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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Downtown Train Rod Stewart

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

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Casey Jones Grateful Dead

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

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Crazy Train Ozzy Osbourne

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edward1111100 added Locomotive Breath Jethro Tull

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Homeward Bound Simon and Garfunkel

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edward1111100 added Long Train Running, Doobie Bros.

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Chattanooga Choo-Choo Ray Charles

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Downbound Train Bruce Springsteen

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Peace Train Yusuf Islam

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The Best Frank Sinatra Songs of All Time

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On the Evening Train Johnny Cash

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All Down the Line The Rolling Stones

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Runaway Train Soul Asylum

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Hobo Blues John Lee Hooker

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Slow Train is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Songs About Trains
Slow Train Bob Dylan

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Stop That Train The Wailers, Bob Marley & The Wailers

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Silver Train The Rolling Stones

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Long Train Runnin' The Doobie Brothers

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Train of Love Johnny Cash

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Train Kept A-Rollin' The Yardbirds

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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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Graveyard Train Creedence Clearwater Revival

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A Train Still Makes a Lonely S... is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Songs About Trains

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Night Train Steve Winwood

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Keep This Train A-Rollin' The Doobie Brothers

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Stop This Train John Mayer

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Train 444 Eric Clapton, Arthur Louis

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Tracks of My Tears Linda Ronstadt