Songs The Best Songs About Trains  

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List Rules The songs on this list reference trains in one way or another, whether train is in the title or it's used as a metaphor in the lyrics

All aboard! For this list we're ranking the best songs about trains ever written. Trains are a great way to travel and a fantastic topic for songs. Some of the best songs that mention trains are traveling songs, while others only allude to trains without ever mentioning them. Trains are often used a metaphor for life, like in John Mayer's beautiful song "Stop This Train".

Johnny Cash wrote and performed several of the best train songs. His lyrics to “Folsom Prison Blues” contain the words train and track. Another song that specifically references trains is “Casey Jones” by the Grateful Dead, although the train conductor in this song doesn't sound like the most responsible man on the tracks.

A great R&B train song is “People Get Ready” by Curtis Mayfield. The Chemical Brothers track, “Star Guitar,” contains no lyrics, but the repetitive sounds conjure train imagery. Also, trains and railroad tracks are featured in the song's video, which was directed by Michel Gondry.

How can there be so many good songs on this list of the greatest train songs? Vote your No. 1 pick to the top to separate it from the rest. You don't want your top train song to end up as this list's caboose!

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Folsom Prison Blues Johnny Cash

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Chattanooga Choo-Choo Ray Charles

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This Train Is Bound for Glory June Carter Cash, Johnny Cash

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Michael Joyce added The City of New Orleans Arlo Guthrie

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Casey Jones Grateful Dead

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Downtown Train Rod Stewart

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Crazy Train Ozzy Osbourne

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edward1111100 added Locomotive Breath Jethro Tull

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People Get Ready Curtis Mayfield, Jerry Butler & The Impressions, Bobo Moreno

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edward1111100 added Long Train Running, Doobie Bros.

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Homeward Bound Simon and Garfunkel

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Downbound Train Bruce Springsteen

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Peace Train Yusuf Islam

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Slow Train is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Songs About Trains
Slow Train Bob Dylan

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Train Kept A-Rollin' The Yardbirds

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All Down the Line The Rolling Stones

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On the Evening Train Johnny Cash

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Runaway Train Soul Asylum

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Long Train Runnin' The Doobie Brothers

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Night Train Steve Winwood

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Stop That Train The Wailers, Bob Marley & The Wailers

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Hobo Blues John Lee Hooker

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Graveyard Train Creedence Clearwater Revival

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Silver Train The Rolling Stones

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Train of Love Johnny Cash

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Tuesday's Gone is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Songs About Trains
ssisler174 added Tuesday's Gone Lynyrd Skynyrd

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Love In Vain is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Songs About Trains
ssisler174 added Love In Vain Rolling Stones

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Train in Vain The Clash

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Blue Train Johnny Cash

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Last Train to London Electric Light Orchestra

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Waiting for a Train Johnny Cash

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Silver Train Johnny Winter

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Big Railroad Blues Grateful Dead

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Conjunction Junction Dave Frishberg, Bob Dorough

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Keep This Train A-Rollin' The Doobie Brothers

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Friendship Train The Temptations

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John Bellucci added Midnight Flyer Eagles

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