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Greatest cycling songs of all time?(58 posts)

Greatest cycling songs of all time?Dog
Aug 23, 2001 3:24 PM
My nominations (need more - I'm putting together inspirational music for a "long ride"):

1. Queen - Bicycle Race

Bicycle bicycle bicycle
I want to ride my bicycle bicycle bicycle
I want to ride my bicycle
I want to ride my bike
I want to ride my bicycle
I want to ride it where I like

You say black I say white
You say bark I say bite
You say shark I say hey man
Jaws was never my scene
And I don't like Star Wars
You say Rolls I say Royce
You say God give me a choice
You say Lord I say Christ
I don't believe in Peter Pan
Frankenstein or Superman
All I wanna do is

Bicycle bicycle bicycle
I want to ride my bicycle bicycle bicycle
I want to ride my bicycle
I want to ride my bike
I want to ride my bicycle
I want to ride my -
Bicycle races are coming your way
So forget all your duties oh yeah
Fat bottomed girls
They'll be riding today
So look out for those beauties oh yeah
On your marks, get set, go!
Bicycle race bicycle race bicycle race
Bicycle bicycle bicycle
I want to ride my bicycle
Bicycle bicycle bicycle bicycle
I want a bicycle race

You say coke I say caine
You say John I say Wayne
Hot dog I say cool it man
I don't wanna be the President of America
You say smile I say cheese
Cartier I say please
Income tax I say Jesus
I don't want to be a candidate for
Vietnam or Watergate
'Cos all I wanna do is

Bicycle (yeah) bicycle (eh) bicycle
I want to ride my bicycle bicycle (c'mon) bicycle
I want to ride my bicycle
I want to ride my bike
I want to ride my bicycle
I want to ride it where I like

2. Queen - Fat Bottom Girls ("Get on your bikes and ride!)

3. Rossini's Barber of Seville (from "Breaking Away")(as long as we are talking about drafting semi's)

What others? Come on, need help here.

Amy Correia, "The Bike"Rich Clark
Aug 23, 2001 3:30 PM
It hasn't stood the test of time yet, but it's a very affecting folkie-type song from a singer/songwriter album worth a listen:

I became the heiress to a red and rusted bicycle
Built like a tank from Sears Roebuck circa 1952
It had been entrusted to me by my late great uncle Pat
And I guess he didn't ride it much
Both tires on the bike were flat
Pat had died at Christmas time in 1991
He had fallen off the wagon
And he sunk into a Christmas funk
My father he had found him
Two days after he had died
Well he drank himself to death one night
In a little home he owned by the seaside
So I took the bike and I cleaned it up
My father he patched up the tires
Am I going to town or just spinning my wheels
And when I die I wonder how it feels
Hey and I'm riding around riding around on it
Hey just riding around riding around on it
Hey you know I'm riding around
riding around on it. Hey!
The funeral service was a few days later
At a place down the street from where he had lived
There wasn't a hell of a turn out
He had never married and he never had kids
The coffin lid was open
Pat was lying inside
His sister had a picture of a poodle named Pepper
She put it in his hand and then she cried
Now I'm riding around in the city
Through the smog and the summer heat
And I'm blowing through all the red lights
I guess you could say I'm feeling lucky
And the taxis and the trucks
Everybody's blowin' their horns
And I got a bicycle bell to ring
And I got a notion to sing as I'm riding along
Well I didn't even really know him at all
And I wonder can he see me
As I'm riding along
Riding along
The day that Pat was buried
The air was cold and clear
And we drove out to the cemetery
And snow flew around in the air
And a hired man from the State
He played taps on a coronet
And a flag was presented to his sister
For time in the service that Pat had spent

When he used to ride on the bike
Way back in ‘52
He was starting out a life
And the bike it was brand new
And life was laid before him like
a platter before a king
He was young and he was handsome
and the world was alive with meaning
The world was alive with meaning
"Don't Fear the Reaper," Blue Oyster CultRetro
Aug 23, 2001 3:57 PM
Got nothing to do with bikes, but it runs through my head when I'm climbing.
I guess it is not just me...Lone Gunman
Aug 23, 2001 5:47 PM
that gets a song stuck in my head while riding. The other day it was a few Stray Cat tunes "Rock this town" and "Rumble in Brighton"
Damn you and your Stray Cats...beeman
Aug 24, 2001 4:29 AM
Now I am going to be singing "Rock this town" all day!
Rocky Mountain makes a bike called The ReaperAlpedhuez55
Aug 23, 2001 5:57 PM
I think there is a Dual Slalom bike by Rocky Mountain called the reaper. I guess that can count.

