music 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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Crazy Train Ozzy Osbourne

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Downtown Train Rod Stewart

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Casey Jones Grateful Dead

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Downbound Train Bruce Springsteen

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Homeward Bound Simon and Garfunkel

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

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edward1111100 added Locomotive Breath Jethro Tull

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Chattanooga Choo-Choo Ray Charles

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Runaway Train Soul Asylum

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On the Evening Train Johnny Cash

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

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All Down the Line The Rolling Stones

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Stop That Train The Wailers, Bob Marley & The Wailers

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Peace Train Yusuf Islam

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Hobo Blues John Lee Hooker

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Silver Train The Rolling Stones

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Bullet Train Judas Priest

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Blue Train Johnny Cash

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Slow Train Bob Dylan

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Tracks of My Tears Linda Ronstadt

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Long Train Runnin' The Doobie Brothers

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Mystery Train Neil Young

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Train of Love Johnny Cash

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Waiting for a Train Johnny Cash

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Train Kept A-Rollin' The Yardbirds

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Silver Train Johnny Winter

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Stop This Train John Mayer

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Train in Vain The Clash

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Big Railroad Blues Grateful Dead

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Train 444 Eric Clapton, Arthur Louis

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Choo Choo Mama Ten Years After

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Graveyard Train Creedence Clearwater Revival

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Just Missed the Train Kelly Clarkson

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Last Train to London Electric Light Orchestra

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Train of Gold Electric Light Orchestra

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