  201. Wreck Of The Old ’97 – Johnny Cash/Boxcar Willie
  202. 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:
    http://www.amazon.com/500-Redcaps/dp/B00569AR9O

    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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