I would have to nominate "Highway Star" by Deep Purple. Just have this one run through your mind when you sprint or climb and I am sure you will go faster.
Blue Oyster Cult -- I saw them in concert WAAY back when...Greg Taylor
Aug 24, 2001 5:55 AM
It was a triple bill with Cheap Trick (AWESOME -- right before they went to Budokan) and UFO. The year: 1976.

Man, am I old...

Had that realization driven home last year when I went to see Aerosmith at the MCI Center. The crowd was mixed between teens and old coots like me. Some old coot couples had their kids with them. I sat behind a group of very drunk young ladies who were not yet born when "Toys In The Attic" was released.
ZZ Top - LaGrangedinky
Aug 23, 2001 4:06 PM
Ok, so I'm a little biased since I live in LaGrange but whenever I'm climbing or just going hard in general, that is the song that starts thumping through my head. The beat is perfect for a fast cadence. Of course hitting the top of a hill and doing the "heow heow heow heow" part is nice too. Try it!
Tom Petty "American Girl"Spinchick
Aug 23, 2001 5:10 PM
Okay so maybe it's a chick song but great riding tune (really!).
re: Greatest cycling songs of all time?Skip
Aug 23, 2001 5:22 PM

Up Around The Bend
Proud Mary
Have You Ever Seen The Rain
Who'll Stop The Rain
Lookin Out My Back Door

Tangerine Dream (instrumental): Shadow Flyer (great for spinning, and feeling the wind, as you carve through the canyons)



Head East


Jimmy Cliff

Patti Smith

Dire Straits

Men At Work

Jimmy Hendrix: All Along The Watchtower
re: Greatest cycling songs of all time?Rik
Aug 23, 2001 5:38 PM
Irish songsmith, Luka Bloom's Acoustic Motorbike from the CD of the same name.
I pump my legs, I pump my thighs
Take in the scenery passing me by
The Kerry mountains or the Wicklow hills
The antidote to my emotional ills
A motion built upon human toil
nuclear free, needs no oil
But it makes me hot, makes me hard
I never thought I could have come this far
Through miles of mountains, valleys, streams
This is the right stuff filling my dreams
So come on, get up on your bike
Ah go on, get up on your bike
And pedal on, pedal on, pedal on for miles
Pedal on

Guess that's why I ride!
THAT is a great song! nmSpinchick
Aug 23, 2001 5:40 PM
re: Greatest cycling songs of all time?harlett
Aug 23, 2001 5:55 PM
My White Bicycle by Nazereth and many more great hits....42/52 Kelly
Aug 23, 2001 6:11 PM
Nazereth did a great cover of Jonnie Mitchel's "This Flight Tonight", a great cover of "Love Hurts". They are from Scotland, so they must be good.

Slippery Wet Saddle - Spinaltap w/Phil Collins on drums.
Bicycle Chase from ET soundtrack
Back in the Saddle - Gene Autry
Back in the Saddle - Arrowsmith
Tour De France - Kraftwerks
My White Bicycle - Nazereth
Hit the Road - Ray Charles
Spinning Wheel - Blook Sweat& Tears
King of the Road - Roger Miller
Riding the Storm Out - REO Speedwagon
Aif ait's naught Scottish ait's craaap!!!!Brian B.
Aug 23, 2001 6:44 PM
I far prefer Nazareth's "Hair of the Dog" otherwise known as the "son-of-a-b*tch" song.

Brian B.
wrongWoof the dog
Aug 23, 2001 6:55 PM
Whats up with all this oldies stuff? Queen bicycle song sucks because its like 30 years old and is intended for commuters and touristy types. And what kind of person are you to listen to country music? Country music and road biking are completely the opposite things. Just kidding.
I guess people don't sing about bikes anymore, since this country is crazy about cars...makes me sad...I think I'm gonna cry in my corner under a little baby blanket.
Orbit has a song called Bicycle Song. And its pretty good if you are into modern rock/alternative kind of stuff. This song actually makes me think of Airborne 'cause a bike in a song is from China. LOL.
You guys should search for the old threads on best roller workout music. There is tons of good sh!t mentioned...not necessarily about bikes though.

