The Best Type of Music to Listen to When You Ride Your Motorcycle

 

If you are the type of motorcycle rider that likes listening to music while on the go, we are here to help you extend your playlist. So, read ahead and see which songs you like best!

 

Heavy metal gems

‘Motorcycle Man’ by Saxon is for and about bikers, which is why so many fellow riders love listening to it. Plus, it has a nice beat that will help you stay focused and energized, even on long rides.

Another stomper that you might like is ‘Live to Ride, Ride to Live’ by Twisted Sister. The song was included on the album ‘You Can’t Stop Rock ’n’ Roll’ that was released in 1983. What is more, the lead singer is a known biker that annually organizes a ride that is said to raise money for a food bank in Long Island.

If you are a rebel, “Born to be Wild” is a song that will undoubtedly match your mood. This Steppenwolf track is filled with passion, and it is known for capturing that unique feeling that all of us get when riding without any worries. As a result, many consider it the ultimate song for outlaw bikers out there.

Also, you should listen to gems such as “Smoke on the Water” by Deep Purple or to “Rock and Roll, Hoochie Koo” by Rick Derringer, especially if you want to catch other people’s attention.

 

Punk rock

If you enjoy listening to The Clash, you might also like their track ‘London Calling‘. The song has a nice beat, and it is a little more mellow than the choices that we have talked about previously. Because of this, this type of music is a great choice when riding through cities. Punk rock is an excellent pick because most songs are fast-paced and they have hard-edged melodies.

Most punk rock songs have cool lyrics that are shouted instead of sung. Also, the solos integrated into the songs are heavenly.

 

Outlaw country

Whenever you are on the road, you might feel the need to listen to some country beats. There are numerous artists that you should try out such as Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Steve Earle or Jeff Walker.

Red Dirt is the stream of country music that emerged as a subgenre from Outlaw country, and it is the kind of music that originates from bars in Texas and Oklahoma. You are likely to love these kinds of songs because they also feature punk and rock influences.

 

Contemporary Folk

Folk music is the go-to genre whenever one is traveling to explore the beauties of the country. From this point of view, we advise that you try out songs like ‘Blowing in the Wind’ by Bob Dylan, ‘We Shall Overcome by Pete Seeger’ or, why not, ‘This Land is Your Land’ by Woody Guthrie.

How rock music has evolved from the 60s

 

I think it’s safe to say that rock is one of the most popular music genres in the world. Ever since its appearance more than 60 years ago, it has influenced countless generations and millions of people throughout the world.

Probably, the most prolific time for rockers was back in the 1960s and the beginning of 1970s, as many of the world’s most famous rock bands and musicians started their careers. From The Beatles and The Rolling Stones to Led Zeppelin, The Who, Pink Floyd, The Doors, and all the way to Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, Bee Gees, and Jimi Hendrix, the rock’n’roll stage was full of quality music.

Combined with the hippie movement from the same period, rock managed to become one of the most popular music genres, gathering millions of fans at concerts and determining the appearance of a new goal, that of becoming a rock star or a rock god.

However, people changed, politics changed and, soon, rock had to change too. I think it would be interesting to see the evolution of this music type from the 1960s and all the way to the 2010s.

The 1970s

After the tragic deaths of Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, and Janis Joplin, the rock stage changed forever. What was previously known as psychedelic music soon becomes hard and progressive rock, a well as heavy metal. The 1970s was the perfect decade for many music bands to have a taste of celebrity, while the already popular bands turned concerts into huge events.

The most popular rock bands and singers of the 1970s include Led Zeppelin, David Bowie, Bruce Springsteen, and The Sex Pistols.

 

The 1980s

Probably the most notable event of the 1980s was the launching of MTV, which soon became a highly popular music channel and a launching platform for thousands of bands and artists. MTV supported the rock music and contributed to its worldwide broadcasting.

In 1984 VH1 was launched, coming with a rather classic rock vision and promoting former and current rock values alike. Music videos start to become a thing and, by broadcasting them 24/7, VH1 managed to bring numerous new bands and artists into the mainstream.

The 1980s also witnessed the appearance of CDs, a new form for artists to promote their music and sell it around the world. The most popular rock artists of the 1980s were Michael Jackson, U2, Prince, Guns n’Roses, George Michael, Bon Jovi, AC/DC, and John Lennon.

The 1990s

The sound compression allowed massive music distribution both legally and illegally, so MP3 players started to replace the former use of CDs and cassettes. The most notable rock band of the 1990s remains Nirvana but, tragically, the lead singer, Kurt Cobain, dies in April 1994.

 

The 2000s and 2010s

The last two decades have seen a downfall of the rock genre, with many youngsters now choosing house, club, techno, trance, and minimal as their favorite types of music. Nevertheless, the stage witnesses some great new rock bands including Linkin Park, Green Day, Coldplay, Nickelback, Arctic Monkeys, Evanescence, Blink 182, Franz Ferdinand, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Kaleo.