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The Best Songs About Trains 

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Updated September 27, 2019 3.8k votes 1.3k voters 87.6k views 170 items

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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Johnny Cash
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Michael Joyce added Arlo Guthrie
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Ozzy Osbourne
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Grateful Dead
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Ray Charles
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June Carter Cash, Johnny Cash
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Dean Ferguson added Gladys Knight & the Pips

The orginal and best Midnight Train to Georgia song

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edward1111100 added The Doobie Brothers
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Soul Asylum
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Simon and Garfunkel
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Rod Stewart
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Yusuf Islam
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Curtis Mayfield, Jerry Butler & The Impressions, Bobo Moreno
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Bruce Springsteen
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edward1111100 added Jethro Tull
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Slow Train is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Songs About Trains
Bob Dylan
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The Rolling Stones
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The Yardbirds
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Johnny Cash
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Jimi Hendrix
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The Wailers, Bob Marley & The Wailers