Woof the dog

P.S. and quit listening to Queen, its too old, get over it.
Thanks - we always love what we heard in high schoolDog
Aug 23, 2001 7:54 PM
Queen was it when I was in high school - class of 1979. You never outgrow it.

Lots of good ideas. Now if only Napster would get up and running again...

re: Greatest cycling songs of all time?Rollin
Aug 23, 2001 9:26 PM
Don't Go Breaking My Heart by Elton John and Kiki Dee (nm)
Most any AC/DC4bykn
Aug 23, 2001 11:04 PM
music with a kick-a$$ beat, and absolutely no redeeming social value whatsoever. And, Skip, if you want to listen to "watchtower" it must be Dylan. I just saw him in concert and he was great.
Most any AC/DCSkip
Aug 24, 2001 10:22 AM
Sorry, but Jimmy is the original master.
Dylan wrote the song, not jimi (NM)royalbutter
Aug 24, 2001 11:04 AM
Dylan wrote the song, not jimi (NM)Skip
Aug 24, 2001 2:04 PM
How true. I was referring to his guitar playing skills as the "master", sorry for the confusion.
Jimi vs. Bob4bykn
Aug 24, 2001 1:32 PM
Jimi may have the more popular recording of the song, but it's all Bob's.
I think this thread has been done with Breck a couple times (nm)9WorCP
Aug 24, 2001 7:17 AM
Greatest bike songs??Joel76
Aug 24, 2001 3:01 AM
Get your motor runnin....
Head on down the highway...
Lookin for adventure....
In what ever comes our way....

Bla Bla....something...somthing

Born to be Wi--ii--ii--lll--d !!

I guess that is a motorcycle song, but I can relate it to the bicycle thing...
Blah, blah, blah...those are often my favorite lyrics. LMAO! nmSpinchick
Aug 24, 2001 4:35 AM
It Changes......Greg Taylor
Aug 24, 2001 4:59 AM
The "Cranial Radio" plays different tunes, pretty much on a whim. Lately, it has been into Aerosmith. I got out with the gang on Sunday, rotated to the front of the pace line, and all of a sudden I get Steven Tyler belting out the live version of "Train kept a' Rollin" in my head. Before you know it, we're steaming along at 25 mph, strung out in a nice line and flattening everything in our path. Cool. "Mama Kin" also shows up. "Sweet Emotion" (with the long, languid, flowing bass line) cycles through (bad pun) on descents. Smooth, with an edge of menace.

Lynyrd Skynyrd has also showed up on occasion -- "Call Me the Breeze" has a steady fast beat with interesting "solo" sections. Hard not to feel like a wild-eyed southern' boy with that rattling around in my helmet! Judas Priest's "Living After Midnight" works too...

(Dog -- I completely understand the Queen fixation. Another "Class of 79" thing. Anything off of "Day At The Races" or a "Night At The Opera" will mentally pop me back to high school. Same with (gasp!) Steve Miller or Peter Frampton.)
late 70's rockDog
Aug 24, 2001 5:31 AM
Yup, Aerosmith. Now that you mention it, gotta have some Styx, Boston, Kansas (Carry on my wayward son...), Foreigner, Triumph, Eagles, Led Zep...

...must include Ride of the Valkries by Wagner, thinking about the helicopter beach scene from Apacolypse Now, for 3 o'clock in the morning in Death Valley.

Kansas "Leftoverture" --Greg Taylor
Aug 24, 2001 5:46 AM
Boy, did I wear a groove in THAT album when I was in High School!

Three A.M. in Death Valley? I recently bought some very interesting Techno/Trance music mixed by a dude named Jorio -- it has this wonderful female vocalist belting out soaring opera selections against a steady techno beat. Perfect soundtrack for those late-night hallucinations that you will be having.

For sunrise, how about Richard Strauss "Also Sprach Zarathustra", or Booker T and the MG's "Green Onions". Remember the scene in "American Graffitti" (another late '70's flick) where all of the characters are driving out of town at sunrise for the great drag race showdown between the '32 Ford and the '55 Chevy (driven by Harrison Ford) that is the climax of the movie? Well, even if you don't, that's the tune.
Ride of the Valkries! Totally agree!E3
Aug 24, 2001 9:15 AM
Goes through my head often when I jack up my pace. AN one of my fave movies, too.
Smiths, Tom Waits, Springsteen...the middle one's for Do(u)g!Haiku d'état
Aug 24, 2001 5:20 AM
"Punctured bicycle on a hillside desolate..."

-Smiths, this charming man
(questionable meaning, but cool intro line)

"hang on st. christopher with a barrel house dog
kick me up mt. baldy
throw me out in the fog
tear a hole in the jack pot
drive a stake through his heart
do a 100 on the grapevine
do a jump on the start
hang on st. christopher now don't let me go
get me to reno and bring it in low, yeah
hang on st. christopher with the hammer to the floor
put a hi ball in the crank case
nail a crow to the door
get a bottle for the jockey
gimme a 294
there's a 750 norton bustin down january's door
hang on st. christopher on the passenger side
open it up tonight the devil can ride
hang on st. christopher now don't let me go
get to me reno got to bring it in low
put my baby on the flat car
got to burn down the caboose
get 'em all jacked up on whiskey
then we'll turn the mad dog loose"

-Tom Waits, hang on st. christopher
thought Do(u)g might like this one

"Hey bus driver keep the change, bless your children, give them names,
don't trust men who walk with canes
drink this and you'll grow wings on your feet
Broadway Mary, Joan Fontaine, advertiser on a downtown train
Christmas crier bustin' cane, he's in love again.

Where dock worker's dreams mix with panther's schemes to someday own the rodeo
Tainted women in Vistavision perform for out-of-state kids at the late show.

Wizard imps and sweat sock pimps, interstellar mongrel nymphs
Rex said that lady left him limp. Love's like that (sure it is).
Queen of diamonds, ace of spades, newly discovered lovers of the everglades
They take out a full page ad in the trades to announce their arrival
And Mary Lou she found out how to cope, she rides to heaven on a gyroscope
The Daily News asks her for the dope
She says "Man, the dope's that there's still hope".

Senorita, Spanish rose, wipes her eyes and blows her nose
Uptown in Harlem she throw a rose to some lucky, young matador."

-Springsteen, does this bus stop at 82nd street
(don't know what it has to do with cycling, 'cept it's always in my head during a good effort)
Aug 24, 2001 8:08 AM
A Tom Waits fan! Not many of us around these parts. I must have a dozen TW albums, and they never get old. Springsteen's early stuff was great songwriting, and the Smiths are classic early-mid 80's stuff
to be depressed to. Tailwinds!
yeah, and early Primus sneaks into my head at times NMHaiku d'état
Aug 24, 2001 10:18 AM
Luka Bloom- AScoustic Motorbike(nm)tcr01
Aug 24, 2001 5:34 AM
Spinning WheelSteve Davis
Aug 24, 2001 5:52 AM
I love this one on a long climb

"What goes up
must come down
spinning wheel
got to go around
talkin' 'bout your troubles
it's a cryin' sin
ride a painted pony
let the spinning wheel spin"

Bood Sweat and Tears
Gonna Show My Youth HereKristin
Aug 24, 2001 5:59 AM some crowds I still can call myself a youth. At 31--Purely amazing!

Has anyone heard "Shackled" by Veritical Horizon. Its not about cycling, but it sure gives you that, "I'm off the back, boxed in, being blocked and can't get ahead." kinda feeling. Okay, perhaps its a bit of a depressing song...but when I listen to it I want to work harder.


For so long my life's been sewn up tight inside your hold
And it leaves me there without a place to call my own
I know now what shadows can see
There's no point in running 'less you run with me
It's half the distance through the open door
Before you cut me down...Again

So let me introduce you to the end

And I feel the cold wind blowing beneath my wings
It always leads me back to suffering
But I will soar until the wind whips me down
And leaves me beaten on unholy ground again
So tired now of paying my dues
I start out strong but then I always lose
It's half the distance before you leave me behind
It's such a waste of time

'Cause my shackles
You won't be
And my rapture
You won't believe
And deep inside you will bleed for me

So here I slave inside of a broken dream
Forever holding on to splitting seams
So take your piece and leave me alone to die
I don't need you to keep my faith alive
I know now what trouble can be
And why it follows me so easily
It's half the distance through the open door
Before you shut me down...Again

Let me introduce you to the end

'Cause my shackles
You won't be
And my rapture
You won't believe
And deep inside you will bleed for me

And my laughter, You won't hear
The faster, I disappear
And time will burn your eyes to tears
Miles from Nowhere, Cat Stevens...MrCelloBoy
Aug 24, 2001 6:30 AM
...Look up at the mountain,
I have to climb, Oh Yeah...
to reach there...

Lord my body-y-y
Has been a good friend
But I won't need it
When I reach the e-e-e-end...
Kinda like "Drive" by Incubus too...Kristin
Aug 24, 2001 7:57 AM
...but that's def. not a cycling song :)
"Radar Love" by Golden EaringCRM
Aug 24, 2001 7:04 AM
How can you stay in the saddle with that song running through your head???

It's got nothing to do with bikes, but it does help keep the adrenaline flowing. And it's from my old mid-80's high school days, too.
OMG! You all have lousy taste in music! I would die. . .9WorCP
Aug 24, 2001 7:24 AM
if this classic era Freedom rock was coursing through my brain on a climb.

Please! Someone post some music that I like.
Aug 24, 2001 7:56 AM
Why don't you post some music that you like? That's what this thread is for, isn't it? :)
I am the final arbiter of good taste in pop music.9WorCP
Aug 24, 2001 8:09 AM
I am urbane, refined and sophisticated. I will not soil my well earned pedigree in pop musical taste by sharing it w/ such a coarse lot as yourselves.

Jess pullin' your leg.
no taste here, I guessDog
Aug 24, 2001 8:36 AM
I'm plain, unsophisticated, mundane and conservative. Go figure.

Just watch where you play that stuff.9WorCP
Aug 24, 2001 9:23 AM
Just keep it in the boroughs and we'll all get along peaceably.
What? No Rush...UncleMoe
Aug 24, 2001 7:34 AM
Red Barchetta from the Moving Pictures album 1980.

Suddenly ahead of me
Across the Mountain Side
A gleeming Alloy Air car shoots towards to me two lanes wide
I spin around with shreeking tires
To join the deadly race
Go screaming thru the valley as another joins the chase

In my hair...
Shifting and drifting...
Mechanical Music...
Adrenaline surge...!
Oh man! That works! (NM)Greg Taylor
Aug 24, 2001 8:12 AM
Yeah! That whole "Moving Pictures" cd is great. (nm)RhodyRider
Aug 24, 2001 8:50 AM
Dirtbags favorite; Country roads take me homeMB1
Aug 24, 2001 7:44 AM
Gotta love that John Denver!
What about the classic "Bicycle built for two"?bikedodger
Aug 24, 2001 8:11 AM
Daisy, Daisy, give me you answer true.
I'm half-crazy all for the love of you.
It won't be a stylish marriage,
I can't afford a carriage;
But you'll look sweet
Upon the seat
Of a bicycle built for two.

Henry, Henry, here is your answer true;
I'm not crazy over the likes of you.
If you can't afford a carriage,
Forget about the marriage;
'Cause I won't be jammed,
I won't be crammed
On a bicycle built for two.
Why's he proposing to a non-cycling chick to begin with? (nm)Kristin
Aug 24, 2001 8:32 AM
Because he's "half-crazy"bikedodger
Aug 24, 2001 9:27 AM
Thanks, Hal.Dog
Aug 24, 2001 8:33 AM
Makes me think of 2001, A Space Odyssey. Maybe appropriate.

Ancient Pink Floyd...."Bike"speedchump
Aug 24, 2001 8:51 AM
"I've got a bike
you can ride it if you like.
It's got a basket, a bell that rings,
and things to make it look good.
I'd give it to you if I could, but I borrowed it."

From "Relics" i believe......
Saucer Full of Secrets. Daddio.9WorCP
Aug 24, 2001 10:17 AM
"Road" by Nick DrakeMothhunter
Aug 24, 2001 9:56 AM
"You can take a road that takes you to the stars. I can take a road that'll see me through."
"Crash" -DMBRich Clark
Aug 24, 2001 11:22 AM
I once got a ticket for driving while wearing headphones. Does the same law apply to cyclists?

re: Greatest cycling songs of all time?cp123
Aug 26, 2001 4:11 PM
Peter Garrett of Midnight oil fame has one called King of the Mountain. Especially nice as you're struggling up to the top of some mammoth hill. "Call meeeeee, king of the mountain..." makes you feel good!
Divine hammer- the breederspeloton
Aug 26, 2001 6:22 PM
queen- bicycle (repeat- but perfect)

I don't mind the pain- Danzig (great for race day)

Coming down the mountain- Jane's addiction

exhausted- foo fighters ( how I feel usually)

Damn- does anyone else hate the pop music (sic) that's coming out right now?